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Newsround 9th September 2013: Croat midfielder joins Huntly / Extensions at Locos and Turra

 Huntly have added to their squad with the addition of a former Croatian under-21 international on a three year deal.

Hrvoje Kovačević is the latest foreign signing to come to the club this season following in the footsteps of Pole Pawel Nowacki and Czech Petr Štěpánek, and joined in time to make his debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Strathspey Thistle.

The experienced midfielder began his professional career in 2001 playing in the Croatian leagues for HNK Cibalia before moving onto Israeli to play for Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv, Hapoel Ramat Gan and Macabbi Herzliya. The 31 year old returned to his homeland in 2010 to turn out for NK Istra 1961 and most recently NK Lucko.

Manager Dave McGinlay was pleased to bolster his squad with a tough run of games coming up including a Scottish Cup tie with Lowland League side Preston Athletic.

"I am really pleased also to announce we have signed Hrvoje Kovačević from Croatia, he is a 31 year old defensive Midfielder who has played for the national team from under 16s right up to under 21's. He has come over to Aberdeen with having family based there and we moved really quickly to get this done and I hope that he will settle and become an integral part of the team over the next few years, I think the club should be applauded for helping to get this done."

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Matchday Latest Saturday 7th September 2013

Formartine's Ramsdens Cup dream is over after Keiran Brannon,Kenneth Mackay and David Hopkirk netted late on. Annan had gone in front on 52 minutes when Andy Shearer was sent-off for a trip inside the box, and Ally Love converted the penalty.

In league business, Brora Rangers are now outright leaders after a thumping 6-0 win over Lossiemouth, with Steven Mackay netting a hat-trick.

The Cattachs would have been joined at the summit by Inverurie Locos and Wick Academy - however both had leads reversed late on. 

Wick failed to take three points from a home league encounter for the first time since May 2012, after Barrie Stephen's late equaliser for Cove Rangers.

Meanwhile Locos had led 1-0 against Clach before the Lilywhites struck back with two late goals, with the Garioch outfit eventually managing to claw a point from the game at the end of a dramatic late goals flurry.

Strathspey Thistle had led Huntly until the last ten minutes after netting their first goal of the season, however the Jags still managed to gain their first point of the campaign. That was a feat they shared with Fort William, who held on for a 0-0 draw with Buckie Thistle.

There were fine wins for Fraserburgh, Turriff and Keith.

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Team of the Week 31st August 2013: Mackay the magician once more in fiercely competitive selection

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

Midweek Preview Wednesday 4th September 2013:

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."

Newsround 5th September 2013: Transfer listings at Vale and Lossie / Banffers arrange friendly

 Deveronvale have placed defender Kyle Rae on the transfer list. Charlie Charlesworth broke the news to the website this morning -

"It is with regret that I report Kyle Rae wishes to terminate his contract with Deveronvale. Kyle approached me last Monday expressing his reasons for wishing to terminate his time with us. I thank Kyle for his services and open and honest opinions throughout his time under our management. A very capable player who will be a big loss to us.

"All interested parties should note their interest either through the club, chairman or the manager."

After their scheduled league encounter with Formartine United on Saturday was postponed due to the Pitmedden side's Ramsdens Cup duties, Vale have arranged a friendly at home to League Two side Peterhead on Saturday, with a 2pm kick-off.

 Meanwhile, Lossiemouth have placed midfielder Kevin Grant on the transfer list. 

Lossie are open to offers for the player, who has been at Grant Park since 2010. 

Midweek Latest 3rd September 2013: Nairn v Forres NoS Cup Semi-Final

A goal in each from Conor Gethins sent holders Nairn County through to the final of the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup, against nine-man Forres Mechanics.
Gethins struck just minutes before the interval to give County the half-time advantage. However, Forres were reduced to ten men on 57 minutes when Simon Allan was shown a straight red for appearing to obstruct a Nairn free-kick as it was being taken.
As Forres desperately tried to get back into the match, Nairn were given the perfect chance to double their lead two minutes from time when goalkeeper Stuart Knight brought down Stuart Leslie, resulting in a second yellow card for the Can-Cans' custodian.
Gethins stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick, meaning Les Fridge's side must now await tomorrow night's semi-final at Dudgeon Park before they know who stands in the way of their North Cup defence. 
AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup Semi-Final: Full-time

 Nairn County


 Forres Mechanics

Goals Conor Gethins (43, 89 pen)  
Team  Callum Donaldson, Sean Webb, Michael Morrison, Martin MacDonald, Adam Naismith (Archie MacPhee 25), Glenn Main, Wayne MacKintosh, Stuart Leslie, Gregg Main, John Cameron (Robbie Duncanson 72), Conor Gethins.  Stuart Knight, Simon Allan, Paul Smith (Andrew Fraser 61), Graeme Grant, Steven Fraser, Ross MacPherson (Chris Stuart 88), Stuart Soane, Scott Moore (Ross Archibald 67), Lee Fraser, Kyle Scott, Craig McGovern.
Subs  Daniel Moore, Gary Kerr, Michael Maccallum.  Ryan MacKintosh, Duncan Jones, Chris Stuart.
 Wayne MacKintosh (63)  Stuart Knight (54), Stuart Knight (88)


 Simon Allan (58), Stuart Knight (88)
Referee  Andy Milne    

Midweek Summaries September 4th 2013

An incredible night of action saw 11 goals go in in the two Regional Cup semi finals. Brora Rangers and Inverurie Locos won through quite comfortably in the end but there was plenty of drama. The full match details are below along with the Brora v Wick report. The Locos v Huntly match coverage will follow shortly.

AJG   Parcels North of Scotland Cup Semi Final


Wednesday 4th   September 2013


Full Time


Brora Rangers


Wick Academy


Scorers: Zander Sutherland (6, 12, 36 pen) Ross Tokely (16) Steven   Mackay (18) Martin McLean (27)


Scorers: David Allan (4) Richard Macadie (10)


Joe Malin, David Hind, Ryan Watson, Ross Tokely, Scott Houston, Gavin   Morrison, Macrtin McLean (Martin Dey 78), Richard Hart, Zander Sutherland (Liam   Baxter 83), Steven Mackay, Andrew Greig


James More, Shaun Sinclair (James Pickles 24), Ross Allan, Alan   Farquhar, Michael Steven, Craig Shearer, Sam Mackay, Stevie Cunningham, Gary   Weir (Lukasz Geruzel 46), Richard Macadie (James Murray 69), David Allan


Subs: James Ross, , Danny Mackay, , Ally Ridgers


Subs:, Alec Lamb, Michael Gray


Booked: David Hind (59)Ross Allan (68)


Booked: Shaun Sinclair (21)


Sent Off:


Sent Off:


Referee: Graham Fraser


Evening   Express Aberdeenshire Cup Semi Final


Wednesday 4th   September 2013


Full Time


Inverurie Loco Works




Scorers: Keiran Adams (39) Neil Gauld (79) Martin Bavidge (84)




Andy Reid, Neil McLean, John Maitland, Scott Begg (Andy Low 83),   Keiran Adams, Ross Anderson, Andy Hunter, Mark Souter, Neil Gauld, Martin   Bavdige, David Ross (Marc Young 83)


Shaun Barney (Richard Bowman 49), Michael Hart, Sam McKenzie, Mark   Gray, Craig Dorrat, Pavel Nowacki, Russell Guild, Neil Davidson, Andrzej   Kleczkowski, David Booth, Marek Madel (Daniel Stewart 71)


Subs:, Gordon Forsyth, Steven Park, Scott Matheson


Subs: Paul McCarthy, Peter Stepanek, , Lewis Ingram,


Booked:Andy Low (90+1)


Booked: Marek Madel (59)


Sent Off:


Sent Off:


Referee: Antony Cooper


Brora Rangers will face Nairn County in the final of the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup after they came from 1-0 and 2-1 down inside the first ten minutes to net six first half goals in an incredible match at Dudgeon Park.

It was Wick who hit the ground running with a goal in the fourth minute, Davie Allan turning on the afterburners to race past Scott Houston before placing his shot beyond Joe Malin to spark an incredible goals rush.

Two minutes later it was 1-1 with penalty box confusion following an offside shout and Zander Sutherland took full advantage to slam the ball into the net. By the twelfth minute it was 2-2! Wick were back in front when Davie Allan ran down the right and crossed for Richard Macadie to turn home but the celebrations had hardly died down when Andrew Greig’s ball in was flicked over the diving James More by Zander Sutherland for his second of the night.

The goals dried up for Wick at this point but the Cattachs couldn’t stop scoring. They went ahead for the first time in the 16th minute when a Ritchie Hart corner was headed past James More by Ross Tokely

Two minutes on and Brora were two goals up. Once again Richie Hart delivered the cross but this time it found Steve Mackay and he showed the determination to edge out two Wick defenders and to find the back of the net.

Brora’s trend of netting first half goals continued as they netted their fifth of the half in the 27th minute when Martin McLean collected the ball at the edge of the area, sideskipped a challenge and fired a low shot across the keeper and into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Then they added a sixth from the penalty spot. Andrew Greig was brought down by Michael Steven and Zander Sutherland stepped up to complete a first half hat trick and ultimately complete the scoring as Brora did all they needed to do in the second half to secure a North Cup final spot.

Full Time: Brora Rangers 6 Wick Academy 2
Reporter: Dale Pyde-Macdonald

Inverurie Locos v Huntly report to follow.


Midweek NoS Cup Preview Tuesday 3rd September 2013: Forres out to bounce back against holders Nairn

In the first of two derby AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup semi-finals this week, Nairn County host Forres Mechanics at Station Park.

Forres are looking to bounce back from slow league start which has seen them approach tonight's tie on the back of two consecutive defeats. Their task is no mean feat, and with County having recorded four straight victories they are looking to take a major step towards defending the tournament they won last season.

In getting to the Grant Street Park showpiece, where they overcame Wick Academy 2-1 after extra-time, Les Fridge's outfit ran out 3-2 winners against Forres in last season's semi-final. 

The Can-Cans' recent record in the competition is also impressive however. In 2011 Forres were losing finalists to Inverness Caley Thistle, while they won the tournament a year before in 2010 with victory against Wick Academy.

Both sides are close to full strength, with Nairn without David Watson, and Forres still minus the suspended Graham Fraser.

Mechanics boss Charlie Rowley is eager to see a response from his side, after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Buckie Thistle.

"I am really hopeful the players shouldn't need lifting for this game, it's a chance to get to a cup final against a really good Nairn side. It's a one-off game in which the winner takes all, with nothing to lose.

"I said to the players after the game I'm convinced it'll take something minute to turn the last two or three weeks around in terms of our points gained. Something as small as a bit of good luck or some good defending can turn last two weeks round. I'm hoping that's the case against Nairn."

"We've got the personnel to do it, we just need to get them firing together. On Saturday eight or nine of them had an off day, and I don't care what team it is or what level, if you have that you are going to struggle."

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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Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Lossiemouth

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