Garry Wood was delighted to help Formartine United make history as the club won the Highland League Cup for the first time.
The striker bagged the winner as the Pitmedden side beat Fraserburgh 2-1 in the final at Mackessack Park, Rothes
Paul Lawson’s team fell behind in the second minute to a Gary Harris penalty with Craig McKeown equalising before Wood struck.
It is Formartine’s second cup success of the season after winning the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup in November.
It’s the first time United have won two trophies in a season since joining the Highland League in 2009 –with Wood getting the decisive goal in both finals.
On his cup final scoring record, Wood said: “It’s a good habit. To score the winning goal in two finals is great.
“But it’s about the team performance and I think in both finals to a man we’ve been excellent.
“And I think we thoroughly deserved it.
“It wasn’t the best of starts for us with the goal in the first minute, but it gave us 90 minutes to put it right.
“The attitude we showed when we went behind was excellent and I thought the whole team performed really well.
“I’m delighted to win another trophy in the Highland League.
“When Paul Lawson and Russell Anderson took over our main aim was to finish as high as we can in the league and win as many cups as we can.
“We’ve won two, so we can’t really complain with the season we’ve had.
“We’ve been there or thereabouts in the last few years but we’ve not actually won anything.
“So to win two trophies is great.”
Wood felt the turning point in the game was Formartine’s equaliser just before half-time.
He added: “I thought we were the better side in the first half but Fraserburgh had chances as well.
“We were trailing, but to go in 1-1 at half-time was good for us.
“We defended well and I don’t think we ever looked in real danger (in the second half).
“I thought we defended from the front and we’re delighted to get the two cup wins.”
Fraserburgh made the perfect start after only 80 seconds.
The ball was going through to United keeper Kevin Main, but Jonny Crawford clashed with Jamie Beagrie, and was viewed to have obstructed Beagrie, by ref Dan McFarlane who gave a penalty.
HARRIS stepped up and rolled home right-footed from 12 yards. Moments later Crawford drilled straight at Fraserburgh keeper Peter Tait from 25 yards as he looked to make up for his error.
Just before the quarter hour a remarkable double save from Tait kept the Broch ahead.
Stuart Anderson’s cross from the left was met by Jevan Anderson’s bullet header but Tait, diving full stretch to his right, made a great save and then denied Jevan Anderson’s rebound.
But after his fine first half it was a Tait error in the 43rd minute that allowed Formartine to level.
Stuart Anderson’s free-kick from the left was punched straight up in the air by the goalie.
Tait tried to take the ball as it dropped again, but couldn’t and McKEOWN was on hand to lash home from eight yards.
Three minutes after the break McKeown headed Stuart Anderson’s free-kick inches over the crossbar.
But on 51 minutes Formartine were ahead.
Bryan Hay tangled with Wood as they went for the ball, with the Fraserburgh defender staying down.
But United carried on with the ball fed out to former Broch player Scott Barbour on the left.
He produced a pinpoint cross with WOOD taking one touch to control before finishing clinically with his right foot from 14 yards.
The Broch tried to respond and Willie West shot over from 12 yards with an angled effort minutes later.
Fraserburgh tried to find a leveller in the final quarter, but struggled to carve out a clear opening.
While Formartine’s Archie Macphee and Wood were both thwarted by Tait in the closing stages as they went for a third goal.
The Broch had Marc Dickson sent off in injury time for a second yellow card.
Formartine United: Kevin Main, Jonny Crawford, Jevan Anderson, Craig McKeown, Stuart Smith; Graeme Rodger, Stuart Anderson, Wayne Mackintosh (Scott Ferries 87); Archie Macphee, Garry Wood, Scott Barbour (Andrew Greig 79).
Subs not used: Jamie Michie, Paul Lawson, Liam Burnett, Connor Gethins, Ewen MacDonald.
Fraserburgh: Peter Tait, Marc Dickson, Dean Cowie, Bryan Hay, Ryan Cowie; Michael Rae (Ryan Christie 83), Paul Young, Jamie Beagrie, Greg Buchan (Aidan Combe 60); Willie West (Graham Johnston 68), Gary Harris.
Subs not used: Lewis Davidson, Cameron Buchan, Marc Lawrence, Paul Leask.