Lossiemouth continued their pointless start to the season with a dramatic loss at local rivals Rothes. The Coasters generously handed out a two goal start to the Speysiders, handing chances to Joao Rodriguez early in each half, but a spirited second half performance and goals from Shawn Scott and substitute Jordan Main seemed to have rescued a point, only for Michael Dunn to score an injury time penalty to win the game and take home bragging rights over his brother and father.
Chris Ross came back into the side but Ryan Farquhar missed out due to holidays, while Connor Hall took the place of the benched Errol Watson in goals. Rothes were without regular Gary Gallagher but started with former Lossie men Kyle Stewart and Donald Horsburgh in their line-up.
Lossie’s hopes of picking up their first points of the season took a dent in the opening minutes. While the Coasters were still arguing with the referee over his failure to award the visitors a penalty, Rothes were launching a swift counter attack which ended when Joao RODRIGUEZ put the ball into the net for his sides first goal of the season.
Lossie were missing the presence of Ryan Green and failed to make an impact in the first, and failed to test Horne at all in the first half, which ended with Rothes on top and Lossie still struggling to test their hosts.
Half time – Rothes 1-0 Lossiemouth
The introduction of Jordan McBain for Darren Bailey at the interval mixed things up for Lossie, but before the visitors could make the extra forward count, Rothes extended their lead, with Joao RODRIGUEZ bagging his second of the evening.
The defecit seemed to stir Lossie into action and with twenty minutes to go Shawn SCOTT struck to haul his side back into the game.
Late changes saw Lossie go for goals, with Jordan Main and Scott Dunn sent on for Mark Hector and Willie Mathers, and the substitutions immediately paid off as Jordan MAIN scored with his first touch to level the game with two minutes left.
The goal came late in the game but there was enough time for Rothes to poach a winner. Callum McIntosh and Chris Ross tangled in the box and the Speysiders were handed a penalty. Michael DUNN stepped up to convert his second late penalty in two games against Lossie, and secured all three points for his side, much to the chagrin of brother and father.
The result hoists Rothes into mid-table and leaves Lossie stranded in the bottom two, above Huntly on goal difference. By coincidence the Coasters next game is away to the Tigers this Saturday, with defeat likely to send Lossie to the bottom of the pile for the time being.
Full time – Rothes 3-2 Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth – Connor Hall, Chris Ross, Kevin Flett, Scott Miller, Grant Mitchell, Mark Hector (Scott Dun, 80), Tony Ross, Kevin Duguid, Shawn Scott, Willie Mathers (Jordan Main, 85), Darren Bailey (Jordan McBain, 46); Unused subs – Scott Gordon, Greig Watson, Finlay Stables, Errol Watson
Rothes – Ricky Horne, Stuart Lamberton, Gary Ewen, Kyle Stewart, Donald Horsburgh, Michael Dunn, Paul Winton, Brett Mitchell, Callum McIntosh, Joao Rodriguez, Andrew Corbett; Subs – Stuart Thomson, Kevin McKinnon, Millar Mackay, David McCallum, Craig Lambie, Craig Ferguson
Referee – Alex Shepherd