Formartine reach semi-finals

Formartine United reached the semi-finals of the Aberdeenshire Cup with a 2-1 home win over Turriff United on Wednesday night.

The tie was the first meeting between the rivals since Turriff’s home victory late last season which dealt a hammer blow to Formartine’s title hopes.

Turriff gave as good as they got in the first half and put the home defence under intense pressure towards the interval.

And they deservedly took the lead a minute before the break. Brownie chipped the ball over the defence and Harris sent a looping header past Shearer.

Formartine started the second period in determined mood and drew level just after the hour mark.

The visitors conceded a free kick about 30 yards out and Dan Park unleashed a fierce drive which beat the defence and keeper Coutts.

Formartine took the lead three minutes later when free-scoring Cammy Keith grabbed his tenth of the season.

A Hamill shot from just outside the box was partially blocked and the predatory Keith pounced to drive it into the net.

In the last ten minutes Turriff managed to force a couple of corners and had two or three attacks. All were confortably contained by the new-look Formartine defence that looked increasingly assured as the game progressed.

The Pitmedden side now meet champions Cove Rangers in the semi-final.