It was an afternoon of drama as Inverurie Locos made their entry into this season’s William Hill Scottish Cup at the first round stage at Keith on Saturday.
Four penalty kicks and an ordering off for each side ended in a 5-1 victory for Locos with the home side unable to match the strength of their opponents in all areas of the park.
Scott Buchan and Kenny Coull are certainly now seeing a big improvement in player availability after recovery from injuries, Martin Bavidge, Scott Begg and Kieran Adams all taking up places on the bench tempered slightly by Ryan Broadhurst’s absence
However, new signing Stephen Jeffrey, after a debut at right back, took up a role alongside Ross Anderson in central defence.
The Maroons were also without some key players and were up against it after only 13 minutes when key defender Stewart Hutcheon was shown a straight red card for upending young Joe McCabe inside the box.
Although ex-Locos keeper Daniel Bell saved Andy Hunter’s spot kick, the former Banks o’ Dee forward followed up to net the rebound.
Hunter made it 2-0 forcing the ball over the line before David Ross made it three from the spot as Keith’s hopes crumbled.
Seven minutes after the restart Ross sidefooted home from close range before Mark Souter was next to see red after a foul in the box, Craig Cormack converting the penalty.
Sub Ryan Keir was the next player to be brought down inside the box, Stuart Massie the guilty party, but sub Bavidge was denied a goal as Bell made a fine save.
In injury time Colin Charlesworth ran through unchallenged to make it 5-1.
Locos co-boss Kenny Coull said: “We were delighted with the performance and are delighted to be in the next round.
“The job was done in the first half. We were quite clinical and in control.”
Keith: Bell, Milne, Smith (Scully 57), Hutcheon, Mitchell, Ritchie, Cormack, Massie, Michael Ewen, Duncan (Henderson 81), Stewart (Whelan 73) Substitutes: Johnston, Dey.
Inverurie Locos: Mathieson, Mitchell, Maitland, Souter, Anderson (Laing 45), Jeffrey, Ross (Bavidge 73), McLean, Hunter (Keir 75), McCabe, Charlesworth Substitutes: Begg, Adams, McCaffrey.
Referee: T Shaw.
This Saturday Locos entertain a Lossiemouth side who were poor at home to Forres Mechanics and crashed out of the national competition. Colin Charlesworth will have no sympathy for his father Charlie the Lossie boss. With all the forwards in good scoring form, it should be another fine home win. Kick-off is 3pm.