Lossiemouth made a dramatic exit from the North of Scotland Cup following a penalty shoot-out against Forres Mechanics. Goals in either half from Scott Dunn and Willie Mathers either side of a Craig McGovern effort had Lossie in control late on, but a classy Kyle Scott leveller sent the game to a shoot-out, and Forres kept their composure to score three times from the spot while Lossie missed with all but their first.
Lossiemouth were again without Ryans Green and Farquhar and started with the same side that won at Huntly on the weekend. Forres, winless thus far in the league, had former Coaster Simon Allan in the starting line up while Ross Archibald missed out.
Early goals have become a feature of Lossie games this season and Darren Bailey set up Scott DUNN to open the scoring after a dozen minutes, the youngsters second goal in as many games.
Kyle Scott went close for the visitors as he headed wide soon after, and with just under half an hour played Forres were handed the chance to draw level from the spot. Paul Smith was felled by a Chris Ross challenge inside the area, but Connor Hall came to his sides rescue when he pushed away Duncan Jones spot-kick.
The miss did nothing to dent Forres’ enthusiasm but they failed to turn their possession into an equaliser, with two Simon Allan free kicks – one saved, one hit over the bar – as close as Forres would come in the remainder of the first half.
Half time – Lossiemouth 1-0 Forres Mechanics
Lossie started the second half brightly and came within a coat of paint of doubling their when Dunn rattled a free kick off the frame of the goal.
Forres got the equaliser their play deserved with just short of an hour played, when Craig MCGOVERN knocked the ball home from close range following good work from second half sub Fraser Forbes.
Lossie made changes in a bid to upset Forres rhythm, and the addition of Willie MATHERS paid off almost immediately. Left unmarked by an unusually slack Forres defence, Mathers had time to pick his spot when shooting from the edge of the box.
The lead was short-lived, however, and Kyle SCOTT gave Hall no chance when he curled the ball towards the base of the post and into the net.
Full time – Lossiemouth 2-2 Forres Mechanics
With the current NoS Cup format eschewing extra time, the game headed straight to penalties. Kevin Flett, clearly still full of confidence after beating Grant Pennet of Huntly with a postage stamp spot kick at the weekend, went first and converted, and was swiftly followed by Andy Fraser of Forres who fired the ball into the corner of the net. Scott Miller and Scott Dunn saw their strikes saved either side of a successful Simon Allan effort, and when Kyle Scott put his away the pressure was all on Shawn Scott to keep Lossie in the tie, but he blazed his kick over the bar to send Forres through to a semi-final against Elgin City, with the winners playing Wick Academy or Brora Rangers.
Full time after penalties – Lossiemouth 1-3 Forres Mechanics
Lossiemouth – Connor Hall, Scott Wilson (Tony Ross, 46), Jordan Main, Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Kevin Flett, Jordan McBain (Willie Mathers, 68), Scott Miller, Shawn Scott, Scott Dunn, Darren Bailey; Unused subs – Mark Hector, Greig Watson, Finlay Stables, Scott Gordon, Errol Watson
Forres Mechanics – Mark Bowden, Simon Allan, Paul Smith, Graham Fraser, Steven Fraser, Duncan Jones (Fraser Forbes, 46), Scott Moore (David Calder, 89), Kris Duncan (Andrew Fraser, 89), Kyle Scott, Craig McGovern, Stuart Soane; Unused subs – Ryan Mackintosh, Stuart Knight
Referee – David Watt