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Six of the best for Turra

Turriff United won the Morrison Motors (Turriff) Aberdeenshire Shield for the second time, and in an emphatic style as they convincingly got the better of a young ten man Cove Rangers side at Harlaw Park, Inverurie

Kevin Tindal went into this game with the clear intention of ensuring his key players for the League decider at Formartine United on Saturday were not to be risked, but it was a side with much first team experience, Stirling Smith, Roddy Black, Ritchie Singer, Jamie Beagrie, Jordan Leyden and Ryan Stott all looking to push to be in Saturday’s line up.


However their plans were dealt a severe blow in the fourth minute. Former Deveronvale men Singer and Gary McGowan appeared to clash with each other in centre midfield. It was a very quick exchange but ref Graham Beaton obviously saw it as Singer being the main offender and he was immediately red carded

Turriff settled well on the ball following the sending off, spraying their passes around and they went ahead in 13 minutes. Robbie Allan powered in the shot racing forward from his left back role. Young keeper Timmy Capstick did well to parry the ball, but couldn’t hold it. Nick Gray went on the prowl but the ball found itself landing for James Brownie who carefully chipped Capstick to make it 1-0

Gary McGowan was well up for this encounter and four minutes later he waltzed in from the right by-line, Capstick saving from an acute angle and six minutes on, Capstick was again the saviour as “Magoo” made another attempt to sneak the ball in at the near post.

Turriff were dominating, and their young opponents looked shellshocked to be down to ten so early and they were denied a second when Nick Gray had a goal disallowed, seemingly a push along the way but it looked harsh.

Lewis Davidson lobbed over the crossbar in 36 minutes but it was 2-0 in 39 minutes, Robbie Allan powering on the corner from the left, big centre back Ross Anderson heading home at the back post. What a great shout from “Sanders” it was his ball to head as soon as the ball was flighted

Half-Time: Turriff United 2-0 Cove Rangers

It was 3-0 in 51 minutes, McGowan again causing trouble and from his centred ball from the left, sub Max Berton knocked the ball into his own net under pressure from advancing right back Lewis Davidson.

Max Berton partially made amends in 65 minutes netting in style from a similar position to Leigh Griffiths' goal in the Edinburgh derby. It took a deflection along the way but the youngster was rightly credited following a powerful strike.

Within seconds however, Turriff regained their three-goal advantage. Gary Harris, such a prolific scorer all season, was not on target tonight but he released Lewis Davidson on the right by-line, and his low cross was inch perfect for Nick Gray to fire into the roof of the net. 

Capstick was unfortunate in 71 minutes, his handling had generally been good but he couldn’t hold Brownie’s shot and Ritchie Ligertwood pounced to make it five.

Gary McGowan then rounded off a great personal display and team performance with an exquisite curler into the top corner and there were further chances for more goals but on the night Turriff had deservedly won the game in style. How their supporters celebrated and a first silverware for Messrs Simpson and Duthie as co-managers. Another great day in the history of Turriff Utd FC.

Final Score Turriff Utd 6 Cove Rangers 1
Reporter: John Innes

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 16 44 WWDWW
2 Inverurie Locos 20 44 DWWWW
3 Fraserburgh 17 41 WLWWW
4 Brora Rangers 16 37 WLWWW
5 Huntly 19 35 WDWLW
6 Buckie Thistle 17 32 LWLWD
7 Formartine United 17 31 WWLWL
8 Rothes 18 30 DLDWW
9 Forres Mechanics 17 30 WWWWW
10 Deveronvale 18 28 LWWWW
11 Turriff United 18 24 DLLLL
12 Clachnacuddin 19 22 LLWDW
13 Nairn County 16 22 WLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 18 8 LLWDL
16 Lossiemouth 19 5 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 18 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 16 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

18-11-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Third Round
Formartine United 1 : 0 Forfar Athletic
Stranraer 0 : 1 Brora Rangers
Spartans 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
Airdrieonians 2 : 3 Cove Rangers
Buckie Thistle 2 : 3 Brechin City
18-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 17
Rothes 9 : 1 Fort William
Turriff United 1 : 2 Huntly
Keith 0 : 3 Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth 2 : 3 Clachnacuddin
15-11-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Deveronvale 4 : 0 Aberdeen University
11-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 16
Inverurie Locos 3 : 1 Formartine United
Nairn County 2 : 4 Forres Mechanics
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 5 Rothes
Brora Rangers 7 : 0 Lossiemouth
Turriff United 1 : 3 Deveronvale
Clachnacuddin 1 : 1 Buckie Thistle
Huntly 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
08-11-2017 20:00 - SHFL Week 15
Lossiemouth 0 : 3 Buckie Thistle

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