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Scottish Youth Cup R2 Kilmarnock 10 Inverurie Locos 2 Match stats - Locos 1st - Shots ON 4-15, shots OFF 2-9, Fouls 11-13, Corners 3-9, Offside 3-6, Yellows 1-0. Killie Broun Abed E Devenny (J Devenny) Sloan Clark Russell R Smith Rennie Mullen (Kirkpatrick) Warnock L Smith. Unused subs - O’Connor Walker Berry Willis McLaughlin. Locos Burns Lovatt (Moultrie) Duthie Davidson Walker (Lappin) Halliday (c) Bruce (McAuley) Karim McKenzie McDonald Tosh. Unused subs - Simond Williamson Harper Inverurie Locos youth squad were knocked out of the Scottish Cup on Sunday by a high energy, well-drilled Kilmarnock side, who were ruthless in front of the sticks. Rugby Park was gleaming in mid November sunshine but was bone-numbingly cold. The top deck of the Moffat Stand was open for the local spectators & the healthy contingent of faithful Locos fans who were making the three hundred & seventy mile round trip on a Sunday. The lightening speed & crispness of the Killie warm-up drills was concerning & the home lads, in an all blue kit, sorted the match in a similar style. Josh RENNIE rose high under no challenge to head home on eight minutes. Liam Smith for Killie was to show up well up for the bulk of the game, his only weakness being a liking to try & beat the same player for a second or third time unnecessarily, & his shot was deflected wide. Niall Tosh showed super confidence & fast feet to win a Locos free-kick high up the park with the Jack McKenzie centre finding no takers. Jack Lovatt was yellowed for his first foul, the recipient being that man Liam Smith, a sharp thorn in this Locos side. The free kick clattered the post but Keir RUSSELL netted the rebound. A Jay Halliday free-kick went wide before joy for the Locos! Jack MCKENZIE swooping on a loose ball to drill home low into the net. Twenty two minutes. Alas the two goal advantage was reinstated two minutes later, the reticence to clear their lines & be authoritative in defence allowing Mike MULLEN to tap home. Locos were understandably overawed by playing in a top flight ground, the only one to host a tie in this round, and were 4-1 down when MULLEN again was unchallenged to score. Kerr Russell was the main man in the middle, Locos unable to lay a glove on the tall lad. Evan DEVENNY volleyed home for 5-1 from a corner, such a shame that Locos looked a tad frozen with nerves. Murray Burns was performing admirably & denied Rennie from point blank range. HT 5-1 to the home team. The goals in this match were not shared to the liking of Locos observers but let’s take some pride & pleasure in having netted the goal of the game. Niall TOSH collected the ball just wide of the penalty box & glided forward before unleashing a shot that would gaffe any ground in Scotland. This ball was hit true & was still on the rise as it kissed the net after passing keeper Broun. A thing of immeasurable beauty. 5-2. Burns then made two further top saves, what a credit to himself to be so alert & full of gusto on a tough assignment. RENNIE headed home from close in for 6-2. Finlay Moultrie then replaced Jack Lovatt, before Ross Karim shot wide of the right post from fifteen yards. RENNIE was isolated again for 7-2. It was Walker off off & Lappin on for Inverurie before Liam SMITH got the goal his trickery deserved for 8-2. MULLEN scored for 9-2 with twenty five potentially very long minutes left. Sam MacAuley was introduced for Fraser Bruce. Karim was hungry for the ball now & again got a shot away on goal. Rennie missed two convertible chances on quick succession, before Burns caught a further attempt from the Killie number eight. Burns was the man for Locos but just as we looked set to avoid double figures, sub KIRKPATRICK netted with three minutes left. There was still time for yet another Burns stop but the match referee called time. A difficult ninety minutes for Inverurie but their opponents would inflict similar outcomes to many opponents across the country & to their credit Locos never resorted to dark arts & petulant fouling, a point made by the Killie staff & parents of the players post match. Kilmarnock had several stand out players & indeed four players born in 2004 in their squad. Good luck to them for the rest of the tournament.