ROTHES skipper Michael Dunn scored a stoppage time penalty winner to turn over his dad Stevie’s Lossiemouth team on Wednesday night.
Coasters' boss Dunn said the Speysiders’ late effort to claim a 3-2 success was a sickener to his team, but admitted Rothes wanted to win it more.
“I have to take my hat off to them, they wanted it more than us,” Stevie said. “Our boys need to take a good look at themselves in the mirror.”
Rothes got off to a great start with Joao Rodrigues’ sixth minute opener and when the Portuguese hitman added a second after the break, Lossie was against the ropes.
But Shawn Scott pulled one back midway through the half and sub Jordan Main had been on the park less than a minute when he thumped home an 85th minute leveller.
The visitors pushed for a winner but in the fifth minute of time added on, Callum McIntosh broke for Rothes and was brought down by Lossie defender Chris Ross for a penalty.
Up stepped Michael Dunn to thump the ball home and do the dirty not only on his dad, but younger brother Scott who had come on as a sub for Lossie.
Rothes boss Graeme Roy was thrilled with his team’s response to a 7-0 home drubbing to Inverurie Locos in their league opener only days earlier.
“Credit to all the boys in there,” Roy said. “It’s nothing to do with me. It’s all on them, and for them to come back from that result on Saturday showed what they are all about tonight.”
Rothes were Moray’s only winning team in the Highland League on Wednesday.
Buckie Thistle, with new signing Andrezj Slawomir-Kleczkowski making his debut, drew their coast derby against Deveronvale 1-1 at Victoria Park.
Former Jag Martin Charlesworth put Vale 1-0 up early on but Andy Low levelled on 71 minutes, just a minute after coming on as sub for Kleczkowski.
Forres Mechanics were no match for champions Brora Rangers, who ran out 4-0 winners at Mosset Park.
And Keith came unstuck against former Kynoch Park favourite Cammy Keith, whose first half penalty earned Formartine United a narrow 1-0 win.
Elsewhere, Inverurie Locos won 3-2 at Nairn and Wick defeated Clach by the same score, while Fraserburgh beat Huntly 4-2.
Strathspey were 2-1 winners at Fort William while the result of the night saw Ross Jack’s Turriff come back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at Cove.
Don’t miss this week’s Scot for player and manager reaction and pictures from the Rothes v Lossie derby, plus the latest from Moray’s other Highland League sides.