Formartine end season to forget on a low point

Neil McVitie comes close as Formartine find the going tough against 10-man Turriff United.
Neil McVitie comes close as Formartine find the going tough against 10-man Turriff United.

Formartine United brought the curtain down on a bitterly disappointing season with a 2-1 home defeat by 10-man Turriff United on Saturday.

It was the second time in three games that United had surrendered a one-goal lead to opponents reduced in number by a sending off.

Turriff finish the season as highly creditable runners-up to the undefeated Brora Rangers on 80 points, while Formartine lag 16 points behind them in fifth place - an indication of the scale of rebuilding required to get back in contention at the top of the pile.

It may have been end of season, but this derby was played at full throttle with the visitors a bit more coherent and consistent as well as sharper in front of goal where Formartine, who created as many chances as their opponents, were denied by strong defending and at least twice by the woodwork.

Formartine, somewhat against the run of play, produced an excellent 11th minute opening goal.

Dingwall breaking down the inside left channel got the better of Davidson and drove the ball hard towards the back post and Anderson fired home the rebound from a defender from around 20 yards.

The game’s main talking point came in the 30th minute when McGowan seemed to be getting away from Jeffrey who brought him down with a reckless, late tackle.

The two squared up and McGowan was sent off for his part in the incident with Jeffrey shown a yellow card.

Turriff equalised from the free kick. MacAskill delivered the perfect ball to Kuznecovs who headed it firmly and accurately past Shearer.

As in previous matches Formartine failed to make their numerical advantage pay off and didn’t seem to have enough firepower up front to trouble their local rivals.

In the 40th minute Cammy Keith got in a neat, angled drive but Main had it covered and saved with ease.

The second half began with Formartine playing well enough in the middle and with Napier and Dingwall operating out wide they should have had the resources to stretch their opponents more than they did.

But Turriff soaked up the pressure and grabbed the winner in the 73rd minute.

MacAskill found himself in space on the 18-yard line and when the ball was played to him he gave Shearer no chance with a fierce shot.

Both Keith and Bagshaw hit the woodwork from fairly close range as Formartine pressed to get something out of the game but Turriff held on for all three points.

Manager Kris Hunter had targeted four wins to finish the campaign but ended up with a single victory, a draw and two defeats. A busy summer in the tranfer market will be needed if Formartine are to mount a serious challenge for honours next season.

Teams:

Formartine United: Shearer, Duguid, Smith, Jeffrey, Hay, Anderson, McVitie, Napier, Keith, Bagshaw, Dingwall. Substitutes: Lawrence, Munro, Madle, Paterson, Watson.

Turriff United: Main, Davidson, Chalmers, Cumming, Bowden, Kuzvevcos, McKenna, Allan, Beagrie, A MacAskill, McGowan. Substitutes: Nowosielski, Herd, C MacAskill, Gray, Clark, Harris, O’Brien.