A hard working Keith team suffered a humiliating defeat for the second weekend in a row as a clinical Turriff United won 7-2.
A hat trick from Andy MacAskill, a double for Gary McGowan including a penalty and goals by Lewis Davidson and Craig MacAskill secured the travelling side a big victory to keep them top of the league table. Despite goals from the Maroons by Craig Cormack and Grant Mitchell, the hosts failed to get something out of this game.
The visitors started the better side as they threatened early on through Andy MacAskill’s set piece, which went straight to the back post with Artjoms Kuznecovs waiting patiently there but he was unlucky not to direct the ball goalwards.
In the 11th minute Maroons keeper Daniel Bell was adjudged to have brought down Gary Harris inside the box with Referee Alex Shepherd pointing to the spot for a penalty. This angered the home side and Gary McGowan calmly stepped up to slot the ball down the middle to give Turriff the lead.
This was clearly a catalyst for Keith going on to give a good shift and putting loads of pressure onto the league leaders. Keith broke forward with some good play and this led to the equaliser as the ball found its way to danger man Michael Ewen, whose volley forced Kevin Main into a fine save, but it broke to Craig Cormack who smashed the rebound into the net.
However, United retook the lead when Gary McGowan cut inside the keeper and thumped a neat finish home. Minutes later, a dangerous corner fell to Stewart Hutcheon whose powerful effort was touched into the net by Grant Mitchell with Turriff caught giving the hosts far too much space in the box.
The home supporter’s celebrations were short-lived when with four minutes remaining of the half Harris sprinted down the right flank and he whipped in a wicked cross which Andy MacAskill netted with a magical diving header.
Straight from the restart Harris almost extended United’s lead as he darted through on goal but substitute stopper David Dey raced off his line to block the striker’s shot.
In the 65th minute some great work on the left flank by Harris set up Lewis Davidson to smash the ball into an empty net. A torturous eight minutes which had three goals in it proved to be the final straw which ripped Keith apart. First sub Craig MacAskill skilfully rounded the keeper to slot the ball home. Then a Lewis Davidson cross landed for Andy MacAskill who tapped the ball into the net from close range. Finally the victory was wrapped up as a Harris cross was headed into the net by Andy MacAskill to complete his hat trick.
Dramatically at the death things got worse for the Maroons as substitute Finlay Stables was awarded a second yellow card.
Reporter: Sean McAngus