Narrow home win for Oban Athletic
Oban Athletic Cardross West of Scotland AFL TOP OF the league, Oban Athletic, welcomed bottom side Cardross, to Oban last Saturday.
The home side, who never looked like losing the match, managed to grind out a one nil victory and secure the three points after being awarded a penalty with five minutes to go.
Athletic started well and created a number of half chances, but couldn’t direct their shots on target.
The first chance of the game fell to the Oban side, after Stephen Kelly played a good through ball that found Alan Buchanan who beat his man and drilled a low cross in front of the box, but the Athletic attack were unable connect with it.
It was then Craig Campbell’s turn when he out-jumped his marker to get on the end of a corner, but his goal-bound header ricocheted off the ground and bounced into the keepers arms.
Athletic had the opportunity to go in at half time one goal to the good after they came close from another corner, but Colin Tindal’s header sailed over the cross bar. The first half was a goalless affair and ended 0- 0.
When defending an attack down the wing, Oban’s Craig Livinstone got his studs caught in the artificial turf and needed to leave the pitch to receive treatment. Livingstone came back on the pitch, but only for five minutes before being substituted for Daniel MacKinnon.
Both the crowd and Oban players were appealing for a penalty when Colin Tindal was brought down in the box, but referee, Martin Rae, who had a good game, didn’t agree and waved play on.
After some good attacking play from Oban that ended in a collision in the box, Athletic were this time awarded a penalty, which was blasted into the back of the net with five minutes to go to make the final score 1- 0.
Oban Athletic’s next match is at home on November 28, when they welcome Bellaire from Greenock.