Mearns United on brink of glory?

MEARNS United FC could be poised for glory in the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football League.

Mearns were away to Rattray’s X1 on Wednesday evening and they went into the game knowing that a win would give them a third successive promotion since joining the Amateur ranks and a place in the Premier Division next season.

A win over Rattray’s, whom they play again on Saturday, this time at Fettercairn with a 2pm kick-off, would leave Mearns favourites to clinch the Division One North title.

In recent weeks Mearns have been chasing glory on two fronts, as they went all the way to the semi-final of the Association Trophy, one of the Aberdeenshire FA’s major knockout competitions.

In the last 16 they whacked Echt 5-1 at home and that put them into a home quarter-final against Lads’ Club on Saturday.

Mearns won 1-0 with the only goal coming on the hour mark when Ross Donald headed home a Rob Armstrong corner.

As time ran out, keeper Black made a save and Ramage made a goal-line block to prevent the tie going into extra-time.

Mearns were away to Cove Thistle in the semi-final on Monday evening with the prize a final place against Stoneywood Amateurs.

Mearns missed a string of first half chances through Beel, Irvine and Armstrong, and somehow trailed 1-0 at the break.

Cove didn’t score again until 15 minutes from time, then as Mearns pressed, they caught them twice more on the break to make the final score 4-0.

Cup glory would have been nice, but the league has been the Mearns priority all season.

In recent matches they beat Lads’ Club 2-0 away thanks to two headed goals from Stevie Law and Craig Horner, then trounced West End 6-0 at home.

After the Rattray’s double header, Mearns still have fixtures against Nicolls Amateurs home and Insch away to play.