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Buckie Thistle manager Graeme Stewart says his team's Aberdeenshire Cup win over Banks o' Dee showed they have bounced back from their League Cup final loss


By Craig Christie

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Saturday's battling 2-1 win in Aberdeen was the perfect Jags recovery from their cup final hangover.

Marcus Goodall (left) scored Buckie's first goal of the season at Banks o' Dee. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Marcus Goodall (left) scored Buckie's first goal of the season at Banks o' Dee. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

So says boss Graeme Stewart, who was delighted with the Jags’ 2-1 win at Spain Park in their opening match of the 2020-21 season.

Goals by Marcus Goodall and Scott Adams helped the visitors through to the quarter finals of the Aberdeenshire Cup, where they will host Aberdeen next Wednesday.

Goodall and Adams netted two quick goals midway through the first half with Dee pulling one back before half time.

It was Buckie’s first outing since they concluded their previous campaign by losing to 10-man Rothes in the Highland League Cup final three weeks earlier.

“This was exactly what we needed after the final,” said Stewart. “Banks o’ Dee have battered just about every Highland League club they’ve been up against.

“Considering it was our first game since the final, we hadn’t trained in a week-and-a-half and we were on their astro pitch which I’m not a big fan of, I think it was a great performance.

“We showed a bit more character than we did in the final so I’m delighted.

“Kyle MacLeod had his best game in a Buckie shirt. We made six changes from the final and we looked just as strong, which tells you about how good this squad is.

“Now we’ve got Aberdeen and I hope we get some fans in for that game. It would make a big difference and it would generate some revenue.”



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