LOCOS RUMP HOME WITH TOP LOIN ANGUS
William Hill Scottish Cup – Saturday September 21st INVERURIE LOCO WORKS 3 WICK ACADEMY 2 Loco Works: A Reid T Reid Souter Burnett Watson Broadhurst Mitchell Watt (Gauld) Hunter Angus Stott. Unused subs: Gordon Cooper Gill Buckham.
Academy: McCarthy Manson Farquhar R Allan Halliday Campbell (R Macadie) D Allan MacNab (Sinclair) Gunn Hughes. Unused subs: More Koziol Martens Aitkenhead
Referee: George Calder Match Stats, Locos First, Shots ON 6-3, Shots OFF 8-3, Fouls 8-11, Corners 7-2, Offside 4-1. Yellows 2-2, Reds 0-0. Scottish Cup-tie number thirty four for Inverurie Locos was a humdinger, with the red & blacks emerging victorious after staring at a fifth consecutive Round One exit. This national cup-tie was exactly one year on from a seven goal thriller under the lights at Harlaw that went the way of Fraserburgh last term. Two victories in nine Scottish Cup-ties & now facing a club they couldn’t defeat last season foretold of a tough afternoon & that is what unfolded. Andy Hunter & Andy Watt were in for starts on a sunny Harlaw afternoon as Wick won the toss & chose to attack the Railway End in the first period. Locos were slightly the better in the opening exchanges & Angus was so nearly right in on goal after fine build up play from Hunter. GUNN raced clear next & as Locos claimed for offside the ball was lofted over Reid for the opener. Locos replied with Hunter firing high & McCarthy in the Academy goal so lucky to see Stott shoot straight at him from close. Hunter was too hot to handle & next laid a smashing chance on a plate for Watt, who got his angles wrong & skewed it wide. Hughes was the stand out Wick player, despite Gunn headlining, and the wee wide man was causing Locos issues. Angus & Stott were next to go close with Farquhar then appearing to handle the ball inside the penalty box but nothing was given. Mitchell cut the ball back to Angus who went close yet again. A Hunter free kick was touched round the post as Locos chances came & went. The punishment was to come in the form of a Wick goal against the run of play. GUNN’s strike was superb & cannoned into the Locos net off the left upright. The build-up however came from a routine Locos throw in given in error it appeared to the away side. That was not to detract from the long range shot that ensued but left Locos shell-shocked. Stott & Mitchell fired wide as Locos chased one back before the half time cuppa. HT 0-2. Allan pulled a shot wide after the break with Locos claiming for two further penalties without success. A Hunter rasper tickled the crossbar on the way over as some began to fear the Locos Scottish Cup hoodoo had befallen the Railwaymen again. Stott kept the ball in wide left, scooped the ball over his opponent & set up Hunter who shot straight at the goalie. Fifty six minutes & that critical opener arrived. ANGUS heading home with aplomb. Wick players were taking it in turns to smack the ball out of the ground, with three of these occasions after the ball was dead. A firm Souter challenge drew a yellow card. Twenty five minutes remaining & ANGUS had his side level, sliding the ball home. Gauld replaced Watt & immediately went close after a Stott assist. Joy of joys on seventy minutes & 3-2 to Inverurie. ANGUS had his hat-trick, again finishing neatly to have Harlaw bouncing. It was only the second Scottish Cup hat-trick for Locos, the last being the tournament’s fastest ever, netted by Neil Gauld against Clach. Angus moves to four Locos Scottish goals, joining Rusty Smith, Craig Ross & Martin Laing on that mark. Allan was very fortunate to stay afield, leaving his foot in very late on a prone Watson. Gauld fired wide with Angus begging a square pass with a pivotal moment arriving next. Allan caught his volley perfectly but found Reid springing like a gloved youthful jaguar to superbly tip over the bar. A truly fantastic example of glovemanship from this talented keeper. Play raged on until the ninety sixth minute but Locos would not be denied & on the chances created & territory dominated it was a thoroughly merited win, their fifteenth in the Scottish Cup. Wick played their part of course in a super tie, with the fans getting top entertainment with change out of a tenner. All Garioch eyes & ears will now tune into Sportscene on Sunday night to see what likes in store next. FT Locos 3 Wick 2.