The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Delight for Forres as Soane’s two goals see off Strathspey
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Forres Mechanics manager Charlie Rowley was pleased his side kept the momentum going with a Highland League Cup victory over Strathspey Thistle.
Stuart Soane netted both goals as the CanCans ran out 2-0 winners at Seafield Park.
Forres have won four games in a row in all competitions, to the delight of manager Rowley.
He said: “Stuart Soane’s two goals certainly made a difference to the outcome of the game but it was a tricky match.
“Strathspey were spirited and worked really hard.
“They caused us a few problems with the way they played and with their shape.
“After we got to grips with that in the first half an hour, we played really well and nullified their threat.
“We didn’t hit the heights of our previous performances but we knew to expect a tough game away from home in a one-off cup game.
“We are really pleased with the win and that we have picked up a bit of momentum just now.”
Forres will take on Formartine United at home in the quarter-finals.
The North Lodge Park side defeated Inverurie
Locos 1-0 to earn their place in the last eight.
Rowley said: “That will be a big ask for us to get through.
“It is a home tie and we have got a very positive record against Formartine United.
“We are looking forward to that game when it comes around, but we know it will be a tough task to get through to the semi-finals.”
Strathspey manager Gordon Nicolson was pleased with how his side acquitted themselves against the in-form Mosset Park men.
He said: “I thought we played really well.
“For large parts of the game, I felt we were the better side.
“But Forres have real strengths with players such as Stuart Soane and Lee Fraser and that made the difference.
“Soane got the two goals but apart from that I don’t recall my goalkeeper having too much to do.
“We defended well and passed the ball well but we never created a key chance.
“Overall, I was happy with how we played against a Forres team who are flying at the moment.”
“We knew to expect a tough game away from home”