THE week before, it had been a historic Inverurie Locos comeback to dump Huntly out of the William Hill Scottish Cup. This time the tables were turned as Huntly made a remarkable comeback from four goals down to record an impressive 4-4 draw with their visitors. It was only the second draw between the sides and a game that lived up to the seven goal thriller seven days earlier
Locos were without John Maitland, Simon Scott, Andy Bagshaw and Jack Strachan who were all side-lined by injury. Huntly were still without suspended defender Michael Clark while Andrzej-Slawomir Kleczkowski (wedding), Myles Brownhill (holiday) joining the injured duo of Alexander Thoirs and Barry Somers on the list of absentees.
Huntly threatened first when Lukasz Stasiak headed over from a David Booth cross from the left flank while the woodwork denied the big Polish striker on the quarter hour mark as he met a Neale Davidson free kick.
Locos opened the scoring with a contested goal on twenty minutes. Sam McKenzie was alleged to have been fouled by Marc YOUNG as the full-back turned back to winger was allowed to run on before slotting past Neil Hastie.
Six minutes later Andy Reid did well to gather a Stasiak header and he quickly launched a ball upfield. Andy Low laid off for Stuart MCKAY to beat Neil Hastie at his near post.
From that point it looked like one way traffic with a third goal coming after the half-hour mark. Some slack defending saw Mark Gray’s attempted clearance go into the path of Neil GAULD who pounced to net.
Two minutes later, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Stuart McKay slid in with the studs up on goalkeeper Neil Hastie and he received a straight red with the referee seeing it as serious foul play.
Four minutes from the break, a Lukasz Stasiak flick to the back post saw David Booth fail to connect before the ball broke to Neale Davidson and the Huntly winger was given a caution for simulation inside the penalty area. Booth had picked up an injury to his collar bone in the build-up and was stretchered off before being replaced by Jason Coyle.
With only four minutes of the second half played it looked to be further misery for the home side when Marc Young got the better of Adam Naismith out wide before crossing in for Neil GAULD to finish from close range.
Huntly made a double change on 58 minutes with Paul McCarthy and Daniel Stewart replacing Mark Gray and Craig Dorrat and the tactical change to 3-4-3 changed the momentum of the game in the same way Locos had turned it in the last game. Huntly netted four times over a fourteen minute spell.
On 62 minutes Grant Campbell fed Lukasz Stasiak and his lay-off to Jason COYLE saw the substitute round Andy Reid before firing into the net for his first league goal for the club. A minute later and the hosts added a second when Michael FYFE netted with a cheeky chipped shot into the top corner
Ten minutes later, Sam McKenzie made a good tackle on Marc Young before picking out Jason COYLE with a long ball and he lifted a shot beyond Reid for his second of the game.
With fourteen minutes remaining, Neale Davidson’s free kick was flicked on by Lukasz Stasiak and the unfortunate Locos captain Steven PARK headed into his own net to put Huntly level.
Just minutes later Jason Coyle had the ball in the net but he was denied a hat-trick after an offside flag. As the minutes ran down on the clock Neil Hastie made a great save to keep out Clark Bain’s powerful drive. The result means that Locos are sitting in ninth spot.
Huntly: Hastie, Campbell, Davidson, M Gray (D Stewart 58), McKenzie, Naismith, Guild, Booth (Coyle 43), Dorrat (McCarthy 58), Stasiak and Fyfe.
Unused subs: Skinner and Barney (GK)
Inverurie Loco Works: Reid, Adams, McLean, Bain, Park, Broadhurst, Young, Michie (G Stewart 66), Gauld (Gordon 84), McKay and Low (Ross 66).
Unused subs: Souter and S Gray (GK).
After the match Locos co-boss Scott Buchan said, “It must be classed as a great advert for Highland League football 15 goals in just 2 games between the sides. 4-0 up by clinical finishing from our forwards and Marc Young.
“But as a manager you pull your hair out, we got it last week against Huntly, this time it’s gone for them, I thought it had gone 5-4 for them then we had some chances to win.
“Two teams going for it, but we can’t defend as we’ve been defending. These last couple of midweek training sessions have been focussed on not giving it away. We have to keep working at it
“After that I cannot wait for the next game,but there are no easy games, Fort William won’t be coming to roll over. There are plenty positives but I don’t think Stuart McKay needed to go for the challenge and we’re likely to miss him for two games”
The Locos next match is against Fort William, at Harlaw Park, on Saturday, October 13, at 3 pm