North of Scotland Cup Quarter Final
Halkirk United 0 Forres Mechanics 3
Goals: Macrae (2) McGovern (11) Howarth (74)
HALKIRK United put in a brave defensive performance in the North of Scotland Cup quarter final but Forres Mechanics proved too good at Morrison Park.
The visitors only waited 120 seconds to take the lead when Andrew Macrae's sensational run from the left wing into the box saw him strike a powerful finish into the bottom left hand corner from 12 yards.
Forres doubled their advantage in the 11th minute when Craig McGovern beat the offside trap to run on to a long ball from Stuart Soane and shot a powerful low drive past the goalkeeper into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Forres created several chances in the first half but were denied by a string of great saves from James More who kept the scoreline respectable.
Halkirk's only real chance at goal came midway through the first half when Alan Hughes free kick into the box was headed out by the Forres defence.
The ball fell to Gordon MacNab whose powerful low drive from 20 yards only went inches wide of the post.
Both teams struggled against the strong wind in the second half but Forres were awarded a penalty when Jack Henry fouled Macrae.
However More managed to block Soane's spot kick before Macrae blasted the rebound over the bar.
But Forres did get their third shortly after as man of the match Macrae surged down the right wing and his cross met Lee Fraser whose shot was blocked by Henry but the rebound fell kindly to Calum Howarth to score from close range.
Halkirk: More, Munro, Matthew Mackay, Henry, Sutherland (Murray Mackay 69), Malcolm, Hughes, Halliday, Henderson (Bell 60), Macnab, Campbell.
Subs (Unused) Bremner
Forres: Knight, Grant, Fraser, Groat (Douglas 75), Moore, Macrae, Fraser, McGovern, Paterson, Howarth, Soane.
Subs (Unused) MaGillvaray, Stuart.
North of Scotland Cup Quarter Final results: Fort William 3 Invergordon 0; Golspie Sutherland 0 Rothes 3; Halkirk United 0 Forres Mechanics 3; Nairn County 1 Brora Rangers 3.
SPFL League Two Play-off result: Buckie Thistle 2 East Kilbride 2.
North of Scotland Cup Semi Final Draw. Fort William v Rothes and Brora Rangers v Forres Mechanics.