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Match reports / summaries Sat 30th August

Brora Rangers 1 Formartine Utd. 1

Brora Rangers dropped Points for the first time this season as they were held by Formartine United. Formartine, who went down 2-0 last weekend to Brora’s neighbours Wick Academy, sought revenge from that result and walked away with a well earned point.

In a scruffy first half Formartine’s wide men were certainly working some magic finding the forward pair of Cammy Keith and Sam French frequently enough to see the away side rack up 5 shots at Joe Malin’s goal in the first half.

It was Cammy Keith with the first clear cut chance as he headed well towards goal but the ball went narrowly wide.

Brora bounced back from that and Steven MacKay’s volley from a Zander Sutherland cross went just over the bar. The counter attack saw Formartine exposed and Steve Paterson’s team found themselves very fortunate not to concede.

The homeside would get the next chance too with Zander Sutherland wriggling free of his marker and turning well but Shearer was in too good a position to be beaten. Sutherland would have been disappointed with his effort having been in a good position.

Formartine made the break through very controversially. Martin MacLean was charging out of the Brora box and Craig McKeown collided with the Brora midfielder which resulted in Ryan Milne pointing to the spot for the penalty. Cammy Keith stepped up and sent Malin the wrong way and put Brora behind for the first time this season.

Half time Brora 0 Formartine 1

The second half as expected saw Brora charge right back in to the game with Andrew Greig receiving the ball on the flank but his cross was just beyond the head of the leagues top scorer Steven MacKay.

Moments later it would be Zander Sutherland who would cut inside but his cross was to be missed by an attacking red and was cleared by the visitors.

Formartine tried to call for a second penalty when Sam French went down all too easily in the box. Referee Milne blew the whistle and booked French for his simulation that was more suited for a Die Hard film than for Dudgeon Park.

Brora equalised with just over 20 minutes to go. The ball was played over the top to Steven MacKay who took it down and cut back for Dale Gillespie who from 14 yards hammered home and ran half the length of the field to get the game restarted to try and find a winner.

It was Formartine sub Calum Dingwall who nearly sealed a winner. He was found by fellow sub Marek Madle but the former Inverness Youth player could only find the arms of Joe Malin.

Brora had the best chance to wrap up the game when Andrew Greig was found on the wing. He cut in and fired a shot from the edge of the box that took the best of Andy Shearer to save as it looked destined for the top corner.

Full-time Brora Rangers 1 Formartine Utd. 1

Reporter: Dale Pryde-Macdonald


Saturday August 30 - Full-Time Scores

Saturday 30th August 2014
Press and Journal Highland League

Full Time


Brora Rangers


Formartine United


Scorers: Gillespie (67)


Scorers: Keith (pen 31)


Malin, Houston, Tokely, C Williamson, Munro, M Maclean, Morrison, Gillespie, Sutherland, S Mackay, Greig.


Shearer; Duguid, S. Smith, McKeown, Hay, Munro, Clark, McVitie, Keith, Anderson, French.


Subs: D Mackay, J Mackay, C Maclean, Ross, Allan.


Subs: Dingwall, Madle, Bagshaw, Mackay, M. Smith, Jeffrey, Doak.




Booked: French (52)


Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Ryan Milne




Full Time






Scorers: Hendry OG (26)


Scorers: Charlesworth (84)


Ridgers, Skinner, Chambers, Finnis, McGurk, Fitzpatrick, Lawrie, Callum (Dorran 75), Morrison, Watson, McLennan.


McConnachie, Archibald, Simpson, Rennie, Henry (Ross 72), Presly (Davidson 55), Cowie, Rodger, Watt, C Charlesworth, Rae (Aitken 64).


Subs: N Macdonald, R Macdonald, Watson, Penwright, McLean, A Macdonald.


Subs: Davidson, Ross, Fraser, Fyfe.






Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Thomas Shaw




Full Time


Forres Mechanics




Scorers: Duncan (1, 57), Khutsishvili (10), L Fraser (60), Arcihbald (77, 80)




Knight, Smith, Allan, Moore (Paterson 75), Duncan (A Fraser 71), L Fraser (Archibald 71), McGovern, S Fraser, Khutsishvili, Forbes, Soane.


Pennet, Davidson, Ingram, Dorrat, Clark, Guild, Booth, McCulloch, Mcnamee, Morrison, Cruickshank.


Subs: Mackintosh, Hutcheson, Calder, Bowden.


Subs: Raffell, T Johnston, Makaravicius, Dey, Harrison, Hobday.






Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Graham Beaton




Full Time


Fort William


Turriff United


Scorers: Stein (67)


Scorers: Allan (40), Bowden (42), Davidson (43), C MacAskill 75, 78)


Munro, Tot, Moffat, Hardwick, Mainland, Martin, Treasurer, MacLean (Millar 58), L Mackay (Quigg 46), MacLellan, MacLellan, Stein.


Sim, L Davidson, Herd, Bowden, Kuznecovs, Cumming (Beagrie 46), McKenna (C MacAskill 60), Young, Harris (Shand 75), A MacAskill, R Allan.


Subs: MacLeod, MacRitchie, J Mackay, Lewandowski, Harvey.


Subs: Brownie, J Chalmers, Gray, McCaffrey.




Booked: A MacAskill (14)


Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: David Watt




Full Time




Inverurie Locos




Scorers: Ross (13, 20, 23, 45+2), Donaldson (53), Bavidge (72) Hunter (83)


Hall, T Ross, Bailey, C Ross, Mitchell, Flett, Duguid, Hector (Gordon 62), Miller (Farquhar 71), Green, Dunn.


Reid, Maitland, Still, Begg, Forsyth, Broadhurst, Hunter, McLean (Young 54), Ross, Bavidge (Coull 83), Donaldson (Keir 71).


Subs: N Main, McBain, Wilson, Watson.


Subs: Anderson, Mathieson.


Booked: Flett (30), Duguid (75)


Booked: McLean (3)


Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Billy Baxter




Full Time


Nairn County




Scorers: Gethins (24, 46, 71), A Naismith (39), Webb (42), Duncanson (52)


Scorers: Massie (85)


Donaldson, Webb, MacLeod (Cameron 59), Morrison, Mackintosh (R Naismith 72), Gethins, Urquhart (Halsman 60), Wilkie, A Naismith, Duncanson, Main.


Dey, Hutcheon, Greig, Milne, Whelan, Strachan (Ritchie 59), Keith (Smith 65), Collinson, Ewen, Massie, McDonald (Cormack 83).


Subs: Pollock, Murphy, Moir, McCallum.


Subs: Ralton, Robison, Flaherty, Cooper.






Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Morag Pirie




 Full Time




Buckie Thistle


Scorers: Rodrigues (65)


Scorers: Kleczkowski (43), Munro (71), Low (81)


Horne, Corbett, Ewen, Dunn (Gallacher 15), S Mackay, Horsburgh, Winton, K Stewart, Rodrigues, R Stewart, Mackinosh (L Mackay 86).


Strong, Wood, Duncan, Stewart (Cheyne 75), McRae, Hegarty, Angus (Copeland 83), Kleczkowski (Low 67), Baxter, Munro, Adams.


Subs: McKinnon, Thomson, M Mackay, Morrison, Trialist.


Subs: Low, K Gauld, S Gauld, MacMillan, Hodge, Ridgers.


Booked: Rodrigues (44)




Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Graham Fraser




                                             Full Time


Strathspey Thistle


Cove Rangers


Scorers: McKernie (30)


Scorers: Lennox (15, 64), Smith (45), Yule (49), Clark (51), McAllister (83)


Robertson, McShane, McKernie, Groat, Peters, Murray, Smith, Ross, Patience, Laidlaw, Dorian,


Wood, Yule, Clark, Mathers, Kelly, Webster, Park, C Scully, Smith, Lennox, Nicol


Subs: Maley, Davidson, Mcacaulay, McKie, Reilly, Matheson


Subs: Selfridge, McBain, Watt, Stephen, McAllister, Redford






Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Wayne Cusiter




Full Time


Wick Academy




Scorers: Macadie (23 90 pen), Allan (24)


Scorers: Chalmers (20 pen, 60 pen)


McCarthy, M Steven, Allan, Farquhar, G Steven, Campbell, Mackay (Manson 86), Pickles (Cunningham 71), Macadie, Allan, Geruzel (Harrison 90+3).


Cowe, Hay, McBride, R Cowie, Dickson, M Cowie (Davison 86), Chalmers, West (Main 86), Bruce, Fowlie (Combe 50), Barbour.


Subs: Weir, Harrison, Hughes.


Subs: Daniel, Johnston.


Booked:  Allan (61), Steven (76), Chalmers (78)


Booked: Barbour (55)


Sent off:


Sent off:


Referee: Graham Elder




Match previews Sat 30th August

Brora Rangers v. Formartine Utd.
Brora have a full squad to choose from as they look to continue their 100% start to the season at home to Formartine.
The Pitmedden side will hope to bounce back from their defeat at home to Wick last time out. They travel without the injured Paul Napier and have doubts over Stephen Jeffrey and Craig Duguid. Gary Clark is pushing for a return in midfield.
Clach v. Deveronvale
Clach host Deveronvale in Inverness looking to continue their 3-game winning league run. They are set to be without Martin Laing, Struan Scott-Woodhouse, Stephen Mackenzie and Paul Brindle. Michael Finnis returns to the squad.
Vale have won their last 2 league games but travel north with up to 7 players missing from their squad. Rory Davidson is added, as is Nathan Ross from the development squad after doing well on Monday night.
Forres Mechanics v. Huntly
Forres remain without long-term absentees Graeme Grant and Ross McPherson and also missing is Kyle Scott. Graham Fraser is doubtful with a calf strain and Duncan Jones unlikely to start, despite being back in training. Blair Johnston, Bruce Raffel and Craig Morrison return for Huntly after missing the midweek draw with Fort William, but Alix Thoirs misses out due to work commitments.

Fort William v. Turriff Utd.
Fort William are missing Matt Rippon and Danny Mackintosh for their home clash with Turriff.
Turriff make the long trip west and could be without Darren Mackie. They will look to atone quickly for the 3-point deduction imposed on the club this week.

Lossiemouth v. Inverurie Locos
Lossiemouth have only Scott Wilson missing for the visit of Locos and will be hoping to improve on recent form.
Locos will look to bounce back from their home trouncing at the hands of champions Brora, but will be without Mark Souter for a spell after he broke his ankle last weekend. Kieran Adams, Greg Mitchell and Jordan Leyden also miss out for Locos.

Nairn County v. Keith
The Wee County are still looking to kick-start their league campaign and will be hopeful of taking 3 points at home to Keith.
Keith travel to Station Park hoping to improve on recent results and add Daniel Bell and Hamish Ritchie to the squad. Gary Kelman, Greig McInnes and Dean Henderson are missing for the Maroons.

Rothes v. Buckie Thistle
Rothes have added their 5 new signings to the squad for the visit of in-form Buckie. Donald Horsburgh, Sean Mackay, Lewis Mackay, Brett Mitchell and Ryan Stewart will all hope to feature. Michael Dunn, Gary Gallagher, Stuart Lamberton and Craig Ferguson miss out.
Buckie have injuries to contend with – Shaun Carrol, Lewis Mackinnon, Darren Wood and Neil Davidson are all out. Bob Duncan has been recalled from his loan spell to bolster the squad.

Strathspey v. Cove Rangers
Strathspey Thistle welcome Cove to Seafield Park and have a full squad to choose from.
Cove travel north looking to continue their winning league run, but must do so without the suspended Eric Watson and Dean Lawrie is offshore.

Wick Academy v. Fraserburgh
Wick host table-topping Fraserburgh and are without the injured Jack Halliday and Sam Mackay, who has work commitments.
League leaders Broch will have Bryan Hay and Steven Main back from suspension for the trip north.

Cup dates set

Dates have been confirmed for the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup Semi Finals as follows:

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 ko 8pm
Fraserburgh v Banks o' Dee

Wednesday 3rd September 2014 ko 8pm
Formartine Utd v Buckie Thistle

New date for 'Vale v Buckie clash

The Deveronvale v Buckie Thistle match scheduled to be played on 03/09/2014 has been postponed, due to Buckie Thistle playing in the semi-finals of the EE Aberdeenshire Cup.

This game will now be played on Wednesday 24/09/2014.

Match reports Wed 27th August

Highland League

Fort William 3 Huntly 3 

The opening goal came on 18 minutes when a long ball knocked forward by Duncan Campbell was latched onto by Nick Stein, who rounded the keeper and put the home side ahead from 15 yards.

Darren Quigg made it 2 nil on 35 minutes after a Sean Grant free-kick was not dealt with by the Huntly defence and Darren Quigg headed home from 2 yards. 

Huntly were thrown a lifeline through a bizarre own-goal on 38 minutes, David Moffat’s pass back was missed completely by ‘keeper Robin Harvey and rolled into the back of the net. 

Half-time Fort William 2 Huntly 1 

The visitors came at Fort from the off and on 48 minutes a ball in from left found Sam Harrison, who cracked a shot off the bar from 18 yards and Thomas Johnston converted the rebound to equalise. 

Huntly astonishingly went ahead on 64 minutes when Adam McNamee scored his first goal for the club, cracking the ball into the top corner from 18 yards.

Fort battled back though and Nick Stein got his second and Fort William’s third when he raced clear, rounded Grant Pennet and fired home to make it 3 apiece. 

A cracking match petered out towards the end and both sides had to settle for a point.

Full-time Fort William 3 Huntly 3

Reporter: David Macdonald


Rothes sign 5

Rothes boss Rab Mulheron has tonight confirmed the addition of 5 players to his squad, significantly bolstering the ranks for the rest of the season.

Lewis Mackay, Sean Mackay and Brett Mitchell join from Welfare sides Tomatin Utd. and Ardersier FC.

Former Forres, Fort William, Strathspey and Clach player Donald Horsburgh has also signed up at Mackessack Park, with the final addition the loan capture of Ryan Stewart from Cove Rangers. 

Match night live - Results Wed 27th August

Highland League:





Fort William




Scorers: Stein 18, 66 Quigg 35


Scorers: Moffat og 38, Johnston 48, McNamee 64


Robin Harvey, Darren Quigg, Craig Mainland, David Moffat, Andrew Hardwick, Barna Tot (I. MacLellan 51), Sean Grant, Callum McLean, Duncan Campbell (M. Ellis), Nick Stein, Lorne Mackay (S. Macritchie 68)



Grant Pennet, Neale Davidson, Lewis Ingram, Ian Cruickshank, Sam Mackenzie, Craig Dorrat, Sam Harrison, Murray McCulloch, Adam McNamee, Thomas Johnston (K. Dey 88), David Booth


Subs: David Forbes, John Treasurer, Keith Miller, Robert Lewandowski


Subs: Kieran Dey, Russell Guild, Mark Gray, Fraser Hobday.


Booked: Hardwick 62


Booked: Johnston 87


Sent Off:


Sent Off:


Referee: Graham Fraser





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2 Brora Rangers 5 5 0 0 28 15
3 Inverurie Locos 6 5 0 1 11 15
4 Formartine United 6 5 0 1 8 15
5 Turriff United 6 4 0 2 0 12
6 Cove Rangers 5 3 1 1 6 10
7 Clachnacuddin 6 3 1 2 5 10
8 Forres Mechanics 6 3 1 2 2 10
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