One over the eight as Jags thump Cardross

The Oban Times - - Sport - West of Scot­land League

SOUTH Lochaber This­tle were run­away win­ners in Kin­lochleven on Satur­day, beat­ing Cardross 9- 0.

The win saw the Jags leapfrog their op­po­nents into sec­ond place in the West of Scot­land Am­a­teur League.

Cardross were strug­gling from the off, only be­ing able to field 10 play­ers and, although not car­ry­ing a sub­stan­tial at­tack­ing threat, the vis­i­tors soaked up much of the pres­sure in the first half as the Jags failed to truly cap­i­talise on their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage .

That be­ing said, in the 15th minute the ball broke to Lewis Mor­ri­son to chip the keeper, giv­ing SLT the lead. At 1- 0, South Lochaber had the op­por­tu­nity to dou­ble their ad­van­tage only for Martin Munro to see his penalty saved by the Cardross keeper.

A well-timed through ball from Dave Forbes saw Lewis Mor­ri­son take his tally for the sea­son to 10 and seven in six games since the turn of the year.

In the sec­ond half, the in­tro­duc­tion of Keir Kennedy saw the Jags up the gears, and a min- ute into the sec­ond pe­riod, he ran past three Cardross play­ers be­fore play­ing the ball through to Martin Munro, who slot­ted past the keeper.

Kennedy then got him­self on the score­sheet af­ter a well weighted pass from Dave Forbes found a well-timed run from Kennedy be­fore he placed the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner. Min­utes later he dou­bled his tally with su­perb solo ef­fort.

Next up for the Jags came a goal from cap­tain Daniel Mackintosh who got on the end of a Dave Forbes pass to make it 6- 0.

Erik Tot was next to get his name on the score­sheet, be­ing first to re­act in the box to head home num­ber seven. Soon af­ter, a turn of pace from Dave Forbes saw him get past his man be­fore fir­ing past the help­less keeper to take it to 8- 0.

With Cardross tiring, some ex­cel­lent wing play saw Darren Dun­can whip in an ex­cel­lent cross and found a qual­ity first touch from Keir Kennedy who fired in goal num­ber nine.

Manager Alan Gray said: ‘It was un­for­tu­nate that Cardross could only field 10 men. How­ever, you can only beat what’s in front of you. The boys were told in no un­cer­tain terms at half­time that they weren’t play­ing as well as they were ca­pa­ble of but I am proud of their re­ac­tion in the sec­ond pe­riod. Also it was good to keep a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive clean sheet.’

Man of the match went to hat­trick hero Keir Kennedy.

Next game sees South Lochaber travel to Greenock to play Bel­laire on Satur­day.

South Lochaber This­tle’s Danny MacKintosh on his way to scor­ing. Photo: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

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