RINGMASTER GAULD TAMES TIGERS
Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield Round One Huntly 1 Inverurie Locos 3. Match Stats – Locos First. Shots ON 8-4, Shots OFF 11-5, Corners 7-4, Fouls 7-12, Offside 2-2, Yellows 3-1 Inverurie Locos deservedly got through in this Shield tie with the performance after going a goal down very pleasing. Gaffer Cooper was away from home so assistant manager Steven Park was in charge. He named the same First XI as took to the field at Banff, with Bolton & Charlesworth added to the bench. Filippo Mazzoni was in charge of this cup-tie, bringing his colourful personality & somewhat eccentric style to this mild Strathbogie evening. Greg Mitchell had a shot deflected into the arms of Storrier before Neil Gauld took an excellent touch from a long Mitchell diagonal pass to trouble Huntly. Neil then volleyed just wide. David Booth & Glenn Murison had the first chances for Huntly, with Stuart Duff able to continue after a late foul that was on the blindside of the referee. Neil McLean flighted a free kick from the far touchline that the keeper lost in flight but the ball just evaded the back stick. McGowan had two chances saved by Reid with a scissors kick from Gauld inches wide. The same player then found the side net & McGowan had a free kick sail into the arms of Reid. A McLean corner caused Storrier more issues & very nearly flew straight into the onion bag. HT 0-0 & pretty even on chance created albeit Inverurie with the clearer ones. Huntly were in dreamland four minutes into the second period, Nick GRAY picking the ball up & unleashing a rising right footed shot high into the net to Reid’s left. An impressive goal although the player shouldn’t have been afforded so much time to set his aim. Storrier blocked a Gauld shot before the wee hitman was yellowed. He was on the wrong end of a series of late challenges & was cautioned for sharing his views on this with Mazzoni. Leyden had a free kick go high, Mccabe a header go wide then a double let off for the home side as a Gauld shot spun off the keeper onto the bar & the follow up was saved. This pressure couldn’t go on without reward & so the leveller was no shock. Souter hit the base of the left post with MITCHELL leaping onto the rebound to net with glee. A deserved goal for the ever-energetic footballer who covers every blade of grass for his beloved football club. Would Locos suffer yet another cup-tie debacle or just keep the foot on the gas & close this one out? Happy to report it was the latter & with the encouragement of Park & Pratt, Inverurie were camping out in the Huntly half & playing some nice stuff. The goal that was conceded seem to energise the lads. Storrier was having a mixed night with decent blokes peppered by dropped balls, & another fumbled cross here led to nothing. Michie & McLean collected yellows with McRitchie hitting the outside of the posts on a rare Tigers foray forward. A Souter header went high but the inevitable Locos goal came on seventy seven minutes & it was a super finish by Neil GAULD. Jordan Leyden whipped in a corner with pace & purchase that saw Neil stoop & glance home. Five minutes later & GAULD was at it again. He rounded the grounded keeper & stroked the ball low into the net. Locos can take encouragement from this second half showing where the ball was getting moved around the park far quicker & they yielded the deserved outcome. Locos now face Fraserburgh away next month in the next round of the shield. Saturday sees the trip to Wick Academy in the SHFL.