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Fraserburgh lift Aberdeenshire Cup

2020/21 Aberdeenshire Cup Final 
 
Formartine Utd 1-3 Fraserburgh 
 
Formartine: Scott Lisle 
 
Broch: Paul Campbell (2), Scott Barbour 
 
Two second half goals from Paul Campbell and a superb Scott Barbour strike saw Fraserburgh come form behind to retain the Aberdeenshire Cup. 
 
Scott Lisle gave Formartine the lead midway through the first half and it remained that way at the break.
 
Two goals in a six-minute spell at the start of the second period from Campbell and Barbour turned the game on it's head, and Campbell sealed the win with his second and Broch's third 16 minutes from time. 
 
North of Scotland Cup First Round 
 
Nairn County 2-4 Lossiemouth 
 
Nairn: Conor Gethins (2)
 
Max Ewan and Conor Gethins sent off
 
Lossie: Ryan Stuart (3), Ryan Sewell
 
Lossiemouth stunned nine-man Nairn with a superb display at Station Park in the North of Scotland Cup, winning through to a Quarter Final home meeting with Fort William. Ryan Stuart was the vistor's hero with a hat-trick, with Ryan Sewell also on target. 
 
Golspie Sutherland withdrew from the competition, so scheduled first round opponents Strathspey Thistle advance to the next round. 

Postponement news: Wed 28th July

Tonight's North of Scotland Cup tie between Forres Mechanics and Rothes has been postponed after the sad news of Rothes secretary Garry Davies' passing.

The Highland League fixture between Brora Rangers and Rothes, due to be played on Saturday 31st July, has also been postponed.

Thoughts are with Garry's family and friends, and everyone at Rothes FC. 

Full time scores and scorers: Sat 24th July

Highland League
 
Brechin City 3-1 Turriff Utd 
 
Brechin: Gregor Jordan, Marc Scott, Rory Currie
 
Jack Milne sent off
 
Turriff: Rory Brown 
 
Buckie Thistle 5-0 Lossiemouth 
 
Buckie: Kevin Fraser, Scott Adams (2), Andrew MacAskill (2)
 
Deveronvale 0-3 Brora Rangers 
 
Brora: Andy Macrae, Tom Kelly, Ali Sutherland 
 
Forres Mechanics 1-1 Wick Academy 
 
Forres: Lee Fraser
 
Wick: Jack Halliday
 
Fraserburgh 3-0 Formartine Utd 
 
Broch: Scott Barbour, Kieran Simpson, Sean Butcher
 
Huntly 1-1 Strathspey Thistle 
 
Huntly: Greg Buchan 
 
Strathspey: Kieran Chalmers 
 
Inverure Locos 5-0 Clach
 
Locos: Mark Souter, Andrew Watt, Kieran Shanks, Robert Ward (2)
 
Keith 0-2 Nairn County 
 
Nairn: Liam Shewan, Seamus McConaghy
 
Rothes 3-0 Fort William 
 
Rothes: Michael Finnis, Jack Brown, Shane Harkness 
 
Gary Kerr sent off

 

Fort William to play all matches away from home

The Highland League management committee has decided that Fort William will play all their Highland League and League Cup matches away from home this season, due to Claggan Park being unplayable.

An inspection took place on Thursday after a member of the public reported their concern about the state of the playing surface, which has a number of bare patches on it. The committee met with the club on Friday to discuss the circumstances and other options available to them. 

It was then deemed that Fort William were in breach of Rule 7.6.1, which places a requirement on clubs to ensure their pitch is in good condition and provided with an efficient and effective drainage system.

Fort William are due to release a statement on the matter on Monday. 

Team news for matches on Saturday 24th July

Today sees the return of the Highland League and we welcome newcomers Brechin City, who make their HFL debut against Turriff United at Glebe Park. 

Team news and a summary of club transfer news below: 

Highland League 
 
Brechin City v Turriff Utd 
 
Brechin City take their Highland League bow with a home fixture against Turriff United. They will hope to continue the form that saw them beat League One Alloa in midweek. Highly-rated youngsters Jack Wills and Max Kucheriavyi have joined the club on loan from St. Johnstone, while evergreen forward Garry Wood comes in from Formartine United. 
 
Turriff are the first team to make the trip to Glebe Park, and new signings for the Haughs men who could make their debuts are defender Rhys Clark from Montrose, forward Kyle Gordon and midfielder Jordan Cooper (on loan) from Inverurie Locos, and goalkeeper David Dey from Keith. 
 
Buckie Thistle v Lossiemouth 
 
Buckie begin their season with a coast derby against Lossiemouth at Victoria Park. Declan Milne is their only absentee through injury. The Jags have recently signed former Aberdeen youngster Max Barry on a short-term deal and former Strathspey striker Adam MacLeod. Previous loanee Jack Murray, defender Lewis Dunbar and returning goalkeeper Kevin Main also joined the club earlier this year.
 
Ally Bellingham is injured and misses out for Lossiemouth, but the rest of boss Joe Russell's squad should be available for selection. Martin Charlesworth and Stewart Black have both signed one year contract extensions to remain at Grant Park.
 
Deveronvale v Brora Rangers 
 
Deveronvale have a tough opener against Brora Rangers at Princess Royal Park. Manager Craig Stewart has made a raft of new signings, including Jamie Tinnock, Charlie Hay and Matty Jamieson on loan from Elgin City. Goalkeeper Sean McIntosh and midfielder Michael Watson joined from junior side Dufftown, while fellow midfielder Rory Davidson returns from Deveronside along with young defender Innes McKay. James Connelly comes in on from Inverurie Locos on loan. 
 
Brora have a full squad available with the exception of Josh Meekings, who is without a doubt this summer's most impressive signing. Meekings recently captained Dundee and previously had a successful spell at Caley Thistle. Boss Steven Mackay has also been working on some loan signings this week to add to his squad, which has been bolstered by the return of James Wallace from Morton. Mackay and his assistant Craig Campbell have signed contract extensions, as have a number of first team players.
 
Forres Mechanics v Wick Academy 
 
Forres start at home to Wick Academy and will be without Dale Wood through suspension, while Graham Fraser (groin) and Stuart Soane (calf) will have late tests, but boss Charlie Rowley is hopeful both will be available. Gordon McNab has returned to the club recently after a decade away, plus Ruari Fraser has joined from Formartine United and Paul Brindle comes in from Brora Rangers.
 
Wick travel without several players, including Richie Macadie, Brandon Sinclair, David Allan, Andrew Hardwick and Ryan Campbell. Steven Anderson has returned to the club from Rothes and Sean Campbell, Jack Henry, Jack Halliday and Brandon Sinclair have all committed their long term futures to the club.
 
Fraserburgh v Formartine Utd 
 
It's sure to be a cracking opener to the league season with Broch hosting Formartine at Bellslea, the two sides who are due to meet in the delayed 20/21 Aberdeenshire Cup Final at Harlaw Park on Wednesday night. Jamie Beagrie is offshore and misses out for the home side, and Owen Cairns is out with an injured ankle. Joe Barbour, Lewis Duncan and Scott Henry have all signed contract extensions at Bellslea. 
 
Formartine had goalkeeper Ewen Macdonald to thank for a tremendous display in the semi final win over Buckie Thistle, he will be competing for the number one jersey at North Lodge Park with loan signing from Cove Rangers, Balint Demus. The club have also snapped up former Dundee and Aberdeen  Youth Team defender Andy Paterson, while midfielders Tyler Mykyta and Kevin Hanratty have joined on loan from Aberdeen for the season. Defender Ryan Spink has also been signed from Keith. Experienced duo Craig McKeown and Garry Wood moved on in the summer. 
 

Fixtures

28-09-2021 19:45 - Scottish Cup First Round replays
Bo'ness United - : - Wick Academy
29-09-2021 20:00 - SHFL Week 11
Nairn County - : - Fort William
01-10-2021 20:00 - Aberdeenshire Cup Final
Formartine United - : - Banks O' Dee
02-10-2021 15:00 - SHFL Week 11
Turriff United - : - Deveronvale
Brechin City - : - Buckie Thistle
Clachnacuddin - : - Fraserburgh
Forres Mechanics - : - Keith
Fort William - : - Wick Academy
Nairn County - : - Inverurie Locos
02-10-2021 15:00 - North of Scotland Cup Final
Rothes - : - Brora Rangers

Recent Results

25-09-2021 15:00 - Scottish Cup First Round replays
Buckie Thistle 4 : 1 Cumbernauld Colts
Cumnock 1 : 5 Formartine United
Haddington Athletic 1 : 1 Deveronvale
25-09-2021 15:00 - SHFL Week 10
Fraserburgh 7 : 0 Strathspey Thistle
Huntly 3 : 0 Fort William
Inverurie Locos 2 : 1 Brora Rangers
Keith 3 : 0 Turriff United
Rothes 4 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Brechin City 4 : 1 Forres Mechanics
22-09-2021 20:00 - North of Scotland Cup Semi Finals
Brora Rangers 2 : 2 Lossiemouth
18-09-2021 15:00 - Scottish Cup First Round
Banks O' Dee 1 : 0 Turriff United
Blackburn United 1 : 2 Rothes
Wick Academy 2 : 2 Bo'ness United
Clachnacuddin 1 : 2 Dunipace
Inverurie Locos 0 : 3 Jeanfield Swifts
Brechin City 5 : 0 Vale of Leithen
Deveronvale 2 : 2 Haddington Athletic
Tynecastle 0 : 6 Brora Rangers

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