Locos leave it late to level

Neil Gauld opens the scoring for the Locos, but his day ended with a red card.
Neil Gauld opens the scoring for the Locos, but his day ended with a red card.

INVERURIE Locos kept their unbeaten record after Neil Gauld’s dramatic late goal earned the Harlaw Park side a 2-2 draw against Clachnacuddin.

But the Locos striker’s joy was short lived as he saw red in injury time after an alleged mistimed challenge on home keeper John Campbell.

Locos players congratulate Neil Gauld on opening the scoring against Clachnacuddin

Locos players congratulate Neil Gauld on opening the scoring against Clachnacuddin

Gauld had earlier netted the opener two minutes from half time after David Ross’s effort was blocked.

However despite being well on top the visitors went behind seven minutes from time when Alistair MacLeod scored from a corner. Amazingly three minutes later sub Paul Brindle put his team ahead after a quick one-two.

But Gauld struch late to level the score netting his eighth of the season.

Clach: Campbell, Skinner, Finnis, Laing, Williamson, Macleod, Callum, Pollock, Morrison, Whyte, Woodhouse.

Subs: Morrison, Lawrie, Brindle, MacDonald, Grant

Inverurie Locos: Reid, McLean, Maitland, Begg, Adams, Anderson Ross, Souter, Gauld, Bavidge, Low.

Subs: Young, Mitchell, Forsyth, Park, Mathieson

Referee: A Milne

After the match Locos co boss Scott Buchan said, “We were two minutes away from going home with nothing, so it’s a good point in the end. To get ourselves into a position where we could have lost the game was just criminal

“We could have done better in the final third as we were in control of pretty much the whole game. But having created lots of chances, we just didn’t take them. In addition we won numerous corners, but the quality of delivery was not good enough.”

This Saturday Burntisland Shipyard are the visitors as the William Hill Scottish Cup First Round kicks off with a 3pm start at Harlaw Park.

• Continuing the early season positivity around the football club that has seen the collection of 16 SHFL points out of a possible 18 and reaching the Aberdeenshire Cup Final, Inverurie Loco Works are delighted to announce two important pieces of news.

Exciting young talent Ryan Keir has signed a two year professional contract and powerhouse utility player Mark Souter has signed an extended deal which ties the player to the Black and Reds to 2017.

• On Monday night a young Inverurie Locos side beat Hermes 2-1 in a Harlaw Park friendly. It was the night when Jamie Michie and Ryan Broadhurst made their long awaited returns from injury. Greig Mitchell also back in action after his injury in the Deveronvale game. He netted a cheeky second after Calvin Roddie opened the scoring. Hermes reduced the leeway shortly before half time.

• The latest Locos Fans Forum takes place on Tuesday, October 22, at 7pm in the Locos Social Club. There will be £2.50 pints with all welcome to stay back for Champions’ League game afterwards.