Lossiemouth 4-1 Strathspey Thistle
Lights camera action at Grant Park with the Press and Journal camera coming to town to film the only Highland League match that survived the weather which was packed with goals and drama. In front of a decent crowd Lossiemouth won 4-1 over Strathspey Thistle to get 2016 off in the big way possible.
Goals from Kevin Duguid, Shawn Scott, Ross Archibald and sub Ross Campbell wrapped up the victory for the Coasters.Despite Josh Race grabbing a goal for the visitors and a positive performance from Brian Grant’s side this couldn’t stop the home side from getting all three points.
The first real chance fell for Biscuits when he went clean through on goal for the hosts but his shot lacked power with goalie Michael Mcallum saving it easily. Strathspey began to threatened Lossie in dangerous positions with Ryan Farquhar having to be alert to slide in to block Gary Kerr from pulling the trigger.
Then Jordan Wardrop rose highest in the box to header the ball goal wards with Darren McConnachie catching the shot quite easily. Not long after, Josh Race was handed a glorious chance on a plate to hand the visitors the lead as the ball landed perfectly for him from close range but he blazed his effort well over the crossbar with composure deserting him.
At the other end some magical vision by Kevin Duguid sent Biscuits into the penalty area however his powerful shot was saved by Mcallum. Soon after Brian Grant’s side counter attacked with Andrew Mackay playing a long ball to unmarked Race on the left flank who cut inside to whip a cross into the box but the keeper jump up to gather the ball with no pressure on him.
In the 26th minute, Archibald darted down the field and into the six yard box however his first touch let himself down as it was too powerful which resulted in the keeper gathering up the ball.
In the 36th minute Lossie broke the deadlock when Biscuits struck a shot which was blocked by the goalie and defender Wardrop tried to clear the danger with a header. However it landed at the feet of Biscuits who turned and fired the rebound into the net with the keeper having no chance. Mcallum showed his frustration when he kicked the ball out of the ground.
Just before the break, Josh Peters sprinted down the left-wing and crossed the ball into the box but there were to takers.
Two minutes after the interval the Coasters doubled their lead as Kevin Duguid grabbed a great solo goal when he fired a shot from the edge of the box with Mcallum helpless to give Lossie some room to breath.
Manager Brian Grant introduced a substitute with Adam Macleod coming on to replace Kerr to give Strathspey some firepower. Macleod almost made an instant impact with his powerful shot being just blocked.
Meanwhile Charlie Charlesworth made a double substitute with Martin McMullan and seventeen year old Ross Campbell coming on to replace Scott Miller and Duguid. A few minutes later the Grantown on Spey side got a goal back with Race making up for his first half miss as he slotted home inside a crowded area after a corner.
The host extended their lead on 77 minutes; Ross Archibald sprinted down the pitch and curled the ball sweetly into the top corner of the net from outside the box. All three points were wrapped up with 11 minutes remaining; Farquhar passed the ball to seventeen year old Campbell who tapped the ball into net to get his first ever Highland League goal.
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