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Strathspey Thistle have second half shocker in Speyside derby

By Jonathan Clark

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Jack Davison bagged a brace in heavy defeat at Rothes.
Jack Davison bagged a brace in heavy defeat at Rothes.

Strathspey Thistle were on the wrong end of a drubbing by local rivals Rothes having led twice at Mackessack Park.

The Jags ended up losing 8-2 after a good first opening 45 minutes.

The bottom-of-the-table visitors led 1-0 and 2-1 through a Jack Davison with his goals coming in the 10th and 29th minutes.

Both counters came either side of a Michael Finnis penalty.

But Gary Kerr equalised for the hosts before half-time and the hosts ran riot after the turnaround – scoring six unanswered goals to record a huge win, their first since November 25.

Elsewhere, Buckie Thistle's first game after their trip to Celtic Park saw them come through a dramatic penalty shoot-out to win against Banks O' Dee.

The Jags were forced to give up home advantage due to ongoing drainage issues at Victoria Park and instead travelled to Spain Park in Aberdeen on Wednesday.

After a 0-0 draw, the Jags won 4-3 on penalties with Joe McCabe firing the winning spot-kick in via the post. Ex Elgin City goalkeeper Daniel Hoban was sent off for the hosts on 75 minutes.

Buckie travel to local rivals Deveronvale in the next round of the cup on Wednesday, February 7.

Michael Finnis scored two further penalties – netting a hat-trick of spot-kicks – while transfer-listed forward Aidan Wilson hit a brace.

Bailey Paxton and Jake Thomson added further goals to round-off a hammering win for the hosts.

Lossiemouth, who were winners against Rothes at the weekend, were well beaten by Nairn County at Station Park.

Ross Paterson's 20-yard effort proved to be scant consolation for the Coasters as a hat-trick from Elgin City loanee Ben Barron, Angus Dey and Ciaran Young gave the home side a 5-1 success.

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