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Wed 10th Aug - Formartine 3 Broch 3 - AET Broch won on pens

Fraserburgh’s cup heroics continued as they started their Aberdeenshire Cup defence by beating Formartine on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

The home side took the lead twice in the regulation 90 minutes, but Mark Cowie’s men fought hard and forced the game to extra-time. Dean Cowie then scored for the Broch, however it was cancelled out by Paul Lawson’s free-kick. Ryan Cowie converted the decisive penalty as the visitors won the shootout 5-4.

United started the game strongly and Connor Gethins latched onto Scott Barbour’s through-ball, however he could only fire wide. That chance didn’t seem to get to the striker though, as he opened the scoring only seven minutes in. Barbour dispossessed Marc Dickson and sent a floating cross into the back post, where Gethins was positioned to divert his header into the net.

Fraserburgh came into the game a lot more as it continued. On the brink of half-time the visitors levelled it up when captain Russell McBride headed home at the back post from a Graham Johnston corner.

The hosts were the better team in the early stages of the second period. Within minutes of kick-off, United put their noses in front again, as Graeme Rodger volleyed home a Neil McVitie cross into the bottom left corner of the net.

Fraserburgh showed their fighting mentality as the Formartine goal only seemed to make them step up their game. Mid-way through the second half Paul Campbell unleashed a thunderous shot into the top right corner of the net to again put the visitors on level terms.

The Broch struck first in extra-time when Dean Cowie got on the end of a knock-back from Campbell to hit a low drive past defenders, but more importantly into the back of the net.

That certainly didn’t faze the home side because just four minutes later, Lawson’s deflected free-kick beat Broch keeper Paul Leask, which was enough to force extra-time.

The first six penalties were converted, including a spot-kick from Fraserburgh goalie Leask. Lawson stepped up to take Formartine’s fourth, but it was a poor penalty which Leask saved easily. All the following takers scored which left Ryan Cowie the chance to win the tie. He rifled his penalty into the bottom right corner; United keeper Andy Reid had no chance.

This win for Fraserburgh is the start of their defence of the trophy and they will visit Buckie Thistle in the next round. The Broch also won last season's Aberdeenshire Shield.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 17 47 WDWWW
2 Inverurie Locos 21 44 WWWWL
3 Fraserburgh 18 41 LWWWL
4 Brora Rangers 17 40 LWWWW
5 Huntly 20 38 DWLWW
6 Forres Mechanics 19 36 WWWWW
7 Formartine United 18 34 WLWLW
8 Buckie Thistle 18 32 WLWDL
9 Rothes 19 30 LDWWL
10 Deveronvale 19 28 WWWWL
11 Clachnacuddin 20 25 LWDWW
12 Nairn County 18 25 LLLWL
13 Turriff United 19 24 LLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 20 11 WDLWL
16 Lossiemouth 20 8 LLLLW
17 Strathspey Thistle 19 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 17 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

09-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 20
Forres Mechanics 3 : 1 Rothes
06-12-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Huntly 2 : 6 Formartine United
Keith 2 : 3 Banks O' Dee
06-12-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield Round 2
Turriff United 3 : 0 Fraserburgh
Deveronvale 3 : 0 Buckie Thistle
02-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 19
Brora Rangers 16 : 0 Fort William
Deveronvale 0 : 5 Formartine United
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Keith
Huntly 5 : 1 Strathspey Thistle
Cove Rangers 4 : 0 Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth 3 : 0 Turriff United
Clachnacuddin 3 : 0 Nairn County
25-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 18
Fraserburgh 1 : 2 Keith
Nairn County 4 : 1 Buckie Thistle
18-11-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Third Round
Stranraer 0 : 1 Brora Rangers
Spartans 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
Airdrieonians 2 : 3 Cove Rangers
Buckie Thistle 2 : 3 Brechin City

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