Stonehaven in revenge cup win

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Stonehaven Juniors reached the semi-finals of the McLeman Cup with a fine 3-0 win away to Culter on Saturday.

The win gave the Hive revenge for their 4-1 defeat at home to Culter in the semi-finals of the Regional Cup a week previously.

Stonehaven manager Dougie Baxter said: “The semi-final defeat was hard to take. They were reduced to ten men when the score was 1-1 and we failed to adapt and completely lost our way.

“It was so disappointing as we will never have a better chance to reach the Regional Cup Final.

“Saturday gave us a measure of revenge as we won with goals from Lewis Shand, Keith Horne and Phil Duncan.”

Dougie insists that there was no way Culter took their foot off the gas on Saturday after their rush of games in league and cup.

“Culter won’t win the title. Hermes need just one more win to clinch it. Culter are therefore very keen to win any of the cups they are contesting and there is no way they took it easy.

“It was a very disciplined performance by our side. We made four changes from the previous week to freshen things up and learned a few lessons from that game.”

Stonehaven actually play Culter for the third successive game on Tuesday evening when they meet them in the league at Glenury Park. Their final league game, at home to Ellon, has still to be arranged.

In the semi-final of the McLeman Cup, Stonehaven will face either Stoneywood or Longside.

“Either of these sides will fancy their chances against us. It will be a pretty open tie.

“We have kept our season alive and it would be great to reach a final and finish the season on a high.

“We have had a good season, with more ups than downs, but a team is judged on winning things.”

Stonehaven want to win their final two league games and see where it takes them, but third place is looking likely.

“Third place would be great and would be a foundation for next season. I have already touched base with three or four guys who seem quite keen to join us.

“We will work with a squad of around 19 again next season. There is no point in having many more than that as only 14 can play.

“If I bring anyone in they will have to be better than the players I have already got to give us a boost and make us even more competitive next season.”