The Sunday Post (Inverness)
Huntly goalkeeper woe as Cove go nap
COVE RANGERS 5 HUNTLY 0
An upset never looked on the cards and, when Huntly’s firstchoice keeper had to be withdrawn before kick-off due to an upset stomach, a Cove win simply seemed more inevitable.
The hosts opened the scoring with a free-kick from Jamie Masson, which took a deflection off the wall.
Six minutes before the break, Daniel Park crossed for Jordan Brown to head home to give them a two-goal lead.
Cove wrapped up the scoring with three goals in the last 12 minutes.
Daniel Park struck a 25-yard free-kick for the third goal, before substitute Hamish Macleod rolled in the fourth.
The fifth counter was a bit controversial when Ryan Ferguson appeared to be offside, but there was no flag from assistant referee Brian Dean and he tucked the ball away from close range.
BUCKIE THISTLE 1 BRORA RANGERS 3
Brora took the lead after just two minutes when a great ball by Zander Sutherland on the left side found an unmarked Kyle Macleod and he guided home a fine header from six yards out.
Buckie almost levelled when Sam Robertson found Steven Ross, but he blasted his shot over.
The visitors doubled their lead on 29 minutes thanks to a hammer strike from Dale Gillespie after an Ally Macdonald pass. The hosts reduced the leeway before half-time when an Andy Macaskill free-kick found Shaun Wood and he got the slightest of touches to knock the header into the net beyond Joe Malin. Brora doubled the advantage on 75 minutes when a stunning 30-yard free-kick by Gavin Morrison found the bottom left hand corner past Lee Herbert to book their place in the semi-finals along with Highland rivals Wick, who defeated Forres 1-0 on Friday night.
FORMARTINE UNITED 4 DEVERONVALE 1
Formartine got off to a great start, netting inside the opening 10 minutes.
A corner-kick dangerously delivered by Archie Macphee was met by Garry Wood and he directed the ball beyond Grant Pennet.
Things got tougher for Deveronvale 10 minutes before half-time when centre-back Michael Dunn was adjudged to have denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity when he pulled back Wood and was sent off.
Formartine doubled their lead when Stuart Smith turned home another Macphee corner-kick.
However, within a minute, Grant Noble had cancelled that strike out.
United crucially restored their cushion when, a minute after coming off the bench, Connor Gethins finished a precise Aaron Norris through ball to make his mark.
The former Nairn County striker then set up Ryan Stott to complete the scoring as the 10-man Banffers flagged.
LOSSIEMOUTH 1 CLACHNACUDDIN 5
Lossie fans would have went into this league game with high hopes, but, with 30 minutes gone, they were two goals and two men down.
The Lilywhites got their noses in front when Sean Webb rose to head home a Blair Lawrie freekick with just six minutes of the game played.
Eight minutes later, Webb rose to nod home his second, this time from a corner.
The wheels began to come off for Lossie, who saw Scott Campbell sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, before keeper Stuart Black followed him minutes later for an act deemed to be violent conduct.
Incredibly, the nine men pulled one back before half-time, Ryan Sewell drilling a 20-yard effort low into the corner of the net.
Despite digging deep, the hosts eventually tired and the Lilywhites added a third in the 72nd minute, Scott Dunn nodding home. Two more goals came in the space of 62 seconds, with Ross Logan showing his predatory instincts to net both from close range.
STRATHSPEY THISTLE 1 FRASERBURGH 3
Fraserburgh had a point to prove coming into the game following their midweek defeat from Banks O’ Dee.
Strathspey, on the other hand, were looking to build on their remarkable last-gasp victory over Rothes.
The Broch, who had beaten Cove Rangers last weekend, knew a victory would take them to within two points of the league leaders.
They started the game very well and were ahead on the quarterhour mark when Scott Barbour nipped in to beat Michael Maccallum.
Strathspey responded to ensure the game was all square at the break, with Scott Lisle supplying a crisp finish.
The equilibrium didn’t last long in the second period as Aidan Combe put Fraserburgh back in front just six minutes after the turnaround.
However, the game was not put to bed until the referee adjudged Martin Duncan to have fouled in the penalty area leaving Ryan Christie to add a third from the penalty spot.