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LOCOS – A.REID RENNIE HERD (MCLEAN) MCCABE SOUTER , BROADHURST MITCHELL (BOLTON) CRISP (T REID) GAULD ANGUS LEYDEN UNUSED SUBS WATT COOPER COOK Stats – Locos First: Shots ON 13-5 , Shots OFF 2-7 , Fouls 13-9 , Corners 11-4 , Offside 5-2 , Yellows 3-1. Inverurie Locos received plaudits aplenty from a gritty show against Cove Rangers & travelled to Keith looking for full points to keep up with the early runners & riders at the SHFL summit. Stuart Duff was unavailable so Joe McCabe wore the number four jersey. Popular local lad Greg Mitchell skippered the Locos. The Kynoch Park PA system blasted out a top selection of eighties anthems in the build up to this league clash & a temperature of around twenty two degrees had all the patrons enjoying the comfortable conditions. Keith had enjoyed an encouraging start to the season, bossed by ex-Locos favourite Dean Donaldson. The Maroons had two ex-Locos in the starting XI & two more on the bench. Messrs Begg & Young were injured, so didn’t add to the ex-Harlaw interest. Craig MacAskill charged at the Locos rearguard right from the off. The early sparring was bested by the away side but Michael Selfridge almost nicked in from a Souter header back to Andy Reid. Locos were ahead on seven minutes. A McCabe corner was undercooked in truth but Keith made a hash of defending it at the near stick & Neil GAULD gleefully stabbed home. It was Neil’s eleventh of the campaign (some publications had him on eleven ahead of this match but this wrongly included an own goal at Turriff United). Hutcheon was yellowed for a jersey tug, then Herd received the same punishment for a tackle that had him stretching & just catching an opponent. Skipper Mitchel was played in by Leyden but Simpson blocked his attempt. Jordan Leyden then had a drive deflected wide before Mitchell was cautioned. This flurry of yellows suggested a dirty match but this wasn’t the case. Crisp, Berton & Lennox all had decent attempts upon goal with the enclosure side linesman then getting pelters for two raised flags for offside that appeared like clear errors with the benefit of a high vantage point from a stand seat. Selfridge was bursting a gut against his old charges & was denied by a brave Reid block. A Berton looping header was brilliantly cleared off the line by an alert Souter with a galloping Mitchell denied again by keeper Simpson. A high MacAskill challenge on Herd didn’t yield a yellow then a Gauld chest trap, turn & volley was only inches high. Crisp had another attempt tipped over but it was 2-0 on thirty five minutes with Chris ANGUS wrestling the ball from Keith & leaving players in his wake before a lovely low composed finish past Simpson. Locos could have run up a cricket score by this point but Keith were back in it five minutes ahead of the break. A dropped shoulder by Cammy Keith has been seen countless times but knowing its coming & repelling it are two different things. His feign & drag outfoxed Mark Souter who was teased into a challenge that yielded a penalty for the home side. KEITH netted to make it 2-1. Souter received a yellow. Berton had a shot deflected wide as the homesters completed the first period in good fettle. HT 2-1 Locos. Angus & Gauld had early chances. Drama next with a Selfridge shot hitting both posts then rolling into the arms of Reid. Neil Gauld was chopped down the box but no penalty arrived. Cammy Keith had a shot blocked on the line by Rennie then Selfridge contrived to miss his kick from right in front of the posts. Keith had been enjoying their best moments but Locos clinched the win with twenty three minutes left. The ball broke to captain MITCHELL inside the box & he smashed the ball high into the net. Great news for Locos fans soon after when Neil McLean entered the fray, replacing Herd, who had again been accomplished & classy. 4-1 soon after with GAULD escaping & stroking the ball home. A Nacho corner almost flew direct in the Keith net, before two Cowie shots & one from Keir saw Keith continue to battle to the end. Keith had put in a good shift for Dean Donaldson but Locos just had that touch of class at key moments to secure all the points. A worry for Inverurie right on the final whistle with Chris Angus left in a tangled heap on the deck after a tussle with McAllister. Fingers crossed the impressive forward isn’t badly hurt. Next up is the visit of Brora Rangers, joint top of the table, to Harlaw on Saturday. Fans should note the kick off is 2pm.  

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