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Betfred League Cup: Buckie Th 0 Dundee Utd 3

The Scottish Championship favourites swept aside the Highland league champions in the Betfred Cup at Victoria Park.

Goals from McMullan, King and Durnan were enough for Dundee United to take the three points, leaving them in a nice position to get out of the group.

This was the second defeat for the Jags in the tournament and they travel to Dens Park to face Dundee on Saturday in the hope of keeping their slim cup hopes alive.

The first chance fell to ex Celtic midfielder Paul McMullan when his effort from inside the area was saved superbly by Daniel Bell to prevent the Tangerines from taking the lead.

The experienced James Keatings fired a free kick from 25 yards out narrowly over the bar minutes after the McMullan chance.

The deadlock was broken 17 minutes in after a mix up with Lewis Mackinnon and John Maitland meant the cross couldn’t be cleared and McMullan volleyed home 8 yards out.

Hibs loanee Sam Stanton then teed up ex-Hearts winger Billy King, and from outside the area he rifled an effort low beyond Bell to double the Dundee side’s lead.

Buckie’s first chance fell midway through the half but McLeod couldn’t generate enough power on his header from a Chris Angus thow in.

The Highland League champions were unlucky as some neat one-two passes allowed Copeland to send Angus through on goal, but Lewis was quick off his line to prevent the forward from cutting the deficit.

With 10 minutes to go before the break centre half Mark Durnan rose highest in the Buckie area to head a third from Keatings' corner.

Minutes after the third another Keatings corner caused a whole lot of trouble as captain William Edjenguele headed an effort goalward, however it was cleared off the line by Andrew Skinner.

Somehow United never added to their lead when McMullan put it on a plate for King at the back post, but the winger couldn’t get a connection on the ball.

Bell was then quick off his line to deny Congolese striker Patrick N’Koyi, who was through one on one with the keeper.

Buckie’s best chance of the half fell just minutes before the break, but Mcleod couldn’t beat the Southampton loanee Harry Lewis.

The Highland League side kept it tight in the second half and prevented United creating very much, with Bell saving the only clear cut chance of the half from Stanton.

There was a worrying moment for Tangerine’s boss Ray McKinnon as forward James Keatings had to be stretchered off the park after a challenge with a Buckie defender, which reduced the Terrors to 10 men.

Captain Fraser had an audacious effort in the dying minutes but he couldn't trouble Lewis in the visitor's goal.

Buckie fought hard but the class of the full time opposition was clear to see and they ran out comfortable winners in the end. 

Highland League fixtures for 2017/18 announced

The SHFL fixtures for season 2017/18 have been released, opening day games include three derby clashes between Deveronvale and Turriff, Formartine and Inverurie Locos and Forres and Nairn.

Opening day matches and the full fixture list can be accessed via the link below:

Sat 29 July - Scottish Highland League/ last cycle of League Cup Group Fixtures:

Buckie Thistle v Clachnacuddin
Cove Rangers v Huntly
Deveronvale v Turriff Utd
Formartine Utd v Inverurie Locos
Forres Mechanics v Nairn County
Fraserburgh v Wick Academy
Keith v Fort William
Lossiemouth v Brora Rangers
Rothes v Strathspey Thistle 

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Huntly transfer list four

Huntly FC have confirmed that four players have been placed on the transfer list.

Utility player Adam Naismith, defenders Sean Webb and Martin MacDonald, and forward Robbie Duncanson have all been made available for transfer after one season at Christie Park.

Interested parties are asked to contact Director of Football Steve Innes on 078676709870.

Hale resigns as Keith manager

Keith are looking for a new manager.

Allan Hale has resigned, along with his coaching staff of Gavin Wemyss, Ewan Robb and Graeme Bain, citing irreconcilable differences.

Elsewhere, Paul MacLellan, Alastair MacPherson and Ali SmithAlly Ewen left Fort William to take over as manager at Lossiemouth. He will be assisted by Kevin Munro.

Paul MacLellan, Alastair MacPherson and Ali Smith are the new management team at Fort William.

Meanwhile, former Nairn youth coach Ally Munro has taken over as manager at Strathspey Thistle.Paul MacLellan, Alastair MacPherson and Ali Smith

Players are on the move as well. Brora have signed Mark Nicholson from Elgin, while James Fraser is moving from Buckie to Rothes.

Buckie draw Dundee clubs in group stage of League Cup

Highland League champions Buckie Thistle have been drawn alongside Dundee and Dundee United in Group C of the Betfred Scottish League Cup.

The Jags will also face recently relegated Raith Rovers and League Two Cowdenbeath, who defeated Thistle's play-off conquerors East Kilbride to maintain their SFL status.

Ties will be announced next week and will take place between the weekends of Saturday 15th and 29th July. 

Brora strike late to lift North of Scotland Cup

A late double from substitute Steven Ross helped Brora Rangers see off the determined challenge of Fort William at Mackessack Park to lift the North of Scotland Cup.

Gavin Morrison put the Cattachs in front early on, only for Scott Davidson to level matters just before the hour mark. Sub Steven Ross made an instant impact when he headed Brora back in front with thirteen minutes remaining, before grabbing his second and Brora's third with time running out.

Colin Williamson completed the scoring in injury time to seal their third success in the competition in the last four seasons.   

North of Scotland Cup Final

Fort William 1-4 Brora Rangers

Fort: Scott Davidson (59)

Brora: Gavin Morrison (9), Steven Ross (77, 87), Colin Williamson (90)

Buckie dominate awards

The 2016/17 Highland League awards have been announced. They are:

Player of the Year: Kevin Fraser (Buckie)

Manager of the Year: Graeme Stewart (Buckie)

Top Scorer: John McLeod (Buckie)

Young Player of the Year: Harry Milne (Cove)

Fair Play: Buckie Thistle

Match preview: North of Scotland Cup Final

Season 2016/17 comes to an end today with the final of the Menzies Distribution North of Scotland Cup between Fort William and Brora Rangers at MacKessack Park.

Brora have won the trophy twice in the last three seasons and will be strong favourites to lift the cup for the fifth time in their history. The Cattachs were given a boost this week, prolific former Ross County hitman Kyle Macleod signing a new two-year deal with the club.

Their march to the final saw them put nine past St. Duthus in the first round, before gaining hard-fought wins over Nairn and Forres in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. 

Fort are still looking for their first success in the competition, they came closest in season 1994/95 when they lost in the final to Lossiemouth. The Lochaber men won through to the final with a comfortable win over Invergordon at Claggan Park, then an excellent victory at improving Rothes in the semi-final.

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Latest Results

19-07-2017 18:00 - Scottish League Cup Group Stages
Buckie Thistle 0 : 3 Dundee Utd
15-07-2017 15:00 - Scottish League Cup Group Stages
Cowdenbeath 4 : 2 Buckie Thistle
20-05-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup Final
Fort William 1 : 4 Brora Rangers
06-05-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup Semi-Finals
Brora Rangers 4 : 1 Forres Mechanics
Rothes 1 : 2 Fort William
06-05-2017 15:00 - SPFL Pyramid Playoffs Second Leg
East Kilbride 2 : 1 Buckie Thistle
29-04-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup Quarter-Finals
Golspie Sutherland 0 : 3 Rothes
Fort William 3 : 0 Invergordon
Nairn County 1 : 3 Brora Rangers
Halkirk United 0 : 3 Forres Mechanics
29-04-2017 15:00 - SPFL Pyramid Playoffs First Leg
Buckie Thistle 2 : 2 East Kilbride
22-04-2017 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup First Round
Forres Mechanics 2 : 1 Clachnacuddin
22-04-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 38
Rothes 0 : 2 Nairn County
Wick Academy 2 : 2 Formartine United
Buckie Thistle 9 : 0 Strathspey Thistle

Press and Journal Highland League 2016-17

Rank Teams Played GD Points
1 Buckie Thistle 34 94 82
2 Cove Rangers 34 79 82
3 Brora Rangers 34 80 81
4 Formartine United 34 35 73
5 Fraserburgh 34 29 63
6 Forres Mechanics 34 21 58
7 Turriff United 34 14 58
8 Wick Academy 34 23 53
9 Inverurie Locos 34 18 50
10 Keith 34 -14 47
11 Clachnacuddin 34 -24 41
12 Lossiemouth 34 -18 38
13 Nairn County 34 -17 34
14 Huntly 34 -43 34
15 Deveronvale 34 -24 30
16 Rothes 34 -69 26
17 Fort William 34 -92 11
18 Strathspey Thistle 34 -92 9

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