Cove Rangers made it a third straight win edging out Huntly with a 2-1 victory at Christie Park.

Huntly made changes from the side which lost on the opening day at Turriff; Neale Allan, and John Urquhart came back in from the start while Michael Clark started for the first time since returning to the club. Cove reshuffled their side from the midweek cup win over Formartine with Jamie Watt coming in for Eric Watson who dropped down to the bench.…

Read more: Press & Journal Highland League: Huntly 1 Cove Rangers 2

On day one of the 2015/16 season it was contrasting fortunes as Turriff United began the new season as league leaders while Huntly propped up the foot of the table.

Turriff United went into the game without Gary McGowan (suspended) while Craig MacAskill, Jamie Beagrie and Paul Young were all ruled out.
Huntly went into the game with a lengthy injury list with Blair Johnston, David Booth, Neale Davidson and Sam McKenzie injured as David Christie, John Urquhart and Neale Allan were unavailable too.

Huntly had a chance early on in the game when Dean Donaldson cut in from the right wing before forcing Kevin Main to save. At the other end Fraser Hobday was called into action to keep out a James Chalmers effort with a point-blank stop.

Midway through the half Huntly came close to taking the lead when an Adam McNamee cross found the head of Craig Dorrat only for the former Turriff player to see his season come off the underside of the crossbar.

Turriff broke up the pitch quickly and Aaron McKenna got into an attacking position before lifting a shot past the advancing Fraser Hobday.

Huntly debutant Dean Donaldson passed up a good chance to level heading wide from a Gary McNamee corner.

The home side doubled their lead after the half-hour mark when an Andrew MacAskill corner was not dealt with and the ball dropped kindly to Artjoms Kuznecovs to volley high into the net.

United added a third goal two minutes before the break. Mark Lawson was cautioned for challenge on Nicholas Gray which gave Andrew MacAskill the opportunity from a free kick and the former Keith player in a great dead ball in off the woodwork.

Half-Time: Turriff United 3 Huntly 0

Having conceded 100 league goals last season, Huntly’s defensive problems showed again into the second half.

Fraser Hobday did well to block a Gray shot only for the ball to break for midfielder Leszek Nowosielski to drill in a low strike.  Only two minutes another quick Turriff counter opened up the Huntly defence before Nicholas Gray finished with a low drive.

Huntly had started to produce some more chances themselves after going five-nil down. James Duguid broke down the left before teeing up Dean Donaldson who rolled wide. New Captain Gary McNamee created an opening for himself after making a run from midfield as Kevin Main got down low to hold.

There were strong appeals for a penalty from the Turriff players when Sean Croll appeared to have handled the ball on the ground but the claims were waved aside by Referee Liam Duncan.

Huntly netted a consolation goal with thirteen minutes remaining when Gary McNamee sent a corner kick into a packed goalmouth for James Duguid to head in at the back post.

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TURRIFF UNITED

1 Kevin Main

2 Lewis Davidson
5 Cameron Bowden (captain)
6 Artjoms Kuznecovs
11 Robert Allan

7 Aaron McKenna
8 Leszek Nowosielski
4 Stuart Cumming
3 James Chalmers
10 Andrew MacAskill

9 Nicholas Gray

HUNTLY

1 Fraser Hobday

3 Murray McCulloch
6 Sean Croll
5 Mark Lawson
2 Gary Davidson

8 Gary McNamee (captain)
4 Ian Cruickshank

7 Adam McNamee
9 James Duguid
11 Craig Dorrat

10 Dean Donaldson

Substitutes

12 Nikolas Wozniak (Gray 67)
14 Darren Mackie (Nowosielski 67)
15 Christopher Herd (Bowden 61)
16 Trialist
17 Trialist
18 Trialist
21 Christopher Stuart

Substitutes

12 Felipe Da Silva
13 Trialist
14 Alexander Thoirs
15 Trialist
16 Aaron Scoular
21 Trialist

Manager: Ross Jack
Assistant Manager: Robert Beckwith
Coach: Graeme Roy
Physios: Donal Gallagher, Andrew Donaldson, Jennifer Butler
Manager: Gregg Carrol
Assistant Manager: Mark Gray
Goalkeeping Coach: Nigel Burgess
Physios: Alister Murray & David Young
Kitman: William Beaton
Referee: Liam Duncan Assistant Referees: Mike Legge & Brian Dean

Read more: Press & Journal Highland League: Turriff United 5 Huntly 1

Pre-Season Friendly: Huntly 3 Aberdeen University 3

Huntly had to settle for a draw in the final pre-season outing when they were held 3-3 by junior side Aberdeen University at Christie Park.

Gregg Carrol’s side went into their final warm-up match with a number of injuries with Craig Dorrat, Murray McCulloch and David Booth all out injured while Alexander Thoirs pulled up in the warm-up and was replaced prior to kick-off by Sean Croll.…

Read more: Pre-Season Friendly: Huntly 3 Aberdeen University 3

Pre-Season Friendly: Huntly 0 Alloa Athletic 9

Huntly were on the end of a heavy defeat in their friendly match against an impressive Alloa Athletic side.

The Wasps opened the scoring after only seven minutes when Michael Duffy got forward on the left and his cross was finished off by Geoff Mitchell. Mitchell made it two eleven minutes later finishing off from a Hamilton assist after a poor defensive clearance in the Huntly backline.…

Read more: Pre-Season Friendly: Huntly 0 Alloa Athletic 9

Pre-season Friendly: Huntly 2 - 1 Banks o Dee

Huntly continued their undefeated run in friendlies with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen junior side Banks o Dee in a warm-up to the two sides meeting in the Aberdeenshire Cup in a few weeks.

The home side opened the scoring early in the second minute when a James Duguid cross into the box found an unmarked Adam McNamee to head in.…

Read more: Pre-season Friendly: Huntly 2 - 1 Banks o Dee

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