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Sat 9th Jan - Lossie 4 Strathspey Th 1

The only Highland League match that survived the weather was at Grant Park as Lossiemouth recorded a victory over Strathspey Thistle to get 2016 off and running in the best way possible.

Goals from Kevin Duguid, Shawn Scott, Ross Archibald and sub Ross Campbell wrapped up the victory for the Coasters.

Despite Josh Race grabbing a goal for the visitors and a positive performance from Brian Grant’s side, this couldn’t stop the home side from getting all three points.

Early in the first half, Scott went clean through on goal for the hosts but his shot lacked power and goalkeeper Michael McCallum saved easily.

At the other end Charlie Charlesworth’s side were put under some pressure as Ryan Farquhar had to slide in to prevent Gary Kerr from pulling the trigger in a dangerous area.

In the 12th minute Jordan Wardrop rose highest inside the box to head the ball goal wards but Darren McConachie held onto it well.

At the same end Race had a brilliant opportunity to put his side in front as the ball arrived to him a couple of yards from goal, but he blasted it well over the crossbar.

Soon after, Archibald sprinted down the field and towards the goal but his first touch was too heavy, which allowed the keeper the time to pick up the ball before the striker could pounce on it.

In the 36th minute Lossie broke the deadlock when Scott struck a shot which was blocked by the goalkeeper, with defender Wardrop making a mess of clearing it. This resulted in the ball falling again for Scott, who tucked home the rebound.

Just before the interval Josh Peters whipped in a cross from the left but there were to takers.

Two minutes after the interval the Coasters doubled their lead as Kevin Duguid grabbed a great solo goal when he hit a shot from the edge of the box past a helpless McCallum.

In the 65th minute Strathspey got a goal back as Race slotted the ball home inside a crowded penalty area after a corner.

The host extended their lead on 77 minutes when Ross Archibald sprinted down the line, cut inside and curled the ball into the top corner.

The game was wrapped up with 11 minutes remaining; Farquhar passed the ball to young sub Ross Campbell who tapped the ball into net to get his first ever Highland League goal.

Reporter: Sean McAngus

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