A STRONG second half show earned Elgin City a 4-0 win at Keith in the Scottish Cup Moray derby.
Keith more than matched their Scottish League 2 opponents for 45 minutes but doubles from Ally MacKenzie and Craig Gunn took City into the third round.
However, Elgin's victory came at a cost as full back Ross McKinnon was stretchered off with a suspected broken jaw.
Elgin manager Ross Jack said: "We fear a broken jaw or cheekbone and we're just waiting word from the hospital. Ross was in a lot of pain."
The City boss was happier with his team's result and in particular their second half show.
"Keith made it very tough for us in that first half but we were confident if we could get one goal we would get more, and so it proved."
Johnny Smith and Callum Dingwall both missed reasonable chances to put Keith ahead in a very even first 45 minutes.
But MacKenzie volleyed Elgin ahead with his first cmpetitive goal for the club on 59 minutes.
Eight minutes later Craig Gunn netted through a ruck of bodies from a cross by Paul McMullan, who replaced the stricken McKinnon after his first minute facial injury.
The goal of the game was a brilliant 30 yard curler from MacKenzie onn71 minutes, and Gunn added his own second in stoppage time.
Keith manager Darren Still felt Elgin's experience told in the end.
"We were really pleased with how the first half went. I don't think Elgin any problems," he said.
"But their two guys with full-time experience, Dennis Wyness and Shane Sutherland stepped up to the mark in the second half and that really made a big difference."
More pictures and more reaction from the game in Friday's Scot.