Category: Match Reports 2009-10

Lossiemouth 8-2 Brora Rangers – SHFL – 13th March 2010

An incredible game at Grant Park saw Lossie recover from the loss of an early goal against Brora Rangers to record their biggest win in many a season. Lossie held a slender lead at the interval but a stunning final half hour saw Nikki Smith complete his hat-trick as the hosts rattled five past a beleaguered Brora.

Shawn Scott finally served the last game of a three match suspension which had been dragged out over several weeks thanks to the weather, while Jamie Bagley injured himself in the pre-match warm up and missed out. Brora had former Lossie forward Jamie McKay in the starting line-up and the Dudgeon Parkers went into the game on the back of a 4-2 win over Strathspey Thistle.

Evidently still full of confidence following their win over Strathspey, the visitors raced into a first minute lead. Lossie were mentally still in the changing rooms when Gary Farquhar curled a free kick into the penalty area for Mark MCKERNIE to head home. Farquhar was involved minutes later when he went in heavy on Craig Masterton. The keeper was on the ground and in possession of the ball when the portly strikers’ foot connected with Mastertons head, but after treatment he was fit to carry on.

Lossie were roused into action following that cowardly challenge and equalised on eleven minutes. Martin McMullan saw his goal bound header effort saved, but Nikki SMITH was first to react to the rebound and knocked the ball in from a few yards.

The two sides then settled down in the middle of the park and spent the next twenty minutes taking wild shots at goal and committing clumsy fouls. The blustery wind and occasional rain didn’t help, but the game burst into life with ten minutes of the half left.

Lossie went ahead from a corner. Dan Smith played the ball short to John Urquhart, and his cross was headed in by Steven SIM for the host’s second goal of the game, and his second of the season.

Brora replied almost immediately. A ball over the top caused problems for the usually reliable Kevin Stuart, and his header back to Masterton fell short and allowed Liam BAXTER to steal in and fire home past the stricken keeper.

Lossie went straight up the field in the hunt of more goals and went close when Nikki Smith rattled the crossbar. In first half injury time Lossie got their third, courtesy of a Martin MCMULLAN volley.

Half time – Lossiemouth 3 Brora Rangers 2

The sides took their time to get into gear following the restart, but once Lossie got going they were unstoppable. Five goals in half an hour eased the Coasters to their biggest scoreline since a 10-1 demolition of Nairn in the mid ‘90’s.

Lossie made it 4-2 just after the hour when Stuart STRATHDEE stroked home from inside the area, accurately placing the ball past a man on the line for his second of the season.

Until this point, Brora had matched Lossie in every department and could feel aggrieved to be as much as two goals down following their performance thus far. Instead of providing a fightback, Brora completely collapsed and Lossie ran riot, scoring almost with every attack.

Goal number five started the goal glut, and was arguably the pick of the bunch. Nikki SMITH took advantage of some hopeless defending to race through on goal before curling the ball superbly past the diving McCallum and into the far corner of the goal.

Five minutes, Lossie made it six. Martin McMullan set up Nikki SMITH for a tidy finish underneath McCallum to complete his hat-trick. Almost from the restart, Lossie raced towards goal again and Martin MCMULLAN grabbed his second with a fierce shot past McCallum at the near post.

In the dying minutes, Lossie scored their eighth. The Brora defence, tired and desperate for the final whistle, stood and watched a Lossie corner sail over the box towards the far post where Kevin STUART was in unfamiliar territory, flying in to head the ball high into the net, narrowly avoiding knocking himself out on the post while delivering the knockout blow to Brora.

Full time – Lossiemouth 8 (eight) Brora Rangers 2

Lossiemouth – Craig Masterton: Steven Sim, Sam Milton, Kevin Stuart, JJ Urquhart, Martin McMullan, Tony Ross (Sean McIntosh), Dan Smith (Garry McDonald), Nikki Smith, Stuart Strathdee (Gary McNichol), Kevin Flett

Brora Rangers – Michael McCallum: Mark McKernie, Aaron Christie, Scott Begg, Scott MacAngus, Andrew Neill, Mark Lamont (Ryan Tilman), Gary Farquhar, Liam Baxter, Ross Sutter (Jason Gunn), John Cameron

Lossiemouth 4-1 Newton Stewart – Scottish Cup – 26th September 2009

Lossie finally ended a long losing streak by winning a Scottish Cup tie for the first time in over fifty years, beating Newton Stewart to end the hoodoo. Goals from Sean McIntosh, Martin McMullan and a double from Shawn Scott saw off the South of Scotland side to put the Coasters into the draw for round two.

Newton Stewart made the long journey north to find Lossie had accumulated what looked like their biggest squad of the season. Shawn Scott and John Urquhart were free from suspension, Martin McMullan and Scott Matheson returned from offshore, and Jamie Bagley and Kevin Stuart continued their pursuit of fitness following long injury lay-offs. Newton Stewart went into the game in the same kind of form as Lossie, so both clubs were looking to get off to a good start to put to bed any pre-match nerves.

To the delight of the home crowd, it was Lossie who opened the scoring after only 8 minutes. A Lossie corner went into the box and Sean MCINTOSH tucked the ball away through a ruck of players, before sprinting away to celebrate.

Newton Stewart were stung by the opener and struggled to get into the game. Lossie were playing well, as they had done against Keith and Nairn, only this time were in the lead. Both sides had half chances to score, but defences remained tight. Tony Ross cleared off the line a scuffed shot from Sean Taylor, before the best chance fell to the visitors on 20 minutes, when William Cloy tested Darren McConnachie with a free kick, forcing the keeper into a save.

The hosts went two ahead on the half hour. A shot from Sean McIntosh forced Newton keeper Harry Fiddler into a low save but, despite the presence of four defenders in the area, the ball broke to Shawn SCOTT and he made no mistake in placing the ball high into the net from a few yards.

The last chance of the half fell to John Urquhart of Lossie, who could only fire high and wide when presented with a clear sight of goal from a dozen yards.

Half time – Lossiemouth 2 Newton Stewart 0

The sight of Chick Young patrolling the touchline entertained the crowd at half time, the reporter in the area for a sportsmans dinner and covering the Lossie game beforehand, but it was the third goal that the home fans were happiest to see. Nine minutes into the send half, Martin MCMULLAN took possession in the middle of the park, headed for goal and lashed the ball home from the edge of the penalty box, leaving Fiddler with no chance.

The visitors desperately needed a goal to get back into the game and set up an interesting last half hour when they pulled one back. Stewart TAYLOR finally found a way past McConnachie in the Lossie goals with a placed chip to narrow the scoreline.

The goal saw Lossie ring the changes, with Michael Smith replacing Tony Ross and Sean McIntosh subbed for Nikki Smith, who scored against Nairn after coming off the bench.

Shawn Scott was itching to put the game out of sight, and tried an ambitious overhead effort, only to fire the ball over the bar. The former Highland League Player of the Year got his second with five minutes of the game left. Clean through on goal, SCOTT waited for the Newton keeper to go to ground before shooting right footed over the keepers legs for his second of the afternoon.

Lossie progress into the draw for the second round, with the possibility of a tie against Elgin, Buckie Thistle, or even a trip to Hampden to play Queens Park a possibility.

Full time – Lossiemouth 4 Newton Stewart 1

Lossiemouth – Darren McConnachie: Craig Donaldson, Sam Milton, Steven Sim, John Urquhart, Dan Smith, Tony Ross (Michael Smith, 60), Martin McMullan, Shawn Scott (Garry McDonald), Sean McIntosh (Nikki Smith, 68), Kevin Flett; Unused subs – Jordan Main, Chris Stuart

Newton Stewart – Harry Fiddler: Martyn Henry (Darren Agnew, 66), Martin Walsh, Lewis Richardson, David Hyslop, Alistair Fisher, Stewart Taylor, Gary Smith, Sean Taylor, Andrew McEwen (Gerald McLean, 73), William Cloy; Unused subs – Jamie Mcclymont, William Rennie, Jamie McKie