Category: Match Reports 2011-12

Buckie Thistle 1-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 08th October 2011

An assured performance saw Lossiemouth romp to victory over champions Buckie Thistle at a soaking Victoria Park. Martin McMullan and Zander Sutherland scored in the opening six minutes but man of the match Nikki Smith lobbed Kevin Main from thirty yards out to win the game for the Gowlacticos.

Lossie were without the services of Ricky Wardrop and the recently released Craig Morrison, and started the game with Nikki Smith up front on his own supported by a strong midfield. Buckie went into the game without a win since the beginning of September, but welcomed Mark Chisholm into the line-up for his home debut.

The game was only five minutes old when Lossie opened the scoring. Darren McConnachie thumped a goalkick downfield, and the head of a Buckie player knocked the ball into the path of Martin MCMULLAN who raced through on goal before rifling the ball past Kevin Main from inside the area.

Buckie were level immediately. Zander SUTHERLAND cut inside from the stand side touchline and from 25 yards out curled a superb shot into the bottom corner of the net, giving McConnachie no chance.

Sutherland was involved in the next chance for the hosts, setting up Jamie Shewan for a strike but McConnachie was down quickly to save. Shewan should have closer with his next chance, taking possession of a curling ball on the edge of the box before shanking his shot out of the ground.

Just before the half hour Lossie were ahead for a second time, aided by a calamitous error from the Buckie defence. Lewis Mackinnon made a mess of a pass to Mark Chisholm and Nikki SMITH took possession thirty yards out before lobbing the helpless Main with a deluxe finish.

Lossie could have added to their lead before the interval when Liam Archibald crossed for Colin Charlesworth, but the hard working midfielders header went over the bar.

Half time – Buckie Thistle 1-2 Lossiemouth

While Lossie looked totally at ease throughout the game, Buckie became more and more frustrated as the game went on. Zander Sutherland let the travelling support get to him prior to his substitution on the hour, and Michael Morrison offered a one-fingered reply to a critique of his performance thus far to the crowd in the enclosure.

With the home fans baying for blood, Buckie upped their game as they chased a second equaliser, but a series of long range efforts failed to trouble the Lossie defence. When they managed to get closer to goal, Buckie were undone by a lack of accuracy, and Lewis Mackinnon heading over from three yards did nothing to calm the nerves of the supporters.

The final minutes saw chances for both sides. A spell of Buckie pressure culminated with Andy Low sending a headed effort wide of goal when he should really have hit the target. At the other end, the more pessimistic Buckie fans seen heading home with time to spare would have moved even faster towards the exits had Nikki Smith finished a one on one chance, but the Lossie man screwed his shot just wide of Mains far post.

The win leaves Lossie five points off the top of the table, but the Coasters can keep up with the leaders with wins over Brora Rangers and Fort William at the Bernagow in the coming weeks.

Full time – Buckie Thistle 1-2 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Darren McConnachie; Tony Ross, Sam Milton, Bryan Bell, Kevin Flett, Garry Macdonald (JJ Urquhart, 55), Colin Charlesworth, Martin McMullan, Nikki Smith, Kevin Grant (Stephen McKenzie, 90), Liam Archibald (Ross Archibald, 74); Unused subs – Jamie Bagley, Ricky Wardrop
Buckie Thistle – Kevin Main: Neil Davidson, Jamie Shewan, Mark Chisholm, Lewis Mackinnon, Michael Morrison, Graeme Stewart, David MacRae (Chris Angus, 58), Martin Charlesworth, Zander Sutherland (Stephen Bruce, 58), Andy Low; Unused subs – Shawn Scott, Craig Macmillan, Robert Duncan

Lossiemouth 1-0 Wick Academy – SHFL – 06th August 2011

A second half strike from Ross Archibald earned Lossie their first win against Wick Academy since January 2005. The Harmsworth side spurned chance after chance and were made to pay when Archibald pounced to score from inside the six yard box with twenty minutes left.

Lossie were without the suspended Steven Sim and the injured Tony Ross and JJ Urquhart, but Bryan Bell recovered from a knock picked up in midweek to start the game. Wick opened their league season with 3-3 draw at home to Clach but arrived at Grant Park without the influential David Allan.

The opening stages belonged to Lossie, and Martin McMullan sent a looping shot towards goal which eventually sailed just wide of the post and was closer to hitting the target than Wick keeper James More expected. Soon after, Ross Archibald, a thorn in the side of Wick all afternoon, sent a cross to the back post for Kevin Grant but his shot ended up in the hands of More.

Wick started to impose themselves on the game and could have been ahead on the half hour. Sam Mackay found himself clean through on goal and with all the time he needed to score, but found McConnachie in his path to block his tame shot. Mackay then turned provider, setting up Gary Weir for a similar opportunity, but the usually sharp Weir stumbled over the ball and saw his weak shot saved by McConnachie.

Lossie were noticeably edgy but in front of goal Craig Morrison was causing problems. A curling corner from the striker was headed off the line, and soon after Morrison sprung the offside trap to race onto a long ball from Flett, but his attempt to chip the keeper soared into the sky and came down into the keepers hands.

Wick went close to opening the scoring as the half drew to a close as Richard Macadie attempted an overhead kick from inside the area, only to send the ball a few yards over the bar.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0 Wick Academy 0

Lossie replaced Grant Milne with Garry Macdonald and the hosts were immediately stronger in the middle of the park. Out wide, Milton crossed to the back post and Kevin Grant drew another save from More. The second half brought about the appearance of Jamie Bagley and his first contribution was send in another cross for Morrison which was headed over.

Wick still looked the more likely of the sides to score, and a perfectly timed challenge by Kevin Stuart on Macadie prevented the Wicker from getting a shot away. Weir continued to labour against Lossies stubborn defence, slicing a volley from a corner well over the bar. Steven Cunningham was next to try his luck against McConnachie and joined the list of players to be foiled as the keeper again kept the game scoreless.

Wicks wastefulness in front of goal eventually came back to haunt them when Lossie took the lead. The hardworking Colin Charlesworth rifled a low shot at More from outside the area which the keeper couldn’t hold onto, and Ross ARCHIBALD reacted fastest to send the loose ball into the net.

One could have been two when a long ball over the top caught the Wick defence too high up the pitch and Kevin Grant raced onto it, only to waste the opportunity by rushing his shot and sending the ball out of the ground.

Wick continued their search for a goal but were once again denied by McConnachie, who palmed a Macadie shot over the bar. The one time the Lossie keeper found himself beaten was when a Cunningham header sailed across the face of goal and just wide of the post.

That proved to be the last action of the game and Lossie can look forward to consecutive games against North opposition as they look to climb the table.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1 Wick Academy 0

Lossiemouth – Darren McConnachie; Colin Charlesworth, Sam Milton, Kevin Stuart, Bryan Bell (Jamie Bagley), Kevin Flett, Grant Milne (Gary Macdonald), Martin McMullan, Ross Archibald (Liam Archibald), Craig Morrison, Kevin Grant
Wick Academy – James More; Alan Farquhar (Brian McKiddie), Gary Manson, Stewart Ross, Grant Steven, Craig Shearer, Martin Gunn, Sam Mackay, Gary Weir, Richard Macadie, Steven Cunningham