Published: 07/09/2017 08:53 - Updated: 07/09/2017 09:09

Shootout win fires Lossie into semis

Written byCraig Christie

LOSSIEMOUTH will play North Caledonian League Golspie Sutherland for a place in this year’s North of Scotland Cup final.Lossiemouth manager Ally Ewen

The Coasters won a penalty shoot-out at home to Strathspey Thistle on Wednesday night after a tense 0-0 draw.

Lossie keeper Cammy Farquhar saved the first Strathspey spot kick while his team-mates scored all five penalties to win through.

Golspie also won on penalties against North Caledonian rivals Invergordon and will be the home club in the semi-final, although a venue for the tie on Wednesday, October 4 has yet to be decided.

Lossie manager Ally Ewen was happy with his team’s reaction to a 6-0 league drubbing at Wick four days earlier.

“I have to give credit to Strathspey. They are vastly improved and we found that the last time we played against them,” he said.

“The game could have gone either way. We couldn’t find the goal to take us through and had to resort to penalty kicks but I’m delighted with the boys scoring all five.

“At the end of the day the plan was to get through and we’ve done that.”

Lossie welcomed back last season’s player of the year, centre back Chris Ross who had initially told the club he may not be able to play for them this season due to other commitments.

Although not match fit Ross steadied the Coasters’ ship and produced a fine sliding block to deny former Buckie and Rothes forward Craig Macmillan.

Twin brothers Cammy and Scott Lisle, on loan to Jags from Brora Rangers, gave the home defence a tough time and both missed chances as the visitors created the better openings in a tight first half.

Ryan Farquhar missed Lossie’s best chance on 70 minutes when he ran through on Chris Ross’ long ball but his shot from the edge of the box was off target.

A drab encounter finished without any goals after 90 minutes so the tie went straight to penalties.

Home keeper Cammy Farquhar saved the first kick from Strathspey sub Stefan Ritchie and the next nine were all converted including all five Lossie penalties by Harry Noble, Liam Archibald, Scott Dunn, Ryan Farquhar and Lewis Hendry.

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Golspie won 7-6 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Invergordon.

In the other semi-final Forres Mechanics will be at home to Brora Rangers.

Forres were handed a walkover win when opponents Fort William couldn’t raise a team due to injuries, while Brora beat Nairn County 4-0.

In the Aberdeenshire Cup, Buckie Thistle’s reign as holders was ended in a 2-0 home defeat to Fraserburgh.

A Greg Buchan free kick and a Gary Harris goal in the first half earned Broch a semi-final trip to Formartine, who won 2-1 at Turriff.

Keith’s interest in the competition was also stopped by a 3-0 defeat to last year’s finalists Cove Rangers.

The Aberdonians now play Deveronvale who came from 2-0 down to beat Inverurie Locos 3-2.

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