ROTHES shocked holders Wick Academy to reach the quarter-finals of the North of Scotland Cup.
The Speysiders beat Wick 2-0 at MacKessack Park on Wednesday night to continue their revival under management duo Steven MacDonald and Grant Munro.
Rothes will now visit Golspie Sutherland on April 29 in the last eight of the Menzies Distribution-sponsored competition.
The Moray side have proved to be a tough side to beat with a new team assembled by boss MacDonald and player assistant Munro.
Two of their new recruits were on target in the surprise success over a Wick side who won the cup last season.
MacDonald even named himself as one of two Rothes substitutes for the game along with club coach Nathan Sharp, because he was so short of bodies.
But the eleven on the park did the business with Gordy McNab breaking the deadlock with a fine strike just before the break.
Jack Maley’s penalty kick 20 minutes from time sealed the home side’s place in the quarters and sent the holders tumbling out.
Rothes could even have a chance of going all the way to the final of the cup competition.
If they can beat North Caledonian League Golspie in the next round, they would be home to either Fort William or Invergordon in the semis on May 6.
Meanwhile, Forres Mechanics sealed a top six finish in the Highland League with a 0-0 draw at home to Formartine United.
It was the Cans’ second consecutive clean sheet and meant they finished their league campaign undefeated in their last seven fixtures.
Mechanics’ season will conclude in the North Cup and they travel to Clach for a first round tie on Saturday.