Category: Turriff United

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

Turriff United 3-0 Lossiemouth – SHFL – 23rd August 2014

Lossiemouth left The Haughs with nothing following a hardworking shift against Turriff United. A first half featuring little in the way of goalmouth action was about to end goalless before goals from Nicholas Gray and Stuart Cumming scored two goals in as many minutes. As time ran out in the second half, Chris Herd fired home an undeserved third to end a miserable week for the Shire side.

Lossie were without the injured Scott Wilson and welcomed Willie Mathers back into the starting line-up. Turriff looked to put behind them a week which started with an 8-0 defeat at Brora Rangers continued with a loss to 9 man Fraserbugh, and was clouded further by allegations surrounding the fielding of an ineligible player earlier in the season.

Turriff started well, testing Hall with a couple of long range efforts, but for all their early pressure the hosts never really threatened to open the scoring. At the other end, Grant Mitchell found the side netting with a shot from inside the area. The Coasters were almost handed the opening goal when a slack backpass to Sim saw him forced to leave his box to clear under pressure from Dunn.

A half that looked like ending goalless then burst into life. Gary Harris sprinted down the wing before playing a pass across the box for Nicholas GRAY to slide home at the back post.

Moments later Turriff were two ahead. Lossie, still wobbling after conceding the opener, failed to deal with a cross into the box and Stuart CUMMING headed home.

Half time – Turriff United 2-0 Lossiemouth

The second half followed a template almost identical to that of the first. Both sides huffed away as they tried to either finish the game or get back into it, but both keepers remained relatively untested.

Scott Dunn went close for Lossie with a couple of on target free kicks, but both kicks sacrificed pace for accuracy and Sim held onto both. Turriff had similar chances with identical results, Andy Macaskill curling a 20 yard effort into the hands of hall. Craig Macaskill went closer in hitting the post holding up the net, and Shawn Scott rattled the crossbar direct from a corner, but neither keeper was being overworked in the shire drizzle.

Turriff added a shine to the scoreline with a late third goal when Chris HERD dashed into the box and fired beyond Hall as Lossie’s resistance finally cracked.

The defeat saw Lossie slip a couple of places down the table, while Turriff moved up to fifthand drew a line under a miserable week for the club. The Highland League now reverts to one game a week, with Inverurie Loco Works the next opposition for Lossie at Grant Park.

Full time – Turriff United 3-0 Lossiemouth

Lossiemouth – Connor Hall, Tony Ross, Darren Bailey, Chris Ross, Grant Mitchell, Kevin Duguid, Ryan Farquhar (Jordan McBain, 82), Scott Miller (Mark Hector, 89), Shawn Scott, Steven Dunn, William Mathers (Jordan Main, 71); Unused subs – Ryan Green, Scott Gordon, Scott Wilson, Greig Watson

Turriff United – Greg Sim, Lewis Davidson, Chris Herd, Stuart Cumming, Cammy Bowden, Aaron McKenna (Robbie Allan 90), Craig MacAskill (Kenny Mair 78), Paul Young, Gary Harris, Nick Gray (Aaron Shand 78), Andrew MacAskill; Unused subs – James Chalmers, James Brownie, Gary Davidson, Keirin McCaffrey

Referee – Ryan Milne

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 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