While the Burgh’s away, Formartine come to play

The Aberdeenshire Cup was played at Bellslea Park.
The Aberdeenshire Cup was played at Bellslea Park.

Fraserburgh’s home ground, Bellslea Park, was the stage for last weekend’s Aberdeenshire Cup final between Inverurie Loco Works and Formartine United.

The game was played in the Broch while Fraserburgh were resuming Highland League duties following a second round victory in the Scottish Cup last fortnight, beating Edinburgh City 2-0 to progress to the third round.

Whether or not Inverurie’s newest striker, Martin Bavidge, Peterhead’s record signing, would have appreciated the chant of “Peterhead” whenever a ball missed its target at the Bellslea is unknown, with Broch support making way for a packed house of Highland League rivals.

Both sides lined up to leave no one in any doubt of how important bringing home some silverware was, but it was Formartine who proved to have more in the tank on on that rainy Saturday.

Having gone two behind in the first-half to a neat Bavidge goal which drifted under the advancing Andy Shearer in the Formartine goal, and a deft chip by Andy Hunter, the game looked to have been over for United.

Goals from Neil McVitie and Craig McKeown, however, turned the game around for United in the second-half, Michael Ewen hitting an injury time winner to shatter the Loco’s hopes of lifting the Cup, sending the United bench running the touchline in celebration.

Fraserburgh had won the Aberdeenshire Cup last year, but had failed to overcome a determined Huntly side in the competition this season, the trophy now safely in the cabinet at Formartine United.

Fraserburgh will, however, return to the Bellslea this weekend after giving way to the Aberdeen Cup final when they host manager Kris Hunter’s former side Turriff United in th e Highland League.

Kick-off for the game is scheduled for 3pm.

The Broch’s next fixture at Bellslea is on November 2, the third round of the Scottish Cup, when they will host League 2 side Montrose.