GPH ABERDEENSHIRE LEAGUE INVERURIE LOCO WORKS 5 COVE RANGERS 1 LOCOS - COOK REID HINKS STRACHAN DAWSON WATT COCHRANE (MCALLISTER) YOUNGSON COWIE (GORDON) BOLTON MARR (SMITH) UNUSED SUBS BUTLER RANGERS - ELLIS SMITH CORTHALS PATON MILNE THOMSON (FORSYTH) MACLEOD (CRITCHARD) WOOD (YOUNGSON) CARNIE (TOUGH) BROWN DUNCAN (YUNUS) Ref - NEIL MATHESON The two best sides in the 20s league went toe to toe on Monday night under the Harlaw lights, with the Cove youngsters eventually sent back over Tyrebaggar to think again, with Locos simply sublime. Work still to do but Locos on the cusp of their first ever County crown. 

It was a perfect night for football, no wind, moderate temperatures & a good crowd inside this atmospheric old ground. Carnie had a shot repelled by Cook, with Marr shooting wide at the other end. Graeme Cochrane had a great chance to break the deadlock on nine minutes but his drive from twenty yards was too high. Thomas Reid then shot wide after wonderful interplay, a theme this energetic young group were to return to time after time, so many neat touches & tidy passes. Twenty one minutes & that man BOLTON had Locos in front. Keeper Ellis had performed a wee miracle to deny Watt on the angle & Josh noshed on the rebound. Three minutes later & big Greig COWIE with a close range finish after yet more great Locos approach play. Add another three minutes & 3-0! Blimey O’Reilly, a whipped direct free kick from Andy YOUNGSON doing the damage. First teamer Jordan Brown shot into the carcass of Cook before being shown a yellow for more dissent. The same player then forced Cook into beating a shot down into the turf & away to safety. HT 3-0. It was business as usual for Locos with Marr having an effort deflected behind, Strachan shooting wide & Locos bossing proceedings. Referee Matheson was perhaps unsighted as Campbell Marr was wiped out by a combination of the Cove goalie & centre half inside the box but no penalty was given. The reprieve was capitalised on by Cove with BROWN taking a great first touch, swivel & shot into the Locos net. Cove discipline could have been better & Thomson was yellowed for a very late trip on Strachan. A boost for Locos next with Kyle Gordon making a welcome comeback. Excellent byline wizardy by the sub set up MARR to get the goal his play had more than merited. Leave your best to last they say & crivvens didn’t these young Railwaymen just! Andy YOUNGSON was the best player afield, & he weaved, bobbed, slalomed, pivoted & finished with a searing drive into the far side of the onion bag. Whoosh, wallop, start the car. FT 5-1.

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