Last night's Morrison Motors (Turriff) Aberdeenshire Shield cup final marked a second Shield victory in three seasons for Turriff United, as they overcame a below-strength Cove Rangers side, with sights on Saturday's league title showdown, by the impressive scoreline of 6-1.
There is now the chance to read what both sides made of the match, with John Innes and Andy Skinner on hand to obtain reaction from each camp.
Mark Simpson, Turriff United Co-Manager, said
The players were tremendous, each and every one of them. Maybe stuff will be said about the team Cove played but at the end of the day they picked our team, we picked our team and we can only play the team in front of us. I thought each to a man, their attitude, their application was absolutely tremendous.
They passed it about well, it’s hard to be over-critical and it’s a terrible thing to say after you’ve won 6-1 in a cup final, but they tended to overplay it a bit. You can’t grumble with that, it’s absolutely tremendous.
We’ve maybe criticised the players lately about their mentality in how they approach big games, in that we would get a tremendous result against Formartine one week then get beaten by Strathspey the next, with no disrespect to Strathspey. But the boys do raise themselves for the so-called bigger games. It’s something they have to get into them because it is a fantastic squad there, but they need to be at the top of their game in every game.
They’re a young squad, they’ll grow together well, and they’re all here next season again so we’ll have another crack at it. But they’ll learn from times like this to become winners. They’re a good bunch of lads, sometimes too good for their own good. They’re tremendous to work with, but they’ve just got to have a bit more belief in themselves.
George Manson, Turriff United Chairman
Just great, unbelievable. It means everything to finish the season off on a high note like this. In the last six to eight weeks we’ve played very well and the performance tonight showed that, and we deserved to win.
I’m delighted for the management team. They’ve worked really hard, they went through a sticky spell three months ago when we got beat 7-0 by Cove and 5-0 by Forres two weeks in a row but they’ve recovered from that, and they’ve been excellent. They’re growing all the time, and learning all the time. Graham Coutts is their third man who’s been excellent, and really has made a difference since coming in, and since Simmie has come in they’re all there on the sidelines controlling everything which is great.
They’re growing as young players. If you take Paul Young and Lewis Davidson, they’ve had senior experience with Peterhead though maybe not getting into the first-team, but you see the way they play, you can see they’ve played at a higher level and are still young lads.
Man of the Match Ross Anderson, scorer of second goal, with a powerful header at back post from a corner
It was brilliant, what you want is a good performance whatever side Cove put out. We wanted to get the trophy and the boys performed brilliantly from the start.
It was a great ball over from Robbie Allan for my goal. I saw it well in the air and there was no way I was missing it. It was a bad time for me (after the 7-0 League defeat at Cove). Out of the team, on the transfer list, and out on loan. I always said to Simmy and Duthie the only place I want to play at is Turriff. It’s been great to be back at, and go on to play in this Shield Final. I always wanted to win a trophy with the club, as I missed the 2010 win over Aberdeen as I was in Australia.
There have been a lot of good performances and next year we’ll all be a year older. The nucleus of a very good team is already in place and it is my firm belief we can go a lot higher
TOURNAMENT SPONSOR Eddie Morrison of Morrison Motors, stalwart Turriff Utd Committee member
To win it twice in the last three years is fantastic. Turriff United have a great sponsor in Alfie Cheyne (ACE Winches), the club set up behind the scenes is fantastic. I hope this team is going forward.
It was a great run in the Scottish Cup too, I hope we get more and more fans on board, they have supported us so well home and away.
Looking back to the League position a few weeks ago, five teams could have ended up as Champions. We now have a really exciting end to the season. Good luck to my old pal Atholl Cadger at Formartine, and good luck Cove Rangers too. May the best team win on the day.
Kevin Tindal, Cove Rangers Manager
For losing one of our most experienced players in the first five minutes, the young kids for 85 minutes did outstanding. They’re learning the game, and to be thrown in in a cup final puts massive pressure on them. I know they’ll be disappointed, but they should be proud of what they did.
I thought long and hard about what we’ve worked hard for this season. When you consider we’re going on two competitions, with two cup finals this week – a competition that eight teams compete for, and a competition that takes you nine months to win – although it was a difficult decision we couldn’t take the focus off Saturday.
We knew when the fixtures came out that we had Formartine in our last game and there was a possibility it could come down to that, so did try and get the date for the cup final changed, that’s no secret. But we came here, we fulfilled the fixture and the kids can go away proud. They’ll be disappointed and hurting in the morning, but I saw enough in a lot of them to realise that they could be first-team players in the future.
The positive thing for me is that I had 25 players in there at the end, all the first-team guys were here took part in the warm-up and trained were all in the dressing room at the end encouraging the young ones and supporting them in saying “You’ve done well, keep your heads up.” It is a learner for them, but it shows the unity of the club. Most have come from the different Cove Boys Clubs.
Richie is obviously going to be banned from Saturday’s game now, and the guys who have been on the bench recently got the chance to get 90 minutes and stake a claim as well as the young guys.