Category: Keith

Lossiemouth 1-3 Keith – SHFL – 02nd August 2014

Lossiemouth suffered defeat to Keith on the opening day of the 2014-15 Press and Journal Highland League season, but the Coasters were left scratching their heads as to how they came away with nothing after a dominant performance.

Lossie started the game without Chris Ross who was still recovering from the head knock suffered against Fort William in the sides previous outing. Keith fielded local lad Michael Ewen for the first time in a competitive game following his arrival from Formartine United in the summer.

The game started with a competitive edge and Shawn Scott was lucky to escape a booking for an enthusiastic tackle on a Maroon, despite the protestations of the numerous visiting blazers. Keith stole into the lead with half an hour played. A swift counter attack from the visitors caught Lossie cold and Matthew McDonald played in Stuart MASSIE to convert from close range.

Lossie kept Keith at arms length until the closing moments of the half, only to be undone by a long ball over the top. A hoof downfield found Michael EWEN who made no mistake from inside the area to double his sides lead.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-2 Keith 

Soon after the restart Lossie were back in the game. Shawn Scott found space out wide and pinged an accurate cross onto the foot of Kevin DUGUID who scored his first goal for the club.

Lossie continued to press their guests, and Scott and Duguid caused Keith all kinds of problems, with the latter firing an overhead effort towards goal only to see it palmed away by Day.

The closing stages saw more drama as Keith were first reduced to ten men before sealing the win with a third goal. Bruce Milne was ordered off for gesticulating to a Lossie official, but the reduction in numbers didn’t stop the Maroons from having the final say. Michael EWEN bounded through the defence and rattled off a shot which beat Watson on it’s way to striking the post, but the former Formartine man made sure at the second attempt to finish the game off.

Lossie head south for their next game, where they’ll face Rothes at Mackessack Park on Wednesday. Both sides know a win is vital as both clubs attempt to finish top of the bottom four.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-3 Keith

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Anthony Ross, Kevin Flett, Scott Miller, Grant Mitchell, Mark Hector, Ryan Farquhar, Kevin Duguid, Shawn Scott, Willie Mathers, Darren Bailey (Jordan Main 90); Unused subs – Jordan McBain, Scott Gordon, Greg Watson, Finlay Stables, Connor Hall

Keith – David Dey, Stuart Hutchison, Greg Smith, Bruce Milne, Scott Robertson, Fraser Strachan, Sean Keith (Scott Whelan 64), Robbie Collinson, Michael Ewen, Stuart Massie, Matthew McDonald; Unused subs – Gary Kelman, Hamish Ritchie, Craig Cormack, Nathan Greig, James Flaherty, Jamie Fraser

Referee – Anthony Cooper

Lossiemouth 1-3 Keith – SHFL – 22nd February 2014

An incident packed encounter at Grant Park ended in a disappointing defeat for Lossiemouth as they slumped to a second loss of the season against Keith. An equaliser by substitute Darren Bailey was rendered meaningless when Keith scored twice late on to secure the points.

Lossie headed into the game on the back of a blank weekend and started without Kevin Flett, who had to settle for a place on the bench. Keith had endured a torrid year ahead of their trip to Grant Park, conceding 8 at home to Nairn County before going one worse at Dudgeon Park and conceding 9 to Brora Rangers.

From the very beginning of the game, Lossie looked unsettled and failed to cope with the pressure applied by an enthusiastic Keith side. The Maroons were quick to chase down any Lossie player in possession, and the tactic of harassment worked as Lossie struggled through the first half.

Keith were offered the chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty midway through the first half. Sean Keith stepped up but found Errol Watson in the way, and the keeper made his third penalty stop of the season at the same end of the ground, pushing the ball wide of goal from where it was successfully thumped clear.

The visitors stole into the lead in the last minute of the half. Lossie failed to clear their lines inside the penalty area and Craig MACASKILL rifled a loose ball through a mass of bodies and across the face of goal, past a stationary Watson and into the side of the net.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-1 Keith

A pair of subs midway through the second half seemed to revitalise Lossie, and one of the new faces scored soon after coming on to level the game. A cross into the box was bundled home by Darren BAILEY to set up a thrilling finish to the afternoon.

Sadly, the next goal went the way of Keith, and an error by the usually reliable Errol Watson allowed the visitors the chance to go into the lead. A pass through the middle of the park made its way to the edge of the penalty area where Watson was racing to meet it, only to have Matthew MCDONALD take it off his toe before rounding the keeper and passing the ball into an empty net.

Before Lossie had a chance to deal with the situation, Keith scored a third to finish the game. A sliding challenge by Grant Mitchell drew a foul in the area and, once the Lossie man had trudged to the other end of the park after being shown a red card for his troubles, Murray MCCULLOCH ended the game as a contest by rattling his spot kick past Watson.

Lossie were offered the chance to reduce the deficit in the closing minutes when they were awarded a penalty. Ryan Farquhar stepped up to take but saw Kinnaird pull off a save identical to that made by Watson at the same end in the first half. Despite having had little to do for most of the afternoon, Kinnaird reacted sharply to both the spot kick and an effort on the rebound from Bailey, and following that the referee ended the game and put Lossie out of their misery.

The win moved Keith further away from Lossie in the league table, meaning the Coasters are likely to spend the remainder of the season trying to stay ahead of the bottom three. A midweek trip to Fort William could offer Lossie the chance to narrow the gap to the Maroons but a better performance than this will be required to take all the points home from Claggan Park.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-3 Keith

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Dunn (Scott Miller, 79) Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Liam Archibald, Jordan McBain (Callum Dunbar, 65), Ryan Green, Willie Mathers (Darren Bailey, 67); Unused sub – Kevin Flett

Keith – Murray Kinnaird, Stuart Hutcheon, Robbie Collinson, Bruce Milne, Scott Robison, Zander Jack, Sean Keith, Murray McCulloch, Matthew McDonald, Stuart Massie, Craig MacAskill

Keith 5-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 19th October 2013

Keith and Lossiemouth served up a second consecutive 7-goal thriller at Kynoch Park but there were no heroics from Lossie this time out, as Keith raced into a 5-0 lead with time to spare before Kevin Flett and Grant Mitchell reduced the deficit.

Lossiemouth started with Glen Fraser in goal in place of the injured Errol Watson, Darren Bailey started on the bench and Liam Archibald missed out due to illness.

Heavy rain and distant mist made for a miserable afternoon in Keith and a fast start from the hosts threatened to make things worse for a Lossie side, and the first chance of the game went to Jonathan Smith. His shot across the face of goal left Fraser rooted to the spot and the keeper could only watch as the ball fizzed past the base of the post.

Willie Mathers had the next chance, trying his luck from the edge of the box, but Stuart Walker was well positioned to deflect the ball away from goal.Soon after, Bruce Raffell darted into the Lossie area and rattled the crossbar.

Midway through the half Keith took advantage of some careless defending to open the scoring. Jonathan Smith went past Grant Mitchell on the touchline before playing the ball into the area for Callum DINGWALL to sweep past Fraser.

The Maroons doubled their lead minutes before the interval. Jonathan SMITH took possession on the wing and cut inside into the box for lashing a powerful shot through the greasy hands of Fraser.

Half time – Keith 2-0 Lossiemouth

With conditions worsening by the minute, the second half got underway and almost immediately Lossie fell further behind. Andy MacAskill curled a corner towards the near post and the unmarked Callum DINGWALL took advantage of the space to head his side into a three goal lead. The misery was complete before the hour when SMITH bundled home his second goal of the afternoon to put his side four up.

Glen Fraser was keeping the score down at times, pushing wide a one-on-one attempt from Dingwall before saving at the feet of Smith. The best of his saves came when he made a diving save from a Murray McCulloch shot. At the other end, Lossies best chance of the second half so far came when Jordan McBain watched a shot dribble past Kinnaird and agonisingly the far past.

Keith went nap with over twenty minutes to go when Jonathan SMITH completed his hat-trick, thundering a shot into the roof of the net.

As the mist closed in and the rain fell ever heavier, Lossiemouth reduced the deficit with a couple of goals in the closing minutes. The first consolation came from the left foot of Kevin FLETT, who took his frustrations out on the ball and thundered a powerful drive beyond a stationary Kinnaird and in off the underside of the bar. Soon after, a Callum Dunbar free kick forced Kinnaird to make a fine stop at the base of his post, and Scott Wilson was unlucky not to put away the rebound.

Lossie bagged a second goal in the last few seconds of the game when Grant MITCHELL powered home a back post header from a corner, but the late rally was too little too late against a Keith side who had the game won within minutes of the second half starting.

Full time – Keith 5-2 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth 3-0 Keith – SHFL – 03rd January 2011

Lossie got the new year off to a flyer with a win over Keith at Grant Park. An entertaining game from start to finish, Lossie survived an early scare to go into the interval two goals ahead before an own goal in the final minutes sealed the win.

The hosts took to the field with both Archibald brothers in the starting line-up, recent arrival Bryan Bell retained his place in the team, but Ross Duncan missed out due to suspension after being sent off all those weeks ago at Fraserburgh. Keith went into the game looking to keep up with Buckie Thistle and Turriff United at the top of the table and with ex-Coaster Darren Still in charge the Maroons are going to be tough opposition for most teams.

The hosts were playing their first game since late November and Keith looked to have taken advantage of any rustiness by getting off to a fast start. Indeed, the visitors were unlucky not to be a goal ahead in the first minute, denied by a goal-line clearance by Tony Ross, although those behind the goal may have a different opinion as to whether the ball crossed the line. Keith kept Lossie on the back foot, as first Dean Donaldson and then Cammy Keith brought saves out of Darren McConnachie.

Lossie improved as the half progressed and took the lead with ten minutes left. Tony Ross curled a superb cross into the box for Nikki SMITH to sidefoot past Shearer without breaking stride. Minutes later, Lossie doubled their lead. Amid appeals for a penalty following a goalmouth scramble, Ross ARCHIBALD controlled a pass from Charlesworth before rifling home a volley from inside the area.

The half ended with a couple of meaty challenges in midfield. Martin McMullan did well to avoid a second booking for a challenge, and soon after the midfielder found himself on the receiving end of a clumsy tackle from Garry McNamee which gave referee Martin Kerrigan the chance to flash the red card as the half drew to a close.

Half time – Lossiemouth 2 Keith 0

Keith were far from disheartened by the disadvantages facing them at the start of the second half and looked for a way back into the game. Lossie had the first chance of the half when Ross Archibald lashed a shot at Shearer which the keeper did well to save. Keith were appealing for a penalty soon after when Bell, making his home debut, tackled Cammy Keith but the referee waved play on.

Lossie kept Keith on the defensive for spells as they chased a third goal. Andy Shearer produced a sharp catch at his near post when saving a Bryan Bell header, and later Liam Archibald drew Shearer from his line before going around the experienced keeper and forcing the ball just wide of goal.

The closest Keith came in the second half was another goal-line clearance, but, despite earning 14 corners, the Maroons could not force the ball over the line to get themselves back into the game.

Lossie put a lid on the game in the final minute with a third goal. Stuart Strathdee sent a free kick low into the box towards the base of the near post, and a fine stop by Shearer prevented the ball from going in at the first attempt. Ross Archibald sent the rebound back across the face of goal and the unfortunate Stuart WALKER accidentally knocked the ball over the line from a yard out.

A third goal, particularly in the manner it was scored, was harsh on Keith given their performance with ten men, but it capped a fine afternoon for Lossie who are approaching the number of points earned last season with almost half of this seasons fixtures still to be played.

Full time – Lossiemouth 3 Keith 0

Lossiemouth – Darren McConnachie; Anthony Ross, Kevin Flett, Steven Sim, Bryan Bell, Martin McMullan, Colin Charlesworth (Jamie Bagley), Steven Ellis, Nikki Smith (Stuart Strathdee), Ross Archibald, Liam Archibald (Kevin Grant)
Keith – Andy Shearer; Jonathan Watt, Phil McCall, Stuart Walker, Garry Macnamee, Derek Nicol, Sean Keith, Wayne Mackay, Cammy Keith, Craig Phillips, Dean Donaldson (Craig McGovern)