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Hopeman missed chance to go top of Abbeyside Moray welfare league after being held by FC Fochabers

By Craig Christie

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HOPEMAN missed out on the chance to go top of the Moray welfare league last Friday.

Connor McArthur (left) scored in Hopeman's 3-3 draw at FC Fochabers.
Connor McArthur (left) scored in Hopeman's 3-3 draw at FC Fochabers.

The coast side were held to a 3-3 draw by hosts FC Fochabers, leaving Aberlour Villa still in first place.

Hopeman will have a second opportunity to snatch the leadership when they visit bottom club Craigellachie tonight (Tuesday).

They took an early lead at Fochabers when a defensive mistake after three minutes gifted Connor McArthur a tap-in.

Former Hopeman player Lorne McPherson nodded the home side level and the visitors were in trouble when Nikki Soutar also powered home a header to edge Fochabers in front.

Back came Hopeman, and a knockdown paved the way for Stuart McQuaker to fire home a good low finish.

Chris Cooper scored straight from a corner to regain the advantage for the away side but Fochabers had the last laugh as John Gerrard forced home an equaliser.

Results and table. MDWFA Facebook.
Results and table. MDWFA Facebook.

Cullen made a bright start against an RAF Lossiemouth side who had already defeated them twice this season.

Yet despite their good play, the homesters fell behind when after failing to clear their lines they were punished by Josh Kirby's 20th minute finish.

Cullen managed to keep on top, but RAF Lossie had found some confidence in their lead and grabbed a second on 40 minutes. Jack Stanley broke into the box, and showed great feet to avoid a challenge and slip the ball home.

Seemingly heading for a third straight loss to the airmen, Cullen weathered a spell of pressure to pick up their game in the closing 20 minutes.

Shaun Finlay's free kick picked out the head of Kris Murray who nodded the Logie Park side back in the game.

Lossie were forced to defend well to keep their lead but came undone with two minutes left when a Logan Mill cross was nodded home by Kieran Ferguson.

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