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Audio Interviews: Cooper and Cowie

Fraserburgh thrashed Inverurie Locos 5-1 thanks in part to a double from Scott Henry.

After the match, reporter John Innes spoke to managers from both sides. Listen to the interviews below.

Fraserburgh boss Mark Cowie


Locos manager Neil Cooper


Reporter Andrew Raffan's match verdict can be read below:

Fraserburgh seized the initiative in a scrappy opening to the game, following up a previously threatening corner with a perfect delivery from Garry Harris to the back post. Rising above the surrounding defenders, Scott Henry aimed his header into the ground with the ball bouncing into the roof of the net having evaded a crowded goal- line.

The opportunity for an instant replay fell to Jordan Leyden as he stood over a free-kick on the edge of the box, but his tame swerving effort was comfortably saved by Peter Tait.

Locos were back on terms midway through the half after a sensational individual effort from Colin Charlesworth. Chasing down a flick on by Dean Donaldson down the right flank, the winger beat three defenders as he eased into the box, before calmly chipping the ball over the oncoming Tait from six yards.

This was to be a bittersweet moment for Charlesworth as he left the game before half-time, having seemingly suffered a reoccurrence of the groin injury in his first match back from a spell on the side line.

Fraserburgh immediately capitalised on this blow to the Locos morale as Ryan Cowie delivered a skimming free-kick into a crowded box which resulted in a mad scramble for the ball. Finding the ball at his feet, Henry got his second of the game as he put his laces through the ball from 10 yards out, leaving Ryan Booth rooted to the spot.

This momentum was carried into the second half as Fraserburgh all but clinched the victory with two goals in as many minutes after Inverurie imploded. Struggling to clear their lines in a crowded box, the Locos defence were caught in possession by Jamie Beagrie, with the Broch man wasting no time in getting his effort in on goal after intercepting a sloppy pass.

In their next attacking possession following the restart, Beagrie then saw his legs swept by a clumsy Connor Rennie foul inside the box resulting in Harris calmly placing his penalty into the right hand side, sending Booth the wrong way.

Searching desperately for a route back into the match, Locos came within a coat of paint as Andy Hunter thundered a free-kick from 20 yards off the inside of the crossbar, only to see the ball rebound clear of the goal-line.

Any hopes of a dream comeback were quickly ended with Cowie becoming the fourth player on the scoresheet. Cowie curled an excellent low free kick round the Locos wall, rooting Booth to the spot.

League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 17 47 WDWWW
2 Inverurie Locos 21 44 WWWWL
3 Fraserburgh 18 41 LWWWL
4 Brora Rangers 17 40 LWWWW
5 Huntly 20 38 DWLWW
6 Formartine United 19 37 LWLWW
7 Forres Mechanics 19 36 WWWWW
8 Buckie Thistle 19 35 LWDLW
9 Rothes 20 31 DWWLD
10 Deveronvale 20 29 WWWLD
11 Nairn County 19 28 LLWLW
12 Clachnacuddin 21 25 WDWWL
13 Turriff United 19 24 LLLLL
14 Wick Academy 15 16 LWLLD
15 Keith 21 11 DLWLL
16 Lossiemouth 21 8 LLLWL
17 Strathspey Thistle 19 3 LLLLL
18 Fort William 17 1 LLLLL

Recent Results

16-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 21
Lossiemouth 2 : 3 Nairn County
Buckie Thistle 4 : 1 Keith
Clachnacuddin 1 : 3 Formartine United
Deveronvale 2 : 2 Rothes
09-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 20
Forres Mechanics 3 : 1 Rothes
06-12-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield First Round
Huntly 2 : 6 Formartine United
Keith 2 : 3 Banks O' Dee
06-12-2017 20:00 - MM Aberdeenshire Shield Round 2
Turriff United 3 : 0 Fraserburgh
Deveronvale 3 : 0 Buckie Thistle
02-12-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 19
Lossiemouth 3 : 0 Turriff United
Clachnacuddin 3 : 0 Nairn County
Brora Rangers 16 : 0 Fort William
Deveronvale 0 : 5 Formartine United
Forres Mechanics 5 : 0 Keith
Huntly 5 : 1 Strathspey Thistle
Cove Rangers 4 : 0 Inverurie Locos
25-11-2017 15:00 - SHFL Week 18
Fraserburgh 1 : 2 Keith
Nairn County 4 : 1 Buckie Thistle

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