ANDY’S DANDY LOCOS DUMP DONS
Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield Quarter Final – Tuesday November 12th ABERDEEN 2 INVERURIE LOCO WORKS 2 (Locos win 5-4 on penalties). Dons: JACKSON RAMSAY (BARRON) BOOTH (HANRATTY) ROBERTSON TAYLOR TURNER E ROSS S ROSS ANDERSON RUTH MYKYTA (DANGANA). UNUSED SUBS- BOLLAN LINDIN CHESSER RITCHIE Loco Works: A REID T REID MITCHELL BURNETT (SMITH) SOUTER BROADHURST DINGWALL MICHIE GAULD (MCLEAN) HUNTER STOTT. UNUSED SUBS: GILL WATT COOPER GORDON COOK Referee: Dan McFarlane. Match Stats, Locos First, Shots ON 4-7, Shots OFF 5-1, Fouls 8-7, Corners 3-3, Offside 5-4. Yellows 0-1, Reds 1-0. Andy Low’s thoroughly impressive & encouraging start to his Locos tenure as gaffer continued on Tuesday night with Inverurie’s first ever competitive win against Aberdeen. Harlaw Park’s condition was checked at first light & at several points across the day, as persistent rain continued to fall across the UK. This Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield Quarter Final survived & indeed the surface held up superbly to ensure the punters got a top night of Tuesday night cup football. Coming into the first eleven were Sam Burnett, Neil Gauld & Jamie Michie. Messrs Smith, McLean & Watt moving to the bench. Aberdeen, technically the home team for this tie, named a strong side with Ash Taylor being the highest profile player. The part-time players representing Inverurie Locos were obviously the underdogs against their full-time foes but the early encounters suggested the red & blacks were not for being also-rans. Dons fans would like to see Bruce Anderson getting more chances to shine in the first team & he forced Mark Souter into some sharp defending early on. Andy Hunter swung in a delicious cross that Neil Gauld headed goalward with keeper Jackson spilling the ball without punishment. Harlaw Park was bouncing on nineteen minutes. Calum DINGWALL unleashing a ferocious thirty foot special with his left foot. This young man appears to be a stranger to the tap in. Jamie Michie shot wide before a Tam Reid cross nearly crept in under the bar. Another Gauld effort was sloppily handled by Jackson but again the loose ball didn’t fall to a Loco Works player. Dingwall drove the ball over the bar but seconds later it was 2-0! A foul on Neil Gauld was possibly unseen but a hyper alert Ryan STOTT pounced to shoot neatly under the goalie & home. A top finish that had Locos enjoying an advantage thoroughly merited. Drama before half-time. Andy Hunter slid in from too far away & did have his studs too high, although the lack of any meaningful force, intent or genuine danger, allied to the conditions might have seen many referees content themselves with a yellow card. With no thinking time at all then red was immediately proffered. Ash Taylor sprinted forty yards to bounce into the body of the kirk, his raised hands & aggression appearing set to leave us with ten v ten. Incredibly the senior footballer was only shown a yellow, drawing howls of derision & sarcastic jeers from the Foxlane Terrace, and surprised noises from the press & club officials from both clubs across in the stand. HT 2-0 to Locos. Logic suggested a 3-2 or 4-2 win for the full-time lads in this second half but again the spirited Railwaymen were simply immense. Dangana was on & immediately impressed, looking a real danger. Anderson’s saved header was Aberdeen’s first attempt on goal, a testament to Locos hard work all over the field. Gauld spun & shot into the sidenet. Twenty two minutes left & the Dons were back in the tie. ANDERSON’s shot from around twenty yards nestling behind Andy Reid. Dangana burst through & appeared set to level but that man Reid saved bravely. Ruth hit a crisp shot that Reid held but with sixteen minutes left it was 2-2. DANGANA scoring from close in. Seb Ross had a chance to win the tie but Reid denied him. Michie shot just over as this tie delivered in the entertainment stakes right to the end. The very, very least Inverurie deserved was a tilt at spot kicks (no extra time in the Shield) & this was secured with McFarlane whistling up for full time. 2-2. The kicks were taken at the Railway End. McLean, Smith, Dingwall & Michie had Locos on the brink of a famous win, with Hanratty blootering his attempt miles over. It came down to Mr Ryan Broadhurst to take penalty number ten. The player previously described as smoother than a polished dolphin eased the ball home with typical style to signal jubilant scenes. Inverurie’s cup-tie record, especially with penalty kicks, has been poor in recent times, but Andy Low is making his own mark & his high energy style & ethos won through in the Garioch drizzle. A brilliant night for all the players & everyone connected with Inverurie Locos.