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