Cup delight for United

Formartine United celebrate winning the Aberdeenshire Cup
Formartine United celebrate winning the Aberdeenshire Cup

Formartine United staged a dramatic fightback to win the Aberdeenshire Cup at Bellslea on Saturday.

The Pitmedden side came storming back from a 2-0 interval deficit to defeat Inverurie Locos 3-2, with the winner arriving in added time.

It was Formartine’s first silverware since entering the Highland League in 2009 and avenged the recent Scottish Cup loss to their local rivals.

Locos were quickly out of the traps in a strong wind and drizzle and built-up a comfortable 2-0 lead after little more than half an hour.

Martin Bavidge put them in front in the 19th minute when he made space for himself and sent an 18-yard drive past Shearer.

It was 2-0 just after the half-hour mark. Hunter dummied McKeown and ran on to clip the ball wide of Shearer.

Formartine looked pretty well out of it at this stage but what a transformation in the second half.

They began to put Locos under pressure and it paid off within four minutes. Neil McVitie took advantage of a rebound to belt the ball home from 15 yards.

The goal gave United belief and Locos came under wave after wave of attack.

McKeown atoned for his first half lapse with six minutes left. Hamill’s free kick was not cleared and the big defender stepped in to send the ball home.

It was all set for a thrilling finale and Formartine clinched victory in the second minute of added time. Mike Ewen was lurking at the back post to take advantage of a loose ball and send the trophy on its way to North Lodge Park.

Teams:

Formartine United: Shearer, Munro, S Smith, McKeown, Campbell, Clark, Park, McVitie, Keith, Ewen, Hamill. Substitutes: Napier, M Smith, Jeffrey, Donnely, Calder.

Inverurie Loco Works: Reid, McLean, Forsyth, Souter, Broadhurst, Anderson, Ross, Mitchell, Hunter, Bavidge, Donaldson. Substitutes: Maitland, Young, Low, Begg, Mathieson.

The win was particularly sweet for Formartine manager Steve Paterson who has been determined to deliver the club’s first senior silverware.

He revealed that he did not read the riot act at half-time but told his players they were a good side and to do themselves justice in the second half. The team responded in style.