BREEDON HIGHLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE SAT JULY 28, 2018. Buckie Thistle 0 Inverurie Locos 2 Thistle: Bell MacKinnon McLean Fraser (Dorrat) Cheyne MacAskill Murray Robertson Adams Ross McKenzie – Unused subs – Herbert Milne Davidson Walker Locos: Reid Rennie Mitchell Michie (Crisp) Souter Broadhurst Smith Angus Gauld McLean, Leyden. Unused subs: Charlesworth T Reid Watt Cooper Cook Match Stats, Locos First. Shots ON 3-2, Shots OFF 7-7, Corners 4-9, Fouls 4-8, Offside 3-0. Question. Would you like to start your Breedon Highland Football League campaign with three points & a clean sheet at a ground where your rivals will surely drop points? Answer. We absolutely would thank you very much! Locos travelled to a breezy & rainy Victoria Park in Buckie without the banned pairing of Stuart Duff & Joe McCabe. Jamie Michie declared himself fit to start with the new powerhouse Jonny Smith making his Railwaymen bow too. Thistle have had injury issues for more than a year now but still fielded a strong side who should finish in the top clutch of clubs. Jags had their flag flying at half mast as the Highland League family marked the sad passing of Sandy Stables. A perfectly observed minute’s silence was held just prior to kick off at this match & indeed at all SHFL fixtures across the north. Locos settled the better & the former fans’ favourite Chris Angus was first to get a shot on target, Bell saving without too much fuss. Neil GAULD started the season doing what he does best, receiving the ball & despatching it into the onion bag. He collected the ball after some miscommunication & clumsy Jags defending & swept his finish below ex Loco Bell. Fifteen minutes, 1-0. Pre-season intelligence suggested that the home side would not be strangers to the long ball & this was the case in the main, food & drink for the dominant & ever impressive Broadhurst & Souter pairing. Jonny Smith was having a super debut & after winning a loose ball, fed Gauld who in turn whipped in a cross that just evaded Angus. Jags were finding things frustrating at this stage & MacKinnon was a lucky lad that none of the officials saw his kick out at ex team-mate Angus. Angus was so nearly right in for a second goal from a Chopper cross field ball as Locos continued to be the better side. Buckie were nearly level with eleven minutes to go to the half time cuppas when their best player, Andy MacAskill, unleashed a super strike that came back off Andy Reid’s left stick. Jamie Michie pulled up on thirty eight minutes to be replaced by Dan Crisp. Steven Ross went down ever so easily in the Locos box & it appeared that the referee may have been thinking about a yellow for simulation before allowing play to flow. HT 1-0 Locos. Gauld was inches wide with a right foot shot before another attempt from the same player was charged down with McLean firing the rebound wide. Chris Angus was gunning to net at his old stomping ground for the second year on the spin & tried a spectacular scissors kick that went wide. A Leyden cross just evaded Gauld then Souter was inches from connecting to a diving header opportunity. Neil Gauld broke free but was controversially flagged offside when observers had him several yards onside. A Mackaskill flick touched Reid’s post with the keeper having things covered. Buckie then had a period of ten minutes or so on top & genuinely pushing for a leveller. McLean & McKenzie had efforts on goal. Adams stooped dangerously low in a challenge with Rennie that could have been a free kick to the away side, but drew loud calls from the homesters for a penalty. Referee Mazzoni chose to award nothing. Home gaffer Stewart was on the cusp of being invited to the stand with regular forays twenty yards outside of his technical area, really testing the match referee. For all Buckie’s pressure, keeper Reid didn’t have to produce any of his worldy saves & the storm seemed to have been weathered. Adams appeared to have failed to find any composure after the wee coming together at the hospitality end & was sent off with nine minutes left. Locos were passing the ball well again, showing excellent professionalism & were well worth their second goal. Chris ANGUS finished well after Neil Gauld had dragged the ball back for him. Eighty eight minutes & the boo boys were silenced by their former favourite. Angus then was only two feet wide with a blocked close range effort with Jags knowing their race was run. A somewhat bizarre amount of additional time was added but no further goals arrived & Locos had started their competitive season with a brilliant victory. Next up is Fraserburgh coming to Inverurie on Weds August 1st, Irn Bru Pre-lim, ko 8pm. Huntly then come to Harlaw Park for the Gordon derby on Saturday at 3pm.  

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