Keith 2 v Turriff United 2
CAMMY TO THE RESCUE WITH LATE LEVELLER
Not for the first time in his prolific goalsnatching career, Keith captain and all time record scorer Cammy Keith rode to the rescue on his white steed with a deadly double. Dean Donaldson, a Maroons legend himself, was heading for a defeat as he marked his first year in the Kynoch Park managerial hot seat, when his trusty No.9 rattled home an equaliser in stoppage time against Turriff.
It was probably no more than the homesters deserved although a host of scoring opprtunities were squandered once again.
Chances came at both ends in this mid table encounter, with Cammy Keith being denied by Fraser Hobday early on. Then the Maroons ought to have got their noses in front with 16 minutes gone, Cammy Keith persisting out on the left wing before laying a pass on a plate for Scott Begg who proceeded to sky yards over the bar fropm close range.
A rare slack Macaulay Rae pass at the other end of the park saw ex-Maroons hotshot Michael Ewan pounce, but the ball ended up out of play for a fruitless corner.
Nine minutes from the half-time cuppa, the home side found themselves trailing when Ryan Robertson handled the ball inside the penaty area, Angus Grant sending Greg Simpson the wrong way with the resultant spot kick.
After the break Simpson excelled at one end whilst young Scott Gray fired over the bar at the other end. Keith diehards were celebrating though with 58 minutes on the clock, a James Brownie pass being deftly clipped over Hobday's head by Cammy Keith to make it level pegging.
Greg Simpson came to the fore again as Turra hit back, the custodian blocking a shot with Marc Young also doing the same.
With eight minutes remaining it looked like tatties ower the side for the Maroons when Liam Strachan was allowed to set up ex-Keith loanee Keir Smith who slotted home what most thought would be the winner.
Brownie blasted a drive straight at the goalie after that as the homesters poured forward in search of an elusive leveller. Then, with the game into stoppage time, master marksman Keith turned inside the crowded penalty area to whip the ball into the corner of the net for his 17th goal of the season.
Not one of Keith's better performances of late, but a draw was probably just about right in what was the 20th league encounter between the two sides, replicating the 2-2 draw at the Haughs at the start of the season.
KEITH - Simpson, Young, Spink, Rae, Robertson, Begg (Porteous 62), Macaskill (Barron 76), Smith, Keith, Brownie, Gray (McAllister 62). Subs unused - Berton, Selfridge, Hutcheon, Stewart.
Referee - Mr P Cummings.
Saturday 12th January 2019, KO 3pm
Report by Charlie Simpson