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Turriff United won through to the quarter finals of the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup by defeating Huntly at The Haughs. Goals from Lewis Davidson and Christopher Herd secured Ross Jack’s side’s place in the next round despite an encouraging second half performance from the away side this couldn’t prevent the hosts from winning the game.

The first real chance fell to the home side with Aaron McKenna playing a clever ball to Leszek Nowosielski, but his shot was saved by Stuart Grant.

At the other end Neale Davidson struck a set piece into the box which was half cleared, Darren Wood picked up the ball and let fly with a wonder strike which Kevin Main did well to push away.

Minutes later Huntly’s keeper was off his line and Nowosielski cut inside and fired a blitzing strike off the post for a let off for the away side.

The opener arrived in the 6th minute when Lewis Davidson tucked the ball home with the visiting team failing to mark him.

Soon after, Robert Allan could have doubled Turriff’s lead when he smashed in a shot but Grant brilliantly saved. Then the Black and Golds pushed forward with Iain Cruickshank curling the ball just past the post.

In the 28th minute Huntly were dealt a massive blow when captain Murray McCulloch picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Adam McNamee.

Craig MacAskill was then sent through in what looked like an offside position, he drew the keeper off his line and set up Allan to shoot but Darren Wood cleared it off the line.

Just before the break, Alexander Thoirs fired a powerful shot over the crossbar, then after the interval Cruickshank had a great opportunity to level the scoring, but he struck his effort well wide of the target.

Turriff were pushing for the second with MacAskill’s snap shot which was easily picked up by Grant. In the 74th minute the second came from Chris Herd when his shot after a corner went into the net via the keeper to secure the host’s place in the next round.

Reporter: Sean McAngus

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