Keith fans were led up the garden path last Saturday when they trooped into Kynoch Park hoping to see their team build on the previous week’s Scottish Cup win. Sadly they witnessed a most anaemic display that would surely have consigned the Maroons to a 10th successive league defeat, had it not been for the introduction of goal ace Cammy Keith in the 62nd minute.
It was his late headed double that gave the homesters a most unlikely share of the spoils against managerless Lossiemouth, who, when leading 3-1, looked certain to hold on for a merited win.
Michael McKinnon made his debut in between the sticks in place of holidaymaker David Dey, and he was left helpless after only three minutes when Adam Clark sliced a Ross Duncan cross into his own net. The debutant then tipped a 25 yarder from dangerman Duncan onto the post.
Ryan Whelan squandered two good scoring chances before James Brownie levelled matters off a Stewart Hutcheon header in the 12th minute, converting from 12 yards. Sadly it was level pegging for about a minute when James McLaren made no mistake capitalising on another Duncan cross.
Ten minutes from the break Hutcheon stumbled in the middle of the park, losing possesion to the alert McLaren, who hared in on the goalmouth, but the alert McKinnon nipped out to thwart him. At the other end Andy Smith saw his shot blocked by the Lossie goalie Cammy Farquhar, but in truth he should have bulged the old onion bag.
Ten minutes after the half time cuppa there appeared to be no way back for the hapless homesters when McKinnon was caught cold trying to make a clearance and Ross Archibald pounced to gleefully slam into the corner of the gaping open goalmouth.
The introduction of experienced substitutes Donnie Fraser, Cammy Keith and Gary McNamee at different stages lifted the Maroons to a better performance, and there was a glimmer with 75 minutes played when Keith rose to head into the top corner.
Nine minutes later it was level pegging when the lethal striker sprang up amidst a ruck of players to head into the roof the net for his 6th goal of the season.
Dead and buried at 3-1 the injection of the substitutions was the catalyst to earning a much needed point from a woeful display. The Maroons are firmly “marooned” in the bottom four, and a string of wins is required to move up the table.
KEITH – McKinnon, Ralton, Hutcheon(McNamee 70), Clark, Robertson, Manson(Keith 62), Spink, Begg(Fraser 55), Whelan, Brownie, Smith. Subs unused – Macaskill, Raffell, Ross, Sopel.
Referee – F Mazzoni.
(Images courtesy of Eleanor Hutcheon)