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Highland Football League weekend review: Brora Rangers crowned HFL champions

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Brora Rangers are Highland League champions after a 3-0 win over Keith at Kynoch Park. A first-half double from Steven Mackay was added to by Ross Tokely, with Davie Kirkwood’s side being crowned champions for the first time in their history.

Dudgeon Park assistant manager Stuart Golabek shared his excitement at the end, he said: “I’m delighted to win the league today, I think in all fairness over the last 18-24 months, we have been doing a wee project and brought in players that i’ve either played with or have won things in the past.”

Formartine United failed to make advantage of Nairn County and Inverurie Locos playing each other on cup duty as they picked up a 1-1 draw away to Wick Academy.

Fraserburgh picked up a 6-0 win away to Fort William and also scored their 5000th Highland League goal though Willie West who then went on to score a hat-trick.

Mike McKenzie kept up his 100% record in temporary charge as Turriff boss after a 2-0 win at Strathspey Thistle, goals from Aaron Shand and Gary Harris was enough for the Haughs outfit to return home happy.

In cup action, extra-time goals from Aaron Conway and Andy Low sealed Buckie’s semi-final spot, against ten-man Forres Mechanics. Kyle Scott had cancelled out Low’s first goal to take the game into extra-time, with Scott Moore red-carded for the Can-Cans.

Buckie will travel to Inverurie in the semi-finals after the Locos recorded a 5-2 win at home to Nairn County with Les Fridge’s side missing top scorer Conor Gethins.

Clachnacuddin kept up their good form with a 7-0 win over Rothes to set up a home tie against Lossiemouth, a Paul Brindle hat-trick set Iain Polworth’s side on route.

Lossiemouth defeated nine-men Huntly 2-1 at Christie Park to ensure they’ve a trip to the Highland capital in the semi-final, a winner from Shawn Scott proved the difference.

Meanwhile, Danny Conlon has resigned as Fort William with Calum McLean appointed manager on a temporary basis.

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