Category: Match Reports 2013-14

Lossiemouth 1-3 Keith – SHFL – 22nd February 2014

An incident packed encounter at Grant Park ended in a disappointing defeat for Lossiemouth as they slumped to a second loss of the season against Keith. An equaliser by substitute Darren Bailey was rendered meaningless when Keith scored twice late on to secure the points.

Lossie headed into the game on the back of a blank weekend and started without Kevin Flett, who had to settle for a place on the bench. Keith had endured a torrid year ahead of their trip to Grant Park, conceding 8 at home to Nairn County before going one worse at Dudgeon Park and conceding 9 to Brora Rangers.

From the very beginning of the game, Lossie looked unsettled and failed to cope with the pressure applied by an enthusiastic Keith side. The Maroons were quick to chase down any Lossie player in possession, and the tactic of harassment worked as Lossie struggled through the first half.

Keith were offered the chance to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty midway through the first half. Sean Keith stepped up but found Errol Watson in the way, and the keeper made his third penalty stop of the season at the same end of the ground, pushing the ball wide of goal from where it was successfully thumped clear.

The visitors stole into the lead in the last minute of the half. Lossie failed to clear their lines inside the penalty area and Craig MACASKILL rifled a loose ball through a mass of bodies and across the face of goal, past a stationary Watson and into the side of the net.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-1 Keith

A pair of subs midway through the second half seemed to revitalise Lossie, and one of the new faces scored soon after coming on to level the game. A cross into the box was bundled home by Darren BAILEY to set up a thrilling finish to the afternoon.

Sadly, the next goal went the way of Keith, and an error by the usually reliable Errol Watson allowed the visitors the chance to go into the lead. A pass through the middle of the park made its way to the edge of the penalty area where Watson was racing to meet it, only to have Matthew MCDONALD take it off his toe before rounding the keeper and passing the ball into an empty net.

Before Lossie had a chance to deal with the situation, Keith scored a third to finish the game. A sliding challenge by Grant Mitchell drew a foul in the area and, once the Lossie man had trudged to the other end of the park after being shown a red card for his troubles, Murray MCCULLOCH ended the game as a contest by rattling his spot kick past Watson.

Lossie were offered the chance to reduce the deficit in the closing minutes when they were awarded a penalty. Ryan Farquhar stepped up to take but saw Kinnaird pull off a save identical to that made by Watson at the same end in the first half. Despite having had little to do for most of the afternoon, Kinnaird reacted sharply to both the spot kick and an effort on the rebound from Bailey, and following that the referee ended the game and put Lossie out of their misery.

The win moved Keith further away from Lossie in the league table, meaning the Coasters are likely to spend the remainder of the season trying to stay ahead of the bottom three. A midweek trip to Fort William could offer Lossie the chance to narrow the gap to the Maroons but a better performance than this will be required to take all the points home from Claggan Park.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-3 Keith

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Dunn (Scott Miller, 79) Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Liam Archibald, Jordan McBain (Callum Dunbar, 65), Ryan Green, Willie Mathers (Darren Bailey, 67); Unused sub – Kevin Flett

Keith – Murray Kinnaird, Stuart Hutcheon, Robbie Collinson, Bruce Milne, Scott Robison, Zander Jack, Sean Keith, Murray McCulloch, Matthew McDonald, Stuart Massie, Craig MacAskill

Lossiemouth 1-1 Forres Mechanics – SHFL – 08th February 2014

Lossiemouth and Forres Mechanics played out a feisty draw at a windy Grant Park, with both sides taking advantage of the howling gale and dominating a half of the game each. Stuart Soane headed Forres into a first half lead, but moments after the break Jordan McBain levelled for Lossie, who tried to find a second goal but had to settle for a point.

The leagues most inbred fixture commenced with ex-Can Can Ryan Green in the Lossie line-up, while Ross Archibald returned to fitness and a place on the bench for Forres.

From kick-off, the weather was a major influence on the game and Forres threatened to make the most of it, pressing Lossie back and forcing a number of early corners as Lossie struggled to clear their lines.

The opening goal came on 18 minutes, and started from an enclosure side free kick. The dead ball was curled into the area where it met a perfectly timed diving header from Stuart SOANE and sailed past Watson.

Forres continued to push Lossie back, forcing a number of corners and keeping Errol Watson busy but rarely looking as threatening as last week when Cove were dismantled at Mosset Park.

A bizarre incident late in the half saw Lossie first awarded a penalty before the referee changed his mind. Ryan Farquhar steamed into the box before being felled by Stuart Knight. Referee Mark Stewart stopped play and pointed to the spot, only to then consult with his linesman and change his mind. To prevent any arguments, Stewart then offered Knight an uncontested drop ball and the keeper launched it downfield from his hands before anyone could ask for an explanation.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-1 Forres Mechanics

Within minutes of the restart Lossie were level. Jordan MCBAIN took up possession inside the penalty area and curled a shot out past Knight and back in at the far post to square the game, as composed a finish as you’ll see all season at Grant Park.

The remainder of the second half failed to hit the heights of the opening minutes, and a procession of bookings and substitutes broke the game up to the point where all rhythm was lost. Ross Archibald made a return to the Forres side from the bench and, despite an injury scare shortly after taking to the field, saw out the rest of the game.

Lossie almost stole all three points in the closing minutes when Greig Watson attempted to lob Knight from well outside the penalty area. The ball had Knight beaten but dropped a foot or so wide of the goal frame, and the sides called it a draw.

The point moves Lossie closer to Keith who were thumped 9-0 at Brora this afternoon and visit Grant Park in a fortnight, while Forres continue to linger in mid-table all the time looking over their shoulder as teams reel them in.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-1 Forres Mechanics

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Scott Wilson, Scott Dunn, Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar (Scott Miller, 73), Liam Archibald, Jordan McBain, Ryan Green (Callum Dunbar, 82), Willie Mathers, (Darren Bailey, 68)
Forres Mechanics – Stuart Knight, Simon Allan, Paul Smith, Graeme Grant, Graham Fraser, Ryan Mackintosh (Kris Duncan, 66), Stuart Soane, Scott Moore (Duncan Jones, 81), Lee Fraser, Kyle Scott, Craig McGovern (Ross Archibald, 81)

Lossiemouth 0-3 Brora Rangers – SHFL – 18th January 2014

Plucky Brora Rangers ventured south into the Highland League heartlands and left with a surprise win, following a strong second half performance. While Lossie fielded a squad of experienced Highland League players, little Brora sent what they could – a mishmash of those left over from the mining industry, those for whom an escape route from the far north had yet to materialise.

Their fans came down from the north in the knowledge the game against Lossie would be a struggle, but still they came. All the fans who’ve been going for years – and they’ve all been going for decades, even those who haven’t – had seen an unruly gang of youths relieve them of their old scarves, strips and trackies as they passed through Elgin and were forced to buy shiny new ones for the day, and such was the rush to have them replaced the labels were still attached to most items of merch.

For a Lossie supporter, spoiled by years of watching players trousers the big bucks just for playing football, seeing these staunch advocates of the Corinthian spirit in the flesh, these men of honour, these heroes playing with such heart, it brought a tear to the eye. Or that could have been the weather, it’s hard to say.

And for the northerners to have travelled so far to watch a team of mere mortals, some saved from the footballing scrapyard that is the SPFL and below and now playing purely for the jersey in the lower leagues, taking on a side widely rumoured to be trousering upwards of £2 a week? These wageless journeymen in second hand kit up against the Ferrari driving superstars of Lossie? The mismatch was so obvious as to be unfair; unsporting, even!

But Brora were to win this contest, skipping past their wealthy opponents who swanned about a misty Grant Park lighting cigars with used fivers. Martin Maclean turned home a first half opener before goals from Zander Sutherland and Steven Mackay made sure of the points late on. Their victory reminded all in attendance of that old tale of David v Goliath, with Lossie the giant slain by this unlikely opponent, this heartening example of northern soul, this penniless club that headed south and ventured into the lions den and used only their spirit to tame the marauding beast that was Lossie.

The win allows Brora to stay within sight of the top of the table, although with the clubs in the top four spending money like it’s going out of fashion it’s hard to say for how long Brora will be allowed to dream of a maiden title win.

Full time – Lossiemouth 0-3 Brora Rangers

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Anthony Ross, Scott Dunn, Christopher Ross, Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Liam Archibald, Jordan McBain, Ryan Green, William Mathers

Brora Rangers – Joseph Malin, Scott Houston, Ally Macdonald, Ross Tokely, Grant Munro, Dale Gillespie, Martin Maclean, Richard Hart, Alexander Sutherland, Steven Mackay, Andrew Greig

Formartine United 4-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 30th November 2013

A patched up Lossiemouth turned in a decent performance away to Formartine United but were bested by a pair of doubles from Andy Bagshaw and Cammy Keith. Scott Miller struck to level for Lossie midway through the first half but the dismissal of Jamie McKinnon allowed Formartine space to put the game to bed before Jordan Main had the last word with a last minute goal.

Lossie travelled east without the suspended Kevin Flett, the injured Scott Dunn and Chris Ross, and were without the services of the three players on loan from Formartine. Chris Ross stepped back into the starting line-up, while youngster Scott Gordon made his first start for Lossie. Formartine went into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Cove Rangers which saw them slip from the top of the league.

Lossie survived some early pressure without too much effort, as the Formartine machine struggled to cope with the concept of offside. The visitors looked comfortable on the back foot but struggled to create much in the way of opportunities against their sluggish hosts.

The opening goal came after only 8 minutes. Despite the presence of 9 Lossie players in the penalty area,  Andy BAGSHAW managed to find space to fire a low shot across goal and into the net at the back post.

Lossie weren’t behind for long, and Scott MILLER levelled when he timed to perfection a run between the two centre halves and sprinted through on goal, before giving Shearer the eyes and placing the ball beyond the keeper and into the net.

The optimism in the visitors dugout was diminished slightly by the dismissal of Jamie McKinnon soon after. Already on a yellow, McKinnon clattered through the back of a Formartine player while trying to win a header and was given his marching orders.

The advantage in numbers barely affected how the game flowed, as Lossie continued to defend solidly while Formartine were reduced to efforts from long range, one of which Hamish Munro managed to launch over the bar and out of the ground.

Lossie couldn’t make it to the interval without conceding a second, however, and Cammy KEITH struck from close range to put his side into a lead they would hold onto until half time.

Half time – Formartine United 2-1 Lossiemouth

A pair of goals just before the hour had Formartine on easy street. Andy BAGSHAW and Cammy KEITH struck within 90 seconds of each other to put the hosts out of sight and on the heels of table topping Brora Rangers. The Lossie support feared the worst after the quickfire display but Formartine wound down after their fourth goal and looked to close the game out with a minimum of fuss.

Cammy Keith was denied his hat-trick when Errol Watson pulled off a fine one handed save to push an effort wide of the post, and former Keith man Keith gave the impression in his body language that he knew his afternoon was as good as over.Lossie had the last laugh in the last minute. A corner from Jordan MAIN swung into the box under under the crossbar, and some indecisive goalkeeping from the normally assured Shearer saw the ball somehow make its way into the net to reduce the deficit.

Lossiemouth face middling opponents in their next two outings, with Huntly the visitors to Christie Park this coming weekend before Lossie head to Inverness to face Clachnacuddin, and both games could be fruitful for an improving Coasters.

Full time – Formartine United 4-2 Lossiemouth

Strathspey Thistle 1-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 02nd November 2013

Lossiemouth collected their first away points of the season filling wing a hard fought victory over Strathspey Thistle. First half goal from Ryan Farquhar and Scott Miller either side of an equaliser put the Coasters ahead and, despite the sendings off of Scott Hendry and Grant Mitchell, no more goals were forthcoming on a grim day in Grantown.

Lossie started with Darren Bailey on the park, with Kevin Flett joining him in the starting eleven. Willie Mathers was left on the bench, while Matty Davidson missed out.

Proceedings began in monsoon conditions and with the hills shrouded in mist and the floodlights on from well before kick-off, questions were asked pre-match as to whether or not the game would go ahead or reach a conclusion.

The game was only three minutes old when Lossie opened the scoring. Darren Bailey thundered into the box before playing the ball across the face of goal, and Ryan FARQUHAR was at the back post to fire home.

Ryan Farquhar slides home the opener after three minutes
Ryan Farquhar slides home the opener after three minutes

Lossie looked by far the better team in the opening stages of the game but Strathspey slowly came out of their shell and were level within twenty minutes. A Lossie attack broke down and a long ball over the top gave Josh PETERS a one-on-one chance with Errol Watson, and the youngster coolly rounded the keeper on the edge of the box before slotting home the equaliser.

Ten minutes before the interval, Lossie took the lead from the penalty spot. Scott Hendry andGrant Mitchell tangled in the Strathspey penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot. With the two dozen bemused and soaked punters looking at each other wondering what exactly had happened, the referee the sent off the equally bemused and soaked Hendry and Mitchell, and Scott MILLER stepped up to put Lossie ahead again.

Half time – Strathspey 1-2 Lossiemouth

As the interval passed, conditions brightened, and as hills in the backgroud appeared so did the players for the second half. With both teams down to ten men and playing on a heavy pitch, the second half was never going to be a classic.

Lossie came close to adding to their lead when they were awarded a free kick on the corner of the 18 yard box. Callum Dunbar stepped up and curled the ball up and over the wall, only to see it dip a fraction over the crossbar.

Dunbar watches his free kick dip over the bar
Dunbar watches his free kick dip over the bar

The last real chance for Lossie came with twenty minutes remaining. Liam Archibald took possession just inside the area with his back to goal before turning and sending a low shot across the face of goal. The ball rolled slowly through the mass of players and and inch past the far post.

The win moves Lossie above Rothes and into 15th place, but Fort Williams surprise win at Keith means the bottom four are separated by only four points, with Strathspey Thistle now the strongest team in the league after today’s results.

Full time – Strathspey Thistle 1-2 Lossiemouth

Keith 5-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 19th October 2013

Keith and Lossiemouth served up a second consecutive 7-goal thriller at Kynoch Park but there were no heroics from Lossie this time out, as Keith raced into a 5-0 lead with time to spare before Kevin Flett and Grant Mitchell reduced the deficit.

Lossiemouth started with Glen Fraser in goal in place of the injured Errol Watson, Darren Bailey started on the bench and Liam Archibald missed out due to illness.

Heavy rain and distant mist made for a miserable afternoon in Keith and a fast start from the hosts threatened to make things worse for a Lossie side, and the first chance of the game went to Jonathan Smith. His shot across the face of goal left Fraser rooted to the spot and the keeper could only watch as the ball fizzed past the base of the post.

Willie Mathers had the next chance, trying his luck from the edge of the box, but Stuart Walker was well positioned to deflect the ball away from goal.Soon after, Bruce Raffell darted into the Lossie area and rattled the crossbar.

Midway through the half Keith took advantage of some careless defending to open the scoring. Jonathan Smith went past Grant Mitchell on the touchline before playing the ball into the area for Callum DINGWALL to sweep past Fraser.

The Maroons doubled their lead minutes before the interval. Jonathan SMITH took possession on the wing and cut inside into the box for lashing a powerful shot through the greasy hands of Fraser.

Half time – Keith 2-0 Lossiemouth

With conditions worsening by the minute, the second half got underway and almost immediately Lossie fell further behind. Andy MacAskill curled a corner towards the near post and the unmarked Callum DINGWALL took advantage of the space to head his side into a three goal lead. The misery was complete before the hour when SMITH bundled home his second goal of the afternoon to put his side four up.

Glen Fraser was keeping the score down at times, pushing wide a one-on-one attempt from Dingwall before saving at the feet of Smith. The best of his saves came when he made a diving save from a Murray McCulloch shot. At the other end, Lossies best chance of the second half so far came when Jordan McBain watched a shot dribble past Kinnaird and agonisingly the far past.

Keith went nap with over twenty minutes to go when Jonathan SMITH completed his hat-trick, thundering a shot into the roof of the net.

As the mist closed in and the rain fell ever heavier, Lossiemouth reduced the deficit with a couple of goals in the closing minutes. The first consolation came from the left foot of Kevin FLETT, who took his frustrations out on the ball and thundered a powerful drive beyond a stationary Kinnaird and in off the underside of the bar. Soon after, a Callum Dunbar free kick forced Kinnaird to make a fine stop at the base of his post, and Scott Wilson was unlucky not to put away the rebound.

Lossie bagged a second goal in the last few seconds of the game when Grant MITCHELL powered home a back post header from a corner, but the late rally was too little too late against a Keith side who had the game won within minutes of the second half starting.

Full time – Keith 5-2 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth 0-0 Culter – Scottish Cup – 14th September 2013

Lossiemouth and Culter have to do it all over again in a first round replay following a goalless draw in their William Hill Scottish Cup tie. A first half penalty save by Errol Watson, his second in as many home games, was one of the few highlights from a game featuring little in the way of incident. 

Lossie were without the services ofChris Ross and Jamie McKinnon, and utilised Grant Mitchell at the back in their absence. Callum Dunbar made it into the team despite

Culter took the game to Lossie in the opening stages, pinning their hosts back in their half but without creating much in the way of chances. 

Callum Dunbar had the best of the chances for the home side, first shooting over before firing a shot into the arms of Duffy.

With half an hour played, Culter were awarded a penalty when Ian Leith was felled just inside the area by Grant Mitchell. Jamie McAllister took on the responsibility but saw his powerful effort saved by Errol Watson, his second penalty save in as many home games. 

The last chance of the first half fell to Lossie. From in front of the stand, Kevin Flett curled a free kick into the area which sailed close to the front post. Darren Kelly forced his own keeper into a one handed save when his attempted clearance looked to be heading for the top corner. The resulting corner was cleared as far as Greig Watson thirty yards out and his long range effort went just wide. 

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-0 Culter

The second half turned out to be even less action packed than the first, with both keepers reduced to watching a number of corners and free kicks come their way. Culter were awarded a well positioned set-piece midway through the half but the lack of energy in the game affected Hugh Robertson as he curled an effort well over the bar. 

The sides now meet again at Crombie Park, Peterculter this Saturday (September 21st) to decide the tie, with extra time and penalties an option if required to decide who will face Newton Stewart or Fort William in the next round. 

Full time – Lossiemouth 0-0 Culter

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Darren Bailey, Grant Mitchell, Kevin Flett, Greig Watson, Scott Miller, Liam Archibald, Callum Dunbar, Matty Davidson (Ryan Farquhar, 88), Willie Mathers (Jordan Main, 80); Unused subs – Kyle Robertson, Garry McDonald, Wilson, Scott Gordon, Findlay Stables

Culter – Neil Duffy, Frank Smyth, Hugh Robertson, Neil Reid, Darryn Kelly, Lee Murray, Davie Greig, Steve Rintoul, Jamie McAllister, George McBain, Ian Leith; Subs used – Michael Taylor, Max Berton, Shaun Taylor; Unused subs – Martin Crisp, Mark Robinson, Murray Rattray, Grant Pennet

Lossiemouth 1-1 Fraserburgh – SHFL – 31st August 2013

Lossiemouth earned a second point of the season with a draw at home to Fraserburgh. Errol Watsons first half penalty save knocked the wind out of the visitors sails, and Scott Miller opened the scoring in the second half before Graham Johnston levelled for the Broch, denying Lossie all three points.

Lossie started with last weeks goalscorer Willie Mathers on the field, while Liam Archibald looked on from the bench and Kevin Grant was missing.The Broch went into the game on the back of a 4-1 defeat at home to Brora Rangers, winning their fifth game out of five in the league this season.

The Broch had the better of the opening exchanges, with a stiff wind influencing play. Both sides had chances but the visitors certainly looked the more likely to score in the opening period.

Lossie were close to going behind when Bruce found himself in possession and unmarked on the edge of the penalty area. Given the eyes by Watson, Bruce played the ball across the face of goal knowing the merest touch would send it over the line, but his side were denied by a fine sliding clearance by Callum Dunbar, who sent the ball high over the bar.

The lively figure of Bruce was influential once more and a foul on the former Huntly man in the area saw Fraserburgh awarded a penalty. Grant Noble stepped up and attempted to place the ball in the corner, but Errol Watson guessed correctly and palmed the ball round the post for a corner.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-0 Fraserburgh

Lossie took the lead a few minutes after the restart. A foul on Ricky Wardrop on the edge of the area offered Callum Dunbar the chance to strike at goal, but the on loan youngster drilled a low free kick into the box, and Scott MILLER was on hand at the back post to prod the ball beyond Leask.

The second half was quieter in terms of genuine chances created than the first, with Lossie keeping Fraserburgh at arms length. Most of the action following the Lossie goal came from corners created by the hosts, ensuring Paul Leask had plenty to do.

Fraserburgh carved out an equaliser with fifteen minutes left. Scott Fowlie set up Graham JOHNSTON for a finish inside the six yard area that left penalty hero Watson with no chance.

The game petered out with little in the way of incident following the leveller, and while the Broch will be disappointed to have left with only a point following their first half dominance, the result ends a run of three straight defeats. Lossie picked up another point, and a second which was missed out on last season, moving the Coasters into 16th place ahead of the upcoming trip to Brora Rangers.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-1 Fraserburgh

Nairn County 2-1 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 24th August 2013

Lossie suffered a second away league defeat on a grey day in Nairn. The Station Park side took an early lead through Conor Gethins and doubled their advantage in the second half when Daniel Moore struck. A lateWillie Mathers goal rattled the hosts but Lossie failed to find an equaliser in the dying minutes.

Lossie travelled with as big a squad as seen in many a game, with onlyScott Wilson and Gary Macdonald missing.

Nairn fans confidently predicting a heavy win for the hosts would have been happy to see the opening goal scored inside of ten minutes. A Lossie attack broke down in the Nairn half and Nairn swiftly moved the ball back towards the Lossie goal, finding Conor GETHINS who produced an exquisite chip overErrol Watson from just inside the corner of the six yard box to get his side off the mark.

Nairn failed to fully capitalise on the opening goal and began to drift in and out of the game. Lossie were far from overawed by their opponents and, if anything, looked the more composed of the two sides in a game which thundered from end to end in the first half.

Liam Archibald came closest to levelling the scores when his rising long range strike looked to be dropping under the bar, only to be palmed over by Donaldson.

Lossie continued to press deep into injury time, but failed to take advantage of a pair of corners in the closing minutes of the half.

Half time – Nairn County 1-0 Lossiemouth 

Nairn started the second half better than they finished the first, and when Michael Morrison crashed a header off the post in the opening minutes, Nairn looked like they’d go on to grab control of the game.

A second goal put Nairn well in the driving seat. A stand side free kick was played into Daniel MOORE who thundered the ball low past Watson from 18 yards.

Substitutions made after the second goal saw Lossie find another gear. Ricky Wardrop and Willie Mathers were introduced for Miller and Davidson and Wardrop provided extra bit in the middle of the park, while Mathers pace out wide gave Nairn plenty to think about.

Lossie were still searching for a route back into the game and were inches away when a corner to the back post was met by the head of Chris Ross, who saw his powerful header strike the upright.

Lossie found themselves back in the game with 15 minutes left. Willie Mathers outpaced the Nairn defence to find room to rifle the ball below Donaldson.

The goal gave Lossie belief that a point might be possible, but game changed in the closing minutes as Nairn slowed things down in a bid to see the game out. Nairn held on for their second league win of the season, while Lossie can take a lot of positives from a fine performance against the title challengers.

Full time – Nairn County 2-1 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Darren Bailey, Chris Ross, Jamie McKinnon, Kevin Flett,Scott Miller (Ricky Wardrop, 67), Greig Watson (Jordan Main, 85), Liam Archibald, Callum Dunbar,Matty Davidson (Willie Mathers, 60); Unused subs – Grant Mitchell, Kyle Robertson

Nairn County – Callum Donaldson, Sean Webb, Michael Morrison, Martin MacDonald, Adam Naismith, Andrew Neill, Wayne MacKintosh, Daniel Moore, Stuart Leslie, John Cameron (Gregg Main 84), Connors Gethins; Unused subs – Michael MacCallum, Glen Main, Gary Kerr, Archie MacPhee

Lossiemouth 1-1 Clachnacuddin – SHFL – 17th August 2013

Matty Davidson struck in first half injury time to give Lossiemouth the lead, only for Clach to rally and level the score with time to spare.

Wind and occasional rain met the sides as they took to the field, and Lossie started well, keeping Clach pinned back in their own own half, but without creating much in the way of chances.

Clach were struggling to put a team performance together and while the Lilywhites couldn’t be faulted for individual effort, they just couldn’t make it work as a team. Gordon Morrison and Blair Lawrie were visibly frustrated as passes went astray and attempts at goal went well wide of target.

The Coasters took the lead as the half drew to a close. A Callum Dunbar pass sent Matty DAVIDSON clean through on goal, and Davidson stroked the ball below Campbell to score his sides first home goal of the season.

Matty Davidson scores to give Lossie the lead
Matty Davidson scores to give Lossie the lead

Half time – Lossiemouth 1-0 Clachnacuddin

Clach’s disjointed performance continued into the second half, and Lossie were unlucky not to double their lead just before the hour when Callum Dunbar swept a free kick towards goal only to see it come back off the upright.

Tony Ross and Blair Lawrie
Tony Ross and Blair Lawrie

Clach levelled with 25 minutes to go, with the lead up to the goal beginning not far from the Invernesians own goal. A Lossie attack broke down and Clach thundered back upfield, the ball eventually finding its way to Kyle WHYTE. The forward cut inside, paused, and sent a shot beyond Watson just inside the post.The visitors had the wind in their sails following their equaliser and pressed for a second goal and all three points but couldn’t convert their late pressure and numerous corners into a winner.

Both sides move onto one point for the season, with Lossie a place above Clach courtesy of a slightly better goal difference.

Full time – Lossiemouth 1-1 Clachnacuddin

Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Anthony Ross, Darren Bailey, Chris Ross, Jamie McKinnon, Kevin Flett, Scott Miller, Greig Watson, Liam Archibald, Callum Dunbar, Matty Davidson (Kevin Grant, 75); Unused subs – Jordan Main, Scott Gordon, Gary McDonald, Kyle Robertson

Clachnacuddin – John Campbell, Andrew Skinner, Michael Finnis, Martin Laing, Chris Lawrie, Brian Macleod, Neil MacDonald, Alistair Macleod, Gordon Morrison, Kyle Whyte, Blair Lawrie; Unused subs – Ryan MacDonald, Scott Morrison, John Mackay, Matthew Grant, Jamie Fraser