Category: Scottish Cup

Lossiemouth 0-4 Turriff United – Scottish Cup – 13th September 2014

Lossiemouth fell at the first hurdle of this years William Hill Scottish Cup, exiting the competition following a home defeat to Highland League rivals Turriff United. A first half header from Nicholas Gray put Turriff on the way to round two, and second half goals from Gary Harris, Artoms Kuznecovs and Aaron Shand consolidated the Shire sides lead, while Lossie had Shawn Scott sent off late in the game.

Lossie returned from Pitmedden beaten but only just, following an improved second half performance that saw Lossie reduced a four goal deficit to two before running out of steam. Turriff were winners when the sides met at The Haughs only a few weeks ago, but were pushed hard by Lossie and won by virtue of two soft goals in a minute and a third in injury time.

With quarter of an hour gone Turriff stole into the lead. Andy MacAskill punted a free kick into the box and Nicholas GRAY flicked it past a surprised Hall into an empty net.

Scott Dunn was Lossie’s main goal threat in the opening stages, firing over from inside the area before curling a free kick off the wall. Dunn also set up Ryan Green with a square ball across the box, only for Green to prod it wide when it looked easier to score.

Dunn then found himself clean through on goal following a defensive error just inside the Turriff half, only to be hauled down by Bowden as he moved towards goal. The felled Dunn was frustrated further the referee waved play on.

Tempers were fraying as the half progressed with Gary Harris, Greig Watson and Willie Mathers all booked before the interval, as frustration grew on both sides as they failed to find any more goals.

Half time – Lossiemouth 0-1 Turriff United

The second half saw the mist continue to shroud Grant Park, and the first chance of the half fell to Greig Watson who fired over from the edge of the area.

The third quarter of the game was punctuated by fouls, bookings and substitutions, with Mark Hector and Artjoms Kuznecovs going into the book and Gary McGowan replacing goalscorer Gray.

Turriff put one foot in the next round with a second goal, and Gary MCGOWAN justified his appearance when he right footed the ball beyond Hall from inside the area.

Lossie tried to force a change in the direction of the game by throwing on Shawn Scott and Jordan Main, but eight minutes after the second goal the game was over when Artjoms KUZNECOVS put the ball through the legs of Hall from close range following a corner.

Lossie found themselves reduced to ten men when Shawn Scott tangled with Cammy Bowden. As the referee pulled a yellow card out of his pocket for Scott following a mid-air collision, Scott stood on the grounded Bowden and was shown a red card.

Aaron SHAND added a fourth goal in stoppage time to the delight of Ross Jack and the Turriff bench and, as the full time scores came in, Fraserburgh added insult to injury by drawing with Linlithgow Rose, forcing a replay next Saturday and the postponement of Lossie’s next game. The Coasters now have to sit and stew until they make the trip to Cove Rangers on September 27th.

Full time – Lossiemouth 0-4 Turriff United

Lossiemouth – Connor Hall, Scott Wilson, Scott Gordon (Shawn Scott, 72) , Chris Ross, Kevin Flett, Greg Watson , Ryan Farquhar, Scott Miller, Scott Dunn, Ryan Green (Jordan McBain, 68), Willie Mathers (Jordan Main, 73); Goals – none; Unused subs – Tony Ross, Grant Mitchell, Errol Watson; Booked – Greig Watson, Mathers, Hector, Dunn; Sent off – Shawn Scott (88)

Turriff United – Greg Sim, Lewis Davidson, Chris Herd, Stuart Cumming, Cammy Bowden, Paul Young, Artjoms Kuznecovs (Craig MacAskill, 86), Gary Harris (Aaron Shand, 83), Nick Gray (Gary McGowan, 58), Andy MacAskill, Jamie Beagrie; Goals – Gray (15), McGowan (71), Kuznecovs (79), Shand (90+2); Unused subs – James Chalmers, Kieran McCaffrey; Booked – Harris, Kuznecovs,

Referee – Peter Stuart

Scottish Cup first round draw – 19th August 2014

Lossiemouth have been handed a home tie against fellow Highland League side Turriff United in the first round of this seasons William Hill Scottish Cup. The Coasters were the first team out of the hat, opening a draw littered with all-SHFL and all-North ties, and will host Turriff at Grant Park on September 13th, 2014, three weeks after the sides meet at The Haughs on league duty.

Full first round draw…

Auchinleck Talbot v Buckie Thistle
Clachnacuddin v Hurlford United or Edinburgh University
Cove Rangers v Newton Stewart or Hawick Royal Albert
Culter v Strathspey Thistle
Deveronvale v Nairn County
Edinburgh City v Coldstream
Forres Mechanics v Civil Service Strollers
Fraserburgh v Linlithgow Rose
Golspie Sutherland v Dalbeattie Star
Gretna v Gala Fairydean Rovers
Huntly v Wick Academy
Keith v Formartine United
LOSSIEMOUTH v Turriff United
Lothian Thistle v East Kilbride
Preston Athletic v Threave Rovers
Rothes v Banks o’ Dee
Selkirk v Bo’ness United
Whitehill Welfare v Girvan

All ties scheduled for Saturday, September 13th, 2014. Where required, replays are to be played the following week.

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 4-1 Newton Stewart – Scottish Cup – 26th September 2009

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

Rothes 1-2 Lossiemouth – Scottish Cup – 17th September 2005

Lossiemouth went into the draw for the first round of the Tennents Scottish Cup with a last gasp victory over Rothes at Mackessack Park this weekend. The 92nd minute winner from David Hendry ensures not only a place in the countries premier cup competition, but a semi-final slot in the Qualifying Cup against Cove Rangers, Forres Mechanics or Inverurie Locos.

The game started in clear but cloudy conditions, with rain likely at some point in the afternoon. Lossie were quick out of the blocks, with Lee Moir the first to test Strong in goal, but following his run into the box, his shot was tame and caused the keeper no problems. Rothes were enjoying plenty of possession, but were restricted to several corner kicks, all of which were successfully clear. Brian Thompson had the best chance for the home side in the opening but his left-footed free kick from 25 yards sailed wide of the Lossie goal.

Lossie took the lead bang on quarter of an hour. A corner flew over the heads of everyone in the box before landing at the feet of Graeme KENNEDY. The former Nairn St. Ninian player took a touch and rifled a shot through a crowded penalty area to open the scoring, to the delight of the travelling support.

As the first half progressed, Rothes came more into the game, and Lossie were looking nervous at times, giving away possession, but the visitors’ defence dealt with any trouble comfortably, and contained Rothes before they could get near the danger area. Dunn was called into action to tip a Kevin Collins free kick over the bar, but for the first half, that was as close as Rothes came.

Lossie had a clear chance to double their lead just before half time when Kennedy played a great pass through to Morrison who raced in on Strong without a defender in sight, but the keeper got down well to block. With the weather deteriorating into heavy rain, the teams headed for the dressing rooms for the interval, with Lossie on top and Rothes desperate for a goal.

Half time – Rothes 0 Lossiemouth 1

Lossie went looking for another goal at the start of the second half, but a superb cross from Kennedy was missed by all as it curled through the box. Minutes later, Morrison beat his man and found space to shoot, but his shot went just wide of the far post. The former New Elgin man didn’t last much longer, as he was substituted while injured just before the hour.

As the half progressed, a sense of nervousness was apparent in the Lossie side. The occasional spells of heavy rain were not helping matters, and you could sense another goal was on the cards, but it was a question of who for. Ellis came close as he raced onto a through ball and put it wide of Strong, who had left his box to deal with it, but his chip landed in the side netting.

The second goal of the game arrived not long after, and it was Rothes who bagged the equaliser. Like Lossies opener, it came from a corner, and the ball was turned into the net by Nathan SHARP. Lossie were now looking ragged, and with no Morrison on the pitch, it was difficult to imagine a second goal for the visitors. Rothes made it a little easier for Lossie by not concentrating less on the football and more on the physical side of their game, which caused the game to stop and start.

With a replay now looming large on the horizon, Lossie decided that having to play Rothes four times in a month would be too much, and as the game moved into the second minute of injury time, Graeme Kennedy swung a cross to the far side of the box, where it was met by the outstretched leg of David HENDRY, who put the ball past Strong to finish the game and send the travelling support absolutely wild.

However, there was more drama to be had, as straight from kick off, Rothes fired a long ball downfield, desperate for a second equaliser. Less than clinical defending from Lossie saw the ball bounce around the box before it was cleared, but not after Dunn appeared to be kneed in the face while going down to save. In the following brouhaha, Nathan Sharp was dismissed for punching the Lossie goalkeeper, who was also booked. The resultant free kick for Lossie saw the referee call time on the game, but not on the days events, as the players and some of the crowd in the stand decided to continue noising each other up on the way to the tunnel, resulting in some unsavoury scenes.

Victory, however, belonged to Lossie.

Full time – Rothes 1 Lossiemouth 2

Lossiemouth – Dunn; Reid, Youngson, Dixon, Smith, Lee Moir, Hendry, McMullan, Ellis, Morrison (McIntosh), Kennedy