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Football: VICTORY UNDER LOCH & KEY; JUNIORS.

Byline: Jim NICHOLSON reports

CARNOUSTIE 1

LOCHEE UTD 2

LOCHEE earned their first win in four games despite being pushed all the way by battling Carnoustie.

The hosts made a positive start and new signing Steve Kerrigan almost enjoyed a dream debut when his shot was cleared off the line.

Lochee were struggling to find their rhythm and keeper Russell Brown kept out a Daryn Smith shot.

But the visitors broke the deadlock against the run of play in 27 minutes.

Philip Hagan picked up the ball on the halfway line and beat three men before working his way to the bye-line and sending over a low cross that Paul Blackwood lashed into the roof of the net. Lochee then doubled their advantage in 55 minutes with Hagan again at the heart of the move.

He sent a long ball over the home defence and with keeper John McCafferty hesitating, Blackwood nipped in to slot his second from the edge of the box.

United now looked in control but Carnoustie weren't giving up and Brown came to the visitors' rescue when he did well to clutch a 30-yard Aaron Conway free-kick.

The home side gave themselves a chance of salvaging something when they pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go. James Russell raced up the wing and his cross was met by Kerrigan who bulleted a diving header home.

Carnoustie were fuelled by belief now and piled on the pressure as the final whistle approached.

Conway almost grabbed the equaliser in the dying seconds when he did well to make space and power a shot on target.

But Brown produced a brilliant save to seal the points and end Lochee's winless streak.

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Too little too late: Steve Kerrigan scores but it wasn't enough to grab a draw after Paul Blackwood's second goal won it for Lochee, right
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 25, 2007
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