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Fraser fires Forres into semis

By Craig Christie

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FORRES Mechanics boss Charlie Rowley hailed teenage goal hero Lee Fraser after the striker's double fired the Can Cans into the semi-finals of this year's competition.

Lee Fraser in action for Forres Mechanics.
Lee Fraser in action for Forres Mechanics.

Mechanics trailed Rothes at the break on Wednesday night before Fraser netted twice after the break to put the visitors through.

And manager Rowley gave the young forward the thumbs up for his match-winning display.

"I just thanked Lee in there in front of everybody because his first goal turned the tie around for us," Charlie said after the match.

"He was away to get his head kicked off but he just stuck it in and that's his kind of attitude. He is a great player for us."

Can Cans' former Rothes defender Nathan Sharp headed a Michael Fletcher free kick into his own net to give his former club a half time lead.

But Fraser stooped to nod in an equaliser just before the hour, and slotted home the winner from Willie Barron's square pass on 71 minutes.

Mechanics will now play neighbours Nairn County in the semi-finals at Mosset Park next Wednesday night.

Buckie Thistle knocked holders Cove Rangers out of the Aberdeenshire Cup with a 2-0 win over the Aberdonians at Victoria Park.

Zander Sutherland (pen) and David MacRae struck the goals to avenge Jags' defeat to Cove in the final of last year's competition.

For a full Highland League round-up and pictures, see Friday's Northern Scot.

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