SPRIGHTLY LOCOS GO SEVEN UP!
Breedon Highland Football League Inverurie Locos 7 Lossiemouth 0 Locos: Cook Reid Mitchell Souter Broadhurst Watt (Duff) McLean Gauld Angus (Gordon) Stott (Smith). Unused subs Herd Hunter Bolton Buckham Lossie: Black McAndrew Elliot S Campbell Bellingham Archibald Kennedy Macauley Taylor Forbes (B Campbell) Sewell (MacKenzie). Unused subs Kelman Ure Allen MacArthur Hutton Referee Paul McAvinue A thoroughly professional & free flowing display from Inverurie easily saw off Lossiemouth at Harlaw Park in this penultimate home SHFL match of the season. Returning to the first eleven were two of the excellent crop of dynamic youngsters, Thomas Reid & Andrew Watt, whilst their Aberdeenshire League Championship-winning team-mate Morgan Cook was between the sticks. On a bitterly cold afternoon Harlaw Park remained green & highly playable, the sporadic sleety snow not lying on the hallowed Garioch grass. There was a welcome back to the matchday group for Jonny Smith, the big popular Englishman returning ahead of schedule, a testament to his commendable fitness regime & determination. Match referee McAvinue was handing his first Locos match. Sewell was clean through for Lossie in the opening seconds, Morgan Cook horsed off his line, made himself bigger like a guineafowl pufferfish, & superbly blocked the shot. Top glove work. The importance of the save was perfectly personified at the other end, with Neil MCLEAN slaloming through the floundering Lossie blue jerseys before stroking home, a super goal against any opposition. Andy Watt swerved a shot towards the top bin that Black did well to keep out. Ryan Stott drilled in the resultant corner for Neil GAULD to despatch into the net with a really tidy flicked header. Lossie heads down. An Angus header was saved, but goal number three was just around the corner. Clumsy from Lossie to make the penalty award a straightforward call for the referee. Neil GAULD rolled home with the minimum of fuss. Greg Mitchell saw his shot from distance spilt by the goalie with Michie then shooting over. Locos were moving the ball around with plenty of pace & the quicker speed of both thought & deed provided pleasing football for Inverurie eyes. Neil Gauld confidently attempted a lob from all of forty five yards & was only around a yard away from an amazing finish. The star striker then drew another save on the stretch from Black. Gauld then drove wide & Mitchell volleyed high. A rare foray towards the Harlaw Road End saw a Campbell free kick & a Taylor shot both go well wide. HT 3-0. Thomas Reid has been magnificent in his breakthrough campaign & a customary brave diving block negated any faint Lossie hopes of any joy. Andy Watt sent Chris ANGUS free on forty eight minutes & he smashed the ball home with glee for number four. Five minutes later & ANGUS netted again after a Gauld flicked assist. That goal saw Inverurie reach a century of goals for the seventh season in the senior era. Angus was running amok & headed just wide. Lossie’s Macauley was yellowed for a petulant kick at McLean, but only after advantage had properly been played by referee McAvinue, who was refereeing with a light touch & an unfussy style. A Souter lob from a tight angle landed on the roof of the Lossie net. Chris ANGUS then completed his seventeen minute hat-trick. A Macauley long range shot dipped just in front of Cook with the young goalie gathering the ball with aplomb. Stuart Duff rasped a drive just over next. The Chuff Chuffs were in seventh Heaven on seventy six minutes with that collectors’ piece that is a Ryan BROADHURST goal! Chopper swivelled on a sixpence & smashed the ball high into the roof of the net. Jonny Smith’s introduction soon after was so pleasing to see. McLean & Gauld had chances go wide as Lossie’s struggles were ended by the final whistle. FT 7-0. Locos now have to wait until March 30th for their next match, and a tough trip to Bellslea to face Fraserburgh.