LOSSIEMOUTH crashed to their eighth defeat on the bounce as Keith won 4-2 at Grant Park to keep the Coasters at the foot of the Highland League.
Manager Kevin Walker said his team made too many defensive errors against good attacking opponents to expect to get anything from the contest.
“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Kevin said. “You can’t expect to keep giving away goals like we did.
“We had a makeshift defence who did their best but I’m annoyed with the goals we gave away.”
Lossie nearly opened the scoring when Ross Archibald burst through on four minutes only to shoot straight at Keith keeper Murray Kinnaird.
Ninety second later it was the Maroons who got on the scoresheet. Dean Donaldson beat the offside trap and forced a great save from Lossie keeper Errol Watson, but the loose ball rebounded off home defender Liam Archibald and Sean Keith slid in to apply the final touch in front of goal.
Maroons’ boss Darren Still urged his men to keep going forward in search of more goals, and they were rewarded when Kris Niddrie fired home on 17 minutes from a Jon Smith cross.
Sean Keith curled inches past for the visitors while his brother Cammy forced a brilliant save out of Watson, who touched his curling effort on to the bar.
The Coasters were rarely seen as an attacking threat but on 34 minutes Tony Ross fired them back in the match after a Colin Charlesworth free kick from the left wasn’t cleared.
Lossie opened the second half well with Lee Davidson and Jamie Bagley going close, before Keith went 3-1 up on 55 minutes. Sean Keith ran onto brother Cammy’s head flick to clip the ball past Watson.
Home goalscorer Ross created a second for his side, cutting in to set up Scott Miller for a low finish just before the hour.
But Keith again responded well and S.Keith’s cross was laid off by Smith for C.Keith to bundle in his eighth goal of the season.
Ref Scott McIntyre harshly sent Keith player Jamie Lennox off for a second booking late on, a decision his manager described as “comical”.
Still was pleased with the win, but said both goals conceded by his defence were of “Sunday League standard” and felt his team didn’t play to the peak of their abilities.
Lossiemouth: Watson, A.Ross, Wilson, L.Archibald, Davidson, Macdonald (F.Stables 71), Charlesworth, Miller, Wardrop (McIntosh 71), R.Archibald, Bagley (J.Stables 71). Subs: C.Ross, McKenzie.
Keith: Kinnaird, Walker, Jack, Macnamee, Niddrie (Morrison 58), Smith, Donaldson (Anderson 69), A.MacAskill (C.MacAskill 86), C.Keith, Lennox, S.Keith. Subs: Hutcheon, Horne.
More Highland League news and pictures from the game in Friday’s Northern Scot.