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Lossiemouth 0 Turriff United 4

Turriff went into this Scottish Cup tie as clear favourites sitting in a position right up near the top of the table and the continued their good early season form with a four-goal win.

United made only one change from last week’s winning starting line-up, Gary Harris coming in for Aaaron McKenna.

Stevie Dunn made a few changes to the side which lost at Formartine, a big loss being Darren Bailey who netted twice in that game.

It was Turriff’s Nicholas Gray who eased any Turriff nerves when his flicked  header over Connor Hall from a well-directed Andy MacAskill free-kick in 13 minutes beat the home No 1 all ends up.

Six minutes later the Coasters should have been level. MacAskill turned sinner, as he let a cross from the left go under his foot but veteran striker Ryan Green  snatched at his shot in front of goal and sent the ball well wide of Greg Sim’s left post.

A pinpoint MacAskill pass sent Gary Harris through but Hall raced out of his goal to clear while Turriff  had an escape when a goal was disallowed for a foul on Sim.

Jamie Beagrie was not far off target with a downward header while Scott Dunn almost got away from Cammy Bowden at the other end as he looked to bear down on Sim. Right on half-time Hall parried away at full stretch a Harris strike after McAskill again did the spadework.

Half-time: Lossiemouth 0 Turriff United 1

Gray and Stuart Cumming missed good chances to double the lead early in the second half. But in 71 minutes a superb Turra mov led to the second goal. Hall made a sensational save to foil substitute Gary McGowan after Chris Herd slipped the ball through. The corner kick looked to have been cleared but the ball was played back into the box and McGowan slammed the ball under Hall.

Man of the Match MacAskill was the supplier of the third goal, with 10 minutes left. His inch perfect cross from the left headed home at close range by summer signing Artjomis Kuznecovs.

Hall saved well from Jamie Beagrie late on followed by Cumming going close again, while a ball was cleared off the line when substitute Aaron Shand looked certain to roll it home. But the former Buckie Thistle front man did net with the game deep into injury-time after another slick passing move.

Lossiemouth substitute Shawn Scott was sent off late in the game for appearing to stamp on Turriff captain Cameron Bowden, in retaliation to a challenge.

Reporter: John Innes    

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