Inverurie Locos assistant manager Steven Park hailed matchwinner Neil Gauld after he fired them to victory in the Aberdeenshire Shield.
The Railwaymen came from behind to beat Huntly 3-1 at Christie Park in the first round of the Shield, with Gauld netting their second and third goals to take him to 24 for the season.
The striker has been prolific despite a groin niggle and Park said: “He is a guy who has more than 20 goals in October and he is only 75% fit.
“He’s been frightening with how well he’s played. We’ve had to manage him with the amount of training he does because of his groin.
“There’s a few boys leggy just now because of the injuries we’ve had. We haven’t been able to make many changes to the team.”
The result ends a miserable run for Locos in cups. Last term they were knocked out in the first round of every cup they played in and already this term they have fallen at the first hurdle in the Aberdeenshire Cup.
So Park was pleased to get through this one, adding: “We were slack in the first half and I felt Huntly were a lot sharper with their passing and movement off the ball.
“It was still even in chances, we had Greg Mitchell doing well getting down the right wing and supporting Neil Gauld.
“I just felt the final pass into Gauld and Joe McCabe was either behind them or too far in front.
“It wasn’t sharp enough so we were happy to get in at half time at 0-0.
“In the second half we started well and pressed well in the first 10 minutes.
“Then we lost a goal and I thought that was what it would take to get a reaction out of them.
“Fair play to the boys we got the equaliser soon after and …read more
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