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Rothie Rovers 7 – 0 Torphins

Aberdeen Trophy Centre Aberdeen FC Trophy First Round at Rothienorman on Saturday 1st September

Report by Andy McLaren

Rothie Rovers chairman Brian Cormack believes a recent grant may allow the club to play at junior level in the future.

His side have been awarded £26,000 from Sport Scotland and have raised over £21,000 from successful fundraising activities.

The Rothienorman side, who play in Division One (North), have used the money to improve their pitch and install new changing facilities.

Brian, who has been the chairman at the club for 13 years, said: “I can’t say yes or no to junior football at the moment but with the help of this grant, I don’t see why not.

“It’s all well having the facilities to progress to junior level but we must show our quality on the pitch before the step up.

“Rothienorman is only a small village but the progress we have made has been remarkable.

“We recently raised a further £20,000 at our sportsman’s dinner and it was a gigantic success, attracting over 180 people.

“With the help of our new management team involving Ian Bruce, who was the manager at Maud last year, there is no reason why we can’t be a Premier Division side next season.

The Aberdeenshire side hope to encourage youth development in the area by allowing juvenile teams from Insch and Formartine to play their Sunday home games on the amateur sides pitch.

“It’s great to see the club booming and we always do our best to accommodate younger sides from the area,” said Cormack.

“The club has recently been awarded extra cash from a planning gain from Aberdeenshire Council which will help go towards installing a new shower system”.

The Aberdeen FC Trophy encounter was delayed by 40 minutes due to a last minute change in referee.

Torphins, who play in Division Two (North), almost went in front with their first attack.

David Cruickshank broke through the centre of midfield to angle a pass to Craig Mitchell who calmly slotted the ball past Barry Mitchell but ruled it out for offside.

The stand-in referee then waved play on as Barry Geddes was forced to pull off an incredible save with his feet to deny George Stewart, who was judged to be onside.

The home side’s pressure resulted in their first goal as Stewart’s curling cross found the head of Richard Fisher who rose above the goalkeeper to power the ball into the net.

It was soon 2-0 on 35 minutes as Craig Leslie showed great composure to dribble around Geddes and coolly pass it to Fisher who couldn’t miss from 5 yards.

Half-time: 2 – 0

Richard Fisher secured his hat-trick on 55 minutes as he expertly took the ball around Geddes to make it 3-0.

5 minutes later the prolific striker sent the Rothie faithful into jubilation when he rifled a low drive to beat the deflated Geddes at his near post.

It was then the turn of Stewart to curl a looping shot into the top corner, leaving Geddes with no chance.

The home side grabbed their sixth on 75 minutes when Kevin Beaton angled a teasing cross that deceived Geddes, leaving Stewart with the simple task of nodding it into the empty net.

George Stewart and Richard Fisher would have to settle for a share of the match ball when Stewart also secured his hat-trick on 80 minutes. Geddes showed great reflexes to palm the forwards powerful shot but he was on hand to glance in the rebound to secure a convincing win for his side.

Full Time: 7 – 0