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Saturday August 10th 2019
Breedon Highland Football League
Turriff United 1 Inverurie Locos 6
Utd: Hobday O.Kinsella Chalmers Furey Bowden Stuart Norris Buxton (Copeland) Ward Grant (Ewen) L. Kinsella. Unused Subs: McAllister Robson Strath Smith Otto.
Locos: A Reid T Reid Souter Watt (Dingwall) Watson Broadhurst Burnett (Cooper) Michie Gauld Hunter (Gordon) Stott. Unused subs: Mitchell Gill Cook.
Match stats: Locos First – Shots ON 12-2, Shots OFF 4-6, Corners 6-7, Fouls 7-7, Offside 3-3. Yellows 2-0. Reds 1-0.
Inverurie Locos made the short trip across the county to visit Turriff United & were to depart with full pointage & a heavy win to boot. Manager Cooper couldn’t call upon Messrs Smith & Angus, with Greg Mitchell only fit enough to make the bench. Talismanic skipper Neil McLean, on the wrong end of a careless & crude elbow to the face on matchday one (missed by the officials), was still absent. The stylish Sam Burnett made his first start for the football club whilst at the back the dependable & sleek Ryan Broadhurst was making appearance number three hundred. The home side have chosen to go down the youth road & listed five millennials in their first eleven. The shocking weather of twenty four hours earlier had given way to a thoroughly pleasant Shire afternoon, with The Haughs nothing short of resplendent. Turriff won the first corner but it was struck far too firmly. Chalmers then won the ball out wide but his cross again evaded all his team-mates. This opening phase was to be the only period that the home side could claim to have bossed, but after around a quarter of an hour Locos settled & were superior right through until full time. The great grafter & team player that is Ryan Stott dashed clear wide on the left, then Jamie Michie was inches away from a slide rule ball to release Andy Hunter. Michie was covering lots of turf as per usual & his centre was met with a slightly heavy touch from Hunter. Andy Watt picked up a heavy knock & had to be replaced by Calum Dingwall. Locos certainly not without their injury woes. Robert Ward shot miles wide as Turriff tried to escape from their own half. Hunter looks a player back in the groove & left Turra players trailing but his low cross field ball fell behind Gauld. Twenty minutes & a sweet finish from DINGWALL. Gauld had a shot well saved but calmly laid the ball back for Calum to swerve a tidy shot high into the onion bag. A Gauld cross was nearly deflected into the net & a header flew off Furey to only just clear the United bar. 2-0 on twenty three minutes. SOUTER positively towering into the August sky & heading home. Two in four outings for the Locos lad. On the half hour mark Andy Hunter gave the scoreline a look & feel commensurate with the domination. A Michie cross had Bowden in a fankle & HUNTER swooped to net his third goal in three appearances. Andy is now level with cult hero Kenny Coull in the all-time scorers’ chart. Buxton headed over in a rare Turriff foray. Hunter & Gauld were linking up so well & a cut back from the former to the latter was despatched inches wide. Ward turned neatly but shot over. Turriff were gifted an unexpected goal just ahead of half-time. Andy Reid was entitled to expect the whistle to blow as he was jostled whilst airborne as a corner flew in from wide right. The match referee contented himself that any contact was legitimate & BOWDEN had an open goal to make it 3-1. Eric Watson expressing his views earned the big man a yellow card. Inverurie came dashing out of the blocks after the half time cuppas had been consumed. Dingwall drove over, Stott had Hobday dashing from his line again but then Eric WATSON netted for his third goal in three outings. Hobday had a mixed day between the sticks & fumbled a Michie free kick to allow Watson to crash home the rebound. The goalscorer was then invited to be first to the showers by referee Misiak. Locos fans & indeed seasoned supporters of many clubs will have seen their high profile & perhaps ex-senior full-time pro players maybe not quite enjoying the same ‘trade tolerance’ as others. Stuart Duff’s early Locos red cards had supporters looking at his dismissals as an officials’ badge of honour of sorts. Whether that’s fair or unfair is open to debate & conjecture but Watson’s sending off here in the context of the tone & flow of the match was harsh. Hunter was sacrificed, Gordon came on, Soapy went to centre half & Stott went to left back. Copeland shot straight at Reid. Inverurie were energised by the ordering off & Neil GAULD netted twice with a neat conversion followed with a calm finish into the roof of the net whilst others flapped & panicked. Hobday denied a Gauld hat-trick with a top diving save. Cooper had been introduced for Burnett & the young man deserved the plaudits coming his way for slotting in to cover his full back & generally display a mature football brain during his cameo show. Dingwall & Copeland both shot wide for their respective sides as the teams played out the closing phases. Inverurie had been professional & clinical when they had to be. The lads will know they need to start games in a similar vein when facing stronger opponents. Locos sit sixth in the embryonic table & host Forres Mechanics on Saturday (17th) at 3pm. This will be a tough one as Forres will be a wounded beast after losing two in two