INVERURIE Locos won on the road for the first time this season, coming through a tricky Scottish Cup tie with flying colours against a Whitehill Welfare who finished third in the East of Scotland Premier Division last season.
Andy BAGSHAW struck home his first goal for the club on 29 minutes, to put Inverurie in the lead.
Locos were well in command on the stroke of half-time, after they were awarded a penalty, which defender Ryan BROADHURST stepped up and calmly converted.
Just three minutes into the second-half Aaron Summerville narrowed Locos’ lead. However, Steven PARK restored Locos’ command on the tie.
The end to end nature of the game continued when Steven Manson finished well for Whitehill on the hour mark. However, substitute Stuart MCKAY came off the bench to notch a goal which restored Locos’ two-goal cushion with sixteen minutes remaining, to make sure of the Garioch side’s progress.
Whitehill Welfare: Walker, McGlashan, Forbes, Bruce, Kidd, Robertson, Manson, Kidd, Somerville, McIntosh, Hall
Subs: McCulloch, Cairney, Dolan, Hall, Lawson
Inverurie Locos: Gray, Young, Graham (Adams 65), Bain, Park, Broadhurst, Gordon, Begg, Strachan (McKay 70), Bagshaw (Gauld 70), Maitland
Subs: Michie, Adams
Locos co-boss Scott Buchan was delighted with the win saying, “Whitehill turned out to be a good team but we played really well against them and we felt it could have been more.
“I am particularly delighted for Andy Bagshaw who got the first goal. He has worked really hard since coming to the club, he has a great attitude and the goal was a fantastic reward for him.
“There are four quality strikers all doing well at the moment, it bodes really well because we have maybe not had quite the same competitive quality overall in that area. It makes a difference and helps steady the ship.
“There was a real stramash for the third goal, attributed to Steven Park, that was a crucial goal in the game for us. 2-0 up appeared comfortable at the break but we knew there was a slope and when they came at us, they got a lift from getting the goal back
“For five to ten minutes, we did feel a bit under pressure, but we were always confident we’d score again, there certainly was more goals in us.”
And on Monday afternoon the Locos were rewarded with a home tie against the winners of the replayed match between Huntly and Wigtown and Bladnoch, the Strathbogie side coming from two down to earn another bite at the cherry. The Second Round tie will be played on Saturday, September 29, at Harlaw Park, 3pm kick off.
League Champions Forres Mechanics got the plum tie, coming out at home to Rangers. Thirteen of the eighteen SHFL teams plus Golspie Sutherland are in the draw
Cove Rangers v Golspie Sutherland; Fraserburgh v East Stirlingshire; Forres Mechanics v Rangers; Clachnacuddin v Formartine United; Inverurie Loco Works v Huntly or Wigtown; Deveronvale v Peterhead; Elgin City v St Cuthbert Wanderers; Dalbeattie Star v Stirling Albion; Queens Park v Irvine Meadow; Buckie Thistle or Rothes v Annan Athletic; Stirling University v Bonnyrigg Rose; Clyde v Nairn County; Civil Service Stollers v Turriff United; Berwick Rangers v Wick Academy; Selkirk v Vale of Leithen; Montrose v Shotts Bon Accord / Edinburgh City.
This Saturday Locos are on the road again, away to a Strathspey Thistle side which only lost by two goals at home to Cove Rangers on Saturday and beat Turriff on the road previously. Kick off in Grantown is at 3pm.