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