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Tomatin traveled to Cromdale on Tuesday evening with both teams very much under strength due to injuries and holidays. It turned out to be another remarkable game between these two teams as the goals flew in. The first chance came on 7 minutes when a good strike by No; 8???? came back off the post. The opening goal was scored by Tomatin's Murray Fraser when he got on the end of a Findlay MacLeod cross to score past Sellers.


Ten minutes later and the same player crossed the ball into the box and this time Jason MacDonald finished really well to make it 2 - 0. The visitors struck again on 24 minutes when Darren Kennedy netted from close range and they made it 4 0 on the half hour mark as McLeod rounded the defender and finished with a low shot under the advancing Sellars.

The home team were not beaten yet though and manged to get two goals back before half time, the first coming after a mistake at the back by Tomatin allowed No : 12 ??? to nip in and score. Then on 42 minutes a corner was headed home by No 8 ??? as he rose unchallenged to knock the ball past Garry Stuart.

If Tomatin thought that their four goal early lead was enough to win this match then they were made to think again after the re-start as Cromdale made it 4-3 when Mitch Drummond struck on a rebound after an initial save by Stuart. The comeback was completed on the hour mark as No : 11 ???? finished high into the net from an acute angle.

Tomatin made a couple of changes at this point and went for experience bringing on veteran trialist Iain Grant up front and player Manager Kennedy to boltser up the central midfield. This seemed to pay off as Cromdale were tiring and carrying a few injured players it was Findlay MacLeod who put Tomatin back in front scoring from inside the box. Cromdale would not lie down however and equalised again when No : 10???? finished off well from 12 yards.

There was about 10 minutes left in the match now and Tomatin took advantage of Cromdale 's injured players to score 5 goals in these latter stages. Murray Fraser started this rout running onto a through ball from Bob Kennedy to score then James Duncan netted the seventh from close range and Darren Kennedy got his second of the match on 84 minutes. Young Kennedy kept up his rich vein of scoring form by scoring the goal of the match with a tremendous strike from 40 yards which flew like a bullet into the top corner leaving Sellers with no chance. Findlay MacLeod completed his hat trick after being set up by Grant to make it 9 - 5 for Tomatin.

They had time to make it into double figures when young Kennedy completed a fine individual performance by netting his 4rth goal of the match to complete matters at 10 - 5. The last kick of the game saw Tomatin being awarded a penalty and with the game now won it was given to goalkeeper Stuart to try and convert against his opposite number but big Gar blasted the spot kick high over the bar and it was last seen heading towards Elgin.

In the end it was a good three points for Tomatin but they were made to dig in hard against a Cromdale team who gave all they had and were unlucky to loose so heavily as the game neared its end.

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