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Sheran coy on Cove's double chances

Cove boss John Sheran is remaining on his side's chances of claiming the double after they won the Breedon Highland League Cup.

Sheran's side beat Formartine 2-1 at Bellslea to taste success in the cup final.

Cove are still in the mix to retain their Highland League title, as they battle Buckie and Brora for the championship.

Winning the cup should give Cove a confidence boost, but Sheran insists there is still all to play for in the title race.

Lewis Gordon was one of the reporters to speak to Sheran after the final. Listen to the interview below.

 

Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 8th April

Breedon Highland League Cup Final  

Formartine Utd 1-2 Cove Rangers 

Formartine: Garry Wood (80) 

Cove: Paul McManus (75), Jason Brown (89) 

Highland League 

Brora Rangers 2-0 Huntly 

Brora: Andrew Greig (24), Kyle Macleod (66) 

Huntly: 

Buckie Thistle 3-0 Deveronvale 

Buckie: Sam Urquhart (7, 85 pen), Kevin Fraser (29) 

Vale: 

Forres Mechanics 1-1 Rothes 

Forres: Alan Pollock (53) 

Graeme Grant sent off (26) 

Rothes: James Mackay (16) 

Turriff Utd 1-0 Wick Academy  

Turriff: David Ross (75) 

North of Scotland Cup First Round 

Fort William 3-3 Lossiemouth - Fort win 4-1 on penalties

Fort: Scott Davidson (3, 18), Michael Corbett (73) 

Lossie: Martin Charlesworth (24), Liam Archibald (30), Ross Duncan (79) 

Strathspey Th 0-4 Nairn County 

Nairn: Jordan Macrae (5), Gary Kerr (28, 56), Wayne Mackintosh (53 pen) 

 

Cove win Breedon Highland League Cup

Jason Brown scored a dramatic late winner to win Cove the Breedon Highland League Cup.

John Sheran’s men beat Formartine 2-1.

Paul McManus scored the opening goal in the 76th minute with a header following a scramble in the United penalty area.

Formartine equalised shortly afterwards as a free-kick from Jamie Masson was nodded across goal by Neil Gauld and Garry Wood supplied the finish.

Cove then scored a 90th minute winner through a header from Brown, following a fumble by United keeper Andy Reid.

Team news for matches on Saturday 8th April

Highland League Cup Final 

Formartine Utd v Cove Rangers 

Fierce rivals Formartine and Cove Rangers meet in the Breedon Highland League Cup Final at Bellslea, and United boss Kris Hunter will hope for a successful return to his former stamping ground. Jamie Michie misses out through suspension for the North Lodge Park men. 

Cove also have suspension problems, with Mitch Megginson and Harry Milne both banned as they aim to win what they hope will be the first leg of a League and League Cup double. 

Highland League 

Brora Rangers v Huntly 

Brora have to beat Huntly at Dudgeon Park to keep their title hopes alive and they remain without Paul Brindle, he's had an operation and will start light running soon. The Cattachs also have a couple of players doubtful and they will face late fitness tests. 

Huntly travel with a fully fit squad with the exception of Gary McGowan, Ross Still & Martin MacDonald. 

Buckie Thistle v Deveronvale  

Buckie face a local derby with Deveronvale at Victoria Park and a win for the Jags would take them back to the top of the table.   

Vale have Chris Blackhall suspended, but Grant Noble and Ross Aitken are available again and back in the squad. 

Forres Mechanics v Rothes 

Forres are in great form as they face Rothes at Mosset Park. Stuart Soane is suspended, Graham Fraser unavailable and John Cameron, Callum Howarth and Jordan Wardrope are all out injured for the home side. 

Sean Macintosh returns in goal for the visitors, but they have injury doubts over youngsters Stephen Rennie, Struan MacArthur and Keir Smith. 

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Full Time scores and scorers: Saturday 1st April

Highland League 

Buckie Thistle 6-0 Keith 

Buckie: Chris Angus (29), John Macleod (52, 82), Sam Urquhart (69), Kevin Fraser (80), Lewis Mackinnon (90) 

Keith: 

Cove Rangers 0-0 Turriff Utd 

Deveronvale 5-1 Clach 

Vale: James McLaren (4, 15, 32), Paul Sutherland (72), Robert Scott (78)  

Clach: Liam Shewan (65) 

Forres Mechanics 4-2 Lossiemouth 

Forres: Graham Fraser (14, 45, 50), Alan Pollock (17) 

Lossie: Martin Charlesworth (22), Graeme Grant (30 og) 

Fort William 1-4 Inverurie Locos 

Fort: Scott Davidson (35) 

Locos: Andy Hunter (26, 62, 68, 78) 

Fraserburgh 0-1 Formartine Utd 

Fraserburgh: 

Formartine: Jamie Masson (20) 

Nairn County 2-1 Huntly 

Nairn: Gary Kerr (4), Wayne Mackintosh (56)  

Huntly: Glenn Murison (52) 

Wick Academy 1-1 Rothes  

Wick: James Pickles (67) 

Rothes: Gordon McNab (29)  

North of Scotland Cup First Round 

Tain St Duthus 0-9 Brora Rangers  

Brora: Kyle Macleod (26), Steven Ross (52, 56, 89), Andrew Greig (54, 62), Scott Graham (72), John Skinner (77 og), Zander Sutherland (87)

Wood targets the trophy he believes Formartine deserve

If Formartine United are to emerge triumphant from Saturday’s Breedon Highland League Cup Final against Cove Rangers at Bellslea it’s expected their most experienced players will have played a huge contribution.

One of their most consistent performers since he joined the club in May 2015 has been Garry Wood, who arrived with the reputation as a top goalscorer having bagged 133 goals in two spells at Montrose.

He started his career with Elgin City before scoring an SPL goal for Inverness Caley Thistle in October 2008 and also netting 14 goals for Ross County.

However, Formartine boss Kris Hunter eventually converted Wood to a centre-back role where he has shone alongside a number of different partners, most recently Russell McBride on his old stomping ground in their 1-0 win last weekend.

That result sets Formartine up for trying to get the better of a Cove side who have been a bogey team for them as Wood notes.

He said: “Cove are a good consistent side, there’s no getting away that they’ve been probably the best Highland League side over the past two years.

“They have match winners so we know it will be a tough game and all about who turns up on the day.

“Ideally we want to win it in regulation time but if it goes to extra-time and penalties we’ll want to achieve the win however it comes. We already went to extra-time earlier in the competition against Turriff.”

Wood believes Saturday’s dress rehearsal at the Fraserburgh ground may well prove to be important, as will keeping it tight at the back again.

He said: “It was good to get a big league game there ahead of the final as it got us used to the pitch, having picked up a hard-earned win is a good result for us and excellent preparation.

“I’ve played at the back for quite a few games now since returning from injury and we’ve had several clean sheets.

“That’s not just down to me, it’s due to the team as a whole. We have been really solid defensively with the exception of the five-goal defeat away at Brora. That in my opinion was a freak result.

“Saturday is a chance for us to get our hands on silverware which is what this club deserves.”

Team news for matches on Saturday 1st April

Highland League

Buckie Thistle v Keith

Buckie will need to return to winning ways against Keith tomorrow to get their title challenge back on track. Kai Ross won't feature as he's on loan to Buckie Rovers, while Craig Dorrat and Andrew Skinner are both out injured.

Keith were hit for six against Fraserburgh a fortnight ago, new signing Ross Anderson could feature after signing for the club in a three-year deal during the week.

Cove Rangers v Turriff Utd
Cove are now in pole position at the top and four wins from their last four games will see them retain their title. Johnny Smith and Dean Lawrie are their only absentees for the visit of Turriff to Harlaw Park.

Turriff will be without David Ross due to work commitments, while Chris Herd and Cammy Bowden are both doubtful and will have late fitness tests.

Deveronvale v Clach
Steven Davidson is suspended and misses the visit of Clach to Princess Royal Park. New signings Kyle Gauld and Robert Scott could be involved after joining the club from Buckie this week.

Clach played well in defeat to Cove in midweek and they remain without Martin Callum, Ian Penwright, Colin Maclean, Ryan Macdonald, Paul Smith, Stuart Leslie and John Campbell for the trip to Banff. Blair Lawrie and Ross MacKillop return to the squad.

Forres Mechanics v Lossiemouth
Forres are on a superb run of form and will hope to continue that at home to Lossiemouth. Martin Groat misses out through suspension and goalkeeper Stuart Knight is away to Sweden with work. Alan Pollock returns to the squad.

Lossie have only 13 first team players available for various reasons, so have called in three youngsters from their under-20 and under-17 squads.

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League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 16 44 WWDWW
2 Inverurie Locos 20 44 DWWWW
3 Fraserburgh 17 41 WLWWW
4 Brora Rangers 16 37 WLWWW
5 Huntly 19 35 WDWLW
6 Buckie Thistle 17 32 LWLWD
7 Formartine United 17 31 WWLWL
8 Rothes 18 30 DLDWW
9 Forres Mechanics 17 30 WWWWW
10 Deveronvale 18 28 LWWWW
11 Turriff United 18 24 DLLLL
12 Clachnacuddin 19 22 LLWDW
13 Nairn County 16 22 WLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 18 8 LLWDL
16 Lossiemouth 19 5 LLLLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 18 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 16 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

18-11-2017 15:00 - Scottish Cup Third Round
Airdrieonians 2 : 3 Cove Rangers
Buckie Thistle 2 : 3 Brechin City
Formartine United 1 : 0 Forfar Athletic
Stranraer 0 : 1 Brora Rangers
Spartans 1 : 2 Fraserburgh
18-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 17
Keith 0 : 3 Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth 2 : 3 Clachnacuddin
Rothes 9 : 1 Fort William
Turriff United 1 : 2 Huntly
15-11-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Deveronvale 4 : 0 Aberdeen University
11-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 16
Huntly 1 : 3 Cove Rangers
Inverurie Locos 3 : 1 Formartine United
Nairn County 2 : 4 Forres Mechanics
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 5 Rothes
Brora Rangers 7 : 0 Lossiemouth
Turriff United 1 : 3 Deveronvale
Clachnacuddin 1 : 1 Buckie Thistle
08-11-2017 20:00 - SHFL Week 15
Clachnacuddin 2 : 1 Fort William

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