Holders Keith crashed out in the first round with a narrow defeat by Rothes. The only goal came three minutes from time from Liam Forbes.
In the 8th minute a long ball by Ross Still was flicked on by Robbie Collinson. His header caught out Ricky Horne but Collinson couldn't get his shot by the defenders covering the goal keeper.
A minute later a corner in the left was taken short by Sean Keith. Scott Whelan played the ball into the box, and new signing Ross Still rose the highest and got his head to the ball. His header just went over the bar for a goal kick.
In the 13th minute a corner on the right wing was cleared out of the box. Stuart Thomson struck the ball but it just went over the bar.
Four minutes later Collinson got by his man and worked his way into a shooting position, but his shot lacked power and was saved well by Horne.
In the 31st minute Scott Whelan cut in from the right wing. Sean Keith picked the ball up and shot from outside the box. His shot went by Horne's left hand post.
Half-time: Keith 0-0 Rothes
In the 49th minute a counterattack came from Rothes. Callum McIntosh drove towards goal and shot from inside the box but his shot was matched by a good save from Daniel Bell.
At the other end three minutes later, Sean Keith shot from outside the box, however Horne produced a good save to deny the opening goal of the game.
In the 54th minute Stewart Hutcheon took a shot from outside the box. Ricky Horne produced another fine save to deny another goal bound effort.
Just after the hour mark Sean Keith took a freekick on the left. He took a shot and made Ricky Horne scramble across his line top make a save against his former club.
Ten minutes later a driving run by Stewart Hutcheon saw him run to the by-line. He took a shot and it had beaten Horne but to the dismay of the home fans it hot the post and the Rothes defenders cleared it.
In the 81st minute Robbie Collinson broke into the Rothes box. He was brought down and the Keith players were asking for a penalty but the referee gave them a corner kick instead.
Rothes grabbed the winner three minutes from time. A long ball into the box was taken down by Liam Forbes. He got into the box and took a shot, and the ball flew by Bell into his left hand corner to give Rothes the win.
Full-time: Keith 0-1 Rothes
Reporter: Jozef Gerrie