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Scottish Cup home draw for Moray trio

By Craig Christie

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FORRES Mechanics, Lossiemouth and Rothes have all been handed home draws in the first round of this year's William Hill Scottish Cup.

Forres v Vale
Forres v Vale

Forres will host leading Ayrshire junior outfit Irvine Meadow, with manager Charlie Rowley pleased the tie will be played at Mosset Park but wary of the quality of his opposition.

"I'm absolutely delighted we are at home, though I would have preferred one of the so-called lesser sides," he said.

"Without having seen them or knowing too much about them, I'm sure they would be a top 4 Highland League side so we will have to be at our very best to go through."

Lossiemouth also face tough Ayrshire opponents in the shape of reigning Scottish Junior Cup holders Auchinleck Talbot.

Rothes will meet Clach in an all-Highland League clash at MacKessack Park, while Huntly will also be on home soil as they take on South of Scotland League side Newton Stewart.

Keith face the longest trip of any of the Highland League clubs when they head to Kirkcudbright to take on St Cuthbert Wanderers.

As Highland League champions, Buckie Thistle were given a bye into the second round of the competition.

All ties will be played on Saturday, September 24.

William Hill Scottish Cup, first round draw:

Rothes v Clachnacuddin
Fort William v Bo'ness United
Edinburgh City v Brora Rangers
Nairn County v Selkirk
Fraserburgh v Civil Service Strollers
Wigtown and Bladnoch v Preston Athletic
Lossiemouth v Auchinleck Talbot
Huntly v Newton Stewart
Forres Mechanics v Irvine Meadow
Dalbeattie Star v Inverurie Loco Works
Wick Academy v Colstream
Glasgow University v Cove Rangers
Vale of Leithen v Girvan
Gala Fairydean v Hawick Royal Albert
Culter v Burntisland Shipyard
Edinburgh University v Whitehill Welfare
St Cuthbert Wanderers v Keith

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