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Forres comeback claims Moray derby honours

By Craig Christie

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FORRES Mechanics took the Moray derby honours in an incredible match against Lossiemouth at Mosset Park.

Stuart Soane hit a hat-trick in Forres Mechanics' comeback win over Lossiemouth.
Stuart Soane hit a hat-trick in Forres Mechanics' comeback win over Lossiemouth.

Nine goals, three penalty kicks and two red cards were the order of the day, with Forres hitting back from 4-1 down to defeat the unlucky Coasters.

Lossie went in front when Brodie Allen was brought down for a penalty, which Liam Archibald converted.

Stuart Soane spun to fire Forres level on 27 minutes, before an amazing spell saw Lossie score three times in seven minutes to build up a big lead.

Ross Elliott netted twice in a minute and Allen fired in a low shot to make it 4-1.

Lossiemouth’s downfall began on the stroke of half time when Forres were awarded a penalty for a foul by Archibald, who was then sent off for protesting.

James Ross saw his kick saved by Stewart Black but he netted the rebound.

Soane grabbed his second with a close range header three minutes after the break.

Another Lossie blow came when they were awarded the game’s third spot kick which Allen took but struck the post.

Mechanics quickly took advantage with Lee Fraser heading them back to 4-4 on 69 minutes.

Lossie were down to nine men when Kevin Flett was shown a second yellow card 15 minutes from time.

The two-man advantage eventually told for Forres when Soane completed his hat-trick with an 85th minute header to steal victory.

Deveronvale’s recent revival was ended by a 2-0 loss at home to Keith.

The Maroons built on their 7-1 thrashing of Strathspey Thistle a week earlier, with captain Cammy Keith making it six goals in a week with a well-taken first half double.

The only other league game to beat the weather produced a surprise result.

Inverurie Locos could have joined Buckie Thistle at the top of the league with a win at home to Wick Academy, but the Caithness men won 1-0.

Locos also finished with nine men following two second half red cards.

The Highland League Cup got underway with a preliminary round tie in Grantown.

Strathspey beat Clach 4-1 and will now host Forres in the first round.

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