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Knowing that a victory guaranteed a 5th place finish, Inverurie set about securing the position as they broke the deadlock after just three minutes. Coming from their first attacking venture, John Maitland produced an inch perfect low cross toward the back post to pick out Martin Laing, who found himself in the perfect position to tap in at the back post.

This lead was not to last long as Clach quickly levelled the scores after Martin Callum forced a foul from Errol Watson inside the box. Capitalising on the defensive mistake, Stuart Leslie took on the spot kick duties and drove the ball down the centre of the goal past Watson.

As the match began to heat up, Inverurie were denied taking the lead by the width of the crossbar as Maitland chipped the ball towards the edge of the box for Andy Hunter to run onto. Spotting the keeper off his line, Hunter went for a spectacular volley, onto to see the ball dip too late and strike off the woodwork.

Having survived this scare, Clach then took the lead for the first time in the game just after the half hour mark, as Martin Callum floated a midfield free kick deep into the box. As the defence failed to clear their lines, early substitute Gordon Morrison found himself in the perfect spot to hook the ball into the net from six yards out.

Seconds after the restart, Locos found themselves with a corner which provided the opportunity to level the game. John Maitland provided the cross into the near post for Gordon Forsyth to head into the net, stunning the Clach players.

As the game headed towards half time, Clach regained the lead as they secured a late corner. Once again in the action, Martin Callum provided the cross to find Gordon Morrison and he netted his second of the game with a front post header.

As the second half began, the match began to shift into end of season mode with neither side taking control. Inverurie came within inches of levelling the match after a long range Andy Hunter effort took a deflection off Finnis, only for Campbell to produce an incredible save to tip the ball away from the top corner.

This was to be the home side's final effort of the season as the game continued with both sides struggling to produce more than a handful of passes before turning over possession. One highlight of the quiet half came from Stuart Leslie, who singlehandedly took on the Locos defence, cutting past three players before firing in a disappointing low effort which was easily saved by Watson.

As the game moved into the closing minutes, Clach had the opportunity to put the game beyond doubt as Penwright took advantage of the low sun to chip a long range effort over the unsighted Watson, but the Locos keeper was able to track the ball and dramatically tip the it over the crossbar.

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