Inverurie Locos 4 Nairn County 1
COOP’S LOCOS TO THE ‘FOUR’ AGAIN. Press & Journal SHFL Saturday March 24th 2018 Inverurie Locos 4 Nairn County 1 Referee – Filippo Mazzoni Locos – Reid Rennie (Crisp) Mitchell Duff Souter Broadhurst McCabe (Charlesworth) McLean (Laing) Gauld Hunter Leyden. Unused Subs – Herd Gordon Mathieson County – MacLeod MacDonald Callum MacLean Naismith Main Porrit Urquhart MacLellan Ewen (D MacKenzie) MacRae K MacKenzie (Highet). Unused Subs – Ramsay J MacLean Cuthbert Cameron MacLean D McLean Stats, Locos first. Shots ON 10-4, Shots OFF 8-2, Fouls 12-9, Corners 2-4, Offside 1-3, Yellows 2-2. This rampant Locos side notched win number six on the spin on Saturday with a richly deserved & well earned 4-1 win against a Nairn County side who never gave up. Understandably gaffer Cooper fielded a repeat eleven from that that positively blootered a luckless Lossie for nine, seven days earlier. Late March sunshine enshrined a busy Harlaw Park as kick off approached, & a crowd of just under 1,000 were there to enjoy the latest Community Day in partnership with Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust & the Garioch Sports Trust. The teams were piped on to the park by talented bagpipesmith Ross Baxter. This match was being refereed by Filippo Mazzini, handling his first ever Locos match. Andy Hunter was fresh from netting nine goals in three outings & was first to threaten here but his shot went well wide. Jordan Leyden has not just been in the form of his Locos life but has also eased into ninth in the all time Locos scorers’ chart. The mercurial wide man was tormenting County early doors. The large crowd, basking in welcome warm conditions had a goal to savour on twelve minutes, Stuart DUFF striding onto a lovely set-up pass & drilling a sweet right foot drive low into the net. The modest midfielder later said that he felt he hadn’t struck it as well as he had hoped, but it was a lovely goal to get proceedings underway. Tommy MacLennan flicked an attempt upon Andy Reid’s goal well over but then Nairn conceded a penalty kick, with a routine deliberate handball seeing the match referee with an easy call. Ryan MacDonald was yellowed. Neil GAULD stroked home the spot kick with the minimum of fuss, twenty seven minutes & 2-0. Jordan Leyden tried an audacious left foot volley from distance that was only a yard off target. Only four minutes later & that man HUNTER sent Harlaw into raptures with a top class free kick that swerved & dipped into the top bin. Had he been swapped for his Brazilian cousin Hunterio? All Locos at this point & it could have totally got out of hand for Nairn. Leyden (twice), Rennie & Gauld all had pops at goal before keeper MacLeod fumbled a free kick that luckily for the visitors didn’t fall to a Rasilwayman attacker. Andy Reid pulled off a top drawer save from an Adam Porrit free kick right on half time. A relieved County somehow made it to the half time cuppa only three goals behind. The second period started with Andy Hunter going on a meandering run before shooting four feet wide. The heart & attitude of County was never in question, a point supported with three brace diving blocks made by their defenders in quick succession. Nairn incredibly found themselves with a lifeline when Max EWEN finished from close in. Andy Reid was particularly unfortunate as the original shot was sclaffed, tricking the keeper into being grounded too early. Locos procession towards the County goal continued, Hunter, McLean, Gauld, Leyden all having further efforts. Ewen Urquhart fired straight into the arms of Andy Reid, just to remind Locos that total possessional dominance doesn’t always equal a victory. Any modest sized doubts about who was going their Saturday evening the most were properly put to bed on seventy minutes when Andy HUNTER bagged his eleventh goal in six hours of action. A sublime reverse pass from strike partner Gauld had Handy Andy in on goal & he strode away from defenders & the keeper alike to make it 4-1. This could easily have finished with a far heavier scoreline but Inverurie kept the fantastic mood around the place with yet another victory. This squad have now recorded the second highest SHFL goals haul, second highest winning games total in the SHFL & the second highest number of wins in the SHFL. Messrs Gauld & Hunter have set up an intriguing ‘friendly fire’ challenge to be the leading Locos marksman too. Locos MOTM chosen by Cala Homes was Andy Hunter. For Nairn their best player afield was Adam Porrit.