A hardworking Lossiemouth were denied any reward for their shift against Deveronvale as the hosts struck once in each half to claim the points. Martin Charlesworths deflected free kick put Vale ahead and growing hopes of a comeback were ended when Philip Watt headed home a second late on.
Shawn Scott made a quick return to Banff following his transfer to Lossie, while Ryan Green dropped the bench as Elliot Winter started the game looking to score for the third consecutive outing. The Vale side was well stocked with ex-Coasters, with Darren McConnachie, Colin Charlesworth and Ricky Wardrop all starting for the home side.
Both sets of fans were wary of a repeat of the first game between the sides this season, an industrial win for Vale at Grant Park, and the game featured enough early chances to give everyone hope a repeat wouldn’t be on the cards.
Ricky Wardrop had the first chance of the game, racing through onto a Craig Cowie pass but finding Errol Watson quick off his line to collect the ball after a heavy touch from the former Lossie man.
At the other end of the park Lossie were threatening to take the lead. Grant Mitchell had a free header at goal but could only power the ball into the hands of McConnachie, and from the side edge of the penalty area Shawn Scott flashes a shot across the face of goal without troubling the keeper. Biscuits was close to opening the scoring soon after, sprinting through the Vale defence to stare down McConnachie, only to see the keeper make a brave stop at the strikers feet.
Despite the promising signs for Lossie, the chances of an away win took a knock with just over half an hour played when Darren Bailey was ordered off for a lunge on Colin Charlesworth in front of the Vale dugout. The impassioned pleas from the bench made no odds to referee Graeme Beaton who was quick to flash the red card.
Five minutes before the break, Vale stole into the lead. Ricky Wardrop was fouled a dozen yards outside the Lossie penalty area, and Martin CHARLESWORTH’s free kick into the box took a deflection, sending Errol Watson the wrong way before bouncing off one post then the other and into the net.
Half time – Deveronvale 1-0 Lossiemouth
Ricky Wardrop continued to cause Lossie problems into the second half and within minutes of the restart found himself through on goal with only Watson to beat. With Watson and the Lossie defence appealing in vain for offside, Wardrop chose to try and lob the ball over the keeper, but succeeded in firing it high over the bar and almost out of the ground.
The difference in numbers made no difference to Lossie, who continued their patient build-up play and they were almost rewarded when second half sub Ryan Green lashed a powerful volley past McConnachie and onto the crossbar. With the Vale defence watching, Scott ran into try and score from the rebound but pushed his header just over the bar and onto the roof of the net.
Vale secured all three points with a second goal late in the game. Pressure from a couple of corners finally paid off when Philip WATT found space amongst a tiring Lossie defence to power home a fine diving header.
The result sees Lossie remain in fifteenth place, just behind Keith, and the Coasters have the chance to overtake the Maroons this week as they welcome Cove Rangers and Turriff United to Grant Park on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.
Full time – Deveronvale 2-0 Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth – Errol Watson, Tony Ross, Scott Wilson, Kevin Flett (C), Grant Mitchell, Greig Watson, Ryan Farquhar, Callum Dunbar (Jordan McBain, 81), Elliot Winter (Ryan Green 51), Shawn Scott, Darren Bailey; Unused subs – Scott Dunn, Jamie McKinnon, Scott Miller; Booked – Scott Wilson; Sent off – Darren Bailey (36)
Deveronvale – Darren McConnachie, Ross Aitken, Craig Simpson, Scott Henry, Scott Fraser (C), Callum Rennie, Craig Cowie, Graeme Rodger (Philip Watt, 66), Martin Charlesworth, (Felipe Da Silva, 76), Colin Charlesworth, (Zander Jack, 78), Ricky Wardrop; Unused subs – Kyle Rae, Rhys Fyfe; Goals – Martin Charlesworth (41), Philip Watt (84); Booked – Colin Charlesworth; Sent off – None