Locos came through a tough fixture with Dyce in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup. The Railwaymen trailed by two goals at one point but turned the game around to set up a second round clash with Formartine United.
Greg Mitchell remains sidelined and Mark Souter was added to the injury list at the weekend but Milosz Ochmanski returned to action and celebrated with his first goal for the club. With nine minutes on the clock, the loanee stooped to head home a Paul Coutts corner from the right.
The opener was just reward for Locos bright start and they continued to to impress, moving the ball quickly and with purpose. Only a good save by Morgan Cook, diving low to his right, prevented Sam Robertson doubling the lead before the junior side levelled through Jack Walker, latching onto a forward pass before firing low past Blessing Oluyemi.
With 24 minutes gone, the visitors had shown little in the final third up to that point but now threatened with every attack as they turned the game on it’s head with two more goals in less than ten minutes. First Ryan McLean picked up a clearance on the edge of the area before firing back past Oluyemi before former Loco Worker Fergus Alberts found the net from the right side of the box.
Locos were stunned but continued with their passing play as they looked to get back into the game. 8 minutes from the break Coutts reduced the deficit from the penalty spot after excellent work from Cole Anderson showing quick feet to get into the box before being tripped. It was perhaps the pivotal point of the game, allowing Locos to go into half time just a goal behind.
After the break, Locos began to dominate and the game became a bit fractious as Dyce sought to protect their lead. At one point three players picked up yellow cards following a melee.
The leveller came on the hour mark with Sam Robertson getting the crucial touch at the far post following a corner. With the way the game had gone, it was anybody’s guess which way the game would go but it was Locos who continued to do the attacking and Myles Gaffney put them back in front from another corner, volleying home from close range.
With a little under 20 minutes remaining, Locos didn’t settle for what they had and Gaffney got his second, finishing smartly inside the left hand post from the edge of the penalty area.
Over the 90 minutes Locos were too strong for Dyce but there will be concern that the visitors were able to score three times in their dominant spell. Cup football is all about results though, and it’s Loco’s who march on to the second round and another home tie in two weeks time.