Published: 21/10/2013 07:45 - Updated: 21/10/2013 07:55

Holders Nairn beaten by rampant Brora in North Cup final

Nairn County boss Les Fridge was gutted as his side lost the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup final 3-0 against Brora Rangers.
Nairn County boss Les Fridge was gutted as his side lost the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup final 3-0 against Brora Rangers.

NAIRN County had no answer as Brora Rangers blitzed them 3-0 on Saturday to lift the AJG Parcels North of Scotland Cup in the final at Grant Street Park in Inverness.

Holders Nairn, who had beaten Strathspey Thistle, Fort William and Forres Mechanics to reach this showcase, were facing a side with a 100 per cent record this season including a 2-0 Highland League win at Station Park.

A crowd of more than 1800 lapped up the action, making it a colourful occasion in Merkinch.

Brora arrived in the Highland capital confident of ending a 23-year wait for silverware after seeing off Caley Thistle, Wick Academy and Thurso.

They could not have got off to a better start as former ICT starlet Zander Sutherland was quickest to react in the penalty box to shoot Rangers in front after just 67 seconds.

It was a hammer-blow to Nairn and put the fans from the north in the party mood.

Nairn looked for a reply and Conor Gethins saw his shot saved by goalkeeper Joe Malin before Brora doubled their advantage on 17 minutes.

Ex-Inverness CT and Ross County midfielder Richie Hart played a fine one-two with captain Steven Mackay before slotting the ball past Callum Donaldson.

Nairn needed a goal before the interval to stand any chance against their big-hitting rivals and Robbie Duncanson drove a shot over the bar before Gethins hit two good chances, by his very high standards, over the crossbar.

The killer goal came just before the hour mark when Hart fed the ball to Martin MacLean and he crashed an unstoppable shot into the net to spark celebrations for Davie Kirkwood’s winner.

In the Aberdeenshire Cup final on Saturday, Steve Paterson’s Formartine United beat Inverurie Locos 3-2 in a thriller to secure their first-ever senior football trophy.

In an enthralling contest at Fraserburgh, goals from Martin Bavidge and Andy Hunter had shot Locos into a comfortable 2-0 lead.

However, a rousing response in the second half saw Neil McVitie and captain Craig McKeown haul Formartine level before a stoppage time winning header from Mike Ewen sealed a stunning victory for United.

Clach were denied a Highland League point as they were edged out with a late goal in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Turriff United.

The home side grabbed the lead on 38 minutes when Aaron Shand was picked out by Aaron McKenna and finished coolly past goalkeeper John Campbell.

Clach, fresh from their 8-1 hammering of Rothes the week before, got back into the game just before half-time as Colin Williamson swerved a terrific shot into the net.

The Lilywhites were reduced to 10 men on 64 minutes when Paul Brindle was sent off for his second bookable offence and moments later Gary McGowan fired Turriff back in front.

The visitors battled back, however, and former Caley Thistle youngster Kyle Whyte levelled before a Cammy Bowden headed goal earned the victory for United.

Elsewhere at the weekend in the league, Wick Academy blew the chance to put pressure on top two, Formartine United and Brora Rangers, as they drew 2-2 at Huntly, with a late Davie Allan strike earning them a share of the spoils.

Keith returned to form with a 5-2 home win against Lossiemouth, Deveronvale were 1-0 winners against Fraserburgh and Rothes beat Strathspey Thistle 2-0 to earn Graham Roy his first victory as boss.

Fort William’s Highland League fixture at home to Forres Mechanics was washed out on Saturday after a night of downpours put Claggan Park out of action.

This was a blow to the Lochaber club, who had planned to allow fans in for free in a scheme funded by Maclean Electrical, which is based in Dingwall.

In the William Hill Scottish Cup second round replay, League Two hosts Annan Athletic cruised to a 4-0 win against Buckie Thistle on Saturday.

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