Turriff United welcomed Inverurie Locos to The Haughs for their second home game of the 2019-20 season this past weekend.
Manager Kris Hunter made two changes to the side which had suffered defeat at the hands of title contenders Brora Rangers the week before with Calum Reid and Drew Copeland dropping out to be replaced by loan signing Liam Norris and the return from suspension of Luke Kinsella who’s red card in the final game of last season against Buckie Thistle had ruled him out of the opening two games.
Turriff started brightly as Angus Grant was sharp and managed to pick pocket the Locos midfielder in the middle of the park before playing the ball out right towards Lewis Buxton, he did well to keep hold of the ball under pressure before firing a ball across the box which was knocked out for a corner.
Two minutes later and a Dylan Stuart free kick into the box was headed towards goal by Angus Grant but former Turriff United loanee Andrew Reid collected the ball with ease.
An early change to the game occurred on the fifteen minute mark as young defender Andrew Watt had to come injured and his replacement wasted no time in making an impact as just five minutes later the visitors took the lead.
A high ball over the top was collected by diminutive striker Neil Gauld he twisted and turned his way into the box and got his shot away well, but Fraser Hobday was equal to the task palming the ball out where It was flicked slightly wide for Calum DINGWALL to fire home from the edge of the area.
Just three minutes later and it was two as a corner into the box was met at the back post by Mark SOUTER who powered home the header from close range.
It was almost three as a ball across the box was hit on the volley but luckily Gauld skewed his effort wide.
On the half hour mark it was three, another corner in was missed by Furey as it bounced off him into the path of Andrew HUNTER who fired a shot home, again from close range.
Turriff were on the attack as the half drew to a close with a lovely ball down the right for Buxton to chase, his ball in found Robert Ward and despite almost getting his shirt ripped off his back the young striker still managed to get a shot away on the turn but it was over the bar.
Some good passing play through the middle saw Liam ‘Leebo’ Norris dink a ball over the top into the path of Angus Grant and his ball in was deflected out for a corner.
The corner in saw keeper Reid come out and fumble the ball dropping it at the feet of Cameron BOWDEN who poked home from close range.
HT Turriff United 1-3 Inverurie Locos
The half time break saw Keir Smith come on in place of John Furey as Turriff looked to be a bit more attacking in the second half to try and redress the balance.
It took just four minutes of the second half for that plan to go up in smoke as a Jamie Michie free kick into the box was palmed away by Hobday, Gauld tried to poke the ball home but again Hobday blocked but didn’t hold and at the third attempt, the ball was finally in the net at the feet of everyone’s favourite panto villain Eric WATSON.
It was five on fifty two minutes as a great run down the line by Ryan Stott saw his cross converted by Neil GAULD.
There was the customary sending off as on fifty five minutes Eric Watson picked up his second yellow card for a foul and as a consequence received his marching orders, the former Cove player also received a second red card for foul and abusive language towards a match official in his protests at the original decision.
To be honest though the lack of numbers made no difference and it wasn’t long before Locos had extended their lead as on sixty three minutes, Neil GAULD scored the goal of the game collecting the ball on the edge of the area he turned and curled a cracking effort over and round Fraser Hobday in the home goal.
Gauld went close with another effort as he collected the ball from a throw turned and fired a zinger towards the top of the goal which Hobday did well to tip over.
Substitute Kyle Gordon also went close as another Stott run and cross caused problems before being cleared to the number sixteen who let fly but the shot was well wide of the target thankfully.
Turriff United welcome Strathspey Thistle to The Haughs this coming weekend as they look to pick up their first win of the season followed by two away ties as they travel to Buckie Thistle on Aberdeenshire Cup duty on Wednesday the 21st and then to Keith as they return to Highland League action on the 24th. They round out the month with a home tie against Fraserburgh on the 31st.
FT Turriff United 1-6 Inverurie Locos