- Created: Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:16
- Published: Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:16
- Written by HFLhub
Nairn County and Brora Rangers cruised into the semi finals of the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup with both sides netting five to see off Fort William and Thurso respectively. There were five different scorers for the Wee County who responded to a stunning opener from Gordon McCarrol with goals either side of half time to take the lead before adding goals at regular intervals in the second period.
Brora also needed goals either side of the break to give them some comfort up at Thurso, Dale Gillespie was at the double in 45 and 50 minutes with Zander Sutherland netting early on, Andrew Greig continuing his scoring streak and Liam Baxter rounding things off late on.
Nairn County will welcome Forres Mechanics while Brora Rangers will host Wick Academy as the North Cup semis see two derby clashes which will whet the appetite of the respective fans.
AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup semi final places are up for grabs tonight as Brora Rangers head for Hallkirk's Morrison Park for their meeting with Thurso on the back of a great start to the season while Nairn County look to put their disappointing League start to one side when they host Fort William.
The Cattachs are reporting a couple knocks from Saturday’s fine win over the Wee County at Station Park but David Kirkwood expects the injured players to recover. However Stornoway based midfielder Martin MacLean will not be asked to make trip.
In the other game, Nairn will not take their Lochaber opponents lightly, knowing that they have netted four goals in their League meetings with Turriff Utd and Rothes and have new forward from Skye, Gordon MacCarroll scoring the goals Darren Quigg misses out for the visitors while injury rules out Robbie Duncanson from the home line up.
Both second round games kick off at 8.00 and are played to a finish.
Brora Rangers secured an excellent 2-0 win on the road against Nairn County, courtesy of goals from Zander Sutherland and Andrew Greig. However it is rivals Wick Academy who top the pile on goal difference thanks to a 9-0 thumping of Strathspey Thistle at Seafield Park, with Sam Mackay netting a hat-trick.
Ironically it is another pair of arch enemies who complete the set of four at the summit of the table, with Inverurie Locos and Formartine United both winning 2-1 against Deveronvale and Forres Mechanics respectively.
Champions Cove Rangers got back to winning ways with a 4-1 success against Clach, with Ryan Stott on target twice. Meanwhile Buckie Thistle kicked on from their fine midweek Aberdeenshire Cup win against Deveronvale with victory against Fraserburgh, courtesy of goals from Aaron Conway and Graeme Stewart.
Elsewhere, Huntly defeated Lossiemouth 4-1 with Craig Dorrat on target twice, while Rothes saw off Fort William 3-2 thanks to Liam Forbes' hat-trick. Turriff United and Keith shared a 1-1 draw at the Haughs, with Gary Harris and Gary MacNamee exchanging goals.
Inverurie Loco Works have announced the capture of their former forward David Ross following his release by Peterhead. The former Don left Harlaw Park six and a half years ago and has joined the Red and Blacks on a 12 month contract.
David left professional football to focus on his long term career goals, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Management from RGU in July last year. Chairman Eddie Innes commented – "”We are delighted to welcome Davie back to the football club and his signing continues a hectic summer of transfer business at Harlaw Park”. David's signing creates further competition in the frontline, he is a player comfortable on the right side of the attack or though the middle.
As the build up to week two of the Press and Journal Highland League season continues, we take a glance back to last weekend's action in our first league Team of the Week selection.
Callum Donaldson thwarted a Willie West penalty kick last weekend, and it eventually took a rebound from an initial shot he had saved to beat him and his Nairn County side on the day. He is guarded by a three-man backline consisting of Scott Fraser, Courtney Cooper and Craig Dorrat.
Teenager Greig Mitchell introduced himself to Highland League football in the most effective of ways with a debut goal for Locos in their 4-0 win over Strathspey Thistle. Elsewhere, there was Man of the Match awards for his three midfield partners in the form of Richie Hart, Craig Shearer and John Chalmers.
Up front, as ever there is fierce competition meaning a three-man forward line. Despite notching a hat-trick, Turriff United striker Gary Harris misses out on a place in the starting eleven with three Man of the Match winners in Gordon McCarroll, Cammy Keith and Martin Charlesworth pipping him. Another two - in Neil Gauld and Scott Lawrie - are on the bench. Cove Rangers' new signing Jamie McLauchlin earns SuperSub for his impact coming off the bench in his side's 2-2 draw with Huntly, scoring the goal which led his side back into the game having been 2-0 down.
Cammy Keith takes the Player of the Week award, while the top whistleblower was Craig Sim who scored 7 out of 10 in Brora's 5-1 win against Clach.
Formartine Utd pulled off a real signing coup immediately after the win over Forres Mechanics by securing former Hearts player Joe Hamill on a one year deal. The 29 year old Bellshill boy has played as a trialist in the games against East Stirling, Lossiemouth and the Can Cans and excelled on each occasion. He is looking forward to playing regularly for the North Lodge Park team who finished runners up to Cove Rangers last season.
Buckie Thistle v Fraserburgh
Buckie Thistle are without Neil Davidson who remains offshore, while defender Darren Wood is out injured. Goalkeeper Darren Strong has joined New Elgin on an emergency loan deal.
Clachnacuddin v Cove Rangers
Clach are missing seven players with Struan-Scott Woodhouse, Alan Pollock, Scott Graham, Colin Williamson, Chris Ross, Paul Brindle and Mark Dougal sidelined. However, Ian Polworth welcomes back Michael Finnis and John Campbell to the side that suffered a devastating late midweek defeat to Wick Academy in the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup.