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Dyce ITC Hydraulics Win Stephen Shield

By Andy McLaren

Dyce captain Jonathan Flett has today hailed the impact of this season’s new signings following their arrival from former amateur side Newmacher.

Dyce lifted their first piece of silverware since 2006 with a 3-0 win over Lads Club Amateurs in the final of the Stephen Shield.

The Aberdeenshire side were founded in 1983 and are currently third in Division One (North).

And Jonathan, who joined the club when he was 16, admits he is relishing the chance to soak up the magic of winning a cup.

He said: “I played for Dyce Boys Club in the juvenile leagues before moving onto the amateur divisions, so to win a trophy was special to me.

“At the start of the season, we thought the team may have forged into two groups, but the Newmacher lads have settled in really well.

“It’s hard to say where we would have been without the guys who came from Newmacher but they have had a really positive influence at the club this season.

“Only myself and my teammate James Glennie have won a trophy with the club so it must have been a great feeling for everyone else.”

Dyce were promoted to amateur football’s top flight in 2009 but suffered relegation last season.

The Aberdeenshire side’s most successful season came in 2011 when they finished 8th in the Premier Division.

And Jonathan, who joined the club in 2005, admits there is no reason why the Stephen Shield champions can’t return to the top flight next season.

“I don’t think there was an issue with the strength of our squad last season but commitments meant we were under strength for the majority of the campaign,” he said.

“We have proved to ourselves in last few games that we can compete with the best in amateur football.

“At the start of the season, we almost had too many players so we have streamlined the squad into the best group of guys available.

“We were promoted four-years-ago after winning a play-off and I think the squad is capable of doing something similar, either during this season or next year.”