DING DONG – CALUM CALLING!
Breedon Highland Football League – Saturday September 7th HUNTLY 2 INVERURIE LOCO WORKS 4 Huntly: Farquhar Herd Johnstone Murison Still Ross (Esslemont) Booth Meres (McKeown) MacDonald (Gray) Ballam Milne. Unused subs: Robertshaw McDonald Manson Matthew Loco Works: A Reid Mitchell Souter (T Reid) Burnett (Watt) Watson Broadhurst Dingwall Michie Gauld Angus (Hunter) Stott. Unused subs: McLean Gordon Cooper Cook. Referee: McAvinue Match Stats, Locos First, Shots ON 8-4, Shots OFF 9-2, Fouls 8-10, Corners 5-7, Offside 4-4. Yellows 1-2, Reds 0-0. Neil Cooper’s Railwaymen made it six league victories on the bounce with an El Gordonico win that was both more comfortable & convincing than the scoreline would suggest. Jonny Smith was still injured with Neil McLean on the bench but still short of being match ready. The Highland League legend that is Eric Watson was back as skipper, his harsh suspension from the panto at Turra finally complete, moving Soapy Souter to left back. The hosts took to the park with every league match having ended in defeat, but their O has to go at some point, urging gaffer Cooper to demand the utmost professionalism from his charges. Overhead conditions were perfect at three o’clock. The early stages were suitably frenetic for a derby but Locos were always just that bit better, faster & brighter. Jamie Michie had a direct free-kick held by John Farquhar, Ryan Stott thundered a volley inches wide & Neil Gauld drove straight at the keeper, although the stop was still instinctive & impressive. Inverurie could well have been awarded a penalty with the home keeper clattering into Neil Gauld but instead a free kick outside of the penalty box was awarded for a follow-up offence. Michie shot wide of the sticks next with Angus then looking likely to break the deadlock, but a raised flag ended that hope. Calum DINGWALL opened the scoring with an absolute worldy in the twenty fifth minute. Dinger fairly cracked an effort with his left peg back across the keeper, the ball still rising as it reached the onion bag, what a smasher. Ryan Stott was fresh from two excellent assists seven days earlier & volleyed just too high before Declan Milne finally mustered Huntly’s first goal attempt, caught by Andy Reid. Michie was in the mood for shooting & blasted over from an Angus cut back. Huntly’s first corner arriving twelve minutes ahead of the break was indicative of the Locos domination. Frustration appeared to be the cause of a Huntly red card next but Ross Still incredibly was allowed to stay afield for raising his hands, indeed he didn’t even earn a yellow. He was cautioned seconds later for a crude foul on Gauld. Thirty four minutes & 2-0. Calum DINGWALL had his brace & this was another long range crackerjack. Goal of the week should be his, the only call being which one of the strikes was the better! This one being a dead ball special. Incredibly Huntly were somehow back into the contest on thirty nine minutes, a header being superbly saved by Reid but MERES netting the rebound. Milne & Souter had headers go wide at each respective end. HT Huntly 1 Locos 2. Inverurie started the second period on top & restored a two goal lead just ahead of the forty eight minute mark. Chris ANGUS the beneficiary from wonderful Locos build up play, the final low whipped centre delivered by Ryan Stott. Greg Mitchell burst forward only to see his attempt come back from the underside of the bar. Keeper Farquhar went down hurt, causing concern, but thankfully was back up & healthy soon after. Andy Reid pulled off a top save again showing his concentration levels are high. Mark Souter appeared to come away from a robust but fair challenge with Nathan Meres complete with the ball won well, but a double whammy of surprises was in store, a Huntly free kick & a caution. The Huntly player was back on his feet as soon as the yellow card was shown to his opponent. Locos could & should have been further in front with Gauld shooting at the body of the keeper, Michie missing the rebound then Locos’ top scorer shooting over after super set-up play from Angus again. Murison curled a rare Huntly effort over the bar but with seven minutes left Ryan STOTT netted with his right foot, a neat finish into the corner. The scoreline received an odd slant on eighty six minutes with Declan MILNE scoring from close in, looking offside to some onlookers but the goal stood. Calum Dingwall had been the man of the match & just skied an attempt from twenty yards a little too high with a hat-trick beckoning. Jamie Michie was yellowed for a nonedescript late foul. FT Huntly 2 Locos 4. Inverurie were always in command of this one, and whilst the scoreline flattered Huntly, the home players certainly never stopped running & competing for their gaffer. It’s a testing trip to Speyside next & a Rothes side expected to really push the better sides & perhaps split the pack. Kick off on Saturday is 3pm.