Locos 4 Rothes 0
TIMELESS NACHO NOTCHES WONDER BRACE Press & Journal SHFL Saturday March 28th 2018 Inverurie Locos 4 Rothes 0 Referee – Will Smith Locos – Reid Rennie Mitchell Duff Souter Broadhurst (Laing) McCabe McLean (Herd) Gauld Hunter (Angus) Leyden. Unused Subs – Charlesworth Crisp Gordon Mathieson Rothes – McConnachie Brown Rennie Wood Milne MacLeod Maley Gillespie Duncan (Cormack) Wilson (Kerr) Moore. Unused subs – Simpson Donaldson Stats, Locos first. Shots ON 9-4, Shots OFF 9-6, Fouls 9-11, Corners 4-2, Offside 4-1. Messrs Cooper & Park have now led Inverurie Locos to seven super victories on the spin, with a dogged Rothes finally being defeated 4-0 after putting up a not insignificant fight. Locos again selected the same starting eleven with Chris Angus back in the group & on the bench. Locos were attacking the Ury end of the ground, as is the tradition & Neil Gauld was inches wide from a Stuart Duff assist. A Jordan Leyden cross almost fizzed into the net as Locos settled well. Andy Hunter & Dan Moore traded wide attempts upon goal before the Speysiders had a muted penalty shout, which came about after a pull on Leyden’s jersey was missed. Neil Gauld was looking sharp & holding the ball up well again. Moore fired wide then Hunter headed at McConnachie, so often a keeper who raises his game against Inverurie. He then pulled off an impressive stop from a close in Gauld effort. Leyden broke from his own area after a Rothes corner was won by the homesters & left players in his wake before shooting into the arms of the Rothes keeper. Andy Hunter went down injured but this didn’t deter Neil MCLEAN from a quite wonderful piece of vision & execution. From fifty yards the captain floated a sumptuous lob over McConnachie. The man with the penchant for the audacious had done it again. Chris Angus replaced Hunter. A Rothes free kick on the edge of the box looked incredibly harsh but Andy Reid dived low & held onto a well struck Moore effort. Two minutes before the break & Neil GAULD notched a belter. Quick thinking, quick feet & looping curving effort right in the postage stamp corner. 2-0 maybe slightly harsh on Rothes, but two goals fit to adorn any football stadium in the world. Into the second period & a McConnachie dropped cross saw Gauld clearly fouled but the referee can’t give what he doesn’t see. Rothes had some decent passages of play but perhaps were guilty of playing six or seven passes when three or four would have sufficed. Angus took a difficult chest trap, spun & drove a shot goalward before the energy buzz bomb that is Greg Mitchell, blootered a rasping long range shot off the right post of keeper Mini. Neil Gauld then shot wide from close in before Gillespie mustered two shots on goal for Rothes. Broadhurst was injured and Laing entered the fray with the multi-talented Duff slotting in at centre half. Rennie was a touch high & late on McLean but excellent sportsmanship from the Inverurie captain helped referee Smith decide to keep his yellow card out of sight. Eleven minutes to go & blimey that man MCLEAN was at it again! Neil seems to consider a corner kick to simply be a direct free kick from a challenging angle. He saw the diminutive keeper just stray off his line & whipped his corner kick over his head & deep into the net before gallant Rothes efforts to clear. After a season of unfavourable & error-strewn line calls, this was pleasing to see the officials call it right, albeit it could be filed in the folder marked ‘Very Obvious’. With McLean standing over another corner assistant gaffer Park hooked the skipper, replacing him with Chris Herd, and drawing playful banter from the home fans who wanted to see a Nacho hat-trick. Locos were now dominant & Chris ANGUS cracked home a fourth in overtime, the ninety eighth SHFL goal & therefore a new record for the football club. For Neil McLean he eases into number four in the all-time senior goal charts, moving one goal ahead of the legend that is Mr Kenny Coull. This Locos side are entertaining the punters with football played the right way & it’s a pleasure to watch the team perform so well.