Inverurie Locos clinched fourth place in the SHFL table as three second half goals allowed them to bring down the curtain on the 2011-2012 season with an away win that ensured they were more productive on the road than at Harlaw Park over the course of the campaign.
The first half only contained two chances which were a Marc Young
shot from 18 yards which flew over the bar of Hornes goal and a hammering shot from Jack Strachan but unfortunately for him it was straight into the body of Horne who dealt with it well.
The tempo improved after the turnaround and there was an early indication of this when Kenny Coull
heads it onto the head of Neil Gauld
who smashes a low pacy shot towards goal but once again it zipped straight into the chest of Ricky Horne.
A break was on from the right inside channel for Inverurie but Jack Strachan fails to convert as Ricky Horne makes another crucial save after having so little to do in such a long period of time.
Locos grabbed the breakthrough from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after Michael Fletcher was adjudged to have held back his opponent. Ryan Broadhurst
stepped up to slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner, sending the keeper the wrong way.
It seemed to be all Inverurie at this point and just the odd counter attack from the home side. Rothes had to clear the ball off the line in the 55th minute good reactions from Stephen Robertson.
The 66th minute saw Kevin Shortreed head home with a spectacular effort of a header but unfortunately in the wrong end for him, this put the visitors 2 up and they were cruising at this stage.
Throughout the game we had noticed that Andrew Reid's kicking was causing problems for the Rothes defense and this was the cause of Inverurie's last goal. Jack Strachan chested it down at the edge of the box and despite initially getting the ball caught under his feet he coolly turned and slotted the ball past the keeper and the covering defender to clinch the three points.
Full Time: Rothes FC 0-3 Inverurie Loco's FC
Reporter: Craig Brian
Report first appeared on www.ngrfoundation.co.uk