Shetland to face Formartine in Friendly

The senior Shetland football team are travelling down to the mainland this weekend to take on Formartine United in a friendly in preparation for their county clash with Orkney later in the month. The squad are set to travel down on the Friday night, play the match in Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon and then hop back on the north boat back to Shetland on Saturday night.

Formartine will provide stiff opposition for the Shetland squad who have not played a competitive fixture since the county match last summer. The club were founded in 1948 and won the coveted Aberdeenshire Cup in 2013 while also enjoying North of Scotland Amateur Cup success in the past.

The Pitmedden-based club currently play in the Highland Football League after being accepted into the association in the 2009-10 season and finished in second place last season scoring a record 137 goals in the process.

 

TEAM NEWS

Shetland are travelling away with a 15-man squad for the match this weekend with several players set to make their first appearances for the senior county team. Spurs’ Grant Wood and Sam Maver, Thistle’s Callum Johnson and John Allan of Scalloway are all set to make their debuts despite representing Shetland at junior level.

There are unfortunately several players who are unavailable for the trip away for various reasons. Spurs’ Josie Kay and Celtic’s Robert Smith and Connor Regan are injured; captain Leighton Flaws and youngster Stuart Copland have Parish Cup duties to fulfil; and Calvin Leask, Erik Peterson, David Murray and Joel Bradley are also unavailable for the match.

Full squad: Grant Wood (Spurs), Piotr Drozdowski (Whitedale), Richard Arthur (Whalsay), Shane Jamieson (unattached), Finn Watt (Celtic), Callum Johnson (Thistle), Charlie Unsworth (Whitedale), James Aitken (Celtic), James Farmer (Ness Utd), Jack Clubb (Celtic), John Allan (Scalloway), Sam Maver (Spurs), Sam Ward (Spurs), Paul Molloy (Spurs) & Greg Tulloch (Whitedale).

 

VIEWS FROM THE DUGOUT

Despite several absentees from the regular squad, managers John Scott Christie and Allan Graham remain in an upbeat mood ahead of the trip away. “We are very much looking forward to the game; Formartine had an excellent season, finishing second in the Highland League to a very good Cove Rangers side” explains Christie.

“They were top scorers in the league so we anticipate a very difficult match but it should be good preparation for the intercounty two weeks later in Orkney.

“A few players are unavailable; we’ve lost a couple in the last week or so through injury and a couple are playing Parish Cup” Christie continues. “But we still feel we have a good squad and looking forward to the trip away as build up for the county”.

 

SPONSORSHIP

Scalloway Meat Company Ltd have kindly agreed to sponsor the Shetland team for the match to help cover some of the travel costs of the squad. One of the Slow Food campaign’s Forgotten Foods champions, the company have been providing the isles with the highest quality butchered meat for a number of years. In addition to their butcher and general grocery store in Scalloway, the company have also opened another branch in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre in Lerwick which specialises solely on butchery.

Scalloway Meat Company offer a number of different products including Shetland favourites reestit mutton and sassermeat as well as beef, lamb and pork, puddings (black, white, fruit), haggis, pies, burgers and sausages.

The squad are extremely grateful for the sponsorship provided by the Scalloway Meat Company and the continuing support of their other main sponsor, Northlink Ferries. Without the generous donations of these companies, the team would not be able to fulfil their fixtures on the mainland which are key to their county and Island Games preparations.