Rothes manager Ross Jack hails "character and resilience" shown by his side in 2-1 win over Formartine United
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ROTHES manager Ross Jack has hailed his threadbare squad after a dramatic 2-1 win over Formartine United sent them into the Highland League Cup final.
That threadbare squad will be bolstered for the final, with Jack confirming the signing of right-winger Sean Linden, who spent pre-season on trial with Elgin City, post-match.
Rothes were only able to name five young substitutes for today's match, but came from a goal down to beat Formartine in extra time and qualify for the final for only the second time in their history.
Goals from Ali Sutherland, on 85 minutes, and Craig Cormack, two minutes into extra time, sealed the come-from-behind and gave the Speysiders their first ever win at North Lodge Park.
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Jack said: "It was a very, very tough match and a hard-fought, deserved win.
"The character shown and the resilience not to capitulate and to keep fighting to earn a victory was outstanding. Tremendous tribute to everyone that contributed.
"It's difficult to single out one player because they all played their part. It was a massive effort from everybody.
"The boys were like that most of last season and took it on again today.
"We had six or seven unavailable, we had to overcome a lot but I knew no matter what 11 we picked they would give their all and they never left anything out there.
"I'm delighted for the supporters, the chairman, the committee and the players. It's just a pity there weren't fans at the game, but I'm sure they were tuning in at home."
Rothes' only other Highland League Cup final appearance saw them lose 2-0 to Forres Mechanics at Victoria Park, Buckie, in 2010.
Jack hopes that, whether it's Brora Rangers or Buckie Thistle they play next weekend, Rothes can make history.
He added: "We have heard all about the history and statistics – that we had never won at North Lodge Park. That's gone now and we have to keep making history.
"We have done part of the task and have a massive task again next week.
"We look forward to playing the winners of the other semi final and the hard work starts again this week.
"There will be a few ice packs and the treatment room is going to be busy.
"We are delighted to be in the final. We will watch the other semi final tomorrow, watch and prepare."
Sean Linden is injured but might be available for the final on Saturday, with Jack Brown – who limped off injured – to be assessed.