Published: 31/10/2017 10:40 - Updated: 31/10/2017 11:15

Experienced men are key to Lossie cup final bid

Written byCraig Christie

UNDERDOGS Lossiemouth will rely on their experienced players when they have their big cup final day on Saturday.Lossiemouth stalwart Tony Ross

The Coasters take on holders and huge favourites Brora Rangers this weekend in the North of Scotland Cup final at Clach’s Grant Street Park in Inverness.

Lossie will aim to stay strong in defence against their powerful opponents, and two seasoned campaigners are set to be at the heart of their rearguard effort.

Player boss Iain MacRae is likely to put himself in the starting line-up while fellow stopper Tony Ross is aiming for glory in his testimonial year with the club.

Ex Forres Mechanics man Ross (36) is in his tenth year with the Coasters and this is his first chance of silverware success in Highland League football.

“In my nine previous years at the club I’ve never been to a final so it’s a long time since the club has been involved in anything like this,” he said.

MacRae (32) recently became Lossie’s fourth manager of 2017, taking over from Ally Ewen who quit following a run of disappointing results.

The former Rothes and Buckie Thistle man is in his 18th season in the Highland League, and joined the Coasters as a player coach in the summer.

He said: “I’ve played in a few cup finals over the years but for some of the younger lads, they’ve just started playing Highland League football. So it will be excellent experience for them.

“I hope I will be able to help them through it.”

Lossie reached the final after a 3-2 win over Golspie Sutherland at Dudgeon Park, home of Saturday’s opponents Brora.

They had earlier defeated Strathspey Thistle in a penalty shoot-out at Grant Park.

Lossie’s last trophy success came in the North Cup in 2002-03 when they beat Rothes 3-1 in the final at Forres. They also won the trophy three times in a row during the nineties.

Don’t miss Friday’s Northern Scot for all the build-up to Lossie’s big game, and full interviews with MacRae and Ross.

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