Turriff United 2-0 Clachnacuddin
Scottish Fitba Base at the Haughs
A rainbow shone brightly above the Haughs and Turriff United got the pot of gold they deserved which was a victory over 9 men Clachnacuddin.
Forget about the Scottish Premier League. This match was value for money for the spectators with them only being charged between three to six pounds.
It was a cracking game.Lithuanian defender Artjoms Kuznecovs impressed me a lot with a powerful header which was just saved and as he was so conformable with the ball.
You would have thought he had been at Turriff for a long time. If I had chosen the Man of the Match it would have been him.Both sides were passing around the ball well. I came close in witnessing a contender for goal of the season when Michael Finnis struck a rocket shot which keeper Greg Sim managed to tip just over.
At the other end, Nicholas Gray whipped the ball into the box with Aaron Mckenna’s shot netbound but Andrew Skinner did a Luis Suarez by clearing the ball away with his hand. The referee sent him off with the player walking to the dressing room early with a sad and disappointed face that he had let his side down. Andrew Macaskill fired the resulting spot kick low but keeper Ally Ridgers was the Saviour as he saved it. The rest of the half was dominated by Clach who had the best chances.
At the break you saw why Highland league football is so family friendly as striker Gary McGowan and a young boy started passing the ball around on the pitch.This was a kind gesture from him.
The visitors put the home side under intense pressure and Kuznecovs was the hero as he headed the ball over the bar before Clach could pull trigger.Gary Harris ,Gary McGowan and Craig MacAskill came on to give United more attacking players.
This proved to be a catalyst as in the 68th minute, McGowan and MacAskill combined brilliantly cutting open the opposition’s defence with ball going across goal. It came to Gary Harris who chipped the ball to the back post where Gray was patently waiting and he tapped the ball home to break the deadlock.He was Turriff’s angel as his goal made up for their first half penalty miss.
Soon after Lewis Davidson’s set piece found Kuznecovs who jumped the highest to head the ball but Ridgers held it. This would have been the perfect reward for the standout player. Beagrie almost double their lead as his powerful effort flew wide.
At the death, Gray sprinted forward into the box and Jamie Doran brought him down. Doran was awarded a red card. Harris stepped up to strike the penalty into the corner of the net to secure the win.This is why you should watch Highland Football. As its very good quality and entertaining. The match was warm up both sides as they compete in the Scottish Cup next week.
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