Category: North of Scotland Cup

Lossiemouth 2-2* Forres Mechanics – North of Scotland Cup – 13th August 2014

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




Lossiemouth 3-2 Fort William – North of Scotland Cup – 26th July 2014

Lossiemouth overcame a stubborn Fort William side to set up a quarter-final tie against Forres Mechanics. New signing Darren Bailey and Shawn Scott were the goalscorers, but it took a last gasp point blank save from Errol Watson to ensure Lossie progressed into the next round.

Errol Watson held off the challenge of summer signing Connor Hall to retain the number one shirt, while Darren Bailey made his first start for Lossie since signing from Formartine United.

The game was a mere seven minutes old when Lossie opened the scoring. Shawn Scott tore down the right wing before playing the ball back across the face of goal, where it was met by Darren BAILEY who almost burst the net in finishing from an unmarked position.

The Coasters suffered a blow when Chris Ross was substituted following a nasty collision with Fort keeper Robin Harvey. Ross was replaced by his brother Tony and was taken to hospital to be stitched up.

Despite the early goal, Lossie failed to settle and never looked at ease against a limited Fort side. The visitors made the most of Lossie’s lack of bite when they pounced to score a deserved equaliser. Ryan MACLEOD escaped the attentions of the Lossie defence to sidefoot home from inside the area.

Lossie salvaged a second goal late in the half, when Shawn SCOTT rifled home from a dozen yards after an assist from Kevin Duguid.

Half time – Lossiemouth 2-1 Fort William

The second half was a stop-start affair, with substitutions and injuries interrupting the flow of both sides. Keith Millar came off worst in a collision with Ryan Farquhar and was stretchered off after an hour.

Lossie looked to have put the game to bed when Shawn SCOTT bagged his second goal of the evening, and his sides third of the afternoon. Despite slipping inside the penalty area while in possession, Biscuits managed to get away a shot that spun across the turf past Harvey before going in off the far post. The goal should have allowed Lossie to take a breath and compose themselves, but Fort continued to look like scoring and avoided letting their heads go down.

The game was almost turned on its head as time ran out. Fort William pulled a goal back through Mark RIPPON after good work from Danny Mackintosh, and almost immediately after Errol Watson had to make a point blank save from Jack McKay to prevent the game from being decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Lossie clung on to their lead and now face Forres Mechanics in the quarter-finals on the evening of Wednesday, August 13th, with the outcome to be decided on the night. Before then, Lossiemouth begin their league campaign with a home tie against Keith this coming Saturday.

Full time – Lossiemouth 3-2 Fort William

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Chris Ross (Tony Ross, 25), Kevin Flett, Scott Gordon (Greig Watson, 71), Grant Mitchell, Kevin Duguid, Ryan Farquhar, Scott Miller, Shawn Scott, Ryan Green, Darren Bailey (Scott Wilson, 67); Unused subs – Connor Hall, Jordan McBain, Wallace Rodger

Fort William – Robin Harvey, Iain Foggo, Fraser Macfarlane (David Moffat, 61), Darren Quigg, William Gemmell, Stephen Macritchie, Danny Mackintosh, Keith Millar (Barna Tot, 61), Matt Rippon, Michael Ellis (Jack McKay, 43), Ryan Macleod – Unused subs – David Forbes, Callum Browett

North of Scotland Cup 2014-15 First Round Draw

Lossiemouth have been handed a home tie against Fort William in the first round of this seasons AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup. The sides met twice in the league last season, with Lossiemouth winning 5-1 at Grant Park before the sides played out a 1-1 draw at Claggan Park later in the season. Last time the sides met in the North Cup, Lossiemouth were 4-1 winners at Claggan Park, with Ross Archibald scoring a hat-trick while Kevin Grant also scored.

The tie is scheduled to be played on Saturday, July 26th, with kick-off at 1500hrs.