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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 34 90 WWLWL
2 Inverurie Locos 34 78 WLWWW
3 Formartine United 33 76 WWWWW
4 Fraserburgh 34 73 LLWWW
5 Forres Mechanics 34 73 WWWWW
6 Brora Rangers 31 57 WLLLW
7 Buckie Thistle 34 51 LDDLW
8 Nairn County 34 51 DWWLW
9 Huntly 34 49 LLDWL
10 Deveronvale 33 48 LLWDW
11 Wick Academy 33 46 WDLLL
12 Rothes 33 46 WLLWL
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41 LLWLD
14 Turriff United 32 34 WLWLL
15 Keith 33 15 LLDWL
16 Lossiemouth 34 15 LLDLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 33 14 LLLDL
18 Fort William 31 4 LDLDL

Recent Results

24-04-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 37
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 4 Fraserburgh
Cove Rangers 0 : 3 Nairn County
21-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 37
Formartine United 12 : 0 Fort William
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Lossiemouth
Rothes 0 : 1 Fraserburgh
Wick Academy 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
Brora Rangers 1 : 0 Huntly
Deveronvale 2 : 1 Nairn County
18-04-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 36
Rothes 1 : 0 Wick Academy
Brora Rangers 1 : 3 Fraserburgh
Strathspey Thistle 1 : 1 Fort William
Nairn County 3 : 0 Turriff United
Cove Rangers 0 : 1 Forres Mechanics
Keith 1 : 5 Formartine United
14-04-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 36
Huntly 3 : 0 Rothes
Nairn County 3 : 1 Fraserburgh
Buckie Thistle 6 : 0 Lossiemouth
Strathspey Thistle 2 : 3 Keith

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