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Aberdeenshire Cup first round exit for Buckie Thistle and Keith as Formartine United and Huntly join Fraserburgh, Deveronvale and Inverurie Locos in quarter-finals

By Craig Christie

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Buckie Thistle's penalty shoot-out woes resurfaced last night when they were defeated to cup hoodoo team Formartine United.

Formartine United and Buckie Thistle met in the Aberdeenshire Cup again. Picture: Phil Harman
Formartine United and Buckie Thistle met in the Aberdeenshire Cup again. Picture: Phil Harman

Jags exited the Aberdeenshire Cup on penalties for the third season running, and second year in a row against Formartine.

The sides fought out a 2-2 draw at North Lodge Park on Wednesday night, with Jags new boy Josh Peters scoring with his very first touch for the club.

However, Formartine progressed to a quarter-final against Deveronvale when they held their nerve in the shoot-out.

Buckie captain Kevin Fraser, whose injury time strike got his team off to a winning start in the league on Saturday, opened the scoring in Pitmedden.

Julian Wade nodded Formartine level and the Dominican international scored his second after the break to edge United in front.

Striker Peters, signed from Elgin City earlier this week, was introduced as sub and within two minutes he fired home with his first touch to make a dream start for Buckie.

Buckie had the chance to go in front from the penalty spot after 69 minutes but the normally reliable Sam Urquhart put his kick wide.

That took the tie into penalties, with Tyler Mykyta missing for Formartine and Peters seeing his effort saved by Ewen Macdonald.

All other kicks were converted until Buckie's fifth was taken by Shaun Wood, the man whose successful conversion won Buckie the Aberdeenshire Cup when they last lifted the silverware in 2016-17.

Wood's effort was also saved by Macdonald and United were through to the next round.

Buckie lost on pens to Formartine last season and also went out to Fraserburgh in spot kicks in 2020.

Jags are on a bad run in shoot-outs, as they also exited last season's Aberdeenshire Shield in the semi-finals against Banks O' Dee on pens, and went out of the same competition to Formartine in another shootout a year earlier.

In the last eight Formartine face Deveronvale who also won on penalties against junior hosts Hermes.

Vale youngster Toni Jam was a late hero, coming off the bench to score a late equaliser after Jack Craig had fired Hermes into the lead.

Dane Ballard, Innes McKay, Mikey watson and captain Harry Noble scored for Vale with Max Stewart hitting the bar, and Vale keeper Sean McIntosh saved one of the home side's spot kicks to take the shootout into sudden death.

Robbie Allan netted for Vale and Hermes' sixth kick went over the bar to hand the visitors a place in the quarters.

Huntly proved too strong for Keith at Kynoch Park, landing a 4-0 win and a tie at home to Aberdeen in the next round.

Gavin Elphinstone's early strike was all that separated the sides at the break.

But Huntly stepped up a gear with two Andy Hunter goals including a superb free kick, and Greg Buchan's late effort put the seal on a good night for the Christie Park men.

League champs Fraserburgh won 1-0 at home to league new boys and cup holders Banks O' Dee, who knocked them out of last season's competition.

Ryan Sargent's goal was enough to book Broch a quarter-final against Inverurie Locos, who edged out Dyce 2-1 thanks to a first half goal by Sam Burnett and a late Rob Ward penalty winner.

Quarter-Final draw (August 17)

Aberdeen University v Turriff United

Formartine United v Deveronvale

Fraserburgh v Inverurie Locos

Huntly v Aberdeen

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