FOUR STRONG BEATS
BREEDON HIGHLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE Saturday February 15th 2020. Harlaw Park, Inverurie. Inverurie Loco Works 4 Strathspey Thistle 1 Loco Works: A Reid T Reid Mitchell Michie Souter Broadhurst Hunter (Gill) McLean (Cooper) Gauld Gordon (Stott) Angus. Unused subs Burnett Watt Watson Cook. Thistle: MacCullum Skinner Rennie Duncan (Naismith) Innes Lisle (Thomson) McShane Hardwick Duncan (McDade) Taylor Morrison. Unused subs Tawse Fraser Cuthbert Crichton Referee: Scott Leslie Match Stats, Locos First, Shots ON 9-2, Shots OFF 6-5, Fouls 2-6, Corners 4-1, Offside 6-2. Yellows 0-3, Reds 0-0. Inverurie Locos title tilt has been over for a period now, but the benefits of a top three finish come April means that every match in this end of season spell is of the utmost importance. Just as seven days earlier a reasonably severe storm was forecast for Scotland’s north-east, but thankfully association football was again playable & in fact the expected wind speeds were dramatically over-blown. Strathy Jags arrived in the Garioch six points above basement boys Lossiemouth. Pittodrie legend George Murray was a very welcome visitor to AB51, the former player, coach & caretaker gaffer sitting in the back row of the stand. Locos settled well & were ahead in seven minutes. Neil GAULD made light of any weather issues with a first touch that belonged to a far higher grade of football & a lofted pass into the net. A really classy finish that brought up a twenty goal season haul yet again for the club. A Lisle effort was heading just wide but big Andy Reid smothered securely in any event. Hospitality was again sold out & one patron drew a hearty roar from the full Main Stand with an excellent header from row two back onto the field of play. McShane threatened for Strathspey but Mitchell so nearly had Inverurie two up with a curving & dipping attempt from twenty five yards just too high. Andy Hunter had joined the core of pivotal players on extended deals ahead of this match & next he used a metaphoric slide rule to play in Gauld, a brave save being needed by MacCullum. Lisle shot wide for the visitors but leading scorer Chris ANGUS lit up Harlaw yet again with his quality to make it 2-0. This Rolls Royce footballer controlled the ball with his trademark nonchalant style, then stroked the ball into the onion bag leaving the goalie with no chance. HT 2-0. Soapy Souter headed wide, McShane had a shot off target & Angus had a goalbound effort deflected wide. McShane was then left unmarked but headed well off target when Reid should have been worked. Ryan STOTT had been introduced for Kyle Gordon & ten minutes later netted his sixth goal of the season after mesmeric footwork from Angus had Jags players unsure if they were Arthur or Martha. A Gauld lob was held below the bar, with Duncan then cautioned for a trip. Michie & Angus were close again before a MORRISON effort deflected into the home goal. Neil Gauld was denied by a brilliant stop from the Jags goalie who then could possibly have walked for a penalty box haul down on Gauld. The penalty award was obvious with onlookers split on whether the Locos player was sufficiently around the keeper to classify his foul as an attempt to win the ball. Anyway GAULD neted to the goalie’s left. 4-1. Skinner then became the third Jags yellow just ahead of the final whistle. This was a professional display from Andy Low’s side, & on another day some of the fine interplay would have led to a far heavier win. Strathspey Thistle were really well drilled & never gave up.
Next is a tricky trip to Kynoch Park against an improving Keith, kick off on Saturday is 3pm.