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Sat 20th Feb - Inverurie Locos 2 Keith 4

Looking to stamp their authority on the match early, Keith quickly tested Scott Mathieson through a low shot from Craig Cormack from the edge of the box. Failing to capitalise on their early momentum, the match then evolved into a midfield battle with neither side seemingly able to take control of the game.

It took until the 20th minute for the next opportunity to fall as Neil McLean worked the ball into the Keith box, only to be barged off the ball by a sturdy defence. As the Locos players claimed for a penalty, Keith quickly capitalised as they raced the up pitch and took the lead.

Moving swiftly thought the midfield, Donald Fraser timed his run perfectly to pick up a low pass and advance on goal. As Mathieson came off his line, Fraser coolly slotted the ball past the keeper and into the far corner of the goal.

Stunned, Inverurie took some time to regroup. A further ten minutes passed before the home side were able to threaten again with Martin Laing receiving the ball wide on the right flank before cutting in along the edge of the box. Spotting the keeper off his line, Laing fired in a dipping shot with Daniel Bell plucking the ball out the air as it threatened to dip under the cross bar.

As half time approached, Keith were unlucky not to double their advantage as Michael Ewen advanced through from midfield and away from the Locos defence. With just Mathieson to beat, Ewan curled his shot wide of goal, hitting the side netting.
Starting the half with momentum firmly in their favour, Keith set about securing the three points and moved two clear with their first attacking effort after the break.

Ryan Spink did well to open up the Locos defence as he sprinted down the left flank before crossing that ball low toward the penalty spot where Craig Cormack had the easiest of tasks to slot the ball past the scrambling Mathieson.

Desperate to stay in contention, Inverurie responded immediately, but Jeffrey's back post header from a Martin Laing cross had too much height, as the looping ball struck the cross bar before going over. Inverurie then rung in the changes with Greig Mitchell and David Ross bringing fresh legs to the midfield.

This had an instant impact as David Ross reduced the Keith lead within minutes of coming on. Neil McLean's corner had appeared to be over hit as it evaded the crowded box, but Ross was able to drop off the defence and drive the ball back low across goal and into the far corner.

The momentum of the match then swung between the teams as both sides generated chances, with Keith coming close as Michael Ewen's pacey run drew Mathieson off his line, only for his shot to be blocked by the towering keeper, with Donald Fraser blasting the rebound well over.

Locos should have heeded this warning, as Ewen's next visit to the box saw Keith restore their two goal advantage. Coming off a throw in, Ewen used his strength well to hold up the ball, then quickly turn and shoot past a stretching Mathieson.

Things then went from bad to worse for the home side as a frustrated Mark Souter saw red for a second bookable offence as he committed a clumsy challenge while on his final warning.

The match seemingly over, Inverurie provided one final spark as they clawed the Keith lead back to just one. Mike Selfridge produced an incredible solo run to evade several Keith defenders before producing the perfect chip to place the ball over Bell from 15 yards.

With time almost up, Locos looked to produce one final effort. In doing so, they managed to get caught up trying to deliver he ideal long ball into the box and gave away possession to Ewen, who gleefully picked up the ball and drove towards goal. Taking time to compose himself, Ewan calmly slotted the ball in from the edge of the box to wrap up the three points.

Reporter: Andrew Raffan

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

Recent Results

15-08-2018 20:00 - Aberdeenshire Cup First Round
Fraserburgh 1 : 2 Huntly
15-08-2018 20:00 - IRN BRU Cup First Round
Cove Rangers 2 : 2 Montrose
14-08-2018 20:00 - IRN BRU Cup First Round
Inverurie Locos 0 : 1 Formartine United
11-08-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 3
Wick Academy 0 : 2 Deveronvale
Strathspey Thistle 0 : 4 Huntly
Inverurie Locos 2 : 4 Formartine United
Clachnacuddin 1 : 0 Lossiemouth
Fraserburgh 2 : 1 Brora Rangers
Keith 2 : 1 Rothes
Fort William 0 : 10 Turriff United
Cove Rangers 2 : 0 Buckie Thistle
Forres Mechanics 4 : 1 Nairn County
08-08-2018 20:00 - SHFL Week 2
Rothes 0 : 4 Cove Rangers
Deveronvale 1 : 4 Formartine United
Brora Rangers 2 : 1 Clachnacuddin
Turriff United 2 : 2 Inverurie Locos
Huntly 6 : 0 Fort William
Keith 0 : 3 Fraserburgh

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Next Fixtures

18-08-2018 15:00 - SHFL Week 4
Turriff United - : - Strathspey Thistle
Formartine United - : - Wick Academy
Inverurie Locos - : - Fort William
Huntly - : - Cove Rangers
Brora Rangers - : - Rothes
Lossiemouth - : - Fraserburgh
Buckie Thistle - : - Keith
Nairn County - : - Clachnacuddin
Deveronvale - : - Forres Mechanics
21-08-2018 20:00 - Aberdeenshire Cup First Round
Inverurie Locos - : - Banks O' Dee

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