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Craigellachie shock RAF Lossiemouth to grab first victory in Moray welfare league while Aberlour Villa return to winning ways


By Craig Christie

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After losing their first ten Moray welfare league matches, new boys Craigellachie have a win under their belts.

Craigellachie FC
Craigellachie FC

The Speyside outfit joined the league this year and have found victories hard to come by, but broke their duck last Friday.

The result was all the sweeter as they beat an RAF Lossiemouth side who had thrashed them 7-0 on two separate occasions this season.

Craigellachie needed a penalty save from keeper Ryan Dyer to seal the three points on the air base.

The airmen led through a Dean Stevenson goal before Dale McTavish levelled at the break.

Steven King put the visitors ahead and although a historic first win was put in doubt when they conceded a spot kick, Dyer was their hero when he made a fine save.

Aberlour Villa won 4-3 at Cullen, having saw their title hopes dented by a defeat to Fochabers in their previous fixture.

Aberlour took the lead against the run of play when Jake Logan fired in an excellent volley from the edge of the box.

Then Barry Grant capitalised on a home defensive error to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half time.

Cullen pulled a goal back when Calum Risk’s cross was turned into his own net by an Aberlour defender.

But Grant was on target again with a superb lob from the edge of the box to increase Villa's advantage.

Back came Cullen and Logan Mill showed great feet to beat a defender and fire home.

Aberlour once again created a cushion from a Greig Donald free kick which was deflected in off the head of Cullen defender Josh Imlach, in an attempt to clear the ball.

The home side refused to give in and Kieran Ferguson’s strike from the edge of the box made Aberlour sweat it out for the full points.

League table
League table

FC Fochabers missed two penalties as they failed to close the gap on the leaders after a 3-3 draw at RAF Lossiemouth, also on Friday.

Warren Orford put Fochabers ahead before Logan Buick's free kick levelled the scores.

RAF Lossie then took the lead when Connor Oxendale beat the keeper with a fine shot in off the post from outside the box.

Home keeper Tristan Fahey saved Fochabers' first penalty from Jordan Mackie, while a second one taken by Jamie Sutherland hit the bar.

The visitors kept pushing and Gary Burchell levelled, a Buick penalty restored the Lossie lead but John Gerrard made it 3-3.

hopeman sit third, five points behind Aberlour with two games in hand.

Their match at Craigellachie was abandoned after a Hopeman player dislocated his knee and an ambulance was called to take him to hospital after the injury was stabilised.


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