Category: Match Reports 2005-06

Fraserburgh 2-4 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 24th December 2005

Lossie produced the shock result of the season so far this weekend with a comprehensive victory over Fraserburgh at Bellslea Park. Goals from Martin McMullan, Craig Morrison, Dougie Coull and Jordan Main ensured a 4-2 victory in a game the Coasters never looked like losing.

With Lossie suffering an injury crisis, Tommy Madden recruited three players from local junior side Lossiemouth Utd to bolster the ranks. Darren Watson and Dougie Coull started their first ever Highland League games, with Gordon Riddoch making a welcome return to the side.

Only five minutes had elapsed before Coull showed he had what it takes to make an impact, heading just wide from a corner. The debutant had the ball in the net shortly after, but his effort was in vain as the linesman flagged for offside, despite the ball going in off a defender.

Michael Stephen was next to go close and found himself clean through on Steve Dunn, but the Highland League Player of The Year failed to show his usual accuracy in front of goal and fired straight at the keeper.

Twenty-three minutes and Lossie took the lead. William West under hit a back pass to Billy Gordon in goals, and Craig Morrison raced in to take advantage. The ball deflected off the goalkeeper, only to fall at the feet of Martin MCMULLAN, who made no mistake.

Fraserburgh were creating chance after chance to score, but were displaying none of their usual sharpness in front of goal. Their best chance came after half an hour, when Michael Stephen drilled a low ball across the face of goal, only for Derek Milne to sky it over the bar from a couple of yards out. A Few minutes later, Ryan Christie nodded a corner goal bound, but could only watch as the ball cracked off the centre of the crossbar.

Five minutes before half time, the visitors doubled their lead. An accurate pass out to Morrison on the wing saw him beat Cowie and bear down on Gordon in goal, and from twenty yards Lossies top scorer could only drive the ball against the keeper. Fortunately for MORRISON, the ball rebounded nicely, and he drilled it low and hard under Gordon to double Lossies advantage.

Before the interval arrived, Steve Dunn produced the save of the game so far, stopping a Gavin Weymss header from point blank range before McMullan cleared. Ellis found time to test Gordon in the Broch goal from 18 yards, but the elderly keeper was equal to the shot, and the home side held on until the break.

Half time – Fraserburgh 0-2 Lossiemouth

Martin McMullan came out for the second half and immediately caused Fraserburgh problems, starting with a long-range shot that went just wide of the post. Minutes later, it took a last ditch tackle from William West on the very edge of the box to prevent McMullan from shooting. Lossie finished their early dominant spell when a McMullan cross swung into the box and just missed the outstretched leg of Morrison at the back post.

Fraserburgh needed a goal quickly, and got one midway through the second half. Derek Milne and Kevin Norris passed the ball around the Lossie defence before it broke to MILNE, who scuffed it in from close range. It wasn’t pretty, but it hauled the Broch back into the game, albeit temporarily.

Less than a minute later, Lossie extended their advantage once again. Milne, who had just hauled his side back into contention, was at fault, being dispossessed on the edge of his own box by Dougie COULL, who rammed a left footed strike home for the Coasters third.

Amazingly, from kick-off, Fraserburgh again pulled a goal back through Graham JOHNSTON, who side footed home from 12 yards after some careless defending.

The scoring was complete a minute later, when Jordan MAIN took advantage of some less than clinical defending from Johnstone to fire home from 12 yards.

Fraserburgh were still pushing for a third goal until late on, but when David Hendry produced a diving headed clearance from the goal-line to deny the home side a third, the game was over for the Broch, who have taken only one point from a possible six against Lossiemouth this season, and must consider themselves outsiders for the title, given that their rivals have all run riot over the Coasters in recent weeks.

And so the year ends on a high for Lossie, who produced a performance the likes of which hasn’t been seen in many a year, particularly at Bellslea. With Rothes up next, and trips to Fort William and Wick Academy all in January, the next few weeks represents a real chance for Lossie to put some points on the board and start to restore some respectability after the nightmare that was (most of) December.

Full time – Fraserburgh 2-4 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Steven Dunn; Darran Watson, Gary Youngson, Steven Dixon (Jordan Main, 46), Gareth Smith, David Hendry, Martin McMullan, Steven Ellis, Dougie Coull, Craig Morrison, Gordon Riddoch (Stewart, 80)

Rothes 1-2 Lossiemouth – Scottish Cup – 17th September 2005

Lossiemouth went into the draw for the first round of the Tennents Scottish Cup with a last gasp victory over Rothes at Mackessack Park this weekend. The 92nd minute winner from David Hendry ensures not only a place in the countries premier cup competition, but a semi-final slot in the Qualifying Cup against Cove Rangers, Forres Mechanics or Inverurie Locos.

The game started in clear but cloudy conditions, with rain likely at some point in the afternoon. Lossie were quick out of the blocks, with Lee Moir the first to test Strong in goal, but following his run into the box, his shot was tame and caused the keeper no problems. Rothes were enjoying plenty of possession, but were restricted to several corner kicks, all of which were successfully clear. Brian Thompson had the best chance for the home side in the opening but his left-footed free kick from 25 yards sailed wide of the Lossie goal.

Lossie took the lead bang on quarter of an hour. A corner flew over the heads of everyone in the box before landing at the feet of Graeme KENNEDY. The former Nairn St. Ninian player took a touch and rifled a shot through a crowded penalty area to open the scoring, to the delight of the travelling support.

As the first half progressed, Rothes came more into the game, and Lossie were looking nervous at times, giving away possession, but the visitors’ defence dealt with any trouble comfortably, and contained Rothes before they could get near the danger area. Dunn was called into action to tip a Kevin Collins free kick over the bar, but for the first half, that was as close as Rothes came.

Lossie had a clear chance to double their lead just before half time when Kennedy played a great pass through to Morrison who raced in on Strong without a defender in sight, but the keeper got down well to block. With the weather deteriorating into heavy rain, the teams headed for the dressing rooms for the interval, with Lossie on top and Rothes desperate for a goal.

Half time – Rothes 0 Lossiemouth 1

Lossie went looking for another goal at the start of the second half, but a superb cross from Kennedy was missed by all as it curled through the box. Minutes later, Morrison beat his man and found space to shoot, but his shot went just wide of the far post. The former New Elgin man didn’t last much longer, as he was substituted while injured just before the hour.

As the half progressed, a sense of nervousness was apparent in the Lossie side. The occasional spells of heavy rain were not helping matters, and you could sense another goal was on the cards, but it was a question of who for. Ellis came close as he raced onto a through ball and put it wide of Strong, who had left his box to deal with it, but his chip landed in the side netting.

The second goal of the game arrived not long after, and it was Rothes who bagged the equaliser. Like Lossies opener, it came from a corner, and the ball was turned into the net by Nathan SHARP. Lossie were now looking ragged, and with no Morrison on the pitch, it was difficult to imagine a second goal for the visitors. Rothes made it a little easier for Lossie by not concentrating less on the football and more on the physical side of their game, which caused the game to stop and start.

With a replay now looming large on the horizon, Lossie decided that having to play Rothes four times in a month would be too much, and as the game moved into the second minute of injury time, Graeme Kennedy swung a cross to the far side of the box, where it was met by the outstretched leg of David HENDRY, who put the ball past Strong to finish the game and send the travelling support absolutely wild.

However, there was more drama to be had, as straight from kick off, Rothes fired a long ball downfield, desperate for a second equaliser. Less than clinical defending from Lossie saw the ball bounce around the box before it was cleared, but not after Dunn appeared to be kneed in the face while going down to save. In the following brouhaha, Nathan Sharp was dismissed for punching the Lossie goalkeeper, who was also booked. The resultant free kick for Lossie saw the referee call time on the game, but not on the days events, as the players and some of the crowd in the stand decided to continue noising each other up on the way to the tunnel, resulting in some unsavoury scenes.

Victory, however, belonged to Lossie.

Full time – Rothes 1 Lossiemouth 2

Lossiemouth – Dunn; Reid, Youngson, Dixon, Smith, Lee Moir, Hendry, McMullan, Ellis, Morrison (McIntosh), Kennedy