Category: Match Reports 2010-11

Lossiemouth 4-0 Forres Mechanics – SHFL – 16th April 2011

A season defining performance saw Lossiemouth overcome local minnows Forres Mechanics to record their biggest win of the season. Goals from Ross Archibald, Steven Ellis, Nikki Smith and Scott Matheson, combined with a penalty save from Darren McConnachie, made a mockery of the Can Cans title aspirations and gave Lossie the chance to reach fifty points for the season.

Ricky Wardrop started for Lossie against his old club while former Can Cans Tony Ross and Scott Matheson were sat in the Lossie dugout, and Colin Charlesworth returned from injury to occupy the bench. Forres went into the game five points off top with five games to play, and had former Coasters Simon Allan in the starting line-up and Steve Dunn riding the pine pony.

Forres looked like they meant business in the opening stages, thumping the ball high and long and pressing Lossie back to the edge of their box to defend a series of corners. Any big side would have taken advantage of at least one of the half dozen set pieces attempted in the first twenty minutes but Forres ended their spell of pressure without a shot on target.

With their first attack Lossie made Forres pay for their lack of sharpness in front of goal, and did it with a simple three man move. Darren McConnachies long kick from goal was taken down by Nikki Smith in midfield and played through to Ross ARCHIBALD, who raced clear of a stationary defence before rifling the ball past a helpless Knight. The youngsters first goal came against Forres and his latest was welcomed just as warmly by the home support.

Encouraged by a sizeable travelling support, Forres looked for a leveller. Simon Allan came close when he rattled the crossbar with a free kick, but was off target with an effort from the edge of the penalty area which sailed past the upright.

With the first half drawing to a close, Lossie grabbed a second goal. Nikki Smith was again involved, drawing a save from Knight inside the area. The loose ball was pounced upon by Ross Archibald who saw his shot blocked by Knight, but Steven ELLIS was on hand to knock the ball over the line amid a penalty area of full of despairing Forres players.

Half time – Lossiemouth 2 Forres Mechanics 0

Lossie emerged for the second half some minutes ahead of their struggling opposition, but whatever tactical masterplan the Mechanics management kept everyone waiting for went to waste as their players continued with the same clumsy long ball style seen in the first half. Lossie had the ball in the net early in the half but a very, very tight offside decision saw Ross Archibalds second goal of the afternoon ruled out.

The Coasters could smell blood, and the hardworking Nikki SMITH bagged a goal of his own to finish the game with almost half an hour left to play. Sent through on goal by a clinical Ellis pass, Smith curled the ball beyond Knight and the relief at scoring after some fruitless weeks was evident in the youngsters celebration with his team mates.

Forres had played three quarters of the game without a clear shot at goal, but referee Graham Beaton offered the visitors a route back into the game when he awarded them a penalty after Lee Fraser was felled in the box. The visitors performance was summed up by Kyle Scotts spot kick – tame, slow, and straight down the middle. Darren McConnachie was already on the ground waiting for the ball by the time it reached him, the save allowing Lossie to keep another clean sheet at home.

With that miss, the visitors were finished. All that remained was for Lossie to turn a good afternoon into a great one, and Scott MATHESONS last minute strike ensured Forres were well and truly thumped. Matheson was wise to a ball over the top and raced onto it through a tired defence before slipping it past Knight and in at the far post. Despite conceding four, the keeper had done little wrong during the game and was entitled to ask questions of his teammates who between them hadn’t managed a single shot at goal from open play.

The home support roared for a fifth in the remaining seconds but the kindly referee blew for time and put a visibly broken Forres out of their misery, ending a fine afternoon for a Lossie side who had shown their near neighbours just how the game should be played.

Full time – Lossiemouth 4 Forres Mechanics 0

Lossiemouth – Darren McConnachie; Steven Sim, Sam Milton, Bryan Bell, Kevin Flett, Steven Ellis, Ricky Wardrop, JJ Urquhart, Ross Archibald (Tony Ross), Nikki Smith (Scott Matheson), Liam Archibald (Jamie Bagley)

Forres Mechanics – Stuart Knight; Bruce Milne (Graeme Grant), Archie McPhee, Graeme Fraser, Nathan Sharp, Ross MacPherson, Kevin Duguid (Charlie Brown), Simon Allan (Scott Moore), Lee Fraser, Kyle Scott, Ryan Green

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)