A patched up Lossiemouth turned in a decent performance away to Formartine United but were bested by a pair of doubles from Andy Bagshaw and Cammy Keith. Scott Miller struck to level for Lossie midway through the first half but the dismissal of Jamie McKinnon allowed Formartine space to put the game to bed before Jordan Main had the last word with a last minute goal.
Lossie travelled east without the suspended Kevin Flett, the injured Scott Dunn and Chris Ross, and were without the services of the three players on loan from Formartine. Chris Ross stepped back into the starting line-up, while youngster Scott Gordon made his first start for Lossie. Formartine went into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Cove Rangers which saw them slip from the top of the league.
Lossie survived some early pressure without too much effort, as the Formartine machine struggled to cope with the concept of offside. The visitors looked comfortable on the back foot but struggled to create much in the way of opportunities against their sluggish hosts.
The opening goal came after only 8 minutes. Despite the presence of 9 Lossie players in the penalty area, Andy BAGSHAW managed to find space to fire a low shot across goal and into the net at the back post.
Lossie weren’t behind for long, and Scott MILLER levelled when he timed to perfection a run between the two centre halves and sprinted through on goal, before giving Shearer the eyes and placing the ball beyond the keeper and into the net.
The optimism in the visitors dugout was diminished slightly by the dismissal of Jamie McKinnon soon after. Already on a yellow, McKinnon clattered through the back of a Formartine player while trying to win a header and was given his marching orders.
The advantage in numbers barely affected how the game flowed, as Lossie continued to defend solidly while Formartine were reduced to efforts from long range, one of which Hamish Munro managed to launch over the bar and out of the ground.
Lossie couldn’t make it to the interval without conceding a second, however, and Cammy KEITH struck from close range to put his side into a lead they would hold onto until half time.
Half time – Formartine United 2-1 Lossiemouth
A pair of goals just before the hour had Formartine on easy street. Andy BAGSHAW and Cammy KEITH struck within 90 seconds of each other to put the hosts out of sight and on the heels of table topping Brora Rangers. The Lossie support feared the worst after the quickfire display but Formartine wound down after their fourth goal and looked to close the game out with a minimum of fuss.
Cammy Keith was denied his hat-trick when Errol Watson pulled off a fine one handed save to push an effort wide of the post, and former Keith man Keith gave the impression in his body language that he knew his afternoon was as good as over.Lossie had the last laugh in the last minute. A corner from Jordan MAIN swung into the box under under the crossbar, and some indecisive goalkeeping from the normally assured Shearer saw the ball somehow make its way into the net to reduce the deficit.
Lossiemouth face middling opponents in their next two outings, with Huntly the visitors to Christie Park this coming weekend before Lossie head to Inverness to face Clachnacuddin, and both games could be fruitful for an improving Coasters.
Full time – Formartine United 4-2 Lossiemouth