Inverurie Locos 2 Brora Rangers 0 

LOCOS – A.REID RENNIE (BOLTON) HERD (ANGUS) DUFF SOUTER BROADHURST MITCHELL MCLEAN (T.REID) GAULD MCCABE LEYDEN UNUSED SUBS WATT COOPER COOK RANGERS - MALIN PICKLES A MACDONALD WILLIAMSON NICOLSON MORRISON DOCHERTY N MACDONALD MACLEOD C CAMPBELL MACKAY (SUTHERLAND) UNUSED SUBS J CAMPBELL MACRAE MACLEAN COUNSELL REF – D. MCFARLANE Stats – Locos First: Shots ON 6-4 , Shots OFF 5-7, Fouls 12-19, Corners 5-6, Offside 3-1, Yellows 1-5, Reds 1-2. Just another day at the office? Whoosh, bang, wallop, what a match at Harlaw Park! Locos went into this home match with Brora Rangers with the odd statistical backdrop of having outscored them almost two to one, but having shipped ten goals more. This meeting of fifth hosting third was again being played out with the Garioch sun blazing down on the punters, with Locos looking to continue their positive record against the Sutherland Reds in the Cooperist era. Both side had bodies missing through injury & unavailability. Chris Angus started on the bench after a late injury at Kynoch Park. Neil McLean was back & man of the moment Ryan Broadhurst was the skipper. The early kick off hadn’t confused the supporters & a healthy crowd was inside then ground at 2pm. Gaffer Cooper was banned from the dugout after the carnage of the Cove Rangers brouhaha. Locos were the stronger in the early phases, attacking the Railway End, & a Gauld cut back was ever so close to allowing Mitchell to stroke home. A Leyden low shot was easily fielded before yet more Harlaw Park controversy. Locos home matches had already seen a clutch of disputable calls & here was another. Chris Herd simply positioned his body correctly whilst challenging inside the box but the merest of natural contact between two players honestly tussling for the ball saw referee McFarlane hurriedly pointing to the spot. Home fans left dumbfounded. Andy Reid stayed focussed & leapt right across to his inside right stick to produce a save of the very highest grade. A feeling of justice & a wrong being righted was the mood around the stadium. Neil MacDonald skewed a hook shot wide after the same player had initiated a series of provocative niggles upon Neil McLean. Yet more mayhem soon after & any understated performance from the officials was right off the agenda when Joe McCabe was dismissed for a challenge that certainly didn’t appear to deserve the ultimate sanction.Referee McFarlane afforded himself no thinking time & had the red card brandished with a swagger in an instant. Ally MacDonald was immediately back to his feet upon the card being brandished. A Souter header went wide before persistent Nicholson fouls & a raising of hands by MacLeod both escaped censure. Williamson came right through & over Neil Gauld finally receiving a yellow. Another Souter header was wide before MacLeod & Mackay had shots go wide. Brora didn’t win a corner until forty one minutes, an indicator that Locos had been heroes with ten bodies. HT 0-0. Locos had Herd off & Angus on as the ten men took the match to the visitors. Locos were rampant & the expectant penalty, if you feel that referees often ‘balance the books’  came their way. Souter was set to net, forcing Williamson into a blatant foul, two yellows equalling red & we had ten v ten. Neil GAULD was coolness personified & eased his penalty home to Malin’s right. 1-0 forty nine minutes. Connor Rennie was competing like a trojan as usual & had to take his leave briefly to have a bloody snout mended. Angus drove over from twenty yards before MacLeod hit the deck in a manner that wasn’t attractive at all, and not something we want in the SHFL. Ally MacDonald forced Reid into another stop with Leyden seeing Malin repel his effort. MacLeod hit the turf again, with no opponent in close proximity forcing the ref to yellow him for simulation. Neil MacDonald caught a long range shot perfectly with Andy Reid diving to the postage stamp corner & breaking the hearts of the Cattachs. Absolutely top drawer. Neil Gauld then burst clear & as the ball bobbled up the top scorer lost his footing & tumbled over the football. Docherty was the man in pursuit & whilst his did have a wee hand on the back of the Locos forward the ensuing red card looked at first glance a referee error. Ten v nine now. Neil GAULD took full advantage by swerving a sumptuous free kick past Malin for 2-0. Wonderful strike. Brora had been ragged all afternoon in the discipline stakes & Morrison was then yellowed for a reckless airborne challenge on Stuart Duff. Josh Bolton was just newly on but was cautioned for a routine foul which was ever so harsh. Gauld missed a great chance for the hat-trick before MacLeod again went down without contact or touch. He possibly avoided a second yellow due to his team being two bodies light. The same player then went in with a late challenge on Reid after the Locos keeper had the ball in his grasp. The big Railwaymen keeper was able to continue after treatment. Duff & Gauld draw top saves from Malin. Angus drove wide as Locos recorded a superb three points & just what the homersters deserved. Next is the visit to Lossiemouth on Sat Sep 15th, ko 3pm.   

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