Category: SHFL

Fraserburgh 1-2 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 1st August 2015

Two second half goals from substitute Ryan Green helped Lossiemouth to their first win at Fraserburgh in almost ten years. Ryan Christie scored for the hosts early on as Lossie’s poor record at Bellslea looked like continuing, but an improved second half performance saw Lossie turn the game around.

The Coasters started with Connor Hall in goals, while Shawn Scott was absent through injury and Scott Miller missed out due to suspension, having been sent off in midweek against Brora. Fraserburgh were much changed from their previous meeting with Lossie in March, with top goal scorer Scott Barbour having departed with Kris Hunter to Formartine.

The game started in sunny conditions, with barely a cloud in the sky and a stiff breeze in Lossie’s favour. The conditions did nothing to draw a performance from the visitors, however, and after only eleven minutes Fraserburgh took the lead. A deep cross to the far post was left by everyone and an unmarked Ryan CHRISTIE stooped to head the ball past Hall.

Lossie were struggling to keep up with the hosts play and shortly after the goal the Broch missed a number of chances to double their lead. A shot from inside the area came back off the crossbar, and David Chambers was in the right place to prevent a goal bound effort from crossing the line. At the other end, Lossie slowly familiarised themselves with Broch goalkeeper Scott Cowe, who watched as a couple of long-range efforts flew past his goal.

A pitch invasion by a startled rabbit proved to be one of the more entertaining moments of the remainder of the half as Fraserburgh ran out of ideas, and Lossie saw the game through to the break without further loss.

HALF TIME – Fraserburgh 1-0 Lossiemouth

The blue skies of the first half disappeared during the interval and were replaced by clouds as black as the stripes on the home sides kit, and before the teams trotted back out the heavens had opened and torrential rain was falling. The second half was only a few minutes old when referee Tam Shaw withdrew the players from the pitch as first the rain, and then the thunder and lightning, worsened. A delay of almost fifteen minutes saw the visiting support seek cover from the elements in the dugout, before the sides reappeared and the game restarted.

The Broch managed a couple of early efforts at goal as the second half trudged on, with Hall reacting quickly to a pair of Johnston free kicks, pushing one away and holding another on the ground.

The game turned on a pair of substitutions made just before the hour. Joao Rodriguez and Jordan Main, the only survivor from the last time Lossie won at Bellslea, were replaced by Ally Bellingham and Ryan Green, and within a dozen or so minutes Lossie were in front.

The equaliser came from a free kick into the area and, once the ball had evaded the heads of two Broch players, it fell to the feet of GREEN, who had time for a touch before drilling a low left footed shot beyond Cowe

Seven minutes later Lossie moved in front, as the towering GREEN got his head to the ball at the back post and powered it over the line, despite a two handed attempt at a save from Cowe.

Lossie were now in command and with the weather brightening towards the end of the game, the Coasters did too, keeping Fraserburgh at arm’s length and never looking like conceding what would have been an undeserved equaliser, at least on the second half showing from both sides.

Lossiemouth now face Clachnacuddin at Grant Park this coming weekend, while Fraserburgh travel to Rothes.

FULL TIME – Fraserburgh 1-2 Lossiemouth

LOSSIEMOUTH – Connor Hall, Tony Ross, Jordan Main (Ally Bellingham 60), Chris Ross, Kevin Flett, Mark Hector, Ryan Farquhar, Willie Mathers, Ross Archibald (Bryan Bell 88), Joao Rodrigues (Ryan Green 60), David Chambers; Unused subs – Scott Gordon, Cameron Farquhar

FRASERBURGH – Scott Cowe, Marc Dickson, Bryan Hay, Ryan Cowie (Courtney Cooper), Ryan Christie, Stuart Taylor, John Chalmers (Jordi Walker 85), Willie West, PA Bruce, Graham Johnston, Grant Noble (Cameron Buchan); Unused subs – Aidan Combe, Russell McBride, Dean Cowie

REFEREE – Thomas Shaw

Lossiemouth 0-2 Wick Academy – SHFL – 21st February 2015

Lossiemouth were undone by two late goals from Wick Academy at Grant Park. A tense affair saw Lossie keep their guests at bay well into the second half but a David Allan strike from close range gave Wick the lead with seven minutes left. Allan added a second as injury time ran out, condemning Lossie to a third defeat in a week and keeping Wick third in the table.

Full time – Lossiemouth 0-2 Wick Academy

Buckie Thistle 2-4 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 03rd January 2015

The turn of the year brings with it Derby Day in the Press and Journal Highland League, and gives supporters the opportunity to exchange the gifts of gloating and misery in front of friends, family and work colleagues.

Lossiemouth, however, have been left without a proper derby since the departure of Elgin City for pastures new fifteen years ago, and attempts to fill the gap in the calendar with games against Rothes have failed to inspire a similar level of enthusiasm or contempt. Some recent meetings with Forres Mechanics came close to elevating that fixture to derby status, but the intensity of the pairing has been reduced significantly due to midweek meetings. And so, with no-one else to first foot, Lossie have been paired with coastal neighbours Buckie for the last couple of festive seasons.

The two towns glower at each other across the water in winter, with the picturesque summer setting long forgotten by the time this fixture comes to the fore. Were the towns a little closer Buckie residents could, on their evening walk home from the workhouse, catch a glimpse of strange horseless carriages cruising the clean streets of Lossie, their journey guided by electric street lights which illuminate both the street and the night sky, taunting the hardworking lamplighters of Buckie who long for such technological advances to make their way across the border into the Shire.

Despite the lack of distance and an almost inbred history shared between the two sides, the idea of this being their derby match is probably as strange a concept to Buckie as it is to Lossie. Deveronvale are their rivals as much as Elgin were Lossie’s, and with four titles and numerous other bits of tin accumulated between them over the past decade and more, the two would no doubt like to become reacquainted in the holidays and pull in the kind of four figure crowds that attended the final day title shootout three seasons ago, but the presence of Turriff United means Vale now face farmers instead of fishermen over the festive season.

Whatever opinions are on the stature of the fixture, it hasn’t stopped Lossie from giving Buckie the kind of beating from which even a New York police officer would fail to escape punishment. The Coasters romped to a 3-1 home victory last January and on Saturday cruised to a 4-2 win at Victoria Park. Scott DUNN opened the scoring before Chris ANGUS score once in each half to give Buckie the lead. Lossie may have turned up with coal and shortbread but once through the door they made straight for the drinks cabinet, and goals from Shawn SCOTT and Ryan FARQUHAR were followed by a late Kevin FLETT penalty as the visitors made merry before staggering out the door with a first win for Charlie Charlesworth since his return. The noisy band of travelling supporters took great delight in what had just happened, while the few remaining Buckie fans left in the ground at full time were open mouthed at what had unfolded in front of them and, having watched their side fail to beat Lossie in 2014, must have been wondering if 2015 is to be equally miserable.

Elgin City’s impending relegation from SPFL League Two at the end of this season means the possibility of a reunion between Lossie and the Skiters is on the cards, but if for nothing other than the three points, perhaps we can play it in the summer and keep on meeting Buckie Thistle during the holidays.

Happy New Year indeed!

Deveronvale 4-1 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 29th November, 2014

Charlie Charlesworth’s return to Princess Royal Park with Lossiemouth was ruined by a Deveronvale side that ran out comfortable winners.

Colin Charlesworth set about ruining the family reunion with the opening goal after nineteen minutes, and Stuart Leslie scored his first for the club to increase the lead before half time. A second half double from Craig Cowie finally killed off Lossie, who pulled a goal back through Scott Miller with a dozen minutes left before having Willie Mathers sent off towards the end of the game.

The result sees Lossie stay in 16th place while Vale remain in 12th just behind Clachnacuddin.

Full time – Deveronvale 4-1 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Connor Hall; Finlay Stables (Jordan McBain, 72), Darren Bailey (Jordan Main, 74), Tony Ross, Grant Mitchell, Scott Miller, Ryan Farquhar, Kevin Flett, Ross Archibald (Ryan Green, 72), Scott Dunn, Willie Mathers; Unused subs – Bryan Bell, Mark Hector, Callum Clark, Cameron Farquhar; Scorers – Scott Miller (78); Booked – Archibald, Farquhar, Mathers ; Sent off – Willie Mathers (80, second yellow) 

Deveronvale – Darren McConnachie; Kyle Rae, Connor Rennie, Leigh Henderson, Craig Simpson (Liam Forbes, 52), Sean Keith, Craig Cowie, Graeme Rodger, Colin Charlesworth, Stuart Leslie (Martin Charlesworth, 70), Michele Lombardi (Philip Watt, 75); Unused subs – Ross Aitken, Liam Archibald, Glen Mutch (T), Rhys Fyfe; Scorers – Colin Charlesworth (19), Stuart Leslie (39)Craig Cowie (70, 75); Booked – None; Sent off – None 

Referee – Alan Frew

Lossiemouth 0-2 Huntly – SHFL – 22nd November, 2014

Lossiemouth slumped to a home defeat against basement rivals Huntly at Grant Park. Mark LAWSON headed home from a corner after only three minutes as Charlie Charlesworth saw his second home managerial debut get off to a bad start, and six minutes later Aaron SHAND converted a penalty on his debut for the Tigers.

The goals were enough to secure the points for the visitors, and while Lossie made more of a game of the second half the damage was done, and the afternoon ended on a sour note for Lossie following the dismissal of Shawn Scott in injury time.

The result saw Lossie drop two places in the league as Huntly leapfrogged them into 13th, while Fort William’s win over Keith also hoisted them above Lossie.

Full time – Lossiemouth 0-2 Huntly

Lossiemouth – Chris Stuart, Tony Ross, Kevin Flett, Grant Mitchell, Chris Ross, Scott Gordon (Scott Dunn, 63), Ryan Farquhar (Darren Bailley, 79), Scott Miller, Shawn Scott, Ross Archibald, Willie Mathers; Unused subs – Ryan Green, Jordan Main, Jordan McBain, Finlay Stables, Connor Hall; Booked – Grant Mitchell, Scott Miller, Willie Mathers; Sent off – Shawn Scott (90)

Huntly – Fraser Hobday, Blair Johnston, Alex Thoirs, Ian Cruickshank, Gary Davidson, Mark Lawson, Aaron Shand, Craig Dorrat (Russell Guild, 80), Callum Dunbar (Sam Harrison, 90), Vilius Makaravicius (David Booth, 60), Neale Davidson; Unused subs – Adam McNamee, Russell Guild, Sam Harrison, Lewis Ingram, Mark Gray; Booked – Craig Dorrat; Scorers – Mark Lawson (3), Aaron Shand (pen, 9)

Referee – Graham Beaton

Nairn County 5-2 Lossiemouth – 08th November 2014

Lossiemouth gave Nairn County a run for their money on Saturday at a sunny Station Park, with the Coasters taking an early lead before being undone by a four goal turn from Nairn’s Sam Urquhart.

Charlie Charlesworth was back in the Lossie dugout, taking charge at The Bernagow for a second time following a successful spell between 2008 and 2012. Two years spent drying tears and dealing with tantrums at Princess Royal Park went unappreciated by the Deveronvale faithful and he was welcomed back to Lossie as the Coasters attempt to build on the progress made by Steven Dunn.

Nairn have had no such managerial issues, with Les Fridge having been in charge for what seems like most of the centenary the Wee County are currently celebrating, but a poor start to the season has left Nairn stuck in mid-table and almost as far from the title race as their visitors.

The game coincided with the Nairn County Ladies Day, a relatively recent phenomenon in Highland League circles. As Shawn SCOTT scored the opener from the penalty spot, the fairer half of Nairn cheered loudly, seemingly unaware that it was Lossie who had taken the lead. The ladies would go on to enjoy their day, cheering at anything that happened as the pre-match Lambrini took effect.

Lossie’s own Ladies Day back in August saw 150 high-heeled punters treated to a seven goal thriller and the Nairn contingent witnessed the same number of goals, with Lossie no doubt relieved the game wasn’t as one sided as the one their own well-dressed guests were party to that day (Inverurie scored all seven).

Nairn were unamused by Lossie’s attempts to impress the ladies and Martin MACDONALD got their attention when he headed home an equaliser, and Sam URQUHART put Nairn into the lead minutes after the break. Conor Gethins saw his penalty saved by Connor Hall as Lossie kept Nairn at bay but URQUHART went on to finish off Lossie by himself, scoring all four of Nairn’s second half goals. Willie MATHERS scored in the middle of the four as Lossie kept working hard, but there was no stopping Nairn as they coasted towards full time with Urquhart deservedly going home with the man of the match award.

Lossie now face a double header of games against the two sides directly below, first travelling to Keith before hosting Huntly as the Coasters attempt to hold on to top spot in the mini-league of six teams at the bottom which has now been cut adrift from the rest of the league.

Full time – Nairn County 5-2 Lossiemouth