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Locos kids capped double invincibles

By Grant Milne

Locos have completed another season unbeaten. Picture: Paul Douglas
Locos have completed another season unbeaten. Picture: Paul Douglas

INVERURIE Locos’ U20s side are the undisputed best in Aberdeenshire yet again.

On Monday night, they retained their Shire League crown without as much as losing a game, following a 3-0 win over an experienced Formartine United at Harlaw Park.

It is now 22 whole months since Scott Buchan’s young charges tasted defeat in the competition as the former first team boss hailed the title push.

“It’s a great achievement for our young guys”, he said.

“To be undefeated across two league campaigns is no mean feat.

“Monday wasn’t a great game - the wind was causing havoc and the pitch wasn’t the best either.

“We’ve come up against a lot of experienced teams over the season, but we have a bit of experience in our side also.

“Against Formartine we went with a lot of the younger guys but they stood up to it really well and deserved the win.”

United boasted ex-Locos goalie Errol Watson, alongside player-boss Paul Lawson and Stuart Smith in their XI, with Morgan Cook forced into a good stop early doors.

But the champions-elect struck after 19 minutes through winger Fraser Bruce who slid the ball home with Watson injured in the build-up.

Sub keeper Mackie looked to have felled Greig Cowie with no penalty given, but Locos added their second right on half-time with Andrew Mitchell reacting quickest to apply a terrific lofted finish.

The Railwaymen were in the driving seat and had a number of pops at goal during the second half, however the champagne was eventually called for 12 minutes from time when sub Jack McKenzie broke into the box at some speed and rifled a low, angled drive well out of the keeper’s reach.

The ethos of giving the finest local talent every chance at Locos appears to have been demonstrated perfectly with this group of players.

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