SUPER SOAPY SOUTER’S SOLO SENSATION
Breedon Highland Football League Saturday October 12th 2019 Inverurie Locos 4 Keith 0 A spectacular second half showing saw Locos complete the capture of nine points in a week, and notch a welcome back to back brace of clean sheets. The smooth centre half that is Ryan Broadhurst was back, with Sam Burnett also reinstated to the first eleven. Ryan Stott & Thomas Reid began this league clash on the bench. The Garioch was basking in wonderful high temperatures & with a good crowd inside Harlaw Park allied to a sold out hospitality area, the scene was perfectly set. Season-ticket holder & brilliant supporter Neil Buchan led the teams out then joined the officials & skippers in the centre circle, before sprinting off to a super reception from the Main Stand patrons. Sam Burnett is both a fans’ & a player’s player, & the action opened up with a sublime cross from ‘Burnettinho’ that found Chris Angus, with the attempot narrowly wide. One of several ex-Locos, Mike Selfridge, shot just over, with Locos defending the Railway End. Keith had a stiffening breeze at their backs but Locos were creating the bulk of the danger with Dingwall flighting a free kick inches wide. Eric Watson has been in fine scoring form since arriving at Harlaw & headed wide from a corner before an Angus lob just lacked a half yard of purchase, allowing Simpson to tip wide well. The Maroons thought they had taken a lead soon after but top wide awake defending from Greg Mitchell denied them, the bushy tailed defender spectacularly clearing from below his own bar. Neil Gauld fired wide as the wind lessened & the heat from the October sun kept the punters suitably temperate. Marc Young was another returning Loco & was yellowed as he was beaten all hands up by the powerful & pacy Angus. Whilst the foul was out of the professional envelope it was way too far from goal to be close to a dismissal. Angus & Souter went close & whilst Inverurie were racking up opportunities, few of these were clear cut. Selfridge was next in the book, being a smidgeon late on a clearing Mitchell. A Watson overhead kick dropped wide of the far post, a Hunter header was blocked & down at the other end MacDonald fired high. Mackaskill shot well wide with McLean cautioned next. Another Watson header clearing the bar ended the first period. 0-0. Stott entered the fray for Gauld. If gaffer Cooper wanted a high octane start to the second half it certainly manifested itself in the form of one of the finest goals ever seen at this wonderful old ground. Mark SOUTER collected the ball deep inside his own half & set off on an eighty one yard steaming slalom, power, poise, touch, drive, BOOM! With requests to pass the ball discarded, Soapy careered into the Maroons penalty box & unleashed an unsaveable drive into the net. On a day when the sub two hour marathon was bagged, this goal was far more important to Inverurie fans. Take a bow Soapy. Selfridge tried to level straight away but had his shot saved. Dingwall fired over the bar, Hunter had a header held before Inverurie lost one of their personnel. Supporters of a certain vintage will have been weaned on seeing a fair, grounded challenge on the stretch being both the norm & encouraged. An honest tackle of this style is now viewed differently in the laws of the game, part of the synthetic sanitisation of the sport, & despite the clear winning of the ball by skipper McLean, the element of perceived force saw the referee issue a second yellow. Would the Railwaymen feel sorry for themselves? No sir! An obvious trip made it an easy call to award a penalty & HUNTER rolled it home for his eighty fifth goal for the football club. Three soon after with Chris ANGUS finishing with aplomb. Jay Cheyne was yellowed for a block on Ryan Broadhurst. Selfridge was running & running for his club & next a swift touch, turn & shot cleared the bar. Chris ANGUS had his brace next & Inverurie home & hosed. Gray had Reid leaping to his left to tip over from close in, as the big fella closed in on yet another Locos clean sheet. Returning ex-Loco Josh Bolton shot over the bar, MacDonald had a shot held by Reid. Referee McFarlane was left disappointed by failing to give Angus advantage as he honed in on goal for his hat-trick, play being called back for an Inverurie free-kick. Selfridge’s zest for the match saw him high on Craig Gill, leaving the referee with no option to produce his second yellow & the match was down to ten versus ten. If the first half was slightly underwhelming, the second period was a white knuckle edge of the seat affair. A pleasing week of SHFL business for Inverurie Locos. Next is the glamour & prestige of the William Hill Scottish Cup, Locos heading back to Rothes, the scene of a defeat already this term. Both clubs are in form so a cracking tie is probable. Kick off is 3pm. Match Stats, Locos first. Shots ON 8-5, Shots OFF 8-5, Fouls 12-12, Corners 8-5, Offside 3-2. Yellows 2-4, Reds 1-1.