Aberdeenshire Cup to be contested at Bellslea

Huntly celebrate their goal against Fraserburgh.
Huntly celebrate their goal against Fraserburgh.

This year’s Aberdeenshire Cup final will be contested at the Bellslea, it has been announced, following complications with the original, planned venue for the event.

The final, which had been scheduled to be played at Christie Park, home of Huntly, had to be called off after a game between Huntly and Wick Academy was to be played on the same day.

Fraserburgh, however, who are not at Bellslea on October 19, and will instead travel to Deveronvale, will now be the venue for the Cup final between Inverurie Loco Works and Formartine United.

Fraserburgh are the current holders of the cup after, last season, beating Formartine in a penalty shoot-out. They were this year knocked out of the competition by Huntly in the second round, losing 4-2 on the night.

Assistant manager Mike Cormack spoke to us following the game in August and said: “It’s disappointing to be knocked out of the cup.

“But fair play to Huntly, they battled, they worked hard, and they wanted it more than us.”

The Broch would lose their next two games before bouncing back with a win against Forres Mechanics.

Meanwhile, Inverurie Locos booked their place in the final with a second round thrashing of Banks o’ Dee, winning 5-1, before beating Huntly 3-0 in the semi-final.

Formartine had beaten Fraserburgh manager Kris Hunter’s old side, Turriff, 2-1 in the second round before going on to beat Cove Rangers 2-0 in their semi-final.

Kick-off at Bellslea Park for the Aberdeenshire Cup final is scheduled for 2pm on October 19, Inverurie midfielder Neil McLean understood to be celebrating his testimonial year with a dinner on the same day at the conclusion of the game.

Interestingly, both teams have also been drawn against each other for the second round of the Scottish Cup, to be played at Formartine’s North Lodge Park on October 5.