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Match Summaries Sept 14th 2013: 10 plus 2 in the hat

There were some incredibly dramatic matches in the Scottish Cup first round this afternoon but the long and short of it is that Brora Rangers, Wick Academy, Deveronvale, Keith, Fraserburgh, Inverurie Locos, Turriff United and Buckie Thistle all went through joining Cove and Formartine in the 2nd Round while Lossiemouth and Fort William have replays to look forward to next weekend. Clach, Forres, Nairn, Rothes and Huntly crashed out. Further details to follow throughout the evening.

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Scottish Cup First Round Preview Sept 14th 2013

The 2013 William Hill Scottish Cup kicks off in a few hours with the SHFL clubs travelling far and wide in the hope of progression following a draw the produced only two all Highland League ties.

Deveronvale will host Clach in the first of those with Graeme Watt, Rhyss Fyfe and Craig Simpson being added to the Banffers squad. Charlie Charlesworth will be without Michele Lombardi, Kevin Duguid, Tom Hutchison, Bob Morrice and Craig Cowie. The Lilywhites will also be without five of their squad. Scott Graham, Chris Ross, Ross Grant, Struan Woodhouse and Mackay missing out.

The other SHFL clash sees Keith head to Mosset Park without Gary McNamee and Murray McCulloch. Forres don’t have their injury worries to seek with Kyle Scott, Ryan Green, Ross Archibald, Steven Fraser and Scott Lawrie all out while there are doubts over Simon Allan, Craig McGovern and Andy Fraser. Charlie Rowley has been working hard this week to try and ensure he can bolster the squad for this match.

Table topping Brora Rangers will host a Vale of Leithen side that they watched face East Kilbride in the Lowland League a few weeks ago. Dale Gillespie is out until Christmas but Martin Maclean is free from injury and will be available for the much fancied Cattachs.

Their fellow Highlanders, Wick Academy, face one of the longest trips possible as they head for Coldstream. Grant Steven and Bryan McKiddie are their only absentees as they head to the Borders. Turriff United are going to be clocking up the miles too but have a more substantial list of players not making the trip with Gary Harris, Mike McKenzie, Stuart Taylor, Nick Gray, Gary Davidson and Kenny Mair all missing.

One of the ties of the round sees Nairn County head for Linlithgow to take on the Rose. Les Fridge’s side will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Kynoch Park and has no new injury concerns.

There are two Moray sides heading South West, Buckie are off to Wigtown without Neil Davidson and Nikki Smith while Graeme Stewart is a doubt. Rothes will face Threave Rovers with new addition Stuart Thomson being added to their squad. Ben Stewart is unavailable as are Kevin Shortreed, Callum Morrison and Craig Ferguson.

Fort William will be hoping to build on last week’s draw at Buckie as they host Newton Stewart. While Sean Grant and Robin Harvey miss out they are adding Robbie Donaldson, Andy Martin, Iain Maclellan, Duncan Campbell and new signing Darren Buchan. Fraserburgh also have home advantage and are set to be largely unchanged from the side that defeated Forres Mechanics.

Huntly have Michael Clark back from holiday and Alexander Thoirs has served a suspension but Grant Campbell is out with a knee injury as they welcome Preston Athletic. Ryan Broadhurst and Jamie Michie are nearing a comeback for Inverurie Locos but this game will come too early for them and Andy Bagshaw. Neil Gauld is suspended.

Meanwhile there will be a North derby of sorts when Lossiemouth have no new injury doubts as they aim to put the Brora game behind them quickly when they host a Culter side that lost out to Deveronside on penalties last weekend. Golspie Sutherland will welcome Meadowbank side Edinburgh City.


Team of the Week 7th September 2013: Who is the Real Mackay?

Wick Academy's Sam Mackay currently leads the "Player of the Week" charts having been selected three times this season. However, it is now the turn of the Scorries' rivals Brora to possess the week's front-runner, with prolific striker Steven Mackay bagging a hat-trick to overcome Lossiemouth. With both sides hitting the ground running this season, it could become a recurring battle between the Mackay's.

"Sid" partners Fraserburgh's Graham Johnston, who scored his second in as many weeks with a fine free-kick to open the scoring against Forres.

James Pickles was on goalscoring form for Wick, who only just failed to see out their game against Cove to win all three points. One youngster who made a big impact on that game was Max Berton, who came off the bench to impress for Kevin Tindal's side and helped to force a late equaliser, making him this week's SuperSub.

There were 8 out of 10 performances at the back for Chris Herd and Craig Phillips, while Sean Grant drew plaudits for his performance for Fort William. Mark MacKernie put in a solid shift for Strathspey, while also getting on the scoresheet from his own half with a free-kick.

One of the toughest battles throughout the side was between the sticks. Robin Harvey earns a place on the bench, just missing out to former Fort stopper Iain MacLeod who pulled off some tremendous saves to keep Nairn at bay. Station Park was also the scene of the golden whistle, with Craig Sim earning top marks for his refereeing performance.

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Huntly stopper forced to hang up gloves / Rowley hoping to extending Soane stay

 Huntly were last week dealt a major blow, with the news that goalkeeper Neil Hastie has been forced to give up football due to a shoulder injury.

Hastie - who turned thirty last month - has been sidelined with the injury since coming off in a Highland League Cup tie away to Inverurie Loco Works last season.

Black and Golds assistant Manager Jim Cheyne was disappointed to be losing the services of the former Clachnacuddin shot-stopper.

"Neil has to hang up his gloves due to a bad shoulder injury. He went to see a consultant this week and has been advised to stop playing which is disappoint for us as a club and it's heart-breaking for Neil as he's a great professional and he's been a big miss for us since he's been out of the team as he and Shaun Barney had been pushing each other. You need competition for goalkeepers and those two pushed each other in order to get the best of each other."

 Forres Mechanics secured the loan signing of Formartine United midfielder Stuart Soane in time to face Nairn County in last week's AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup semi-final.

The former Inverness Caley Thistle and Huntly player also started against Fraserburgh at the weekend, however as things stand is cup-tied for Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup tie at home to Keith.

Can-Cans boss Charlie Rowley has been hugely impressed with Soane since he joined the club, and is hoping to extend his deal beyond the original month agreed with the Pitmedden club. 

“We were working extremely hard to try get Stuart on board before he went to Formartine, so we will be doing our best to make it a longer stay.

“If it’s not a permanent deal then we’d certainly look to extend the loan deal. He will be a major asset to us, he’s fitted in extremely well having only played about 50 minutes in four months for Formartine.

“On Tuesday he was exceptional, and showed what a key player he could be. There is some way to go before we can extend it, we need to speak to Formartine, so as it stands he is ineligible for Saturday.

“I will speak to Formartine to see if there’s any way we can get him available as we could need him on Saturday.”

Aberdeenshire Cup Semi-Final: Cove v Formartine

Formartine United have booked their place in the Aberdeenshire Cup final for the second sucessive season following a two-nil win over league champions Cove Rangers.

Craig McKeown gave United the lead on 15 minutes when Craig McKeown nodded home from Stuart Smith's cross.

Half-time substitute Paul Napier then curled home a wonderful 25 yard strike just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.

United will now meet Inverurie Loco Works on Saturday 19th October - venue TBC


Cove Rangers


Formartine United




Scorers: Craig McKeown (15), Paul Napier (48)


Greg Sim, Blair Yule, Stirling Smith, Roy McBain, Thomas Yeats, Eric Watson, Conor Scully, Jamie Lennox (Max Berton 69), Barrie Stephen (73), Jamie McLauchlan (Alan Redford 60), Clark Bain


Andrew Shearer, Stephen Jeffrey, Stuart Smith, Craig McKeown, Ross Campbell, Gary Clark, Hamish Munro (Ewan Ritchie 82), Neil McVitie, Cameron Keith, Calum Bagshaw, Joseph Hamill (Paul Napier 46)


Subs: Scott Burke, Craig Reid.


Subs: Liam Paterson, Richard Davidson, John Calder.




Booked: Calum Bagshaw (39), Neil McVitie (63)


Sent Off: Clark Bain (86)


Sent Off:


Referee: Graham Beaton





Matchday Stats: Saturday 7th September 2013

Last week saw a drastic reduction in the number of goals scored, and after this weekend's round of fixtures it has dropped even further to 24. That meant an average of 2.67 goals per game - including the first 0-0 draw of the season at Victoria Park between Buckie Thistle and Fort William.

Saturday's goalscoring also took a while to materialise. The first goal of the day wasn't scored until the 19th minute, and indeed there were two more goals scored in the last fifteen minutes of play than the seven netted in the entire first-half.

The exception to the low-scoring theme of the weekend was Dudgeon Park, where Brora Rangers ran out 6-0 winners against Lossiemouth. Brora netted the first goal of the day, and were the highest scorers in what was the highest-scoring game. In addition, Steven Mackay became Brora's second consecutive hat-trick hero following Zander Sutherland's midweek AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup semi-final exploits against Wick Academy.

After both recording draws, Fort William and Strathspey Thistle ended their six-game losing runs. Forres Mechanics and Rothes are now the sides most familiar with the losing feeling, having both gone on four-game streaks. 

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Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Semi-Final Preview: Wednesday 11th September 2013

Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup - Semi-Final
Wednesday 11th September 2013 (8pm)

Cove Rangers v Formartine United

The two sides meet for the first time since last season's dramatic winner-takes-all season finale at North Lodge Park, which Cove won 2-0 to secure the Highland League. Formartine reached the final of the Aberdeenshire Cup last season, being defeated by virtue of a penalty shoot-out by Fraserburgh. In order for another final berth - this time against Inverurie Locos - they will need to defeat Cove for the first time since they joined the Highland League in 2009.

Cove boss Kevin Tindal welcomes back Jordan Leyden and Eric Watson, however work commitments rule out Lewis Macaulay. Youngster Max Berton, who came off the bench against Wick, will remain in the squad.

Meanwhile United manager Steve Paterson is without Daniel Park, Michael Ewen and Mark Smith, meaning Ross Campbell and Calum Bagshaw will start. Seventeen year-old midfielder Liam Paterson will be included in the squad.

There will be team lines, updates, reports and interviews on this game throughout the evening on

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 34 90 WWLWL
2 Formartine United 34 79 WWWWW
3 Inverurie Locos 34 78 WLWWW
4 Fraserburgh 34 73 LLWWW
5 Forres Mechanics 34 73 WWWWW
6 Brora Rangers 34 63 LWLWW
7 Buckie Thistle 34 51 LDDLW
8 Deveronvale 34 51 LWDWW
9 Nairn County 34 51 DWWLW
10 Rothes 34 49 LLWLW
11 Huntly 34 49 LLDWL
12 Wick Academy 34 46 DLLLL
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41 LLWLD
14 Turriff United 34 37 WLLWL
15 Keith 34 16 LDWLD
16 Lossiemouth 34 15 LLDLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 34 14 LLDLL
18 Fort William 34 5 DLLLD

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