Forfar West End 2,
Buckie Rovers 1
Saturday saw the Scottish Cup return to Strathmore Park when West End’s opponents were Highland North Division outfit Buckie Rovers.
The fans were expecting a good match as most of the encounters at Strathmore Park this season have been full of goals.
Missing for the home side were Darren Cox, Martin Black, Mark McDonald, Ben Peters and long term absentees Liam Godfrey and David Skelly.
The visitors shocked the home team within the first five minutes of the match, when Buckie forward Steve BRUCE bulldozed past Cairney and Nullen then fired a right foot drive into the bottom corner past Johnstone.
West End went straight on the front foot and got back on level terms within five minutes, when a corner came in from the right and after a scrambled clearance from the visitors the ball fell to CAIRNEY who from 12 yards out fired a right foot shot high into the net to bring the home side back into the game.
With the second half under way West End introduced Ramsay for McBride and Scott for Hart.
West End were pushing for that elusive second goal but were frustrated by a battling team who were prepared to throw anything at the ball to keep the home side at bay.
The eventual breakthrough came in the 71st minute when Ramsay worked a short corner with Irons and Ramsay’s cross was met by Cairney who headed the ball back across the goal where SCOTT pounced to head the home side in front for the first time in the match and take his tally to 12 for the campaign.
The visiting team rallied but the West End backline coped well and Kelly and Grant with a further two crucial interceptions to keep the visitors at bay.
West End: Cameron Johnstone, Mark Kelly, Robbie Black, Daryl McKenzie, John Cairney, James Mullen, Jonny McBride, David Taylor, Graeme Hart, Gavin Tinley, Gary Irons. Substitutes: Matthew Ramsay, Darren Scott, Ross Grant and Kevin Garrick.