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Moray derby in North Cup draw

By Craig Christie

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FORRES Mechanics will do battle with old rivals Elgin City in this year's North of Scotland Cup competition.

Forres met Elgin in Scott Moore's testimonial match last year.
Forres met Elgin in Scott Moore's testimonial match last year.

The draw for the competition - which has found a new sponsor in Highland contractor Pat Munro - was made this week, setting up a Moray derby tie in the first round.

Forres will play host to an Elgin side which is expected to be mainly made up of their under-20s squad.

However with Elgin having a predominantly north-based squad this season, they may field several first team players in the Mosset Park match.

Lossiemouth were also given a home draw against Caley Thistle, who also play a youth squad in the tourney and defeated Lossie 6-0 at Grant Park in last year's North Cup.

The winners of the Lossie-ICT clash will be at home to the Forres v Elgin winners in the quarter-finals.

Rothes were given a first round bye and don't enter the tournament until August 21 when they host either Fort William or Nairn County.

Pat Munro North of Scotland Cup draw.

First round (July 31)

Golspie Sutherland v Brora Rangers

Wick Academy v Invergordon

Strathspey Thistle v Clachnacuddin

Fort William v Nairn County

Forres Mechanics v Elgin City

Lossiemouth v Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Quarter-finals (August 21)

Golspie or Brora v Wick or Invergordon

Strathspey or Clach v Ross County

Lossiemouth or ICT v Forres or Elgin

Rothes v Fort William or Nairn

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