After the euphoria of their Scottish Cup win at Keith, Inverurie Locos slumped to a shock 2-0 home defeat on Saturday by a Lossiemouth side well beaten by Forres Mechanics in successive weeks.
Both goals came in the closing minutes as the home side’s inconsistent season continued.
Locos face Fraserburgh in this Saturday’s big game - the Aberdeenshire Cup Final at Christie Park Huntly. Kick-off is 3pm and the final will be played to a finish.
Lossiemouth tested Scott Mathieson as they forced the first save of the match after only a few minutes.
Scott Miller found a half yard of space on the edge of the box to curl the ball towards the top corner, but Mathieson tipped wide of the goal.
Inverurie got their first serious effort on target as Andy Hunter saw a curling free kick from 25 yards tipped over the crossbar by Darren Mini McConnachie.
It had been a quiet opening half, Hunter testing McConnachie on the half hour mark, he beat three defenders before seeing his rising effort parried away from goal.
Both sides lacked any threat in the opening period of the second half. Visiting midfielder Ryan Farquhar placed a low attempt past the far post from outside of the home box, followed by Kieran Adams heading wide from a McLean corner.
Just before being substituted, David Ross found space but saw his shot take a strong deflection but the ball didn’t have enough dip to beat the keeper, and it struck the crossbar.
Having survived, the Coasters were awarded a soft penalty after a sloppy Adams foul on Ross Archibald. After his failure from the spot the week before, Kevin Flett stepped up to take on the duties. He fired low to the right, the ball having enough power to survive a strong save from Mathieson to make its way over the line.
They then doubled their lead within minutes as Ross Archibald caused havoc down the right flank.
He drew Mathieson off his line, and composed himself before chipping past the keeper into the empty net.
Locos: Mathieson, Mitchell, Maitland, McCabe, Adams, Jeffrey, D Ross (Laing 75), McLean, Hunter, Bavidge (Selfridge 75), Charlesworth (Begg 62) Substiutes: Keir, Young, Anderson, McCaffrey.
Lossiemouth: McConnachie, Hector, Bellingham, C Ross, Flett, McCauley, Gordon, Miller, Archibald, Hamilton (T Ross 65), Farquhar Substitutes: Bell, Mellis, Clark, Taylor, Hall.
Referee: B Dempster
A minute’s applause was observed pre-match for Locos legend Ian Robertson, who died very suddenly recently. His funeral is tomorrow, (Friday) at 11am in the Kintore Arms Hotel, Inverurie.
“Robbo” as he was affectionately known, worked alongside his father, long-serving Locos groundsman Arthur Robertson, in the agricultural engineering business.
He was extremely popular among his fellow players, supporters and everyone associated with Inverurie Loco Works FC, evidenced by the quick reaction to his death with numerous messages posted on the Locos club website
An integral part of Dave Cormie’s multiple trophy-winning junior teams of the 1990’s, the midfield dynamo will best be remembered in Locos history as one of the best passers of a ball and with great ability and vision to link up play and keep pressure on the opposition.