Mid-ta­ble re­spectabil­ity ends sea­son for ’Aray

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Fort Wil­liam 2 In­ver­aray 0

FORT Wil­liam will play Marine Har­vest Na­tional Divi­sion shinty again next sea­son fol­low­ing their 2-0 win over In­ver­aray in their noon throw up at An Aird.

It would have taken a win­ning mar­gin of 13 goals for Fort to pip Caber­feidh to the divi­sion’s sec­ond promotion spot, but this al­ways looked an un­re­al­is­tic tar­get.

Wet weather ahead of the game led to a Satur­day morn­ing in­spec­tion, when the pitch was ruled playable.

In­ver­aray’s Al­lan Mac­Don­ald was sus­pended for this one as he started a five-match ban which will stretch into next sea­son, al­though he did travel with the squad. Ally Munro, Ally Mac­Don­ald, Grant Grif­fin, Garry MacPher- son and young­ster Ruaraidh Gra­ham were also miss­ing for the vis­i­tors but Ni­cholas Craw­ford, start­ing at full cen­tre, was back in the side af­ter in­jury. Dou­glas Dando also started.

There was a minute’s si­lence ahead of throw up fol­low­ing the sad pass­ing of former Lochaber U14 player Kyle Bruce.

Fort Wil­liam knew they had to go for goals, and the game was only 15 sec­onds old when In­ver­aray keeper Scott MacLach­lan saved first with his stick and then with his feet.

Fort Wil­liam took the lead af­ter eight min­utes when Alexan­der MacMil­lan’s shot took a slight de­flec­tion off John Kennedy’s stick and ended up in the back of the net.

An­other good Fort Wil­liam move saw an ef­fort hit the side-net­ting on 11 min­utes.

Al­lan Cameron hit In­ver­aray’s only ef­fort at goal dur­ing the early ex­changes.

Three ef­forts by Fort Wil­liam were ruled out for off­side, and had it not been for some great goal­keep­ing from In­ver­aray’s Scott MacLach­lan - and for some over-elab­o­rate for­ward play - the score could have been much greater.

Calum Shep­herd added a sec­ond for the hosts, send­ing the ball low into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net just 30 sec­onds af­ter the restart.

The heavy pitch didn’t suit Fort Wil­liam and there was no fur­ther scor­ing.

The match com­pletes the 2017 Marine Har­vest Na­tional Divi­sion league pro­gramme, with In­ver­aray fin­ish­ing com­fort­ably mid-ta­ble in fourth place be­hind Fort Wil­liam and in front of Beauly on goal dif­fer­ence.

Caber­feidh, along with cham­pi­ons Skye Ca­manachd, will be pro­moted to the Marine Har­vest Premier­ship.

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