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Locos 1 – 2 Formartine United

Breedon Highland League

A late penalty denied Locos a first point of the season against Formartine United at Harlaw Park. The Railwaymen were second best for much of the game but worked hard to stay in it after conceding an early goal, before levelling with a spot kick of their own. An injury time red card for Mark Souter compounded the misery.

The visitors took the lead with just six minutes on the clock. A corner from the right was played low to the edge of the penalty area. The shot was blocked but Matthew McLean was quickest to the loose ball, firing past Andy Reid. Locos responded well, enjoying a spell of pressure but without threatening Ewen MacDonald in the United goal. The visitors continued to pose a threat though, Daniel Park hitting the inside of the upright before Paul Campbell was denied by Andy Reid from the penalty spot. A Glen Donald clearance was sliced high into the air and as Reid tried to claim, he and Campbell collided. The referee was quick to point to the spot but Reid dived low to his right to make his second penalty save of the season.

Formartine largely dominated the rest of the half but were unable to further test Reid, a Jonathan Crawford header narrowly over the bar the closest they came to extending their lead. Locos best moment came at the end of a good move involving Dem Yunus and both Lloyd and Sam Robertson but Blair Smith’s shot was blocked and ran harmlessly through to MacDonald.

Andy Low introduced Logan Johnstone and Garry Wood at half time and the latter came close to an equaliser 7 minutes after the restart. The strikers clever header from a Paul Coutts free kick was brilliant tipped over by MacDonald. Aidan Combe curled a shot against the crossbar with Reid beaten before Calum Dingwall netted the equaliser after Donald had been tripped as he attempted to reach a loose ball following a corner.

Locos then had a spell on the front foot before Formartine wrestled back control of the game, finishing strongly. Andy Reid saved twice from the lively Julian Wade but the visitors weren’t to be denied as Crawford slotted home the winner from the spot two minutes from time after Donald was adjudged to have fouled Wade. Wade was involved again as he was clipped by Souter as he approached the penalty area, seeing Locos reduced to 10 men.

This was certainly a better defensive performance than the previous game at Harlaw Park against Fraserburgh but there was a lot of defending to do and Low will be disappointed by the nature of the goals conceded. Next up is another home game on Saturday as Locos face Huntly in a repeat of last weeks Highland League Cup tie. Locos will be hoping for the same outcome.

Inverurie Loco Works

1Andy Reid
2Thomas Reid
3Josh Buchan 15
4Greg Mitchell 20
5Mark Souter 90+1'
6Glen Donald
7Blair Smith 19
8Paul Coutts
9Sam Robertson
10Lloyd Robertson 17
11Dem Yunus 13
13Garry Wood 11
14Cole Anderson
15Logan Johnstone 3
16Callum Duncan
17Jonny Smith 10
18Jamie Michie
19Jay Halliday 7
20Calum Dingwall 4 77'
23Zack Ellis

Formartine United FC

1Ewen MacDonald
2Jonathan Crawford 88'
3Ryan Spink
4Kieran Adams
5Matthew McLean 6'
6Daniel Park 15
7Julian Wade
8Graeme Rodger
9Paul Campbell 12
10Aaron Norris
11Aidan Combe 16
12Lewis Wilson 9
14Stuart Smith
15Marc Lawrence 6
16Scott Lisle 11
17Jake Stewart
18Arran Paterson
19Brody Alberts
21Archie Mackay