CUP CALAMITIES CONTINUE
William Hill Scottish Cup Round One Friday September 21st 2018 Inverurie Locos 3 Fraserburgh 4 LOCOS – A.REID RENNIE MITCHELL DUFF SOUTER BROADHURST CRISP MCLEAN GAULD ANGUS LEYDEN UNUSED SUBS HERD MICHIE T REID COOPER WATT COOK FRASERBURGH - TAIT DICKSON HAY C BUCHAN DAVIDSON RAE BEAGRIE WEST (BUTCHER) CAMPBELL YOUNG G BUCHAN (COMBE). UNUSED SUBS NORRIS SIMPSON CHRISTIE LEASK REF – STEWART LUKE Stats – Locos First: Shots ON 7-5 , Shots OFF 3-8, Fouls 9-15, Corners 6-5, Offside 2-3, Yellows 1-1 The massive contradiction between the form in the league & the cups remains both concerning & puzzling. The players broke every SHFL club record last term but lost every cup-tie. Across the last eleven cup competitions the Locos have exited at the first hurdle on nine occasions. It’s now one cup-tie win in almost two years & in the Scottish Cup the club will have at least six years between wins, with no success since the 2-0 derby win at North Lodge. Boss Cooper had Joe McCabe completing a two match ban & unavailable along with the long term injury absentees. Fraserburgh had personnel missing too including Scott Barbour & Gary Harris. The tie was chosen by the BBC to receive additional digital coverage & a good crowd were inside Harlaw Park for this cup-tie below the lights. Fans & observers were hoping that the insipid start to recent knockout matches wouldn’t be replicated but alas that was the case. Fraserburgh simply won every meaningful challenge from the off & were ahead via a brace of penalties despatched by Paul CAMPBELL on four & five minutes. Protests were only muted from the home players. Rather than feel sorry for themselves Inverurie found themselves back into the tie on just nine minutes. Jordan Leyden whipped in a cross of high quality & Chris ANGUS glanced a brilliant header into the top corner. Tait repelled a Gauld shot with Duff’s rebound deflected over. The Locos faithful were certainly not impressed with the match referee with the sparse free kick awards for players in red & black met with sardonic jeers. Locos reverted to a low tempo & were second to everything & were 3-1 down on just 18 minutes. William WEST was afforded time & space to head home with ease. Inverurie were in disarray & capitulated three minutes later. More tackles & challenges were being lost with Marc DICKSON not closed down on the edge of the box & he curled the ball home inside the far post. Campbell then headed over, again without challenge, as this tie could have moved into cricket score territory. Andy Reid pulled off a wonderful low save to save further humiliation. Keeper Tait came racing off his line, missed the ball & then Angus was bundled to the deck. A very decent penalty shout but play moved so quickly the referee was quite a distance back. Neil Gauld was then flatted by Tait but again no spot kick award, Angus then appeared to be tripped as Locos enjoyed a brief & all too rare foray into Fraserburgh land. The threshold for penalties from the opening moments certainly looked like it had been reached, maybe twice, but alas the penalty quota was possibly consumed by 8.05. It had been a half to forget & Locos were heading out of the national cup & all the publicity & rewards that comes with a cup run. HT 1-4. Mike Rae made the proverbial mountain out of a mole hill & a routine tackle morphed into a yellow for skipper McLean. Inverurie just couldn’t muster anything of note with the away players relishing the, at times, testimonial pace. Andy Reid made two further excellent & typically brave blocks right on the edge of his box. Locos created a sniff of an incredibly unlikely comeback with Ryan BROADHURST rising way above everyone to bullet home a header on 67 minutes. Broch finally picked up a yellow with Dickson cautioned for a crude challenge. Mike Rae looked set to join him after sending Mark Souter tumbling into the night sky but bizarrely the cards remained in pocket. Broadhurst unleased an exocet missile that was only two feet too high. Locos were finally, belatedly, getting some gusto, urgency & oomph into this important cup-tie as the clock ran down. Souter was hauled to the ground inside the box but in fairness the referee must have been unsighted as no penalty call was made. Neil GAULD had been starved of service & opportunities all evening but typically still got his name on the scoresheet. Chris Angus worked really hard to win the ball up high & get it across the goal for Neil to net with his head. Four minutes left plus stoppages. What a pity for the Garioch support that this charge of the Locos brigade came at around twenty to ten. No cup-tie is ever complete without a stramash & a pinball wizard moment right at the death. Keeper Tait got into a fankle & missed a bouncing ball but Locos couldn’t direct the loose ball into the net & such was the frantic state of the defending here that any Locos player getting knocked off their pins would surely have seen that elusive spot kick. In truth Fraserburgh were thoroughly deserving of this win with the 4-3 scoreline flattering Inverurie & glossing over another cup disappointment. The flat, sluggish start left too much to do & Fraserburgh go into the second round draw. Locos picked up a red card after the final whistle with Morgan Cook in trouble for a comment made to an assistant referee. Saturday sees Locos host fellow exiteers Nairn County at 3pm.