BLUE TOON TO THE FOUR
Locos: A.Reid, Rennie (T Reid 70), Mitchell, Duff (Strachan 80), Souter (Crisp 79), Broadhurst, Michie (J Cooper 79), McCabe (Bolton), Angus, Herd (Charlesworth 45), Leyden. Unused subs: Watt, Marr, Grant, Cook. Peterhead: Fleming, Trialist, J Brown, Eadie, Gibson, Trialist, S Brown, Norris, Trialist (Buxton 73), Leitch (Trialist 73), Kavanagh (McLean 47). Unused subs: McAllister, Stevenson, Boyle. Match Stats, Locos First. Shots ON 4-5, Shots OFF 6-4, Corners 4-1, Fouls 5-10, Offside 4-3. Inverurie Loco Works 0 Peterhead 4. Inverurie Locos kicked off their pre-season schedule on Sunday with a defeat to a side who should be in League One & surely will be for the 2019/20 campaign if they can get over their jitters at the business end of the league card. Harlaw Park was understandably & unavoidably, hard, dry & fiery, as the crowd basked in more high temperatures. Jamie Michie, always a popular lad around Harlaw, was back home & in a Locos jersey. The Railwaymen were sporting their new kits, bright fire red tops, with traditional coal black shorts & fire red socks. Visitors Peterhead were just nine days away from their opening competitive clash at East End Park, and the early spell illustrated that the Blue Toon were sharper & further down the match fitness path than the hosts. Jack Leitch was first to threaten with a lob that almost sneaked in at the back stick. Willie Gibson shot from distance with Leitch also having further attempts upon Andy Reid’s goal. Peterhead were awarded a penalty out of the soft envelope with Scott Brown being adjudged to have been tripped by Ryan Broadhurst after a coming together. With no VAR everyone just had to accept it! GIBSON calmly stroked home the spot kick. The Blue Toon were two up & what a crackerjack of a finish from TRIALIST C, who cut in from the left & struck the ball with class & poise into the far corner. Peterhead were well worth their advantage at this point. Jordan Leyden rattled the visitors’ post as Locos tried to back into this friendly. It was to be 3-0 at half time however with Kavanagh stroking the ball low into the net. The second half saw Charlesworth replace Herd. Angus had a shot blocked then Charlesworth went on a trademark run but couldn’t quite get his final shot away with the required purchase. Angus had further shots at Greg Fleming before Leyden again came second in his duel with the Peterhead woodwork. Better from Locos. Duff then blootered a first time drive goalward from twenty two yards that was bravely blocked. Josh Bolton had a shot cleared from below the bar but it was 4-0 moments later after a mix up saw TRIALIST C net again. Locos had showed plenty to enthuse the locals in the second period with marauding runs from Mitchell & Souter pleasing to note. Peterhead were efficient, neat & strong. Gibson was voted their man of the match but Trialist C & Leitch also caught the eye. For Inverurie these matches are needed to tune up for the real McCoy & get that touch & crispness back again. Jamie Michie looked highly mobile & full of energy, with four youngsters getting matchtime from the bench also encouraging. Locos play again on Thursday at Colony Park, ko 7.30, before hosting Dundee Utd 20s on Saturday ko 2pm. Hall Russells visit Harlaw on the 17th ko 7.30 & Locos go to Dyce JFC on the 19th ko 7.30. As things stand a Dons XI visiting on July 23 at 7.45 will conclude the friendly fire although the club are still looking for a match on July 21.