Andrew Greig believes Formartine United showed their desire to retain the Highland League Cup after beating Inverurie Locos 5-2.
The Pitmedden team had trailed 2-0 in the first round tie at North Lodge Park but produced a storming comeback.
Winger Greig, pictured, said: “We didn’t start very well, we were 2-0 down and we knew we had to regroup.
“Inverurie are a good team and we did well to come back, but even at 2-0 down we thought we would get something from the game.
“We were doing the right things but we’d lost two goals. We were happy with how we were playing and kept going.
“We have gone behind in quite a few games this season, but we don’t let it affect us too much and try to come back.
“We’re defending the cup and we want to go on a run and win it again – it’s going to be tough but that’s what we want to do.”
United boss Paul Lawson said: “Even after we lost the second goal, I still felt we would create and score, getting the goal just before half-time changed the dynamic.
“We were ruthless in the second half and we will always create chances. In the second half it was about scoring and keeping them out at the other end. We did that and it was very pleasing.”
On 18 minutes Andy Reid made a flying save to tip over Garry Wood’s header after Greig crossed from the left.
A minute later Locos led when the ball broke for Chris Angus in the box, Kevin Main saved his shot, but Jordan LEYDEN followed up to net from eight yards.
Five minutes before the break it was 2-0. Neil McLean played a superb ball down the inside left channel, ANGUS reached it and squeezed the shot past Main from a tight angle.
On the stroke of half-time, Stuart ANDERSON headed home Greig’s cross from the left to make it 2-1.
On 56 minutes, United levelled when WOOD bulldozed his way through two challenges and fired home from 15 yards.
Two minutes later the turnaround was complete when Aaron NORRIS curled home a fine 20-yard shot after a good passing move.
On 68 minutes, Greig’s through ball found Archie MACPHEE, who finished clinically from just inside the box. Eight minutes later Reid tripped United sub Liam Burnett and GREIG slotted home the penalty.
Inverurie manager Neil Cooper said: “We scored a couple of good goals, but we lost a poor goal on half-time which gave them a lift.
“Our boys didn’t handle it well in the second half and they got the second and third goals.
“It was poor defending, mostly from a lack of communication.
“That has happened on a few occasions, this season we haven’t been taking responsibility and giving too much space around the edge of the box and you can’t do that.”