French at the double for United

Sam French netted a double to help his side reach the next round of the Scottish Cup.
Sam French netted a double to help his side reach the next round of the Scottish Cup.
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A Sam French double helped Formartine United to a 3-1 Scottish Cup win at Keith on Saturday.

Manager Steve Paterson is keen for a run in the national competition after early exits in recent seasons and was wary of the visit to Kynoch Park.

But the Pitmedden side were 2-0 up at half-time and despite the Maroons pulling one back, the visitors eased their way into the next round.

Formartine took the lead in the 22nd minute after a period of pressure.

Callum Bagshaw and French had efforts saved by Keith keeper David Hey, but the teenager could do nothing to keep out Paul Napier’s header from a Stuart Anderson cross.

French then hit the post before Keith battled back and former North Lodge player Michael Ewen forced Andy Shearer into two good saves.

Cormack then wasted another chance for the home side when he shot straight at Shearer.

They were made to pay on the stroke of half-time when Formartine increased their lead.

Napier provided the assist to French whose header nestled in the bottom corner.

Into the second half and United almost made it 3-0 when Bagshaw’s volley was pushed away by Dey.

But it was Keith who reduced the deficit in the 54th minute.

Robbie Collinson forced his way into the box and Shearer could do nothing to prevent his shot finding the net.

Formartine made the tie all but safe eight minutes later when French claimed his second by lobbing Dey.