Keith ended their recent losing run and stayed above their opposition as they defeated Lossiemouth 3-1. The Coasters finished the match with 10 men in a match that served up a treat for the SHFLTV cameras who attended this game which featured three penalties and some great goals.
The game started slowly with not a lot of chances early on as both strike forces failed to test each other’s back fours. In the 19th minute, Maroon keeper Murray Kinnaird got down well to save an effort from defender Chris Ross. A minute later, Matthew McDonald looked to be getting through a packed box but he was brought down and referee Wayne Cusiter awarded them a penalty. Sean Keith stepped up and smashed the penalty low heading into the left hand corner of the net which Errol Watson brilliantly stopped by making a diving save to keep the game goalless. Not long after, Scott Robinson’s powerful shot was comfortably saved by the keeper.
Keith managed to keep strong striker Ryan Green at bay as they stop his flick ons getting to other players. Then a great ball through sent McDonald one and one with the keeper but as he tried to pull the trigger the keeper block him from opening the scoring. 18 year old striker Craig MacAskill held off defenders to firer the ball into the far corner of the net out of the reach of Watson to open the scoring just on the stroke of half time.
Half Time: Lossiemouth 0-1 Keith
Just after the break, Lossie went on the counter attack with some neat link up play as Ryan Farquhar passed the ball to Green who was in a great position but he chipped it right over the bar. At the other end, Sean Keith sprinted through the back four and slipped as he struck his shot which went straight into the arms of the keeper. Minutes later Willie Mathers stepped up and struck his set piece into the box with Chris Ross heading the ball goal bound but it was cleared off the line.
Jordan McBain was clean through on goal but Kinnaird saved it well with his legs. Zander Jack’s high long ball went to McDonald who twisted past a defender and his shot went narrowly wide of the target. Lossiemouth equalised a couple of minutes later as a cross was headed backwards by Green towards goal and substitute Darren Bailey made a impact straight away with him waiting patiently unmarked at the back post. He headed the ball in from close range leaving the keeper helpless.
However the home support’s hope ended seven minutes later when Murray McCulloch thumped the ball up and over most of the defence which went into the path of MacDonald who managed to get in with Errol Watson coming out of his goal needlessly. He and a defender got mixed up which let MacDonald past him to net a simple finish by tapping it low into the net. Callum Dunbar nearly scored but his shot went flying across the face of goal. Another penalty was awarded in the 80th minute with MacDonald getting tripped up in the box by Grant Mitchell who was sent off for his challenge. Murray McCulloch was the taker and he blasted it into the corner of the net giving the keeper no chance. At the death, Lossie were given a penalty with Ryan Farquhuar getting brought down and the fouled player stepped up and drilled the ball low which was parried away by Murray Kinnaird. Bailey followed up with the rebound which forced the keeper into making another great save to make sure Keith go away with all three points.
Full Time: Lossiemouth 1-3 Keith