Published: 04/09/2014 00:12 - Updated: 04/09/2014 00:25

Forres anger as Elgin win cup derby

Written byCraig Christie

ELGIN City reached the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup final after a controversial 4-2 win at Moray neighbours Forres Mechanics on Wednesday.

On top of the world - Charlie Rowley
Forres boss Charlie Rowley said refereeing decisions cost his team in the cup match against Elgin.

City’s first two goals were hotly disputed by Mechanics, whose manager Charlie Rowley said the tie was decided by “poor” refereeing decisions.

Elgin will now play Highland league champs Brora Rangers in the final on Sunday, October 19, the day after they make the long trek to Berwick Rangers for a League 2 match.

Forres were left to lick their wounds after a derby defeat, despite putting up a brave effort against their Moray rivals.

After a dominant start, the Cans were stunned when referee Morag Pirie gave Elgin a disputed penalty award which Shane Sutherland converted to put them ahead.

Forres then appealed for offside as Dennis Wyness headed home to make it 2-0, leaving boss Rowley furious that two decisions had gone against his team in controversial circumstances.

 “By Simon’s account their striker ran across him and tripped over Simon’s leg. The ref was adamant that Simon had a two-handed push on him, which all my players were saying is not the case.

“If we go on to the offside, three yards is being mentioned.

“If you take that two poor decisions, I think that’s cost us the game in my opinion. Not our performance, because I thought we were outstanding, particularly the first half where we were by far the dominant side.”

Elgin boss Barry Wilson admitted his team was under pressure until the penalty decision, but was pleased to win a place in the final.

“I’m sure Charlie and the boys were not too happy about it but it just settled us down and from then on we got the second goal.

“Forres never gave up but I’m delighted to get through, and it just gives me a headache for next month.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do for the final. I might just play the reserves at Berwick!” he joked.

After Sutherland and Wyness put City 2-0 up, Stuart Soane headed Forres back in the game just before half time.

Elgin sub Daniel Moore made it 3-1on 76 minutes with a goal of the season contender, smashing into the top corner from the tightest of angles.

Fellow subs Gordon Finlayson and Brian Cameron combined for Cameron to make it 4-1, before Kyle Scott netted a consolation in stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Buckie Thistle also reached a cup final after pulling off a superb 3-0 win at Formartine United in the Aberdeenshire Cup semi-finals.

Strikes by Andrzej Kleczkowski, Andy Low and Chris Angus booked Jags a place in the final against Fraserburgh.

In the Highland League, Lossiemouth returned to winning ways with a 2-0 success over Rothes, with Ryan Farquhar and Shawn Scott getting the goals.

Inverurie Locos and Nairn County drew 1-1, Strathspey Thistle and Fort William finished 3-3 while Turriff United beat Cove Rangers 2-0.

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