Buckie United maintain 100 per cent start to Moray welfare football season at Cullen while Lossie Youths and RAF Lossiemouth hit goal trail
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CULLEN made Buckie United work hard for their fifth straight win in the Moray welfare season.
There was a frantic start to the game, with the visitors starting brightly to catch out a slow starting Cullen side.
United made it count with an early goal, Joe Sutherland’s header deflecting past the goalkeeper after from a quick corner kick.
Cullen took a bit of time to settle, with the game closely contested. Cullen ended the first half well, and made their pressure count by scoring an equaliser on the stroke of half time.
Calum McGregor’s corner finding Iain Mair at the back post to nod in.
Buckie United responded early in the second half, with Paul Mellon putting them 2-1 ahead with a neat finish.
A third came by the way of Sutherland, and excellent strike from the edge of the box.
Cullen never looked out of the game though, and pulled a goal back through Macauly Flaws, his effort slipping through the hands of the United goalkeeper.
There was little time left for Cullen to get something from the game though, as Buckie held out for the win.
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Hopeman and FC Fochabers competed really well in a top of the table tussle.
Chris Cooper went close on three minutes for Hopeman with a long range effort going just over the cross bar.
A minute later John Leggat went very close for the visitors with a free-kick from 25 yards which had Glen Fraser scrambling and did well to save low in the corner.
On 12 minutes, Hopeman took the lead after Gary Burr latched on to a ball from Jonny Roe and Burr’s excellent overhead shot from eight yards out went low into the corner of the net, giving Kieran Burchell no chance.
A minute later and Fochabers went really close after Sean Petrie hit a ferocious effort from 25 yards out and Fraser did well to parry it clear and then pounced onto the loose ball to gather safely.
On 20 minutes, Hopeman nearly doubled their lead after excellent pressure from Roe, saw Fochabers make a mistake at the back and Lee Spencer fired just over the target from 16 yards out.
Petrie fired just over at the other end while Hopeman's Scott Wilson had a good mazy run wide on the left and cut in but just ran out of room before the keeper mopped up to clear the danger.
Two minutes after the break Chris Cooper had a brilliant free-kick from 30 yards which was heading into the top corner but an excellent save from Fochabers keeper Burchell kept it out.
On 56 minutes, a brilliant interception from Connor Taylor-Fraser saw him then cross for Roe to score and make it 2-0.
Wilson had another good shot saved well by Burchell, as did Fraser-Taylor, while Fraser kept out a late Warren Orford effort as Hopeman held on comfortably for the points.
Lossie Youths hit scoring form against Tomintoul, taking the lead when Aidan McKay supplied a composed finish.
Branford Edgar then netted a fine solo effort, before his cutback was finished into the net by Fraser O’Neil to make it 3-0 to Lossie at the break.
Lewis Mullen made it 4-0 with a superb strike beating the keeper from 30 yards.
Tomintoul got a goal back after a loose ball out of the Lossie Youth defense was punished, Darren Irvine scoring the goal of the game beating the keeper from just inside his own half.
Soon it was 5-1, Lewis McAndrew with a free header at the back post from a corner.
McKay got his second with a strike from 20 yards crashing in off the bar, then sub Kyle Stewart latched on to a through ball and slid it passed the keeper to score with his first touch of the ball.
As the game drew to a close Lossie Youths were able to add two more. Edgar added to his tally cutting inside from the wing and curling the ball into the far corner, then Callum Carr scored with a close range effort to finish the game at 9-1.
Josh Kirby was the man that mattered for RAF Lossiemouth in their 5-0 win over Elgin Golden Oldies.
The service side's keeper Toby Blunstone played a long ball forward which was flicked on wonderfully by Kirby to Alex Poulter who calmly slotted the ball into the corner.
RAF lossie saw a lot of possession and were given a penalty for a foul on Kirby which was put away by Kyle Turner.
Kirby then decided to jump on the scoresheet after picking the ball up in the edge of the area and finishing well into the bottom corner with his left foot.
A slow start to the second half was improved when Kirby hit a lovely right footed side volley past the Elgin substitute keeper.
The game was sealed after a perfect cross on the right from Charly Moss and was met by the head of Kirby, completing his perfect hat trick.