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Dane Ballard penalty sends Deveronvale through to Aberdeenshire Cup semi-finals while managerless Inverurie Locos crash to Banks o' Dee


By Craig Christie

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DEVERONVALE gained Aberdeenshire Cup revenge over Dyce Juniors with a quarter-final success on Wednesday night.

Dane Ballard (left) struck Deveronvale's cup winner from the spot. Photo: Brian Smith.
Dane Ballard (left) struck Deveronvale's cup winner from the spot. Photo: Brian Smith.

The North Region Superleague side defeated Vale at Princess Royal Park 2-1 in last season's competition.

In the rematch, also in Banff, it took a penalty inside the closing 20 minutes for the Highland League club to set matters straight.

Dane Ballard slotted home from the spot to land Vale a semi-final match at either Formartine or Huntly, whose tie was postponed due to a Covid case in the Huntly squad.

Highland League met North Juniors in the night's two other quarter-finals, with very different results.

Inverurie Locos had the draw most teams fear as they visited perennial Highland League slayers Banks o' Dee, who thumped Keith 6-1 in the first round.

Locos, who parted company with manager Andy Low during the week, went behind to a Matthew Robertson goal on the half hour mark.

The visitors then had Ross Still sent off for two bookings on 62 minutes, and paid the penalty when Jack Henderson sealed a 2-0 win late in the game.

Aberdeen University were no match for a strong Fraserburgh who ran in six goals without reply.

Two early Sean Butcher goals set the tone, with Willie West putting Broch 3-0 up at the break.

Paul Campbell, Ryan Sargent and Gary Harris all netted after the break to make it comfortable for Broch, who now host Banks o' Dee in the semis.


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