Created: Friday, 06 September 2013 11:57
Published: Friday, 06 September 2013 11:57
There were several contenders for result of the week last weekend, with Brora Rangers' 3-0 win against champions Cove Rangers was very much among them. Zander Sutherland's Man of the Match performance drew many plaudits, however it was the game-changing heroics of Wick Academy's Sam Mackay – setting one up before scoring a wondergoal in the last ten minutes to reverse a deficit against Turriff – which earned the Scorries midfielder the final Player of the Week award in August.
Competition was stiff throughout the entire team, with Ricky Horne beating Paul Leask to the gloves despite the latter saving a spot-kick. Horne was busier throughout the 90 minutes, and as the SHFLtv highlights showed, the scoreline could have been harsher than 3-0 on Rothes at Princess Royal Park had their keeper not been in inspired form.
There were Man of the Match performances across the board at the back and in midfield, while hat-trick hero Conor Gethins partners two forwards who played their part in a dramatic match at Harlaw Park.
The winning goalscorer in that encounter was David Ross, and in line with the close-fought nature of the team he narrowly pips Clach's Scott Graham to the SuperSub title, having secured three points rather than one with his contribution. Ryan Milne wins the golden whistle for his performance at the Haughs.
Team of the Week 31st August 2013: (3-4-3)
Ricky Horne (Rothes)
Zander Jack (Keith) Cammy Bowden (Turriff) Chris Ross (Lossie)
Zander Sutherland (Brora) Graeme Rodger (Vale) Sam Mackay (Wick) Aaron Conway (Buckie)
Andy Low (Locos) Andrzej Kleczkowski (Huntly) Conor Gethins (Nairn)
Gary Harris (Turriff)
Gordon Morrison (Clach)
Craig Cowie (Vale)
Cammy Keith (Formartine)
Paul Leask (Broch)
SuperSub: David Ross (Locos)
Player of the Week: Sam Mackay (Wick Academy v Turriff United)
Referee of the Week: Ryan Milne (Turriff United v Wick Academy)
Man of the Match v Star Man Awards
Cove Rangers 0-3 Brora Rangers: Blair Yule v Zander Sutherland
Deveronvale 3-0 Rothes: Graeme Rodger v Ricky Horne
Forres Mechanics 0-2 Buckie Thistle: Craig McGovern v Aaron Conway
Fort William 1-5 Nairn County: Gordon McCarroll v Conor Gethins
Inverurie Locos 2-1 Huntly: Andy Low v Andrzej Kleczkowkski
Keith 1-1 Clachnacuddin: Zander Jack v Gordon Morrison
Lossiemouth 1-1 Fraserburgh: Chris Ross v Graham Johnston
Strathspey Thistle 0-3 Formartine United: Marc Macdonald v Cammy Keith
Turriff United 1-2 Wick Academy: Cammy Bowden v Sam Mackay
Created: Wednesday, 04 September 2013 11:27
Published: Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:00
Brora Rangers v Wick Academy - AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup Semi-Final (8pm)
In part two of the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup derby instalment this week, Brora Rangers and Wick Academy are all set to do battle at Dudgeon Park for a final place against Nairn County.
Both sides have made flying starts to the league campaign, each sitting on 15 points and yet to drop a point.
Wick Academy had to fight until the bitter end to preserve their record against on Saturday, battling back a 1-0 deficit with eight minutes left to come out 2-1 winners.
Scorries manager Barry Wilson is eagerly anticipating this evening's clash, with a large crowd expected in Brora.
"The North Cup semi-final at Brora has all the makings of a cracker, we lost twice at Brora last season. They are a strong side, it's a busy time coming up with Cove visiting on Saturday then the Scottish Cup. We've lost Grant Steven and Gary Manson to injury but it's a game we look forward to. It's a case of whoever wants it the most."
Inverurie Locos v Huntly - Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Semi-Final (8pm)
Elsewhere this evening, the first finalist of the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup will be discovered as Inverurie Locos host Huntly for the second time in five days.
The two sides met on league business on Saturday, with an explosive encounter seeing Locos dramatically cancelling out Huntly's lead in the 89th minute before going on to win in stoppage time courtesy of David Ross' goal.
Huntly had Alexander Thoirs sent-off at full-time, while manager Dave McGinlay was sent to the stand.
The winner of tonight's tie will face the winner of next week's Allan Park clash between Cove Rangers and Formartine United.
Locos striker Martin Bavidge, who netted his first for the club in last week's quarter-final win against junior side Banks O'Dee, is hopeful Locos can maintain their 100% start to the season with a cup final berth.
"We've had a number of good results at the start of the season, we just need to beat what's in front of us and we've done that so far. Long may that continue, hopefully we can keep the run going as long as we can.
"Every week is a new experience for me, it's taken a bit of time for me to get used to it and it's been quite frantic. It's been good though, I'm finding my feet and finding my fitness, and I'm getting stronger having missed everything since February with hamstrings and so on. Huntly will be a big game, they are one of the better sides we'll come up against. It's a good test to see exactly where we are."