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Forres Mechanics progress in North of Scotland Cup at Strathspey Thistle's expense

By Craig Christie

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Forres Mechanics made it three wins in a row with a comfortable North of Scotland Cup success over Strathspey Thistle on Wednesday night.

Shaun Morrison scored twice for Forres in their 4-0 North Cup win over Strathspey. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Shaun Morrison scored twice for Forres in their 4-0 North Cup win over Strathspey. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Building on victories over Keith and Banks O' Dee, Cans picked up their success success this term over the Grantown side, who they defeated 2-1 in their opening league match.

Shaun Morrison scored the first two, either side of half time, and ex-Cans man Owen Paterson netted an own goal before Jack Grant's free kick wrapped it up late on.

In the quarters, Forres will host Nairn County who staved off a Lossiemouth comeback to win a five-goal clash at Station Park.

Scott Davidson's goal separated the sides at the break and Nairn added a second through Callum MacLean early in the second half.

Frank McGettrick's men battled back to level through strikes by Ross Morrison and Dean Stewart, but Andrew MacLeod grabbed County's winner with ten minutes to go.

A strong Ross County side booked a home quarter-final against Golspie Sutherland with an 8-0 success at Wick Academy.

Jay Henderson and Alex Samual both helped themselves to hat-tricks inside 52 minutes with Alister Morrison and Jordy Hiwula (pen) completing the rout.

Brora Rangers will host Clach after overcoming former Highland League boys Fort William 6-2 at Dudgeon Park.

Two Jordan macRae goals in the first 20 minutes set the ball rolling for the Cattachs and by half time they were five ahead, as Paul Brindle, Andy Macrae and Matthew Strachan all netted.

Max Ewan made it 6-0 on the hour and Brora took their foot off the gas, allowing Fort two consolation goals through Connor MacLeod and Doeimassei Muller (pen).

Rothes and Inverness Caley Thistle both received byes and will meet at MacKessack Park in the other quarter-final, with all games scheduled for September 13.

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