South Lochaber This­tle get off to a win­ning start

The Oban Times - - Sport -

United Glas­gow 1 South Lochaber This­tle 2 West of Scot­land League

SOUTH Lochaber This­tle marked their first ever com- pe­t­i­tive game with a 2-1 vic­tory over United Glas­gow at Glas­gow Green last Satur­day.

The team, started by Alan ‘Spud’ Gray and Daniel Mackin­tosh just three months ago looked or­gan­ised and en­er­gised for their in­au­gu­ral sea­son.

They started the game brighter and any early nerves were put to bed on 14 min­utes when Daniel Mackin­tosh set up Dave Forbes, who from fully 30 yards struck the ball into the top left hand cor­ern of the net.

This­tle con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the game with Ewan Ma­clean and Lewis Mor­ri­son both caus­ing the United Glas­gow full backs no end of prob­lems with their move­ment and di­rect run­ning.

Go­ing in at half time 1- 0 to the good, This­tle changed to a 4- 4-2 for­ma­tion for the sec­ond half which lead to an even more dom­i­nant per­for­mance with both Daniel Mackin­tosh and Paul McFa­tridge un­lucky not to ex­tend their lead.

A great di­ag­o­nal ball from Dave Forbes was re­ceived by man of the match Ewan Ma­clean whom from 20 yards on the angle cheek­ily chipped the out­rush­ing keeper to make it 2- 0 to This­tle. As the game came down to the final 10 min­utes a goal line clear­ance from Kieran Lopez and a cru­cial tackle by Alan Gray kept the op­po­si­tion at bay. How­ever an 88th minute own goal meant no clean sheet for the new team but that wasn’t enough to dampen their spir­its as they emerged with all three points. Af­ter the game man­ager Alan Gray was proud of his boys say­ing: ‘Be­ing that we didn’t ex­ist three months ago, to get to our first game is amaz­ing, all the hard work on and off the park has all been worth­while and hope­fully we can kick on from here and con­tinue to im­prove as the sea­son con­tin­ues.’

This­tle’s next game is on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 24 when they travel to take on He­lens­burgh.

Start­ing line up v United Glas­gow: Hunter, K Lopez ( Han­car 90), Gray, Rodger (capt), Dun­can, S Lopez ( Wil­son 70), Mackin­tosh, Forbes, Mor­ri­son, Ma­clean, McFa­tridge ( Tot 60).

Pho­tos: Alba Pho­tos

Newly-formed South Lochaber This­tle pho­tographed be­fore their first com­pet­i­tive league game at Glas­gow Green last Satur­day.

South Lochaber’s Danny Mackin­tosh in ac­tion against United Glas­gow last Satur­day.

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