Locos 9 (nine) Lossie 1
Match Report from another smashing Harlaw Park afternoon.
HANDY ANDY HAS LOCOS ON CLOUD NINE! Press & Journal SHFL Saturday March 17th 2018 Inverurie Locos 9 Lossiemouth 1 Referee – Scott Leslie Locos – Reid Rennie (Herd) Mitchell Duff Souter Broadhurst McCabe (Charlesworth) McLean Gauld (Gordon) Hunter Leyden. Unused Subs – Laing Crisp Mathieson Lossie – Moir McLean (MacArthur) Ross Wilson Johnstone L Archibald Duncan Macauley (Sewell) R Archibald Allen Campbell. Unused subs Kennedy, Leslie, Dear Stats, Locos first. Shots ON 18-3, Shots OFF 7-0, Fouls 9-11, Corners 8-1, Offside 2-1. What a week for Inverurie Locos! Fourteen goals & a fine run of five wins on the spin, with Andy Hunter very much the man of the moment with seven goals in two matches & twenty one for the season. The Garioch was bitingly cold as Lossiemouth arrived at Harlaw Park having only lost one of their last three matches at the ground. Chris Angus was away on a pre-planned trip so the legendary goalscorer Neil Gauld started. Otherwise the personnel who are delivering fantastic results for the football club were as per the line up that thumped Deveronvale seven days earlier. Andy Hunter was fresh from notching a hat-trick in the previous fixture & was first to threaten here with a flicked header that Blair Moir held. Jordan Leyden was in behind the Lossie rearguard next but just lost his footing at the pivotal moment. Ryan Broadhurst was on the wrong end of a late challenge on the Foxlane Terrace side of the park but was able to continue. Ross Duncan very briefly stemmed the endless wave of Locos attacks with a well struck effort going straight into the arms of Andy Reid. Lossie had done well to keep this match goal-less for twenty eight minutes but the Railwaymen opened the floodgates with Andy HUNTER expertly lobbing the keeper from a sumptuous first time through ball from Jordan Leyden. Keeper Moir did well to beat away a Hunter free kick before the same player shot wide from yet another Leyden whipped cross. Neil Gauld hit a left foot volley wide then the same player took a wonderful first touch, swivelled & forced another good stop from the goalie. Joe McCabe was inches away from a second goal for Inverurie but the inevitable strike was only seconds away. Leyden was causing total mayhem for Lossie and his great run & through ball was met with the finish that his work merited, Neil GAULD bagging number twenty six for the campaign. A minute from the break Andy Hunter hit a swerving shot that had Moir diving to save but the luckless keeper could only watch on as Joe MCCABE smashed the rebound home. HT 3-0. The welcome hot half time drinks were barely consumed before Neil MCLEAN cracked in a sublime volley for 4-0. Leyden had a shot tipped wide & Duff had a rasping angular shot crash back off the post. Andy Reid hardly needs any assistance from Mother Nature but with the wind at his back blowing in from the Ury, he launched a goal-kick that came down from a massive height around ten yards from the Lossie goal. Andy Hunter smashed the chance inches too high. On fifty eight minutes Jordan LEYDEN had his deserved goal, gorging on a rebound from a Hunter shot. This goal leaves the mercurial footballer out on his own as the Locos ninth highest all-time scorer. Three minutes later and Locos were enjoying the joy of six. Andy HUNTER stretching to finish from close in. Lossie never quit despite being comprehensively dismantled & had a small crumb of comfort when Brodie ALLEN stroked a very rare chance behind Andy Reid for 6-1. Only five minutes later & that man HUNTER had bagged a brace of SHFL hat-tricks in a wonderful week for the popular attacker. Ryan BROADHURST last scored for the club sixty eight months ago & the premonition that another goal from the elegant defender might arrive here was eerily mentioned in the Hospitality welcome chat ahead of the game, & on social media.
Chopper appeared at the back stick & cracked home a smashing strike. The player set out on a charging run to celebrate the goal & at one stage appeared to be set to vanish down Harlaw Road. Jordan Leyden had three chances blocked or deflected away from goal. Four minutes were left on the clock & these Locos toffs were set to be dressed to the nines as Andy HUNTER notched the game’s tenth goal. Referee Leslie didn’t play the additional time in what was an act of kindness to avoid Lossiemouth suffering more punishment. FT Locos 9 (nine) Lossiemouth 1. For Locos this was a ruthless, thoroughly professional performance full of swift & crisp passing that would have been too hot to handle for far better sides that the beleaguered Grant Park club. Next for Locos is the visit of Nairn County on Saturday. The fixture doubles up as the Locos Community Day with a bumper crowd expected.