TURRA COUP SECURES TWO-TWO
Breedon Highland Football League Weds Aug 8, 2018. Turriff United 2 Inverurie Locos 2. Utd Hobday Cairns Reid Anderson Chalmers Strachan Cross Smith Wozniak (Ewen) Grant Ironside (Brown) Unused subs – Trialist, Trialist, Tewnion Jarvie.
Locos: Reid Rennie Mitchell Duff Souter Broadhurst Charlesworth McCabe Gauld Angus Leyden. Unused subs: Herd Crisp T Reid Watt Cooper Cook
Ref: Greg Soutar
Match Stats, Locos First. Shots ON 4-4, Shots OFF 5-12, Corners 3-7, Fouls 13-14, Offside 6-1. Yellows 3-4.
Very few matches in the Cooper era have left the Locos faithful with anything other than a satisfying victory or at least an excellent show from their favourites. This tenth Haughs Old Farm derby was however a night to forget for Inverurie & unfortunately needs to be filed in the envelope containing the Brora demolition & the Lothian Thistle calamity. Turriff’s impressive set-up was looking pristine with the pitch full of zip from the afternoon rain & Locos should have been liked coiled springs after three successive wins. Locos named the eleven that were afield against Huntly after Jonny Smith’s unfortunate injury. United fielded a youthful side through necessity in the main & this young group were to go on & enthuse the local fans. There were no signs of the forthcoming woes for Locos when they took the lead on forty three seconds. Fraser HOBDAY was the unlucky scorer of an own goal with Neil Gauld’s sweetly struck shot crashing into the post & in off the prone goalie. Great start. Adam Cross was wide from close in before Keir Smith drove the ball over the bar. Gauld was nearly away soon after but a tight offside call went against him. Wozniak was yellowed for a studs up tackle & then had a shot hacked off the line by Joe McCabe. Duff was then cautioned for a replica tackle to that of Wozniak so fair play to the referee for consistency. Cross then was also yellowed, a trip on Leyden. Rennie then joined them in the book for a forceful challenge. Cross, Strachan & Ironside had attempts thwarted as Turriff bossed open play with Locos increasingly lethargic & oddly off the pace. Completely against the run of play Locos were two up. Gauld slid in CHARLESWORTH who netted his twentieth Locos goal, level with Nicky Gordon. This half time advantage told nothing of the way the period had gone, but Locos were not complaining. The last piece of anything approaching quality from Locos came at the start of the second half & saw Greg Mitchell storm out of defence & hit the bottom of the Hobday right upright. Wozniak, Cross & Ironside then had further chances but Turriff’s lack of class & composure up top kept them two goals back. Strachan was by far & away the best footballer afield, but blotted his copybook with a dive in the Locos box. He should have taken his chance with a first time strike but took an extra touch & was heading for the deck before any interaction from an opponent. A pity as the player was excellent otherwise. Referee Soutar was right up with play all night, & called this correct, Turriff yellow. Turriff could hardly believe they were trailing 2-0 with eighteen minutes left but WOZNIAK had them back in the match with a worryingly easy headed strike from a Locos perspective. Locos were now all over the place, shape, discipline, energy, drive & leadership all missing as Turriff attacks sprayed down upon Andy Reid’s goal. The inevitable leveller came on seventy eight minutes with CROSS afforded the freedom of Aberdeenshire to steady himself & steer the ball home. Inverurie nearly snatched the mother of all three point steals when Charlesworth was through but his clipped shot was skewed wide. Angus Grant had a great chance to win it but snatched his hook shot over from ten yards. United only managing to get four out of fourteen decent chances on target allowed Locos to escape with a point. Not the build up to a testing Formartine double header that the club was looking for, but the gaffer will be after a major reaction & perhaps the big underdog tag will suit the players. The evening finished with a compliment to the away side, the celebrations by the homesters for winning a point akin to what a person might expect if the Jules Rimet was coming home to Scotland! Plaudits for the excellent playing surface & to the match referee who set a standard that fans of all clubs would love to see more often in north football. Inverurie Locos now welcome Formartine to Harlaw on Saturday on SHFL duty (3pm), then the same opponent calls again on Tuesday night in the Irn Bru Cup Round 1 (8pm).