Alan is Ath­letic’s hat-trick hero

The Oban Times - - 26 Sport -

Oban Ath­letic Crook­ston League Cup - 2nd round

LAST week was a bit­ter sweet one for Oban Ath­letic.

They trav­elled to take on Car­radale on Wed­nes­day night and found them­selves on the los­ing end of a 6-5 de­feat, de­spite be­ing up 4-2 at half time.

A more de­ter­mined Car­radale and a Craig Camp­bell red card were defin­ing fac­tors in the re­sult.

How­ever, Ath­letic were back to win­ning ways on Satur­day with a com­fort­able 3- 0 vic­tory over Crook­ston in the sec­ond round of the league cup.

The first half was gen­er­ally played out in the mid­dle of the park, with nei­ther side cre­at­ing many chances.

The most defin­ing mo­ment came just be­fore half time, when Craig Camp­bell brought down his man and re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card and his sec­ond red in as many games.

The send­ing off might have been the kick Ath­letic needed as they started the sec­ond half strong.

Mark Robert­son beat his man at the by­line and whipped in a cross to Paul Carmichael whose header landed just in front of Allan Buchanan, who volleyed the ball first time into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net to make it 1- 0.

Ten min­utes later, Mark Robert­son left the Crook­ston left back with a feel­ing of deja vu as he skipped past him yet again and crossed in a ball that Allan Buchanan headed home to net his sec­ond goal of the game.

Ten-man Ath­letic started to at­tack in waves with Paul Carmichael com­ing close to scor­ing twice.

How­ever, Crook­ston al­most got them­selves back in to the game when their striker skipped past the Oban de­fence and only had the keeper, Graham Dou­glas, to beat.

The Ath­letic net­min­der was quick to close him down and de­flected the shot past the post.

The game started to get a bit heated and the num­bers were evened up as Crook­ston got a man sent off for abu­sive lan­guage to­wards the ref­eree.

Shortly af­ter, Alan Buchanan was brought down in the box and Ath­letic were awarded a penalty.

Alan com­pleted his hat-trick af­ter slot­ting the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner to make it 3- 0.

The Oban side al­most made it four - play­maker Mark Robert­son, was get­ting ready to celebrate af­ter his shot beat the Crook­ston keeper, but a de­fender was on hand to clear the ball off the line with a div­ing header.

There was no fur­ther scor­ing op­por­tu­nites with Ath­letic run­ning out com­fort­able 3- 0 win­ners.

As the Oban Times went to press Ath­letic were back in ac­tion on Wed­nes­day night when they look to gain re­venge over Car­radale, this time in a league match which will be played in Lochgilp­head.

Hat-trick hero Alan Buchanan gets a shot on tar­get dur­ing last Satur­day’s game be­tween Oban Ath­letic

and Crook­ston at Glen­cruit­ten. The Oban side won 3- 0

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