Category: Match Reports 2013-14

Cove Rangers 3-0 Lossiemouth – SHFL – May 3rd 2014

The curtain fell on the 2013/14 season for Lossiemouth as the Coasters were beaten by Cove Rangers at Allan Park. First half goals from Jamie Lennox and Chris Clark had the hosts ahead as Lossie failed to trouble the Toonsers, and Lennox doubled his tally with the final goal of the afternoon to end a mixed season for Lossie.

The visitors started with Glen Fraser getting a rare start in goals, while Shawn Scott dropped to the bench. Cove tried out Craig Reid in goals and were hoping for a win to boost their lamentable league position, and one of the worst SHFL title defences in history.

Fine weather met the sides as they trotted out onto a tatty-looking Allan Park pitch, with sections needing more time to heal after a long season and several games in quick succession. Cove had the early chances, the best falling to Barrie Stephen who saw his shot sail wide of goal. Fifteen minutes in, Cove took the lead. Youngster Stuart Taylor turned Greig Watson on the edge of the penalty area before delivering a perfect cross for Jamie LENNOX to head home.

Jamie Lennox (right) watches as his headed effort sails past Glen Fraser
Jamie Lennox (right) watches as his headed effort sails past Glen Fraser

Lossie pressed for an equaliser but found Cove tougher to break down than they had been on their visit to Grant Park only a month before. Darren Bailey went close with a long range effort that nicked the post on its way out for a goal kick.

Glen Fraser kept the Coasters in the game with a tremendous one handed save soon after. Barrie Stephen lobbed the ball into the air ahead of Michael Selfridge and the resulting header looked to be sailing in at the base of the near post, only for Fraser to push the ball wide at the last with an outstretched arm. At the other end, Tony Ross took matters into his own hands and sprinted down the wing towards goal, thumping a shot at Reid which was held at the second attempt.

Jamie McKinnon makes a last gasp tackle
Jamie McKinnon makes a last gasp tackle

Cove doubled their lead midway through the half, and Chris CLARK won’t have scored many as good as this in all his years as a footballer. Allowed time to dwell on the ball just inside the area, Clark, who started with his back to goal, managed to turn before unleashing an unstoppable effort across the face of goal and beyond a despairing Fraser.

Half time – Cove Rangers 2-0 Lossiemouth

The second half was played with all the gusto of a pre-season friendly, and the crowd seemed content with things, the Cove fans happy with their sides lead while the Lossie support were content to see their side keep the hosts at bay for the remainder of the game. Lossie almost hauled themselves back into the tie when Jamie McKinnon, possibly playing his last game for the club, powered a header goalbound, but was denied a scoring farewell as Reid met the ball and pushed it over the bar.

The save spurred Cove on and soon after they put the game beyond doubt. Poor defending saw the ball break to an unmarked Jamie LENNOX and he took a touch before curling the ball back into the box and past a stranded Fraser.

With the game drawing to a close and Cove comfortably in the lead, the last thing the thirsty crowd needed was any kind of a delay in proceedings, but a broken corner flag held things up to the dismay of all those needing back to the bar.

The defeat does nothing to affect Lossiemouths final placing in the league, which was decided a few weeks back due to Keith finding some end of season form and inching slowly away from the bottom four. Cove, meanwhile, still have games to play as they look to make up some ground on title winners Brora Rangers, who ended their season

Full time – Cove Rangers 3-0 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Glen Fraser, Tony Ross, Scott Dunn, Chris Ross, Jamie McKinnon, Kevin Flett, Scott Miller, Greig Watson, Ryan Green, Liam Archibald, Darren Bailey

Cove Rangers – Craig Reid, Aaron Scully, Chris Clark, Ryan Stewart, Stuart Walker, Mark Perry, Clark Bain, Barrie Stephen, Jamie Lennox, Stuart Taylor, Michael Selfridge

Rothes 1-1 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 12th April 2014

Rothes and Lossiemouth played out a score draw at a blustery Mackessack Park this afternoon, with a goalless first half followed by an end to end second period. Liam Archibald opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the second half, but Lossie were denied all three points when Michael Dunn converted a late penalty.

More to follow.

 

Lossiemouth and Rothes played out a wind-affected draw at a sunny Mackessack Park, with neither side creating much to write home about. A first half as barren as the playing surface was forgotten as Lossiemouth moved up a gear after the break before opening the scoring through Liam Archibald, but from then on Rothes were dominant and earned a point late on when Michael Dunn scored from the spot.

Lossiemouth were without the suspended Shawn Scott and Scott Dunn, and began with Jordan Main in the side. Rothes

Half time – Rothes 0-0 Lossiemouth

The draw moves Lossie onto twenty points, doubling last seasons tally with one league game remaining, but before the trip to Cove Rangers on May 3rd the Coasters have a Highland League Cup semi-final at Clach to negotiate.

Full time – Rothes 1-1 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth 1-3 Turriff United – SHFL – 29th March 2014

Lossiemouth played their last home league game of the season against Turriff United and were narrowly beaten on an afternoon of high drama at a sunny Grant Park. Nicholas Gray scored in either half to put the guests ahead before Kevin Flett reduced the deficit with a well taken penalty. Aaron Shand secured the points for Turriff late on before Shawn Scott and Callum Dunbar were controversially sent off by referee Graham Fraser.

Lossie were without the suspended Darren Bailey but otherwise had a full squad to choose from as they looked to build on their draw with Cove in midweek. Turriff showed up without a manager, with the club having sacked Mark Simpson in midweek only a few weeks after coaxing him into signing a two year deal with the club.

The game started awkwardly for Lossie. A collision between Grant Mitchell and Paul Young inside the first minute floored the big centre half and after several minutes of treatment Mitchell was ushered off the pitch with his head scarred and bandaged, and replaced by Jamie McKinnon.

The midweek exertions against Cove were affecting Lossie and Callum Dunbar also went down injured early in the half, with Turriff playing on and forcing Errol Watson into the first save of the game to keep the game goalless.

McCaffrey in action again
McCaffrey in action again

Away from the medical problems, referee Graham Fraser was fighting several battles of his own making, in particular one with Shawn Scott which began more or less from the first peep of the whistle, saw Biscuits into the book after half an hour and continued through to an eventful last minute.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first half when Nicholas GRAY prodded home from close range.

Jamie McKinnon followed Biscuits into the book, and Lossie were becoming increasingly frustrated with the referees performance. Callum Dunbar attempted to get his side back on level terms, lashing a long range shot towards goal only to see it slice wide of the post.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-1 Turriff United

Turriff doubled their lead minutes into the second half. A headed backpass from Dunn lacked the power to make it to Watson and GRAY ran onto the loose ball before thumping home with the Lossie keeper stood watching.

Lossie were back in the game before the hour was up. A change of kicker was required following Dunbar’s miss on Wednesday, and Kevin FLETT stepped up to convert, squeezing the ball past the flying McCaffrey who went the right way but found his arms too short.

Kevin Flett tucks away a penalty to reduce the deficit to one
Kevin Flett tucks away a penalty to reduce the deficit to one

The game continued to flow from end to end, with James Brownie heading wide while unmarked, and at the other end Jamie McKinnon did the same from a Dunbar free kick. Ryan Green went even closer when he connected with a Shawn Scott cross, but sent his header across the face of goal and wide.

Turriff put the game beyond doubt with a third goal in the closing stages. Aaron SHAND let fly from outside the area and was already celebrating the quality of the strike before realising it had gone in off the underside of the bar.

Having spent 90 minutes arguing with Shawn Scott, Graham Fraser finally got his man in the last minute and the antics of the cowardly James Brownie played a major part as Fraser saw an opportunity to send off the Lossie man. A stoppage in play in front of the Turriff dugout saw Scott and Brownie indulge in some jawing at close quarters, and the Turriff man ended the verbal spar by flinging himself theatrically to the deck, squealing like a pig and claiming Biscuits had stood on his toes. Upon being told to return to his feet, Brownie was booked for his trouble, before Fraser issued the card he’d seemingly been waiting for, a second yellow for Scott.

Fraser had the last word soon after, flashing a second red card to a Lossie player, this time to a perplexed Callum Dunbar.

The sight of the Turriff management team trying to defend the pathetic behaviour of Brownie added fuel to the fire as the players left the pitch at full time and led to more heated arguments, and Fraser received an extraordinary level of criticism from both sets of fans, players and officials as he left to collect his fee.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-3 Turriff United

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Wilson (Ryan Farquhar, 29), Kevin Flett, Grant Mitchell (Jamie McKinnon, 9) Greig Watson, Scott Miller, Callum Dunbar, Shawn Scott, Ryan Green, Scott Dunn (Jordan McBain, 86); Unused subs – Elliot Winter, Liam Archibald; Goals – none; Booked – Shawn Scott, Jamie McKinnon, Scott Dunn; Sent off – Shawn Scott (90), Callum Dunbar (90)

Turriff United – Kieran McCaffrey, Davidson, Christopher Herd, Cumming, Cammy Bowden, Paul Young, McKenna, James Brownie, Gary Harris, Nicholas Gray (Aaron Shand, 55), Andy Macaskill; Unused subs – Lewis Davidson, Robbie Allan, Gary McGowan, Greg Sim; Goals – Nicholas Gray (30, 50), Aaron Shand (90); Booked – Christoper Herd, James Brownie; Sent off – none

Referee – Graham Fraser

Lossiemouth 0-0 Cove Rangers – SHFL – 26th March 2014

Lossiemouth and Cove Rangers played out an entertaining goalless draw at a chilly Grant Park, with both sides creating enough chances to take all three points. The best chance fell to the hosts in the shape of a second half penalty award, but Callum Dunbar scuffed his effort wide of goal.

Lossie gave Shawn Scott his first home game since beginning his fourth spell at the club, while Darren Bailey missed out due to suspension following his sending off at Deveronvale at the weekend. Cove arrived on the back of a defeat at Turriff, which itself followed a loss on penalties to Buckie Thistle in the Highland League Cup, and the Toonsers weak defence of their title has left manager Kevin Tindal wondering which game will be his last.

Rumours of Cove’s demise appeared to have been overplayed, at least in the early stages, as the Tooners moved about the park at pace with Michael Selfridge and Ryan Scott tearing down the wing and stretching Lossie at the back. Selfridge had the first chance of the game, flashing a shot across the face of goal, before Stirling Smith tested Errol Watson with a shot from outside the area.

Lossie’s new and experienced strike force of Ryan Green and Shawn Scott were looking sharp and Biscuits added a new dimension to a hardworking side that has occasionally looked a little short on ideas. Callum Dunbar came closest to breaking the deadlock when he took possession from a cleared corner and rattled the crossbar with long range effort.

The chances kept coming for both sides, with Biscuits again trying to find his shooting boots by firing an effort at Reid from outside the area, but power was sacrificed for accuracy and the Cove keeper held onto the ball comfortably. At the other end, Connor Scully drew a diving save from Watson as the game continued to flow from end to end.

The half drew to a close in controversial style. With the ball heading out for a throw in to Lossie on the enclosure side of the pitch and Scott Dunn jogging after it, Clark Bain attempted to win possession but in doing so decided to shove Dunn in the back of the head, leaving the Lossie man in a heap. The referee flashed the red card at the raging Bain who seemed surprised at the outcome of his actions, leaving his team in the lurch and Lossie with an advantage going into the second half.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-0 Cove Rangers

The opening stages of the second half were dominated by the visitors, and Smith and Selfridge were again causing problems for Lossie, with the former slicing wide a shot from 25 yards before Selfridge brought out another save from Watson.

Ten minutes into the half, Lossie were handed a chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot. A foul on Scott Miller saw the referee point to the spot, and after a conversation with his linesman who initially pointed to the corner flag, Callum Dunbar steadied himself for the spot kick and proceeded to scuff it wide of the right hand post with the keeper looking on.

The miss failed to dampen the hosts enthusiasm and Scott Wilson almost made up for Dunbars miss when he careered into the box and thumped a shot just wide of the same post.

With time running out, Cove knew the next goal would win the game and Connor Scully stung the palms of Watson with a curling free kick from the edge of the area. A rash of substitutes slowed the tempo of the game briefly, but neither side seemed happy to settle for a point. The fresh legs of Jamie Lennox were instrumental in creating the best chance of the half for Cove when he sprinted through the defence and into the box, only to find Watson once again on hand to deflect the ball out for a corner.

Neither side could improve on the chances created thus far in the closing stages and the game finished goalless, and both sides left the pitch arguing their case for all three points. The results moves Lossie closer to Keith and within a point of doubling last seasons total with games to spare, while for Cove the draw ends a poor run of form but does nothing to help them claw their way back into the top half of the table. The sides will meet again in Aberdeen sometime before the end of the season, with the date still to be arranged.

Full time – Lossiemouth 0-0 Cove Rangers

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Wilson, Kevin Flett, Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson (Jordan McBain, 76), Scott Miller, Callum Dunbar, Shawn Scott, Ryan Green, Scott Dunn (Ryan Farquhar, 72)

Cove Rangers – Craig Reid, Stuart Walker, Roy McBain (Jamie Lennox, 74), Stirling Smith, Mark Perry, Alan Redford, Michael Selfridge, Clark Bain, Jonathan Smith (Chris Clark, 67), Connor Scully, Ryan Scott

Deveronvale 2-0 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 22nd March 2014

A hardworking Lossiemouth were denied any reward for their shift against Deveronvale as the hosts struck once in each half to claim the points. Martin Charlesworths deflected free kick put Vale ahead and growing hopes of a comeback were ended when Philip Watt headed home a second late on.

Shawn Scott made a quick return to Banff following his transfer to Lossie, while Ryan Green dropped the bench as Elliot Winter started the game looking to score for the third consecutive outing. The Vale side was well stocked with ex-Coasters, with Darren McConnachie, Colin Charlesworth and Ricky Wardrop all starting for the home side.

Both sets of fans were wary of a repeat of the first game between the sides this season, an industrial win for Vale at Grant Park, and the game featured enough early chances to give everyone hope a repeat wouldn’t be on the cards.

Ricky Wardrop had the first chance of the game, racing through onto a Craig Cowie pass but finding Errol Watson quick off his line to collect the ball after a heavy touch from the former Lossie man.

At the other end of the park Lossie were threatening to take the lead. Grant Mitchell had a free header at goal but could only power the ball into the hands of McConnachie, and from the side edge of the penalty area Shawn Scott flashes a shot across the face of goal without troubling the keeper. Biscuits was close to opening the scoring soon after, sprinting through the Vale defence to stare down McConnachie, only to see the keeper make a brave stop at the strikers feet.

Tony Ross and Ricky Wardrop clash
Tony Ross and Ricky Wardrop clash

Despite the promising signs for Lossie, the chances of an away win took a knock with just over half an hour played when Darren Bailey was ordered off for a lunge on Colin Charlesworth in front of the Vale dugout. The impassioned pleas from the bench made no odds to referee Graeme Beaton who was quick to flash the red card.

Five minutes before the break, Vale stole into the lead. Ricky Wardrop was fouled a dozen yards outside the Lossie penalty area, and Martin CHARLESWORTH’s free kick into the box took a deflection, sending Errol Watson the wrong way before bouncing off one post then the other and into the net.

Half time – Deveronvale 1-0 Lossiemouth

Ricky Wardrop continued to cause Lossie problems into the second half and within minutes of the restart found himself through on goal with only Watson to beat. With Watson and the Lossie defence appealing in vain for offside, Wardrop chose to try and lob the ball over the keeper, but succeeded in firing it high over the bar and almost out of the ground.

The difference in numbers made no difference to Lossie, who continued their patient build-up play and they were almost rewarded when second half sub Ryan Green lashed a powerful volley past McConnachie and onto the crossbar. With the Vale defence watching, Scott ran into try and score from the rebound but pushed his header just over the bar and onto the roof of the net.

Vale secured all three points with a second goal late in the game. Pressure from a couple of corners finally paid off when Philip WATT found space amongst a tiring Lossie defence to power home a fine diving header.

Philip Watt heads home the second goal of the game
Philip Watt heads home the second goal of the game

The result sees Lossie remain in fifteenth place, just behind Keith, and the Coasters have the chance to overtake the Maroons this week as they welcome Cove Rangers and Turriff United to Grant Park on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.

Full time – Deveronvale 2-0 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Wilson, Kevin Flett (C), Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Callum Dunbar (Jordan McBain, 81), Elliot Winter (Ryan Green 51), Shawn Scott, Darren Bailey; Unused subs – Scott Dunn, Jamie McKinnon, Scott Miller; Booked – Scott Wilson; Sent off – Darren Bailey (36)

Deveronvale – Darren McConnachie, Ross Aitken, Craig Simpson, Scott Henry, Scott Fraser (C), Callum Rennie, Craig Cowie, Graeme Rodger (Philip Watt, 66), Martin Charlesworth, (Felipe Da Silva, 76), Colin Charlesworth, (Zander Jack, 78), Ricky Wardrop; Unused subs – Kyle Rae, Rhys Fyfe; Goals – Martin Charlesworth (41), Philip Watt (84); Booked – Colin Charlesworth; Sent off – None

Wick Academy 0-2 Lossiemouth – Highland League Cup – 15th March 2014

Lossiemouth overcame a stubborn Wick Academy side to progress to the quarter-finals of the Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup. Elliot Winter bagged his second goal in consecutive games to get the Coasters off and running, and a late Scott Dun penalty sealed the win against ten man Wick.

Lossie travelled with almost a full squad, with new recruit Shawn Scott thrown into the starting line-up for his fourth debut at the club. Willie Mathers was absent following a recall to parent club Formartine United, while Liam Archibald missed out due to injury.

The game started in blustery conditions with Wick donning the crampons to make their way up the hill, and the hosts struggled to deal with the conditions. Errol Watson looked bored as Wick pottered about in Lossies half without ever looking like creating a solid chance.

The last time the sides met they carved out a goalless draw and neither looked like scoring many today. Lossie were denied the opener late in the half when Grant Steven cleared off the line an effort from Ryan Farquhar, but that was as close as either side came to scoring in the first half.

Half time – Wick Academy 0-0 Lossiemouth

The game restarted with Lossie playing up the infamous Harmsworth Park slope and dealing with the wind pushing them on, but the hill proved no obstacle to Lossie who went on to dominate the remainder of the game.

The second half was only a few minutes old when the visitors took the lead. Callum Dunbar played a ball through the Wick defence to Elliot WINTER who fired it back across goal, past More and into the corner of the net. His second goal in four days, Winter would go on to claim the sponsors man of the match award for his efforts.

Wick Academy were visibly frustrated with how things were going and their game threatened to go to bits completely in the second half, but with Lossie only a goal in front Wick didn’t need much to get back into the game. The equaliser failed to come, however, and even the Scorries attempts to claim a penalty went wrong, as a brouhaha in the box following a Kevin Flett challenge on David Allan ended with Sam Mackay being sent off for raising his hands.

Lossie sealed the win with an injury time penalty. Breaking from their own half, Lossie attacked with pace and Scott Dunn was brought down inside the area by More. Once the keeper was booked for the challenge, DUNN stepped up and put the ball away to send the Coasters into the draw for the next round.

The win sees Lossiemouth into the quarter-finals and the Coasters face a game against Huntly at Christie Park for a place in the final four. While Lossie remain in the bottom five in the league, a cup tie at Huntly is a winnable one and a cup run would be a fine way to end a season that has seen improvement on the park.

Full time – Wick Academy 0-2 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Wilson, Kevin Flett, Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Callum Dunbar (Scott Dunn, 86), Shawn Scott (Jordan McBain, 80), Elliot Winter (Ryan Green, 67), Darren Bailey; Goals – Elliot Winter (50), Scott Dunn (90, pen); Booked – Darren Bailey, Scott Wilson; Unused subs – Jamie McKinnon, Steven Dunn

Wick Academy – James More, Michael Steven, Gary Manson, Alan Farquhar, Grant Steven, Craig Shearerycard, Stevie Cunningham, Sam Mackayrcard, Gary Weir (Lukasz Geruzel 69), Richard Macadie, Davie Allan; Goals – none; Booked – James More, Craig Shearer, David Allan; Sent off – Sam Mackay (87); Unused subs – Shaun Sinclair, Alan Hughes, James Pickles, Michael Gray

Fort William 1-1 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 12th March 2014

Lossiemouth returned from Claggan Park with a point from their midweek tie against Fort William, but for the second time in four days will be kicking themselves for conceding a late equaliser. The Coasters survived the dismissal of Chris Ross in the first half before taking the lead in the second half through Eliot WINTER, but a controversial last minute strike by Darren QUIGG ensured the hosts went home with a point for their efforts.

The equaliser leaves Lossie on 18 points, still short of the 20 mark but well ahead of last years total, and keeps the Coasters ahead of the bottom three by some distance. Lossie travel to Harmsworth Park to play Wick Academy in the Highland League Cup on Saturday.

Full time – Fort William 1-1 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth 2-2 Strathspey Thistle – SHFL – 08th March 2014

Lossiemouth landed another home point following a wind-affected encounter with Strathspey Thistle, but the Coasters will be kicking themselves after blowing a two goal first half lead. Jordan McBain and Liam Archibald had Lossie clear before the interval but two goals in the space of five second half minutes rescued a deserved point for the visitors.

Lossie welcomed back Ryan Green and Kevin Flett into the starting line-up, while Grant Mitchell and Chris Ross missed out due to suspension. Strathspey travelled to Lossie having conceded 14 goals in their last two games, including a whopping 11 on their trip to Brora.

The hosts kicked off into the wind to the surprise of Strathspey, and the visitors made more of the opening exchanges as the howling gale made life difficult for everyone. The first real chance of the game fell to Liam Archibald, who screwed a shot wide of goal from outside the area ten minutes in.

With Strathspey running out of ideas early on, Lossie finally got a grip of the game and went ahead before the half hour. Jordan MCBAIN entered the penalty area at an angle and curled an accurate shot beyond Martin and into the far side netting to open the scoring.Shortly before half time Lossie doubled their advantage. Liam ARCHIBALD made amends for his earlier miss when he rifled home from 18 yards to push Lossie further ahead.

Lossie celebrate going two goals ahead thanks to Liam Archibald (somewhere in the middle)
Lossie celebrate going two goals ahead thanks to Liam Archibald (somewhere in the middle)

Half time – Lossiemouth 2-0 Strathspey Thistle

The wind continued into the second half and Lossie looked to extend their lead, with the tactic of playing diagonal balls over the top to Ryan Green pulling Strathspey all over the place. Green almost put the game beyond the visitors when he found himself through on goal but his shot from just inside the area rolled past the post and into the side netting.

Strathspey were growing into the game and Lossie’s failure to add a third gave them cause for optimism. Their hopes of salvaging a point were raised when Jamie MCKINNON prodded the ball into his own net to reduce the deficit.

Lossie were visibly shaken by the goal and Strathspey turned the screw. Mark McKernie rattled the crossbar with a free kick which Errol Watson clawing at thin air.

Strathspey completed their comeback moments later when John ROSS found time and space to fire a shot past Watson.

Strathspey seemed content with their equaliser and allowed Lossie to press for a third goal in the closing stages, winning a number of corners as time ran down. Keeper Steve Martin bossed his six yard area and dealt with the aerial threat as his side closed the game out.

Ronnie Jones and Darren Bailey tangle
Ronnie Jones and Darren Bailey tangle

The point moved Lossie further ahead of Rothes but both sides will consider the draw as a disappointing result, with Lossie having thrown away a two goal lead and Strathspey failing to capitalise on a rocky Lossie performance following their equaliser. Lossie head to Fort William in midweek needing a win to reach 20 points for the season, double last seasons tally, but will need to improve on their second half showing if they’re to come home with all three points.

Full time – Lossiemouth 2-2 Strathspey Thistle

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Scott Wilson, Darren Bailey, Kevin Flett, Jamie McKinnon, Greig Watson, Scott Miller (Ryan Farquhar, 66), Liam Archibald, Jordan McBain (Willie Mathers, 78), Ryan Green (Eliot Winters, 86), Callum Dunbar; Unused subs – Scott Dunn, Tony Ross

Strathspey Thistle – Steven Martin, Nicholas Mochan, Howard, Jones, Mark McKernie, Fraser, McShane, Fraser Tulloch, Josh Peters, Groat, Kerr

Inverurie Loco Works 5-0 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 01st March 2014

Lossiemouth left Harlaw Park empty handed once again following a solid display by Inverurie Locos. Two ahead at the break, Locos banged in three more in the second half to claim all three points with the minimum of fuss.

Kevin Flett made a return to the starting eleven while Liam Archibald was ruled out because of an injury picked up against Keith. Grant Mitchell missed out due to suspension, while Ryan Green was absent. Locos went into the game having endured a patchy February, winning neither of their home games against Buckie Thistle and Brora Rangers but picking up maximum points at Fraserburgh and Cove Rangers.

The half started well for Lossie, with Jordan McBain heading over the bar inside the first three minutes, but from that point on Locos kept Lossie at arms length and set about rattling in the goals.

On the half hour Locos opened the scoring when Jordan Leyden played in Dean DONALDSON who, from the edge of the penalty area, poked the ball back across goal and in at the far post.

Before the break Locos doubled their advantage. Leyden once again provided the assist, finding Neil GAULD in space, and the prolific striker fired the ball into almost the same corner of the net Donaldson found earlier.

Half time – Inverurie Loco Works 2-0 Lossiemouth

Lossie were almost back in the game in the opening minutes of the second half, as Greig Watson thundered a long range effort off the crossbar, with the ball finally falling out of the sky onto the roof of the social club.

It was to be a rare moment of cheer for the travelling support in the second half, as Locos went on to dominate proceedings and secured the points with a quick-fire double just before the hour.

Neil GAULD added his second of the match ten minutes into the second half, tapping in from close range following good work from Bavidge and Begg, and two minutes later the hosts banged in a fourth when Martin BAVIDGE scored from a dozen yards with Watson rooted to the spot.

With the game won, Locos made all three subs in the space of five minutes and the fresh legs ensured Lossie remained under the cosh for the rest of the game. One of the newly introduced players, David ROSS, added a fifth with a speculative effort from outside the area to complete the scoring and condemn Lossie to their heaviest defeat of the year so far.

Lossiemouth now face a pair of games which could define their season. On Saturday the Coasters entertain struggling Strathspey Thistle and, weather permitting, face a midweek trek to Fort William three days later. Wins in both could propel Lossie up the table, while defeats would allow the bottom sides to reel in Lossie.

Full time – Inverurie Loco Works 5-0 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Dunn (Scott Wilson, 60), Chris Ross, Jamie McKinnon (Scott Miller, 52), Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Kevin Flett, Jordan McBain (Eliot Winters, 60), Callum Dunbar, Willie Mathers; Unused subs – Jordan Main, Scott Campbell

Inveruie Loco Works – Andy Reid, Neil McLean (Marc Young 66), John Maitland, Scott Begg, Ryan Broadhurst, Ross Anderson, Jordan Leyden, Greg Mitchell, Neil Gauld, Martin Bavidge (Andy Hunter 60), Dean Donaldson (David Ross 60); Unused subs – Mark Souter, Scott Mathieson