FIVE ALIVE LOCOS VANQUISH VALE
Press & Journal SHFL
Saturday March 10th 2018
Inverurie Locos 5 Deveronvale 1
Referee – Mat Northcroft
Locos – Reid Rennie Mitchell Duff Souter Broadhurst McCabe McLean Hunter Angus Leyden. Unused Subs – Gauld Herd Charlesworth Laing Crisp Gordon Mathieson
Vale – Pennet Dunbar (Pauline) H Noble (Willox) Forbes, Davidson, Aitken, Sutherland, Gauld Ballard Wallace (Scott), G Noble. Unused subs – Munro Adams, Elder Watson
Stats, Locos first. Shots ON 14-3, Shots OFF 8-4, Fouls 10-4, Corners 3-2, Offside 7-0, Yellows 0-1.
Inverurie Locos recorded four successive wins for the fourth time this campaign, with a sparking 5-1 win over a spirited Deveronvale at Harlaw Park on Saturday. Jack Frost had nipped the nose of the Harlaw Park surface overnight but quickly thawed to see the players put on a thoroughly entertaining SHFL match on a heavy but fair & flat park. Locos took to the field having bagged thirteen goals in three outings & started with the same eleven who bossed Buckie Thistle last time out. A freezing crowd at Harlaw greeted their favourites to the field for only their ninth fixture in sixteen weeks. Chris Angus swung in a delicious centre that Andy Hunter prodded wide before Paul Sutherland skied a long range shot into the football club car park. Grant Pennet would go on to be Vale’s best performer & he repelled a ferocious Angus drive before fielding a McLean drive from the edge of the box. Vale were under pressure but Grant Noble found time to pull a chance wide. Jordan Leyden’s influential play was continuing into this match & his cross saw Angus trap neatly on the chest then swivel to fire goalwards, alas for the forward he struck the ball too well allowing Pennet to clock up another stop. Leyden twice danced through upon goal but perhaps just took one touch too many but his play was nevertheless a joy to observe on what should have been a tricky day for the expansive players. Dane Ballard fired in a free kick that Andy Reid held with distinction. That man Pennet denied Hunter again from close range but could do nothing to stop Locos taking a richly deserved & overdue lead on thirty two minutes. Connor RENNIE has been consistency personified this season, continually putting in steady, reliable showings. Fresh from his wonder goal against the Broch in the middle of January, he rose highest at the back stick to make it 1-0. Wallace & Gauld shot wide for Vale who must have been pinched themselves that remarkably they only trained by a single goal. Angus & Rennie completed the half with further attempts on goal. HT 1-0. There was a comedic moment early in the second period with Chris Angus being flagged offside, having set out from a position at least ten yards onside, a concentration lapse for the poor assistant referee at the stand side. This was a call so obviously wrong that understandable derision was shared from the home technical area. In fairness to the unfussy Mr Northcroft he felt that a brief chat with Mr Cooper was sufficient, it was too cold for anything too time consuming! Harry Noble hurt himself & had to take his leave soon after. Nine minutes into the second half Andy HUNTER leapt onto a neat Stuart Duff assist to drive low into the net. The same player had two further shots blocked before Angus forced Pennet into yet another excellent stop. Dane Ballard went down after failing to outmuscle or outpace the imperious Broadhurst for a half hearted penalty shout. Broadhurst then found himself beside the Vale goal & a close range scissors kick was saved. Defying logic Deveronvale scored with eleven minutes left, Bob SCOTT the sub finishing well after a rare moment of poor defending from Inverurie. Vale had produced a full Dick Turpin in the Aberdeenshire Cup this season against the Locos but there was to be no repeat here, with the goal simply galvanising the Railwaymen. Steven Davidson left the deck with a high & late straight leg challenge on Neil McLean that referee Northcroft punished with a yellow. It was an incident that would have seen many referees brandish a red, but in the context of a match played in good spirit & the timing of the incident, there was a logic & common sense to allowing the big defender to stay afield. With four minutes left Andy HUNTER went on one of his trademark long legged slaloms, leaving powder blue shirts twisted & contorted in the mud before a finish into the corner. 3-1. HUNTER had the scent of goalscoring in his nostrils & had his hat-trick (and fifth goal in three hours) two minutes later. Neil McLean had put in a shift that made Peter Pan look like Clive Dunn & flatly refused to give up a ball that appeared to be heading over the byline. Nacho not only kept the ball in, he had the composure & quick feet to find Andrew to stroke home with glee. Just into injury time Jordan LEYDEN bore down on goal from a wide left position before drawing the keeper & lashing home. Vale felt hard done by but in truth the result was only proportionate to chances & pressure. If Pennet had been pivotal to avoiding a proper whomping, Sutherland & Wallace also put in performances to offer Banff-based punters some encouragement. For Inverurie there were no failures, great spirit, plenty of really attractive play & a ruthless conclusion to the afternoon. Lossiemouth come to Harlaw on Saturday (17th).