Published: 29/07/2014 23:37 - Updated: 29/07/2014 23:55

Cans are spot on in cup opener

FORRES Mechanics opened their new football season with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup.Ross Archibald in action on his Forres debut.

Charlie Rowley's side beat derby rivals Nairn County 4-2 on spot kicks at Station Park on Tuesday, after the sides were locked at 0-0 after ninety minutes.

The Cans, who were without keeper Stuart Knight, key defender Graeme Grant and the Fraser twins Graham and Lee, march on to the quarter-finals.

They will visit Lossiemouth in the last eight, the Coasters having beaten Fort William 3-2 on Saturday.

Chances were few and far between at Nairn, and it came down to which team could hold their nerve in the penalties.

Andy Fraser, Kyle Scott, sub Duncan Jones and Ross Macpherson netted all four Forres spot kicks while the home side missed two.

Elsewhere in the competition, a Craig Gunn hat-trick helped a strong Elgin City side to a 4-1 home success over Strathspey Thistle.

Gunn converted a Gordon Finlayson cross to open the scoring on ten minutes, and outpaced the visiting defence to make it 2-0 before the break.

A volley ten minutes after half time completed Gunn's treble and Shane Sutherland steered in City's fourth on 78 minutes.

Strathspey grabbed a last minute consolation when Elgin keeper Stewart Black funbled a Matthew Cooper pass back into his own net.

Wick Academy won 4-0 at Golspie in the other tie of the night, while in the Aberdeenshire Cup, Turriff United lost 3-2 to Inverurie Locos.

Don't miss this week's Northern Scot for a special Highland League pull-out and all the build-up to the big league kick off on Saturday.

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