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Sat 6th Dec - Forres 3 Keith 4

A goal reminiscent of Ronaldinho’s lobbed free-kick over the head of David Seaman in the 2002 World Cup Quarter Final by Maroons midfielder Greg Smith helped Keith to clinch only their first win in 12 games, with a 4-3 victory away to Forres Mechanics at Mosset Park.

Smith’s mishit right wing cross was misjudged by Can-Cans keeper Mark Bowden and he was helpless to stop the ball from soaring into the top left hand corner of the net, cue delirious celebrations from the midfielder.

That was the teenage youngster’s second goal of his brace. He scored his first goal of the afternoon when he coolly slotted a 10 yard shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net after his initial effort at goal had been palmed away by Bowden.

Ross MacPherson stuck the ball into his own net from close range, after the Maroons’ Hamish Ritchie had whipped a challenging right wing cross towards the back post, to open the scoring for the visitors on 29 minutes.

Then Smith grabbed his two goals, scoring one either side of a tidy close range finish from Mechanics winger Fraser Forbes, to ensure that his team went in for the interval with a 3-1 advantage.

Returning from his short loan spell at Lossiemouth, Ross Archibald halved the deficit again on 54 minutes when he nodded home Lee Fraser’s drilled right wing cross from point-blank range.

With 19 minutes remaining, the visitors put the game seemingly beyond Forres’ reach when they scored again to make it 4-2. A deep right wing cross was swung to the back post where Maroons winger Craig Cormack was lying in wait. He stretched to get his head to the ball and he then directed his five yard header back across Bowden into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

However, the home side were not ready to throw in the towel and they scored their third goal of the game on 78 minutes to set up a grandstand finish. Ross Archibald nodded the ball back into the box from 20 yards after it was only partially cleared by Keith’s backline. Can-Cans striker Lee Fraser expertly latched onto the header and then rolled his effort underneath the body of Maroons keeper Daniel Bell from six yards out.

Despite having to withstand increased pressure from Forres for the remainder of the match, the visitors successfully held on to grab a crucial three points and stop their long winless streak. Archibald should have equalised for Mechanics late on but his chance went begging.

Full Time: Forres Mechanics-3 Keith F.C-4
Reporter: Daniel Breerton

Post Match Reaction
Forres Mechanics manager Charlie Rowley: “I just can’t put my finger on what has gone wrong in our performances over the past two weeks. It wasn’t a typical Forres Mechanics performance if I’m being brutally honest.

I think I need to reassess my squad for next year given the way that we have played in the last two games. I’m pretty disgusted with their application and I have made them well aware of that. I was hoping at the start of the season that we would be able to build and grow as a team, but it is going to be difficult to attract potential signings to the club when they see the type of performance that we showed today.

No disrespect to Keith’s energetic performance but if I am being honest, the quality that we possess should be overcoming their attitude and their work-rate. I am not surprised at all that we didn’t get any points out of the game. Even if we had got some points out of the game, I would have still been disgusted by our performance”.

Keith F.C manager Gordon Winton: “I am really chuffed for the boys today. I thought they worked really hard last week despite not getting anything out of the game. I said to them at the end of that game that if they show the same work-rate every week then they will get something out of games. The commitment that the boys showed from start to finish today was fantastic and I think we thoroughly deserved the win.

Last week Greg Smith came into the team against Clachnacuddin and caused them a lot of problems on the right wing. He did the same against Forres today and he scored two goals. He said himself that the second goal was a mishit cross but we will take anything that comes our way.

The work-rate was terrific and we definitely deserved the three points today”.


League Table

Rank Teams Played Points Current form
1 Cove Rangers 34 90 WWLWL
2 Formartine United 34 79 WWWWW
3 Inverurie Locos 34 78 WLWWW
4 Fraserburgh 34 73 LLWWW
5 Forres Mechanics 34 73 WWWWW
6 Brora Rangers 34 63 LWLWW
7 Buckie Thistle 34 51 LDDLW
8 Deveronvale 34 51 LWDWW
9 Nairn County 34 51 DWWLW
10 Rothes 34 49 LLWLW
11 Huntly 34 49 LLDWL
12 Wick Academy 34 46 DLLLL
13 Clachnacuddin 34 41 LLWLD
14 Turriff United 34 37 WLLWL
15 Keith 34 16 LDWLD
16 Lossiemouth 34 15 LLDLL
17 Strathspey Thistle 34 14 LLDLL
18 Fort William 34 5 DLLLD

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