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Highland League fixtures and League Cup final date announced

By Craig Christie

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COVE Rangers will play Formartine United in this year's Highland League Cup final.

Robbie Duncan celebrates his Forres winner on Saturday
Robbie Duncan celebrates his Forres winner on Saturday

Inverurie's Harlaw Park will host the showpiece match on April 6 between the Aberdeenshire duo who won their semi-final matches on Saturday.

Holders Formartine pulled off a fine 2-0 success at Brora while Cove saw off Wick Academy 3-1 at Balmoral Stadium.

The remaining Highland League fixtures for the season have also been issued, with Cove and Brora doing battle for this year's title.

With both in cup action at the weekend, Fraserburgh consolidated third spot with a 3-1 win over Keith.

The Buchan side had netted sixteen goals in their previous two wins over Huntly and Turriff but found the Maroons a tougher obstacle to overcome.

Paul Campbell's 40th minute strike put Fraserburgh ahead only for Max Berton to level for Keith on the stroke of half time.

Scott and Barbour and Sean Butcher both found the net after the break to see the Bellslea Park men home.

Inverurie Locos thrashed Lossiemouth 7-0 to stay fifth with ex-Buckie Thistle man Chris Angus grabbing a hat-trick.

A Robbie Duncanson free kick on the stroke of full time gave Forres Mechanics a 1-0 win over Clach.

Rothes won by the same scoreline at Deveronvale with sub Dale Wood grabbing the only goal on 88 minutes.

This was Vale's third home game in a row without scoring and the Speysiders closed the gap on the ninth-placed Banff outfit to two points with three games in hand.

In between them in tenth are Huntly, who crashed to a 5-0 home loss to Nairn County after having Ross Still sent off after just 12 minutes for denying Nairn a goalscoring opportunity with a foul.

Turriff United routed Fort William 12-1, the tenth time this season that the Lochaber side have conceded double figures in a match.

Fixtures for the rest of the league season are as follows:

Wednesday March 20

Wick Academy v Nairn County

Saturday March 23

Brora Rangers v Cove Rangers

Formartine United v Clachnacuddin

Forres Mechanics v Rothes

Huntly v Strathspey Thistle

Keith v Fort William

Turriff United v Nairn County

Wick Academy v Buckie Thistle

Wednesday March 27

Formartine United v Strathspey Thistle

Fort William v Cove Rangers

Rothes v Clachnacuddin

Saturday March 30

Brora Rangers v Nairn County

Buckie Thistle v Huntly

Clachnacuddin v Fort William

Cove Rangers v Wick Academy

Formartine United v Lossiemouth

Fraserburgh v Inverurie Locos

Keith v Deveronvale

Rothes v Turriff United

Strathspey Thistle v Forres Mechanics

Wednesday April 3

Huntly v Lossiemouth

Nairn County v Buckie Thistle

Wick Academy v Brora Rangers

Saturday April 6

Clachnacuddin v Fraserburgh

Fort William v Nairn County

Huntly v Buckie Thistle

Rothes v Wick Academy

Strathspey Thistle v Keith

Turriff United v Deveronvale

(also Cove Rangers v Formartine United play Highland League Cup final at Inverurie)

Wednesday April 10

Clachnacuddin v Brora Rangers

Keith v Cove Rangers

Saturday April 13

Deveronvale v Brora Rangers

Forres Mechanics v Cove Rangers

Fort William v Fraserburgh

Huntly v Formartine United

Inverurie Locos v Rothes

Nairn County v Lossiemouth

Strathspey Thistle v Clachnacuddin

Turriff United v Buckie Thistle

Wick Academy v Keith

Wednesday April 17

Clachnacuddin v Formartine United

Saturday April 20

Cove Rangers v Clachnacuddin

Fort William v Forres Mechanics

Huntly v Wick Academy

Nairn County v Formartine United

Rothes v Keith

Strathspey Thistle v Buckie Thistle

Saturday April 27

Fort William v Wick Academy

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