Banks o Dee defeated Elgin City 4-2 on penalty kicks in the first of the Willie Allan Cup matches after the game finished 2-2 at the end of ninety minutes and few could begrudge the regional Junior champions their success.
The Third Division side had the best of things in the opening twenty minutes and should have been ahead before a spill from keeper Ally Ridgers gave Ally Reid a clear sight at a gaping net, but the former Keith man put his effort wide.
City took the lead in the 27th minute when a Tony Low corner from the left spun up at the back post allowing Paul Kaczan to outjump Grant Pennet and head the ball home from 3 yards.
It should have been 2-0 when David Hind skipped past the keeper and only had to roll the ball into the net, but he sclaffed a left footed effort towards the vacant goal and that allowed the Dee defence time to get back and boot the bobbler to safety.
That clearance became even more significant when the scores were levelled on the half hour mark. Brownlie was the creator with a fine ball in for Richie Stainer and, despite a poor first touch, the ex Huntly man placed it beyond Ally Ridgers and into the bottom corner.
Tony Low, Richie Taylor and Steve Mackay took it in turns to pass up gilt edged openings before half time. All three should have scored but not one managed to hit the target.
Dee got their noses in front early in the second half with the offside law playing it's part. Richie Stainer looked set to play Richie Taylor in on goals but having delayed Taylor was caught offside and had turned away leaving Brownlie to come from deep and hit a low shot across the face of Ridgers found its way into the net with the aid of a slight deflection from the recovering back line.
Steve Mackay was moved to wide left and Tony Low went to centre forward in a switch that made a difference to the Elgin attack. Mackay had the ball in the net from a Low flick but the linesman's flag ruled that one out. Then David Allan very nearly profited from Mackay's wing play but the sub keeper made a great save.
Ally Reid and Richie Taylor both had one on ones that could have seen them win the game for the Dee but the fourth goal of the game was to come at the other end with Steve Mackay blasting the ball past two covering defenders after David Allan had nipped it past the keeper (probably a pen had it not been finished off).
In the penalty shoot out misses from Tony Low and Mark Nicholson allowed the Spain Parkers to book a berth in the final 4-2 on penalties.
Full Time: Elgin City 2 Banks O'Dee 2 (4-2 to Dee on pens) With thanks to Steven Rattray of highlandleague.net for the report.
On Sunday, Elgin City hammered six past Stonehaven in an attempt to offset Saturday's disappointing result against Banks O Dee. A seventh minute stramasch finally saw them ease ahead and a minute later Jason Crooks made it two. Steve Mackay's long ranger made it three in 22 minutes then Martin Charlesworth had Elgin to the four before half time. Second half strikes from Cameron and a late Steve Mackay penalty rounded off the scoring.
Full Time: Elgin City 6 Stonehaven 0
Tournament Reporter: Charlie Simpson of highlandleague.net