Created: Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:28
Published: Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:28
Written by David Reid
Inverurie Locos sit two points clear at the top of the Under 20 League table, twice coming from two goal deficits to win with a late penalty goal as they pipped Keith 5-4 at Harlaw Park on Monday night.
Maroon first teamers Jonathan Smith and Sean Keith put the visitors two up in the space of five first half minutes before an own goal put the homesters back in contention. Within a minute Calvin Roddie set off on a cracking run down the right wing before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the net.
A minute before half time Josh Cruickshank put the visitors back into the lead with the second sidefoot placement of the night and six minutes after the restart Johnny Smith added his second of the night.
This though is a young Locos team with a never say die attitude, displayed by Andy Hunter firing a fierce right footer off the junction of post and bar Midway through the half it was back to a one goal deficit, Ryan Broadhurst heading back across goal for young Ryan Keir to rattle home.
Andy Hunter made the scores all square again in 78 minutes with a header and Greig Mitchell came close with a left foot drive after running from deep on to Keir's pass The winner came with only two minutes left, Greig Mitchell converting his spot kick after being sent crashing to the deck in the box.
Ryan Broadhurst and Jamie Michie both came through the full 90 minutes as they get nearer to full fitness.
Deveronvale picked up their first win of the season and moved into second place after a 6-1 victory over bottom of the table Turriff United. A hat-trick from Deveronvale 17s striker Jody Munro set Vale on their way and there were also goals from Felipe Da Silva, Phillip Watt and an own goal. Calum Carmichael, who plays for Deveronvale Under 16s, scored a consolation for United.
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Created: Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:24
Published: Thursday, 26 September 2013 14:24
Written by John Innes
Nairn County returned to scoring style big time against Inverurie Locos on Saturday after defeats by Keith and Linlithgow Rose. Inevitably, well to the forefront of their success was last season's Highland League Player of the Year Conor Gethins.
The pint sized forward who plied his trade in the League of Ireland with Finn Harps before coming to Scotland and featuring for Ross County and Peterhead, netted a hat trick as the Wee County demolished Locos ten game long unbeaten record this campaign.
The three goals take the Irishman on to the twelve goal tally in 2013/2014 and with his 30th birthday less than six weeks ago there is an unquenching thirst for more success with the Station Park club in what is the third season of his three year contract.
"We're a team that has been waiting to explode. The main thing we did was work really hard as a team. Maybe in recent weeks we've not been working so hard, but when a team of our quality does it there's only one outcome.
"When we lost the goal in the early seconds, I thought here we go again, but there was a really good feeling on the bus coming down the A96. There was no laughter because I could see everyone was really focused.
"When a goal goes against you that early there is still 89 minutes left on the clock. It makes you work even harder. As soon as I got my free kick goal five minutes later I felt we dominated from there. We just kicked on and don't feel we we were under any real spells of pressure."
A two goal advantage looked on at the break until Martin Bavidge reduced the leeway with his second of the day and that just fired up the Irishman and his team mates even more.
"We had a few rants at half time as you cannot give away silly goals at places like Harlaw Park. They could have got it to level pegging but my second goal was one I savoured to put us back two in front. I'll not score many headers this season.
"The fifth goal saw me being clear of offside as I wasn't interfering then when the ball was fed through to me, my choice was to chip the goalkeeper."
Although it's been an inconsistent start for Les Fridge's team with several defeats and blank scoresheets along the way, two summer signings have made a big difference in his opinion.
"Daniel Moore and Stuart Leslie give us energy. And spirit. Danny will admit he's not been firing on all cylinders to date. But in this game he put in some great balls that's what he's all about With Stuart what you see is what you get. 100% effort every game, wins headers, rumbles players up and makes a lot of good runs.
"We need to push on, we've beaten Cove and Inverurie but let other games slip by. We cannot do that. After a result like this teams will be looking over their shoulders and saying Nairn are starting to push on."