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Deveronvale 0-4 Inverurie Locos
Scorers: Leyden 53, Charlesworth 56, 65, Hunter 68
Four goals in the space of a devastating fifteen minute spell saw Inverurie Locos comfortably through to face Huntly in the semi-finals of the Morrison Motors Aberdeenshire Shield.
Jordan Leyden opened the scoring eight minutes after the restart and sponsors man of the match Colin Charlesworth double the lead with a tap-in three minutes later. Charlesworth made the tie safe before Andrew Hunter completed the rout after a mix-up between Liam Forbes and James Blanchard in the shaken home defence.
Stevie Fraser and Paul Sutherland had returned to the Vale line-up for this midweek cup tie, Fraser captaining the side against an Inverurie side who had a very good victory at Keith in their previous match and strongly fancied their chances of progressing against an inexperienced and once again weakened homeside who were down to the bare-bones squad wise
Jordan Leyden tested James Blanchard with a 25-harder after a dashing run down the right and cut infield but the Vale keeper was equal to the well-struck shot.
Locos kept up the momentum and Andrew Hunter wasn't far away with a curling free-kick which arced towards the top-corner after a clumsy challenge from Steven Davidson 22-yards from goal.
A neat turn in the Locos box by Nathan Ross saw the number ten win a corner from his blocked effort but the set-piece never came to anything although on Vale's next attack they almost stole into the lead.
Grant Noble's precise pass split the visitor's defence to find the run of Dane Ballard but Locos keeper Scott Mathieson did really well to get something on the number nine's low shot allowing Ross Anderson to nip back and clear the ball before it could cross the line.
On the half-hour mark James Blanchard denied Andrew Hunter with a fisted stop low to his right and on the next effort on goal from the Locos hit-man the defensive wall did just enough to deflect the player's set-piece for a fruitless corner kick. HT
A huge moment in the tie came four minutes after the interval when Zander Jack was forced off due to a groin strain and was immediately replaced by Liam Archibald with Steven Davidson filling in at left-back.
Locos took the lead within minutes of the change as Jordan Leyden ran onto Andrew Hunter's pass and easily slotted beyond the exposed James Blanchard as Vale's defence simply capitulated.
And within three minutes the Locos lead was doubled, a run to the right bye-line by Martin Laing was cut back into the path of Colin Charlesworth and the former Vale winger easily netted the second from 8-yards.
Colin Charlesworth scored a second and Locos third to kill the match as a contest when he ran in behind marker Steven Davidson and poked the ball beyond Blanchy off Andrew Hunter's precisely timed pass.
The goals kept coming for the visitors and it was hesitation between Liam Forbes and James Blanchard which allowed an easy finish for Andrew Hunter who simply followed the ball as it bounced towards between the two Vale players leaving a gaping unguarded net for the number nine to smash the ball into.
Jody Munro replaced Nathan Ross with ten minutes remaining and managed Vale's only strike on target during a very disappointing second period, a hooked effort off Grant Noble's lay-off which Scott Mathieson saved comfortably before Dane Ballard beat the Locos keeper as he smacked a volley off the face of the cross bar but to sum up the Banff side's night the ball fell to safety.
Vale: Blanchard, Dunbar, Jack (Archibald 49), *31 Manson (*89 Rae 67) Fraser (cpt), Forbes, Sutherland, Noble, Ballard, Ross (Munro 79) *9 Davidson
Subs: Brodie, Buxton, Mackie (gk)
Locos: Mathieson, Rennie, Willox, Souter (McLean 72), Anderson, Broadhurst, Leyden (Selfridge 76), Laing, Hunter (Bavidge 76), McCabe, Charlesworth
Subs: Mackie, Crisp, Forsyth, Booth
Manager: Scott Buchan
Referee: David Watt
Efforts On: 2
Efforts Off: 3
Overhead Conditions: Calm
Playing Surface: OK
Temp at KO: 10 deg C
Last Season: Lost 2-0 to Formartine
|Reporter: Neil Montgomery|
|Reported LastEdited: 26-Oct-2016|