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A HERCULEAN effort by Buckie Thistle saw the nine man Jags come from 2-0 down to lift the Aberdeenshire Cup in a penalty shootout.

Hamish Munro scored the winning penalty after Ross Salmon had saved Ryan Stott’s effort and then Kevin Buchan saw his spot kick hit the post for Cove.

That triggered great scenes as Buckie fans, players and management celebrated in style.

Despite dominating the first half, Buckie trailed 1-0 at the break to a Blair Yule goal.

And when they conceded again three minutes after the restart when Mitch Megginson fired home, Buckie had a mountain to climb.

They were given hope when sub Drew Copeland got a goal back with just over 20 minutes remaining.

They looked to have shot themselves in the foot when Craig Dorrat was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball confrontation with Megginson two minutes later.

However, Buckie showed incredible spirit and Chris Angus levelled in the 90th minute with a cool finish.

Extra-time was just six minutes old when Buckie skipper Kevin Fraser was shown a second yellow card for a handball offence, although the referee Liam Duncan initially forgot he had already been booked and had to be reminded by his assistant Craig Veitch before sending Fraser off.

Buckie dug deep for the remainder of extra-time, with Salmon pulling off some great saves and the Jags’ players putting their bodies on the line to repel the Cove attack.

The penalties looked to be swinging in Cove’s favour when they led 3-2 and John McLeod missed his spot-kick, however, when Ceiran McLean and Chris Angus scored either side of a Salmon save, and then Buchan missed, Munro popped up to win it 5-4 with the first sudden death Buckie kick.

There were great scenes at the end as Buckie fans ran on to the pitch to celebrate before seeing their heroes presented with the trophy.

Buckie: Salmon, Cheyne (Carrol 90), Mackinnon (Macrae119), Munro, Dorrat, Low (Copeland 66), K Fraser, McLean, McLeod, Angus, Urquhart. Not used: Scott, J Fraser, Strong.

Cove: McKenzie, Redford, Milne, Yule, Watson, Kelly, Scully (Stott 81), Campbell, Megginson (Buchan 89), Smith ( Park 53), Duff. Not used: McCulloch, McBain, Burnett, McCafferty.

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