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Moray welfare football goes goal crazy as RAF Lossiemouth and Craigellachie trade ten first half strikes and FC Fochabers net eight against Portsoy


By Craig Christie

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Two Moray welfare league matches on Tuesday night produced a total of 20 goals - including 15 before half time.

Ryan Woods (right) scored four times for RAF Lossiemouth in a goal-fest at Craigellachie. Picture: Beth Taylor
Ryan Woods (right) scored four times for RAF Lossiemouth in a goal-fest at Craigellachie. Picture: Beth Taylor

Craigellachie and RAF Lossiemouth shared an incredible ten goals in the first half of an attack frenzy in Speyside.

Ben Carby’s early strike for the airmen was the only goal in the first 20 minutes, before the flodgates opened.

Aaron O’Hara drew the home side level before Carby’s second on 29 minutes restored the RAF lead.

A blitz of four goals in six minutes followed, with O’Hara making it 2-2 then completing his hat-trick with a third equaliser after Ryan Woods had restored Lossie’s advantage.

Colin Coutts then followed up O’Hara’s treble with a 40-yard strike to put Craig ahead for the first time on 398 minutes.

The game entered its 45th minute without any further scoring, but three more strikes in quick succession maintained the all-out attack from both sides.

Woods’ second of the game made it 4-4 and Lossie team-mate Carby completed the game’s second first half hat-trick in stoppage time, only for Jordan Gray to go right up the park and make it 5-5.

The flood of goals couldn’t continue in the second period and for more than half an hour there was no further scoring, with the airmen striking the woodwork midway through the half.

The second half deadlock was finally broken on 83 minutes when Woods became the game’s third treble scorer to edge RAF Lossie ahead for the fourth time in the match.

Any hopes of a Craigellachie comeback in a sensational match were flattened by the award of a Lossie penalty in time added on, and Woods swept home his fourth goal of the match to give his team a fifth straight win by a 7-5 scoreline.

In contrast, the eight goals netted at Fochabers were all scored by one team, with Portsoy on the receiving end.

Just two days after a cup match, ‘Soy started well against the league champions who survived a sluggish opening spell to take control of the contest.

Once Andrew Walker waltzed through from the halfway line and rounded the keeper to score a solo effort on 15 minutes, there was only one team going to win the day.

Walker then set up Fochabers’ second with a through pass for Lee Alexander, who added number three from Lewis Grant’s cross.

Liam Watt broke down the left and cut in to round the keeper and net from a tight angle, making it 4-0.

There was time for one more strike in the first half, Gary Burchell taking the ball down in the box and firing it home.

With the points wrapped up, Fochabers could relax after the break but still went searching for more goals and John Gerrard seized on a loose ball in the box to make it 6-0 on 55 minutes.

Alexander burst through to complete his hat-trick and the final say came from Gerrard with a great strike into the top corner from the edge of the box, ten minutes from time.


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