INVERURIE Locos continued their run of impressive results with a five goal victory over a frustrated Lossiemouth side who always looked as if they were able to threaten the goal, yet always fell short at the final hurdle.
Greg Mitchell impressed as he created the early opportunities of the match first by swinging in a deep cross for Neil Gauld to softly poke towards goal, them attempting a speculative effort from 25 yards which was easily caught by Errol Watson.
Locos found themselves unable to find a way through a stubborn Lossie back four but after Neil McLean 20 yard attempt., they finally broke the deadlock on the half hour. Jordan Leyden worked his way diagonally until he found himself on the edge of the box. From there, a slightly heavy knock forward allowed Dean DONALDSON to steal the loose ball and poke his shot into the far corner.
Leyden was once again influential just five minutes later as he stepped into the midfield and found Neil GAULD running on to his ball into the top of the box. Gauld took an extra touch to compose himself before finding the same spot as Donaldson, leaving Watson well beaten
Minutes into the restart, Lossiemouth found themselves within inches of getting right back into the game. Ex Loco Greig Watson found a yard of space around 25 yards from goal and seeing Andy Reid off guard, he fired in a dipping effort which grazed off the top of the cross bar.
A third goal effectively ended the match as a contest. Looking dangerous going forward, Martin Bavidge linked up well with Scott Begg on the right flank. Begg was given the space to run towards the bye line before whipping the ball square across the six yard box. Nipping in front of the keeper, Neil GAULD got the vital touch at the front post to direct the ball into the roof of the net.
Locos immediately followed up by scoring a second in quick succession as they did in the first half . Dean Donaldson targeted the right flank, moving towards goal. Spotting Martin BAVIDGE in the box, Donaldson squared the ball across to the penalty spot where Bavidge wrong footed Watson, leaving the keeper rooted to the spot as he side footed into the bottom right corner.
Immediately after the fourth goal, both sides looked to make changes with double substitutions. It was quickly clear that Inverurie had made the best of the changes as David Ross began to command the remaining half hour of the match.
Learning from the earlier goals, David ROSS capitalised on the weaknesses on the right flank as he twisted and turned his way around several defenders. When passing the ball no longer became an option, Ross rifled a low shot across the face of the goal, which passed across the face of Watson and into the far corner.
Locos: Reid, McLean (Young 66), Maitland, Begg, Broadhurst, Anderson, Leyden, Mitchell, Gauld, Bavidge (Hunter 60), Donaldson (D Ross 60).
Subs: Souter, Mathieson
Lossiemouth: EWatson, A Ross, Dunn (Miller 60), C Ross, McKinnon (Miller 52), G Watson, Farquhar, Flett, McBain (Winters 60), Dunbar, Mathers
Subs: Main, Campbell
Referee: T Shaw
This Saturday, March 8, Locos have a tough task away at Mosset Park against free scoring Forres Mechanics. Two attacking sides bang in form, it should be a cracker, kick-off is at 3pm.