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Irn-Bru Cup heroes Turriff Utd clocked up their third straight win on at Harlaw Park on Saturday, a result that leaves under par Inverurie Locos thirteenth in the table on only two points desperate for a morale boosting first win of the new campaign. 

After a hugely disappinting away draw at Rothes there were changes for this game. Out went captain Neil McLean, Mark Souter, Dean Donaldson, Martin Laing and Michael Selfridge. Connor Rennie, Kieran Adams and Martin Charlesworth were restored,  David Ross made his first start of the season and there was a first senior career appearance for young midfielder Lewis Wilson. For the visitors coming off a massive high, a slight strain ruled out skipper Cammy Bowden and there was a place in the No 7 shirt for young Liverpudlian Jamie Clark, only signed on Friday after a successful trial 

Turriff’s left back Chris Herd picked up the first caution of the day in eight minutes for jersey pulling. Kenny Mair then drove high over but in a quiet start the best opportunity fell to Jordan Leyden in 15 minutes. A clearing back header fell nicely to the ice hockey-playing ex-Cove forward who snatched at the chance and sent it well over. 

Former Buckie and Huntly pivot Darren Wood saw a weekly hit free kick taken by Scott Mathieson after a loose Gordon Forsyth pass leading to a Ross Anderson foul. Then Greg Mitchell was booked and from the resultant free kick, 18 year old Jamie Clark netted. A poorly struck ball going below a jumping wall and nestling in the corner of the net.

Great jinking play by David Ross led to no help for his efforts and a sign of the times on the half hour. A net bound Ross shot hit the shins of his own teammate, debutant Wilson on the goalline,  then a free kick by stand in captain Andy Hunter was saved by Kevin Main, Main then blocked from Wilson who met a cross from the right by Mitchell and right on half time Charlesworth had the last chance, collecting a ball from the other flank by Leyden but was off target with his left foot shot. 

It was no surprise that a team lacking a spark was given that as McLean replaced Forsyth at left back and Rennie made way for Bavidge, with Ross dropping back to the engine room.

Mair hit a cracking drive off the the inside of Mathieson’s right post and Paul Young fired wide . David Booth then wasted an easy chance to double the lead for Turriff when right in on goal. The game was effectively ruined in 62 minutes, Kieran Adams red carded for supposed studs up after a 50-50 challenge with Mair. Ref Tommy Shaw was rather hasty in reaching for his red when a yellow would have sufficed. 

Goalscorer Clark had a further attempt from a free-kick saved before Hunter was yellow carded for dissent . Young Liam Morrison came on for Charlesworth, Kevin Main requiring further treatment and reminders from the referee to refrain from timewasting. 

A Turriff breakaway off a weak Hunter pass led to a second, with Paul Young left with a an easy chance to settle things. Mair sprayed the ball to David Booth heading for the bye line, his squared pass was successfully put away by Young. 

In the aftermath Anderson picked up what looked like a really bad injury and with all three subs committed, Locos were left to play out with nine players. A well deserved win for Turriff, the better side for all but a spell in the first half when the home side had enough chances to do the business. 

For Ross Jack it's all good heading into a massive home clash on Saturday with Brora Rangers followed by a midweek local derby at Banff. The competition for places in these games will be fierce with everyone wanting to play against Hibs in a fortnight.  

Back to the drawing board for Messrs Coull and Buchan with tough games upcoming for Locos .On Saturday a trip to Lossiemouth then another home derby against Huntly on Wed 31st August. 

Locos - Mathieson, Mitchell, Forsyth (McLean 45), Rennie (Bavidge 45), Anderson, Adams, Charlesworth (Morrison 67), Wilson, Ross, Hunter, Leyden. Unused subs - McCabe, Laing, Selfridge, Cook.

Turriff - Main, Davidson, Herd, Wood, Chalmers, C. Booth, Clark (Smith 84), Young, Kleczkowski (Gray), D. Booth, Mair (Allan). Unused subs - Walker, Moir, Sherman.

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