Weak­ened Fort Wil­liam squad lose out to In­verurie Lo­cos

‘ We knew it would be dif­fi­cult, we had 14 play­ers miss­ing’

The Oban Times - - Sport -

WITH four­teen Fort Wil­liam men miss­ing, man­ager, Ally Ewen, sent out a young squad of new play­ers to take on In­verurie Lo­cos on Satur­day.

The Clag­gan side held their own in the first half and were just 1- 0 down when the whis­tle blew, but Lo­cos dom­i­nated in the sec­ond half and the Fort were 3- 0 down an hour into the game be­fore a con­tro­ver­sial goal, dubbed a foul by Ewen, gave the visi­tors the fourth goal and the points.

Ewen said: ‘We knew it would be dif­fi­cult as we had 14 play­ers miss­ing be­tween work, hol­i­days and fam­ily be­reave­ment. We were still look­ing for a keeper on the morn­ing of the game. It was a big ask for the young boys I put out there, but hav­ing said that, they did re­ally well com­pared to last week’s per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly in the first half.

‘The ball slipped right through the keeper’s hands in the first goal and I couldn’t re­ally com­plain about the sec­ond and third, but I think the fourth should have been a foul. The ref­eree wasn’t giv­ing us any­thing though, so all we could do was bite the bullet and get on with it.’

De­spite the un­flat­ter­ing score, Ewen said there were pos­i­tives to take from the game: ‘David Mof­fat’s per­for­mance re­ally stood out for me on Satur­day. I’d call that his best per­for­mance in a Fort shirt. Ste­fan MacRitchie played re­ally well too. That was his first game back af­ter a long in­jury and he did re­ally well.’

This week­end, the Fort travel north to play Wick Academy, who fin­ished fourth in the league last sea­son.

Ewen thinks Wick will be out for re­venge af­ter an un­ex­pected 3-2 vic­tory for Fort Wil­liam the last time the teams met in March.

He said: ‘This is go­ing to be another hard game and I def­i­nitely think they’ll be af­ter some kind of ret­ri­bu­tion af­ter the last time. I al­ready know I’ll be miss­ing Dar­ren Quigg [vice cap­tain] and Iain Foggo but we’ll give them a game and have a good go at them.’

Fort Wil­liam’s next home game is against Deveron­vale on Satur­day Au­gust 22.

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