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Brechin City 2 – 1 Locos

Breedon Highland League

Locos were beaten by Highland League champions Brechin City thanks to two Grady McGrath goals early in the second half. Mark Souter had put Locos ahead but they were unable to find an equaliser at Glebe Park.

Both goalkeepers were tested in the opening minutes, Zack Ellis beating away shots from Spencer Moreland and Liam Duell before Lloyd Robertson forced Lenny Wilson into action. The game remained open before Souter got on the end of Calum Dingwall’s free kick from the right to finish inside Wilson’s right hand post with nineteen minutes on the clock.

The hosts tried to get back into the game but couldn’t test Ellis further before the break. McGrath was introduced at half time and turned the game on it’s head within 7 minutes of the restart. His first came from the penalty spot after Lloyd Robertson and Ewan Spark tangled at a corner. It looked to six of one and half a dozen of the other but the referee concluded the Railwayman was at fault. McGrath then added what proved to be the winner, heading home from 7 yards after the ball was played back into the area by Ewan Murray.

For a while the Hedgemen looked hungry for more, with McGrath inches away from a hat-trick and twice being denied by Ellis, with Fraser MacLeod also going close. Locos showed great spirit to get themselves back into the game though, throwing everything at City in the latter stages, with Logan Johnstone’s long throws into the box causing problems for the home defence. That defence remained resolute though, and Tam Reid’s drive was a close as Locos came to levelling, Wilson turning his shot past the post.

This was always going to be a tough game but Locos made Brechin work for their victory and should take some confidence from this performance going into the important meeting with Strathspey Thistle at Harlaw Park on Saturday.

Brechin City FC

1Lenny Wilson
2Ryan Ferguson 16
4Lewis Martin
5Hamish Thomson
6Euan Spark
7Marc Scott
8Seth Patrick 18
11Fraser MacLeod
17Spencer Moreland
20Liam Duell 9
22Ewan Murray
3Kevin McHattie
9Grady McGrath 20 46', 51'
12Michael Cruickshank
15Stuart Heenan
16Michael McArthur 2
18Ewan Loudon 8
19Ewan White
23Jamie McCabe

Inverurie Loco Works

1Zack Ellis
2Thomas Reid
3Logan Johnstone
4Greg Mitchell
5Mark Souter 19'
6Glen Donald
7Jay Halliday 14
8Calum Dingwall 21
9Sam Robertson 18
10Lloyd Robertson 15
11Callum Duncan 19
14Blair Smith 7
15Dem Yunus 10
16Jamie Michie
17Liam Morrison
18Cole Anderson 9
19Nathan Meres 11
20Josh Buchan
21Taylor Mason 8
23John Farquhar