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De­light for For­res as Soane’s two goals see off Strath­spey


- Sports · Seafield · Formartine United F.C.

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”

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For­res Me­chan­ics boss Char­lie Row­ley

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