At the second time of asking the SFA youth cup tie between Formartine United and Arbroath got the green light to play at North Lodge Park and it was to be a really competitive cup tie then was evenly contested all the way through the game. The majority of the starting eleven for Formartine all play in the ADJFA, most play for Colony Locos 19s and also had a Colony Park under 17s player in there with the mix as well, it really does bode well for the future.
The prize at stake for the winners was a trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts who have a number of players under 20s appearing in their starting line-ups every week in the Scottish Premiership. It was Formartine who took that chance and the hosts looked like they wanted it more.
Arbroath had the first chance of the game after a great corner was sent in by Sam Burnett which was met by Kyle Findlater whose header just whisked over the bar for the Scottish league outfit.
Matthew McDonald picked up a crucial brace in this cup tie and his first of many opportunities in the match came in the 5th minute courtesy of a free kick 25 yards from goal which just went inches wide of the left hand post.
The visitors tried to get in front once more when Jamie Thomsons free kick forced him to play a short pass into the feet of Scott Adams and the former Aberdeen player unleashed a 25 yard effort towards goal which went over the top of Mike McKinnons goal.
There was good chances at both ends and at the other end United once again threatened Arbroath after a great ball was sent in by Stewart Anderson which was met by McDonald whose shot was deflected over the crossbar by Paul Weir.
With half time fast approaching Formartine took the lead at a great time with only 120 seconds remaining until the interval, Jack Goodwin sent in a great ball from the right hand side which was met by McDonald who produced a powerful diving header past Lenny Wilson in the visiting goal.