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William Hill Scottish Cup Round Three – Saturday November 23th 2019 INVERURIE LOCO WORKS 0 BROXBURN ATHLETIC 1 Loco Works: A REID SOUTER MITCHELL BURNETT (MICHIE) WATSON BROADHURST DINGWALL HUNTER GAULD (ANGUS) SMITH STOTT (MCLEAN). UNUSED SUBS: T REID WATT COOPER COOK Brox: Wallace, Beesley (Nimmo) Donaldson Townsley, Gavin, Linton, Grant, Scott, Miller, Locke (Binnie), Kelly. Unused subs: Ross, Gibson, Richards, Hamilton, Donoghue. Referee: Calum Scott. Match Stats, Locos First, Shots ON 7-5, Shots OFF 8-4, Fouls 8-17, Corners 2-3, Offside 0-1. Yellows 1-3. Scottish Cup-tie number thirty six for Inverurie Locos will be remembered as a squandered opportunity to claim a lucrative Fourth Round berth. This home tie with Broxburn Athletic, whilst never going to be easy, did offer the Railwaymen an amazing opportunity to progress. The Albyn Park side brought a sizeable support north in a Harlaw attendance in excess of 1100. Kick off was delayed for four minutes whilst three flares, thrown by Broxburn fans, were cleared from the park. Nerves were getting the better of the players with the opening phase scrappy. Locos in particular toiling to get their trademark speedy passing game up & running. Broxburn had Townsley volleying well wide & a Locke flick doing likewise, before Locos came alive with a Stott shot on target & having Wallace paw the ball away unconvincingly. Locke was involved again & this time his effort was far closer to being the opener. If Athletic were the stronger for the first half of the first half, Locos were to go on & be on top through to half time. Jonny Smith had a shot held, Hunter shot wide & Souter had a firmly hit shot deflected through to the goalie. Calum Dingwall likes a long range special, and his sweetly struck effort deflected just wide. Broxburn were awarded a free kick twenty yards from goal but Beesley shot into the arms of Reid, then a early Gauld cross caused problems for the visitors. Stott, Dingwall & Hunter all had half chances just ahead of the break but Wallace wasn’t stretched at all & forty five minutes that lacked quality saw a stalemate. Inverurie looked set to be awarded a kick from the penalty mark at the start of the second half, an outstretched Brox arm clearly diverting the path of the ball. The match referee had a better than average performance overall & observers were left to think that perhaps he simply was without the view of the incident that was afforded to those on the sidelines. A massive let off for the visitors. Neil Gauld shot inches wide next as Locos desperately looked for that critical opener. Dingwall shot high, Stott had a free kick saved before Brox looked certain to net. Miller dinked the ball seemingly home but Ryan Broadhurst acrobatically hooked clear from below the bar. Athletic had been boosted by Chris Angus being unable to start this tie, the blond bomber coming from his sick bed for a place on the bench. He was introduced for Neil Gauld with eighteen minutes left. Sub Nimmo darted forward & had Reid diving well to save. Angus got a shot away that Wallace dived to smother. The keeper then saved a Dingwall shot with Angus unable to get the rebound off the deck, allowing Wallace to block again. An Angus header looked set to nestle in the Brox net but alas not. In a match bereft of quality, MILLER broke the mould by unleashing the ball high into the net on eighty three minutes. Wild scenes at the Railway End with the travelling fans aware that a single goal was going to be good enough. A Broadhurst header went wide as a late aerial bombardment was repelled without too much fuss. Ifs, buts & maybes can be used in retrospectly examining any match, & indeed materially changing your uncle into your auntie, but Inverurie’s disappointment was heightened by knowing that anything like the intensity & tempo of the second half in Round One, the ninety minutes of Round Two, or the away league games at Bellslea or North Lodge would have seen the side through for sure. None of that matters one jot to Broxburn Athletic who took full advantage to book an unlikely pass to Round Four. Locos will now focus on an SHFL title push, with Fort William visiting on Saturday, kick off 2pm.

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