A SPEYSIDE derby produced the most excitement of the Moray welfare football weekend.
Eight goals, including a stunning comeback and a last-gasp equaliser, lit up the Premier Division clash between Aberlour Villa and The Broons.
Broons came from 3-0 down to lead 4-3 and were destined for their first win of the campaign until Villa netted deep into stoppage time to rescue a point.
A high scoring match didn’t appear to be in the offing before the break as just one goal separated the sides. Luke Gordon hit the post for the home side before James McPherson latched on to a long kick out by his keeper to head his team in front on 30 minutes.
The derby burst into life in the second half, initially with Aberlour keen to wrap up victory in a storming start.
McPherson headed home his second from a Barry Grant corner and when Kyle Coutts seized upon a mix-up between Broons’ defender Kevin Rumbles and keeper Juan Ramos, he made it 3-0 a minute later.
Broons could have rolled over and accepted defeat but instead rolled up their sleeves and transformed the contest.
Colin Simpson’s penalty conversion kick-started the comeback, with Steven Chalmers soon firing in a second from a corner. Former Villa player Scott Robertson came off the Broons bench to score twice and put his team in front.
The visitors thought a first win was on the cards but Bradley Ogg equalised in stoppage time, and Broons’ woes were completed when they had Sanuk Stephens sent off for two yellow cards right after the Villa goal.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, champions Rothes A suffered their second straight league loss, while Bishopmill Villa's recovery from a sticky start continued as they banged in six in Buckie.
Don't miss this week's Northern Scot print edition for a full Moray welfare round up and pictures from the Buckie v Bishopmill clash.