3 headers, 3 goals and a safe passage into the next round of the Irn Bru Cup
Allan Johnston made 8 changes to his starting 11, using the Irn Bru Cup as an opportunity for fringe players and others returning from injury to be given game time, as he did in the previous round against Arbroath. Only Sean Murdoch, Lee Ashcroft and Joe Cardle remained from the team that defeated Dumbarton in the Championship last weekend.
Aird, M'Voto, Ashcroft, Martin;
Lochhead, Splaine, Paton, Cardle;
3' Andy Ryan's shot is tipped over by Buckie keeper Daniel Bell
7' GOAL! Great crossfield ball from Aaron Splaine to Joe Cardle, whose cross is headed in by Nicky Clark
34' GOAL! Splaine's cross to Lee Ashcroft is headed back and met by Clark to make it 2-0
40' GOAL! Fraser Aird plays in a cross for Andy Ryan to head in the third goal
59' Splaine's first effort is saved by Bell, then the Pars midfielder crashes the rebound off the bar - very unlucky not to score
78' Ryan's on target shot is saved by Bell
86' Cammy Gill, on earlier as a sub and making his first team debut, makes an excellent diving save from a Kevin Fraser shot
10 months ago, a full-strength Pars team travelled to Buckie and were made to fight for their 5-3 victory, with the final goal coming in injury time during a period when the home side could easily have equalised to make the score 4-4. Today's line-up was far from the familiar first team of the past few weeks. Nicky Clark, who scored in a sub appearance last week, started his first game since returning from injury.
The new-look Pars team controlled the game from the start. There were no scares, with the only save of any significance made late in the game by sub keeper Cammy Gill. In a pattern that is becoming increasingly familiar, as in many recent games the team scored goals early then saw out the second half.
There were no failures today - Lewis Martin had a good game at left back, getting up the pitch regularly; Aaron Splaine showed class in midfield - he has ability and great potential; Michael Paton never wasted a pass; and both strikers that started the game scored. Fraser Aird showed that he is an option at right back, and in the 45 minutes in which both players featured, Joe Cardle (who played in the first half) and Kallum Higginbotham (on at half time for Cardle) were creative and constantly involved. Splaine is my Man of the Match for his involvement in 2 of the goals, plus his second half thunderbolt that deserved to go in.
The long journey would have felt even longer had we not won - back home at 10.20pm! Here's to a home draw in the next round.
Tomorrow: match photo gallery & matchday vlog will be uploaded.
Photos & edits in this article by Pars Review.