Formartine at the double

New summer signing Cammy Keith gets on the mark with United's second goal.
New summer signing Cammy Keith gets on the mark with United's second goal.

Formartine created a bit of history on Saturday when they became the first Highland League club to reach the second round of the Ramsdens Cup.

Two first half goals at North Lodge Park were enough to take care of East Stirling, who finished at the foot of the SFL last season.

Dan Park and new signing Cammy Keith were on target as United triumphed despite missing several key players. Boss Steve Paterson fielded Raith Rovers midfielder Joe Hamill as a trialist.

Formartine fired their opening salvo with a flourish that saw Bagshaw, Keith and Park in succession, all getting in behind the visiting back line but finding insufficient space to see a clear route to goal.

The home side took the lead in the 25th minute when Rusty Smith lobbed an accurate ball into the path of Park who controlled it, beat two defenders before sending it into the far corner.

East Stirling attempted to battle bakc into the game but their efforts fizzled out on the edge of the penalty area.

United increased their lead five minutes before the break and it was new striker Cammy Keith who made his mark. The former Keith player took a diagonal pass from Napier and headed for goal, drew the keeper and coolly slotted the ball home.

The visitors had possibly even more of the ball in the second half but did little to trouble the home side, although they did limit the number of United breakaways. Both Smiths picked up yellow cards as Formartine comfortably saw off their more senior opponents.

Teams:

Formartine United: Shearer, Jeffrey, S Smith, McKeown, M Smith, Clark, Bagshaw, Park, Keith. Hamill, Napier. Substitutes: Ritchie, Paterson, Jarosiewicz, Davidson, Calder.

East Stirlingshire: Hay, McGregor, McGowan, Millar,Balochewsky, Thomson, O’Donaghue, Greenhill, Quinn, McKechnie. Maxwell.

Substiutes: Wright, Kelly, Glasgow, McCaughie, Gordon.