Picture special: Carisbrooke win derby clash against Mosset Tavern in Forres and Nairn welfare league's Top Car Cup to book final date against Westerlea
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CARISBROOKE won the big derby clash with Mosset Tavern in the semi-finals of Forres and Nairn welfare football’s Top Car Cup.
The two Forres sides saw off Elgin opponents in style to set up Tuesday’s Roysvale clash with a place in tonight’s final at stake.
It was the ‘Brookie who came good with a 3-0 victory to book a showpiece match against Nairn’s Westerlea, who came from behind to defeat Kinloss Sappers in the other semi-final.
As expected, the Mosset-Carisbrooke tie was keenly contested with tackles flying in and the referee busy brandishing cards.
Carisbrooke always had the edge and their clinical first half finishing proved to be the difference.
Ian Wilson struck their opener and Mark MacPhee forced home a second, before a third former Forres Thistle man Stuart Englemann added goal number three before half time.
Mosset pushed hard to try and find a way back into the contest but ‘Brookie stood firm to earn their place in the final with a bit to spare.
They will return to Roysvale tonight to take on league champions Westerlea, who edged out Kinloss 2-1 on the same night.
It was the army side that scored first with Luke Anderson on target.
Westerlea had made a slow start to the season but in defeating Elgin Thistle and Caberfeidh in the earlier rounds, showed that they are coming into a rich vein of form.
They also have a prize asset in striker Ryan McPherson, who showed his class by turning Tuesday’s semi-final around in some style.
It was McPherson who sent a Westers’ free kick into the top corner of the Sappers net to level the scores.
And a deadly header by the same player doubled his own tally and proved to be the winner to send Westerlea into the final.
The quarter-final ties produced plenty of goals and drama.
Carisbrooke made short work of seeing off FC Elgin on Friday night in a one-sided contest. Connor Aubrey netted five and David Chambers three, with Craig Short getting the other in a 9-1 Brookie success while Josh Clayton scored a consolation for the visitors.
Mosset returned from Elgin Caledonian with a 4-1 win in the bag. Top marksman Jordan Robertson was again on the scoresheet along with Cameron Grant, Grant McDonald and David Bromley. Craig Harrold got the Caley goal.
Westerlea were 2-1 winners over Caberfeidh on Tuesday while Kinloss were awarded a place in the semis without kicking a ball when opponents Elgin Albion couldn’t field a team.