BANFFERS DOING THE HUCKLEBUCK IN A COAST TO COAST STYLE
Lossiemouth 0-2 Deveronvale
Scorers: Sutherland 15, Blackhall 43
Deveronvale picked this deserved and morale-boosting victory at Lossiemouth with a workman like performance which saw them keep a clean sheet for the first time this season and net twice in the opening forty-five minutes.
Paul Sutherland finished off a precise passing move with a clinical finish while Chris Blackhall, who was adopted as a central defender in the second period, netted the crucial second two minutes before the break.
The win moves the Banff club onto nine points and provides Steve Dolan and his coaching staff with something to build on after a disappointing run of five defeats on the run.
Manager Dolan made one change to the side who lost to Turriff in midweek, Paul Sutherland came in for Craig Cowie with the flexible Chris Blackhall deployed in midfield in Cowie's absence for the opening part of the encounter.
Ex-Vale striker Martin Charlesworth kicked things off but it took a good ten-twelve minutes for the game to settle down as the players got used to the fiery surface and as the sides licked their wounds following midweek defeats.
Although Lossie started the brighter Gary Harris fired an effort a yard or so wide with Vale's first attempt on goal while on their next attack they grabbed the lead. Paul SUTHERLAND finishing off a patient move with a crisp finish under Darren McConnachie as he timed his run to perfection to latch onto Gary Harris' threaded ball in behind.
A passing shower saw the homeside just about prevent their visitors going two up, a training ground free-kick saw Steven Davidson's centre headed goalwards by Chris Blackhall only for it to crash off one of the Lossie defenders and bounce narrowly wide with keeper Darren McConnachie firmly rooted to the spot.
With ten minutes of the half remaining Scott Miller came very close to the equaliser and it wasn't a surprise it came from a set-piece with Miller meeting a corner from the right unmarked but just failing to find the top corner while at the opposite end Steven Davidson miss-kicked 12-yards out after Scott Begg Meade teed the striker up with a clever set-piece to feet.
Seven minutes later the Vale increased their advantage though, Gary Harris had Mini McConnachie at full stretch as the keeper turned the Vale captain's rasping strike over the top and as the resultant corner came into the six-yard box Chris BLACKHALL netted at the back post after McConnachie palmed Scott Begg's flag-kick straight into the path of scorer Beano.
With Lukas Krobot off the pitch injured and the game deep inside time added on Steven Fraser did well to block Martin Charlesworth's 10-yard strike as the visitors tried to take advantage their one man advantage. HT
It wasn't a surprise that Lukas Krobot was forced out of the action at the interval which meant a change for Steve Dolan, Chris Blackhall went back one into central defence with Craig Cowie replacing the injured Krobot.
Lossie came out all guns blazing at the start of the half and had Vale's reshuffled defence rocking with substitute Craig Cowie forced into a goal-line clearance off Scott Miller's deflected strike.
Vale to their credit responded well and only a last ditch challenge from Kevin Flett prevented Lewis Dunbar a clear scoring opportunity while Martin Charlesworth wasn't far away as he craned his neck in attempt to get a header in on goal.
The visitors lost Gary Harris to injury on the hour mark with Nathan Ross coming on for the skipper while Charlie Charlesworth sent on two additional forward players as the Coasters went for broke.
Steven Fraser was twice denied his second Vale goal in a matter of minutes with two headers cleared off the line following corner kicks from Scott Begg and as the game started to open up Steven Davidson's first touch let him down after Paul Sutherland attempted to release him in on goal.
Paul Sutherland found Sponsors man of the match Darren McConnachie in fine form as he saved the earlier's dipping effort and at the other end a set-piece in a dangerous position saw Kevin Flett's fiercely struck drive cannon off the Vale defensive wall to safety.
The Coasters kept battling as long as they had a sniff of a chance to get something out of the game but to be fair to Steve Dolan's side they gave as good as they got and no one inside Grant Park could deny them the three points.
Vale: Blanchard, *44 Dunbar, Aitken, Begg, Krobot (Cowie 46), Steven Fraser, Blackhall, Souter, Davidson, Harris (Ross 59), *87 Sutherland (Keith 90)
Subs: Duguid, Manson, Patterson (gk)
Lossie: McConnachie, Smith, Flett (cpt), Ross, *70 McMullan, Bellingham (*87 Rodrigues 59), Gordon, Farquhar, Charlesworth (Stewart 74), Miller (Scott 65), Archibald
Subs: Bell, Hamilton, Wilson, A Ross
Manager: Charlie Charlesworth
Referee: L Duncan
Efforts On: 7
Efforts Off: 5
Overhead Conditions: Sunny & Calm
Playing Surface: Very Dry
Temp at KO: 19 Deg C
Last Season: 1-0
|Reporter: Neil Montgomery|
|Reported LastEdited: 3-Sep-2016|