Bain strike seals victory

INVERURIE Locos, who had lost to Keith in the Aberdeenshire Cup only four days before, gained sweet revenge and a clever three League points to head back to joint top in the table.

An early goal by Clark Bain gave the away team the victory that they craved.

An early chance was created by Keith in the third minute. A lovely switch by Dean Donaldson from the left found Sean Keith who collected the ball on the right wing and took it in towards goal. He had Cammy Keith to his left but decided to go on his own. Andy Reid came out to make the target smaller and got as hand to it and put it out for a corner which came to nothing.

In the 6th minute Locos took the lead. A bad pass by Donaldson was picked up by Clark Bain. He passed it to Kenny Coull who played it back to Bain, and his shot beat Murray Kinnaird, flying into the bottom corner.

A free kick was played into the box in the 23rd minute, which was cleared by Marc Young but collected a few yards out of the box by Sean Keith. He fed it through to Dean Donaldson whose shot Andy Reid saved it well.

A pass from the left by Craig McGovern was taken down by Jamie Lenox, who fed it through to Cammy Keith and continued his run to get the return before firing in a shot that was saved by Andy Reid’s fingertips.

The Locos kept things tight in the second half with chances at a premium. In the 78th minute a shot by Dean Donaldson from four yards out of the box was saved by Reid as it became increasingly obvious this wasn’t going to be Keith’s day.

In the last minute of stoppage time a ball was played to that man Donaldson once again who gathered the ball up but he couldn’t find a way to goal as he tried to force it into the net.

Keith: Kinnaird; Watt; Lonie; McAskill; Macnamee; Nicol; S Keith (Anderson 72); Lennox; C Keith; Donaldson; McGovern.

Subs: McAllister; Niddrie; Robertson; Shearer.

Inverurie Locos: Reid; Thomson; Graham; Bain; Broadhurst; Scott; Young; Begg ( Wilson 82); Gauld ( Gordon 56); Coull; Maitland (Crosby 82).

Subs: Strachan; Michie.

Referee: Jim Lyon

Attendance: 300

After the match Locos co-boss Scott Buchan said, “Three points and a good win, we played well in the second half but not the first. We chatted about it at half time. Once again we defended well against the threat of Cammy Keith, he did not cause us too much trouble. Andy Reid was fantastic, Ryan Broadhurst and Simon Scott likewise but it is not just about Cammy. Dean Donaldson and others in the Keith team have to be watched

“Clarky Bain’s goal was the only piece of play of note for us in the first half, a 1-2 with John Maitland, tight angle, good finish. Otherwise in that half we were a bit slack but proved again we are a good side.

“A clean sheet is pleasing, Keith will win a lot of games at home this season. As for ourselves, there was no revenge mission after Tuesday’s loss. We just wanted to prove a point we can do well against a team that finished third last season. We hope to step forward from this and build on it.”

Locos are involved in one of the top matches of the day this Saturday, (August 26) when they entertain Forres Mechanics at Harlaw Park. The Can Cans came from behind to beat Turriff United 4-2 and now just sit in behind that leading pack which includes Locos.

Vigurs On Transfer List

Inverurie Locos have placed midfielder Patrick Vigurs on the transfer list. The 24 year old brother of Ross County midfielder Ian Vigurs joined the club from Formartine United at the start of last season having been a colleague of co-manager Kenny Coull at the Pitmedden club.

Although Vigurs has featured this season, the summer signing of Scott Begg from Brora Rangers and the impending regular returns of Tommy Wilson and Neil McLean from injury and honeymoon respectively has increased the midfield slot competition.

Co-manager Coull said, “Patrick is a player who needs regular first team football and we cannot guarantee him that now so we have placed him on the list to invite offers. We wish him well and thank him for his efforts.”