Published: 04/10/2017 11:25 - Updated: 04/10/2017 11:41

Cup final chance for Lossie and Forres

WINNING through to the North of Scotland Cup final tonight would be a “massive” achievement for manager Lossiemouth.Lossiemouth

Club chairman Rab Mulheron has put his trust in caretaker duo Iain MacRae and Ian Campbell to try and guide the Coasters to their first final in many years.

Lossie take on North Caledonian League side Golspie Sutherland in the semis, with the tie being played at Brora Rangers’ Dudgeon Park.

Macrae and Campbell took temporary charge of the Moray outfit on Saturday for their league game at Keith, following the resignation of boss Ally Ewen and assistant Kevin Munro.

Chairman Mulheron said a number of possible managerial candidates had already expressed an interest in the vacancy, and a decision on whether to advertise the post will be made after tonight’s semi-final.

He is hoping whoever the new boss is, they could have a prestigious north final to look forward to.

“Of course we would love to get to the cup final. It is a massive one for us,” he said.

“We are leaving them (Macrae and Campbell) in for the cup semi-final on Wednesday I’ll have a chat on the bus with them and the committee, and we’ll take it from there.”

With Forres Mechanics hosting Brora in the other semi-final, there could yet be an all-Moray final in the competition – or an all-Sutherland one.

Brora will be big favourites to go on and retain the cup they won last May by defeating Fort William in the final.

However, Forres are capable of springing a surprise if they play to their full potential.

“It’s probably our cup final if I’m being honest,” said Forres manager Charlie Rowley.

“It just takes that bit of luck or a real bit of quality to turn games like this in your favour.

“We’ve got absolutely nothing to lose. We do realise if we give them opportunities we will end up being on thw wrong side of the scoreline.

“We need to tighten up and create more chances going forward and take those chances.”

Defender Graeme Grant will return to the team after being rested in Saturday’s 3-2 league defeat against Fraserburgh.

Simon Allan has been diagnosed with housemaid’s knee and although he was expected to train this week, is not expected to be involved against Brora.

There is also Highland League action tonight with Buckie Thistle set to hand striker John Mcleod a starting berth at home to Huntly.

Mcleod came off the bench to score twice in the 5-0 win against his former club Fort William on Saturday.

Chris Angus, Sam Urquhart, Stuart Taylor and John Maitland remain on the injured list for Jags but striker Kai Ross has been recalled from a loan spell at Keith and could make the squad.

Rothes’ home match against Nairn County has been called off and rescheduled for another date.

In the Aberdeenshire Cup semi-finals Deveronvale host Cove Rangers and Formartine United meet Fraserburgh.

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