FORMARTINE continued their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a 7-0 thrashing of Rothes on Speyside.
Seven players were on the scoresheet and United followed on from their midweek Aberdeenshire Cup win over Inverurie Locos when they also had five different marksmen.
Rothes looked initially to be capable of some decent football from box to box although the final ball into the Formartine area failed to carry any menace and was comfortably dealt with by the Formartine back four.
United opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a well-crafted goal. Munro thundered down the middle before releasing the ball to striker Ewen breaking in from the inside right area. The keeper advanced to close him down but the wily striker simply waited until he was near enough and chipped the ball over his head into the net.
The visitors were on top and the only surprise was that they produced only one more goal in the first period. On the half hour mark “Squish” Munro forced home a second at the back post after the ball was cutely chipped over to him by Ewen.
Rothes forced Shearer into a superb save early in the second half but this was the most they could muster and they faded quickly.
A third goal arrived when a free kick left of centre was delivered by Webster initiating a quick one-two with full back Smith. He flipped the ball onto the head of Park who forced the ball in at the back post.
The floodgates were now open and Formartine produced four more goals in under half an hour.
It took only two more minutes for United to get the fourth. The ball was played diagonally left to right into the box where Formartine got in three headers in a row right across the back line by Webster, McKeown and finally Dan Park, who delivered the coup de grace again at the back post.
Formartine were able then to bring on subs Soane, Dingwall and Callum Bagshaw and the latter two also made it to the score sheet, but only after Neil McVitie, who is now enjoying a standard of performance far above his form of last year, pitched in with his second goal in successive games. A typically energetic run through the inside right channel ended with a clinical twelve yard finish.
Bagshaw set up Dingwall for a simple finish from right of the penalty spot. He split Anderson and Shearer before delivering the ball precisely into the path of the speedy forward to slip the ball into the net with four minutes remaining.
The scoreline was completed by Bagshaw with almost the last kick of the ball when he sprinted through the middle and peeled off to the back post to get onto a perfectly timed through ball from the immaculate Tommy Wilson, which he lashed into the net from eight yards out.
This was convincing stuff from Formartine. They look like they can still improve on the standards they are now achieving.
There is a positive spirit about them and the new look side are playing some slick football with pride and passion.
This is such a fiercely competitive league that after only three games, no team has achieved a 100% record. Only four remain undefeated and Formartine are one of them.
Teams: Rothes: Sim, Anderson, S. Dunn, Fuller, Shearer M.Dunn, Blachall, Robison, MacIntosh, McKinstry, Massie. Subs Simpson, Abel, Forbes, Parley, Fyfe.
Formartine United: Shearer, Jeffrey ,S.Smith, McKeown, M.Smith, Wilson, Munro, McVitie, Park, Ewen, Webster. Subs: Dingwall, C.Bagshaw, Soane, Davidson, McCaffrey