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Inverurie Locos 2 Peterhead 1

Sun 15 Jul 2012

Peterhead lost out by the odd goal in three to Highland League side Inverurie Locos, as Jim McInally's reshaped squad were given their first public outing at Harlaw Park.

Former Blue Toon man Stuart McKay scored one and set up the other, either side of a spectacular Graeme Sharp goal, as Locos ran out deserved winners.

The home side enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, and rattled the crossbar twice in the opening half-hour.

Ross had the woodwork shaking after 11 minutes, as he got on the end of a McKay cross to loop a header beyond on-loan Dundee United goalkeeper Marc McCallum and off the bar. The rebound fell to Bagshaw, but he could not hit the target.

And McCallum was beaten all ends up as defender Kieran Adams sent a wickedly curling shot towards goal after 26 minutes, only for his effort to also crash back off the frame of the goal.

Peterhead began to work their way into the game, though, and recent signing Stephen Maguire looked lively in the area.

On the half-hour, he worked space for an effort, but pulled his shot wide of the goal. A few minutes later, he had another go, this time firing narrowly wide of the top-left corner.

Another summer signing, Scott McLaughlin, looked to have opened the scoring when his effort from range dipped over Locos goalkeeper Stewart Gray, but the goalkeeper threw himself backwards to push the effort round the post.

The last action of the first half saw Maguire head down a Graeme Sharp cross, before turning, only to see Adams turn his shot away for a corner.

Peterhead made four changes at half-time with Martin Bavidge and trialist Robbie Winters up front, and Bryan Deasley and Darren Kelly also joining the fray.

Bavidge was involved almost immediately as he beat the offside trap to run onto a Strachan ball over the top, but his attempt to curl a low shot round Gray saw the keeper get down to save.

The striker is beginning his testimonial season, and a few minutes later got on the end of a cross from Winters, but was unable to direct his header on target.

Veteran striker winters still has an eye for a pass as proved again when he sent Ryan Strachan clear, but the former Celtic man couldn't get the power behind his effort to trouble Gray.

A clash between McKay and Kelly saw the latter forced off with a dislocated shoulder, and it was while Peterhead were down to ten men that Locos broke the deadlock.

Indeed, it was McKay who created the chances, his cutback from the right turned in at the near post by Neil Gauld.

But Peterhead were quickly level after the introduction of Greg Alexander returned them to a full complement.

Graeme Sharp cut in from the right flank and unleashed an effort from 25 yards that took a deflection and looped over Gray, finding the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Locos regained the lead when sloppy play from Strachan in the midfield allowed McKay a chance, and from 20 yards, he fired a low shot in off the inside of McCallum's right hand post, giving the young goalkeeper no chance.

Winters set up Sharp for a late chance to level, but the winger's powerful shot was pushed to safety by the diving Gray.

PETERHEAD: McCallum, Sharp, Noble, S. Ross, Macdonald, Smith (Kelly, 46 (Alexander, 65)), Strachan, Redman (Deasley, 46), McAllister (Bavidge, 46), Maguire (Winters, 46), McLaughlin. Subs not used: Jarvie (gk)