Formartine United manager Kris Hunter today praised the “character” shown by his players to get their season off to a winning start.
United fought back from conceding a goal inside two minutes to beat Inverurie Locos at Harlaw Park in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup.
The Pitmedden side replied through skipper Paul Lawson, from the penalty spot, and Scott Barbour. Hunter said: “I’m delighted with the result and the performance.
“The players showed real character to fight back from losing the early goal.
“Especially at Harlaw, where we have always found we get a tough match.”
Hunter admitted he was also satisfied with the contribution of new signing, former Dons midfielder Derek Young, who made his debut in the tie.
Hunter said: “He was brought in to give us what we lacked last season, a bit of dig in midfield.
“Derek also showed great fitness levels when you consider he hasn’t had time to do a proper pre-season with us.
“I was also pleased with the bravery be showed making a vital challenge in our area late on.
“Derek knew he was going to get hurt but still put his head in to win the ball.
“That’s the type of player you need if you hope to do well in this league.”
Formartine now face cup holders Fraserburgh in what should be a cracker of a quarter-final at Pitmedden.
Hunter admitted his eyes are already on winning the trophy.
He said “It’s a competition we want to win, which is why we had a full-strength side out.
“We want to do as well as we possibly can in every tournament.”
Formartine keeper Andy Reid appeared to be fouled as he came to meet a Neil McLean corner and Stephen JEFFERY bundled the ball into the net against his old club.
Despite protests from the Formartine players and bench, referee Alex Shepherd allowed the effort to stand.
The match official got back into Formartine’s good books when he awarded them a soft penalty for Kieran Adams hauling back Neil Gauld inside the area.
LAWSON was happy to accept the gift, although home keeper Scott Mathieson got a hand to the Formartine captain’s spot-kick but could only help the ball into the net.
The winner from BARBOUR, early in the second half, was a screamer.
The winger made Locos pay for giving him some rough treatment at times by curling a stunning 20-yard free-kick beyond the reach of the diving Mathieson.
Locos worked hard as they searched for an equaliser but Mathieson was always the busier of the two keepers.
His save from a Conor Gethins free-kick was top drawer.
Aberdeen Junior side Banks o’ Dee proved no match for Turriff United at The Haughs in the night’s other first round tie.
Turriff won 5-1 with David Booth’s first minute strike followed by efforts from Chris Herd, Robert Allan, a Mark Hamilton own goal and a Cammy Booth cracker from the edge of the area.
Huntly now host Turriff at Christie Park in the last eight.