Jack Maley powered home a second for Rothes
from outside of the area with five minutes remaining.
He added: "Rothes
wanted to prove they can play at our level and it was always going to be a scrap.
2nd rd draw - Banks o'Dee v Selkirk, Peterhead v Colville Park, CS Strollers v Brora, Deveronvale v Glenafton, Edinburgh City v Stenny, Keith v Clyde, Berwick v Annan, Spartans v Clach, Stirling v Lothian Th, Elgin v Edusport or Rothes
, Nairn v Cove, Montrose v Wick or Stirling Uni, Cowdenbeath v East Kilbride, Formartine v East Stirling, Buckie v BSC Glasgow, Edinburgh Uni v Fraserburgh.
Macdonald's assistant at Rothes
, former Forres Mechanics and Wick Academy manager Gordon Connelly, is likely to apply.
travel to Wick Academy today while leaders Cove face a tricky test at Nairn County.
boss Fraser Bremner said: "We did well, competed hard and kept our shape but after their second goal our heads went down a little bit - and their tails went up.
face a visit from DEVERONVALE while leaders HUNTLY trek to WICK.
We have a gameplan and we go in on a high after the Rothes
JAMIE WILSON is shaking off his Inverness Caley Thistle heartache by becoming a goal hero with Rothes
Meanwhile, bottom side Fort William - who have just one win to their name this season - pulled off a stunning comeback to draw 4-4 with fellow strugglers Rothes
DUNCAN Shearer has made Rothes
manager Graham McBeath his assistant at BUCKIE.
and Fort William will look to bounce back from narrow league defeats at the weekend when they face each other at Mackessack Park in the North Cup quarterfinal tonight.