Formartine United boss Kris Hunter today challenged his players to make history in the Highland League Cup.
An extra-time strike from Conor Gethins gave the Pitmedden side a 1-0 win over Turriff in their semi-final at the Haughs.
It booked United a final showdown with Cove Rangers next month, at a venue still to be decided.
Cove have won the trophy four times but it will be United’s first appearance in the final since stepping up to the Highland League from the Junior ranks in 2009.
They won the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup in 2013-14 but Hunter knows the League Cup is the one everyone wants.
“I’ve told the players they now have a chance to make a bit of history for Formartine,” said Hunter. “One trophy in seven years isn’t good enough for a club as ambitious as we are.
“We have to be getting to finals and making a challenge for the league title every season.
“We have worked really hard to get to this final, now it’s a case of finishing off the job. Winning away at Turriff shows we have the quality needed to do that.
“The players answered a few critics with the determination and desire they showed to win up there.
“We have also remained unbeaten since October.
“That’s despite losing key players through injury and various times during the campaign. The players have shown on the park how much they want to do well for our club.”
Hunter praised former Nairn County striker Gethins for taking his chance in what was an otherwise dour match.
“The move for the goal was about the only bit of quality in the whole game,” he said.
“I’m really pleased for Conor because he is a model professional who always does what’s best for the team.
“It was good to see him get a bit of personal glory for a change.”
Hunter accepts they couldn’t have got it much tougher than having to now take on Cove, who last won the League Cup in 2015.
“There is an intense rivalry between the clubs so the matches are always a big test,” he said.
“We know we will need to be at our very best to win, but it’s the same with Cove.”