Banks o’ Dee hitman Watt determined to make up for last season’s Shire Shield disappointment by seeing off Deveronvale

Jamie Watt, right. Picture by Heather Fowlie

Jamie Watt is determined to fire Banks o’ Dee into the Aberdeenshire Shield final after missing out on last season’s showpiece.

The veteran striker helped the Aberdeen team reach the Shield final last term.

But after picking up two bookings in the early rounds he, along with three other Dee team-mates, were suspended for the final.

Tonight the Junior team host Deveronvale at Spain Park in the semi-finals.

After missing out on last season’s final, where Dee lost 5-2 to Inverurie Locos, Watt is aiming to get back there again.

He said: “It’s a huge achievement for a Junior team to get to these big games.

“Just to get as far as we have done so far is a good achievement and on top of that there were a few boys, myself included, who missed the final last year.

“So it would be nice to get another chance with that and get a game in the final this time.

“Four of us got two yellow cards in the run-up to the final and ended up missing out.

“After a good run to the final Locos overran us.

“But we got a bit of revenge on them this year in the quarter-finals (4-1 victory), that was a good win for us.”

Tonight’s meeting sees Watt come up against one of his former clubs in the Banffers.

He added: “I know Steve Dolan the manager and Mark Chisholm the assistant manager really well because I used to play with them at Deveronvale.

“I’ve seen them playing and they are well-organised, so it will be a really tough game for us.”

Vale boss Dolan believes tonight’s clash is the biggest game for his club since the 2011/12 season when they won the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup.

That was the last time they reached the final of a cup competition, and Dolan said: “For me it’s the biggest game Vale have had in five or six seasons.

“There are Scottish Cup games but for the players to get to a final is a huge game.

“The last time we were in a final we won the Aberdeenshire Cup against Keith.

“We’ve still got a few players who played that day – Chris Blackhall, Graeme Watt and Grant Noble all played.

“It is for me the biggest game for the Vale since that day.

“It would be great if we could get to the final, but we’re under no illusions as to the size of our task.

“I don’t think there’s much between the teams and it will all come down to who plays better on the day.”

The winner will play either Turriff United or Cove Rangers in the final.