Turriff Main man Kevin targets semi slot to make up for league woe

Turriff United goalie Kevin Main hopes they can put their disappointing league form behind them and progress to the Aberdeenshire Shield semi-final.

Turra host Fraserburgh at the Haughs in the second round of the Shield.

In the Highland League, United are down in 13th after an inconsistent campaign.

Main hopes Ross Jack’s side can enjoy more success in this competition by reaching the semi-finals.

He said: “The league form hasn’t been too great, so this takes your mind off that. So hopefully we can focus on the cup and try to get a good result.

“We’re at home so I hope we can put on a good performance.

“They’ve got a lot of our ex-players there, so it is always a fiesty game.

“Any game we’re playing just now is a battle for us and we need to try to work hard and hopefully get the breaks.”

Fraserburgh won the competition two seasons ago and assistant manager James Duthie is hoping they can have another good run in the tournament.

He said: “We always have really close games at Turriff and it is really difficult.

“It would be fine to get another run in it and another trophy, but with Eddie Morrison (Morrison Motors) being the main sponsor and being involved with Turriff I know that it is a really important competition for them as well.”

Buckie Thistle face Deveronvale in the other second round tie at Princess Royal Park.

The Banffers beat the Jags 3-2 in the league earlier in the season.

Buckie, the Highland League champions, are eighth in the league table and boss Graeme Stewart accepts the cup competitions are their best chance of silverware this season.

He said: “We’ve got to be honest and it’s unlikely we’re going to win the league now, so the two cups (the shield and the Highland League Cup) are the priorities along with finishing as high as we can in the league. So it’s a big opportunity for the players.”

Vale boss Steve Dolan wants his charges to show more belief than in the 5-0 loss to Formartine on Saturday, and said: “It would nice to get to the semi-finals, but Buckie will be massive favourites.

“We’ll get the boys to try to believe in their own ability and go and play our own game. We’re both in the same boat, in that we want the win to help us kick on this season.”