HUNTLY bowed out of the Aberdeenshire Cup on Wednesday night with a 3-0 defeat to Cove Rangers.
Nicholas Gray (2) and Paul McManus were on target as the Aberdeen side booked a quarter-final meeting with Keith.
There were chances at either end in the opening minutes; Ryan Strachan forced John Farquhar into a save with a low drive while Glenn Murison shot wide following a Huntly break upfield two minutes later.
Cove broke the deadlock in the seventh minute when a Sam Robertson cross from the right was met by Gray who got in front of his marker to head home.
A Murison drive through a packed penalty are took a deflection wide before the half-hour mark while Gray came close again for Cove only to be blocked by Michael Clark on the edge of the Huntly box.
The woodwork denied Cove a second when Strachan’s attempt clipped the bar with a minute of the half remaining.
Huntly started the second half looking to grab a quick leveller with Cove keeper Stuart McKenzie getting down low to keep out a Ross Still drive.
In the 53rd minute, Gray got the better of Huntly’s defence before slotting past Farquhar. McManus made it three getting in behind his marker before powering in a low shot.
Huntly came close to reducing the deficit when David Donald’s powerful attempt kept out at the near post by a fine stop from Stuart McKenzie.
Cove Rangers: McKenzie, Strachan, Lawrie, Burnett, Watson (c), Kelly, S Robertson (MacLeod 83), Scully, McManus (Park 72), Masson and Gray (Megginson 54). Unused subs: Milne, Redford, Campbell and McCafferty (gk).
Huntly: Farquhar, Donald, B Johnston, Wyness (Roddie 56), Adams (c), Clark, Napier (Thoirs 69), Still, Charlesworth, Ewen (McGowan 56) and Murison. Unused subs: Andrews, McKeown, C Robertson and Reid (gk).