Kyles’ premier­ship ti­tle hopes dented

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Ma­rine Har­vest Premier­ship

KYLES Ath­letic’s ti­tle chances suf­fered a blow when they lost 2-1 to Lo­vat at Bal­gate.

Lo­vat de­fended deep mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for Kyles to cre­ate chances and Stu­art Mac­Don­ald in the home goal was untested dur­ing the open­ing 45 min­utes.

Kyles took the lead on 51 min­utes. A shy from the right fell to Roddy Mac­Don­ald who he found enough space to strike the ball low into the net from just be­hind the penalty spot.

Lo­vat’s lev­eller five min­utes later came from a cor­ner on the right. Greg Mathe­son con­trolled the ball and held off a cou­ple of chal­lenges be­fore scor­ing from the edge of the box.

Two min­utes then de­fined the out­come of the match, and maybe even the ti­tle race. On 62 min­utes Stu­art Mac­Don­ald pro­duced a mirac­u­lous save from Roddy Mac­Don­ald, throw­ing him­self full length to­wards his goal to one-hand­edly scoop the ball off the goal line with his stick.

Just a cou­ple of min­utes later, Roddy Mac­Don­ald was sent off af­ter re­act­ing to a crude Martin Main­land chal­lenge.

In the space of 120 sec­onds, Kyles could have been lead­ing 2-1 but in­stead were level and a man down.

The Kyles play­ers re­sponded pos­i­tively to the sit­u­a­tion and showed great fight in an at­tempt to win the game. Grant Irvine and Dunkie Kerr were link­ing up well but they couldn’t get their team in front. Af­ter a Marc MacLach­lan shot was well saved with his feet by John Whyte, the win­ning Lo­vat goal came on 83 min­utes when Greg Mathe­son pro­duced a com­posed fin­ish to make it 2-1.

This was a match with both defences on top, with few ef­forts on goal over the course of the 90 min­utes. Kyles may have fallen a point be­hind in the ti­tle race but they know three wins from their fi­nal three matches, in­clud­ing against Kin­lochshiel at Kirk­ton, will make them cham­pi­ons.

The task, though, will be all the more dif­fi­cult for Roddy Mac­Don­ald’s ab­sence due to sus­pen­sion in two of these games.

Pho­to­graph: Neil Pater­son.

Kyles' Cammy Keith keeps the ball from Greg Mathe­son, Lo­vat.

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