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Fraserburgh beat Locos in 16 goal thriller

Inverurie Loco Works 7

Gordon 8, McCabe 28, 78, 85, Still 30, 39, own goal 35

Fraserburgh 9

own goal 12, Gibb 32, 43, 45, 77, Duncan 50, Davidson 53, Walker 55, Combe 56
  • Sunday, 28 September 2014
  • Harlaw Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup

Chris Cromar | YFS North Region Journalist
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Only three words can describe this Scottish FA Youth Cup tie and that is ‘what a game’. In an extraordinary match at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park, Fraserburgh beat Inverurie Loco Works by nine goals to seven in one of the best matches that I will likely ever see. Despite the hosts leading 5-2 at one point in the first half, the visitors scored five second half goals to complete a thrilling victory.
Fraserburgh had the game’s first chance of the match as a corner swung in from the right by Marc Summers was headed towards goal by Grant Anderson which was punched away by Inverurie’s Tristan Ross in goal.
It was the hosts who took the lead in the eighth minute as Joe McCabe’s long range shot was saved by the goalkeeper and Kyle Gordon was right on cue to put the ball into the net to give Inverurie a one goal lead.
Fraserburgh equalised four minutes later as a ball in by Aidan Combe was unfortunately headed into the net by an Inverurie defender to give the Broch an equaliser. 
Both teams had good opportunities to take the lead with the sides back on level terms. Locos’ Paul Gee shooting wide from long range and Fraserburgh’s Hamish Burr shooting just over the crossbar from a free kick on the edge of the box.
But it was Inverurie who retook the lead as McCabe’s free kick from the left-centre just outside of the box found the top right hand corner to put the hosts 2-1 up with a superb strike that any professional would be proud of.
Two minutes later Inverurie went two goals up as a good pass from Kyle Gordon found Dean Still whose volley from the left hand side found the top corner of the net to put Inverurie into a commanding position with another wonderful strike for the hosts.
It was Fraserburgh who scored next to reduce the deficit to one as James Gibb’s low powerful shot from the centre of the box found the net to give Fraserburgh hope in this thrilling Scottish FA Youth Cup tie.
Inverurie restored their two goal lead though three minutes later as a good run from Ben Leslie saw him cross the ball which took a deflection off the opposing goalkeeper and the ball found its way into the back of the net for Locos’ fourth goal of the match.
Good pressure from Inverurie saw Fraserburgh’s Euan Paterson make a quick fire double save to deny Inverurie’s McCabe and Still, however a foul saw the hosts winning a penalty and another chance to increase their lead. Still’s penalty found the left hand top corner despite Paterson getting a touch to give the home side a three goal advantage as half time approached.
The Broch showed that they still had spirit and pulled one back two minutes before the interval as Gibb’s strong run from the left of the box created some space to hit a powerful shot which gave the goalkeeper no chance, but gave his team some hope.
In an incredible first half, Fraserburgh pulled another goal back seconds before the referee blew for half time as Steven Davidson’s free kick was saved by Inverurie’s Ross with the rebound slotted home by Gibb for his hat-trick and for his side’s fourth of an extraordinary first half.
  • Half Time:
  • Inverurie Loco Works
  • 5-4
  • Fraserburgh
Five minutes into the second half and Fraserburgh made it 5-5 as Reece Duncan’s half volley from the right hand side hit the crossbar and found its way in the net.
It was the Broch who took the lead for the first time in the match just three minutes after the equaliser as Davidson’s low free kick from a central position outside of the box found the back of the net for a 6-5 lead.
In an incredible match Fraserburgh scored another just two minutes later as Jordi Walker’s shot from outside the box on the left hand side went over the goalkeeper to find the net to score Fraserburgh’s seventh of the match. 
In sheer disbelief, Fraserburgh grabbed their eighth goal of the match to make it four goals in six minutes as Combe’s audacious chip went over the outrushing goalkeeper and the ball went perfectly into the net to make it Inverurie 5-8 Fraserburgh. 
Despite being three goals down Locos looked to get back into the match and had two chances in four minutes as McCabe’s free kick went over the crossbar and a Burr cross was saved by the Fraserburgh goalkeeper.
Despite Inverurie’s efforts it was Fraserburgh who went four goals ahead as Gibb’s fantastic run from the left hand side set himself up outside the box and his shot found the back of the net for his fourth and Fraserburgh’s ninth goal of the game.
Just when it seemed this game couldn't provide anymore action, Fraserburgh’s Adam Clark was sent off for a second yellow card to reduce the visitors down to 10 men with thirteen minutes left on the clock.
One minute later it was 6-9 as Gee’s free kick from the right hand side was headed home by McCabe to give the Locos hope against their ten men opponents despite being three goals down.
The Locos continued to pressure and Gee’s shot from outside the box deflected off a Fraserburgh player for a corner kick. From the resulting corner Inverurie pulled one back as McCabe’s header found the back of the net for his hat-trick and his side’s seventh of the match.
As the full time whistle went everybody looked stunned by what they had just witnessed as an incredible sixteen goals had been scored in a breathtaking ninety minutes of super football. Both teams can be happy with their efforts in a day where football was the real winner with an amazing amount of goals and good play from both sides.
  • Full Time:
  • Inverurie Loco Works
  • 7-9
  • Fraserburgh


Inverurie Loco Works

1. Tristan Ross
2. Cameron Laid
3. Ben Leslie
4. Paul Gee
5. Alexander Blair
6. Sam Pugh
7. Kyle Gordon
8. Daniel Crisp
9. Dean Still
10. Joe McCabe
11. Joe Burr
14. Andreas Mitchell
15. Rhys Simpson
16. Chris Hay
17.Daniel Littlejohn

1. Euan Paterson
2. Grant Anderson
3. Marc Summers
4. Adam Clark
5. Cameron Buchan
6. Aidan Combe
7. Reece Duncan
8. Hamish Burr
9. James Gibb
10. Steven Davidson
11. Jordi Walker
12. Sean Smith
14. Kane McCrory
15. Adam Cross
16. Bruce Mair
17. Bailey Simpson

Star Player
Inverurie Loco Works
Joe McCabe – the player scored a hat-trick including a stunning free kick and was always full of running and showed a lot of determination for his side.
Fraserburgh: James Gibb – scored an incredible four goals for his team and always look to create chances for his team mates through his hard work and determination.
Magic Moment
Inverurie Loco Works
Joe McCabe’s superb free kick that would not look out of place in any of the world’s top leagues.
Fraserburgh: Coming back from 5-2 down to win 9-7 is an incredible feat especially being away from home and having to play the last thirteen minutes with 10 men.
Club Views
Inverurie Loco Works
Inverurie Loco Works coach Martin Bavidge said “to get beat 9-7 was poor”, although he did say “there was some positives” as his side scored seven goals.
Fraserburgh coach Alex Mair was “delighted with the comeback” but also said that his team “only played for twenty minutes at the beginning of the second half”.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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