This­tle put ti­tle party on hold

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

LEAGUE lead­ers New­shot missed out on tak­ing home the ti­tle af­ter suf­fer­ing a de­feat from clos­est com­peti­tors South Lochaber This­tle.

The vis­i­tors to Kin­lochleven at the week­end had the op­por­tu­nity to win the West of Scot­land Am­a­teur Foot­ball League cham­pi­onship away from home, but the ti­tle party was put on hold as the Jags came away with the three points.

South Lochaber had the bet­ter of the play through­out the match, out-muscling their op­po­nents.

Still smart­ing from los­ing 3- 0 in the semi-fi­nal of the League Cup to New­shot, the Jags had the bit be­tween their teeth and bat­tled hard through­out the game.

This­tle al­ways looked dan­ger­ous in at­tack and were un­lucky not to take the lead ear­lier than they did with Lewis Mor­ri­son head­ing over from an An­drew Maclean cross.

And the Jags did take the lead af­ter a ball for­ward from Danny Mackintosh was topped on by Lewis Mor­ri­son de­ceiv­ing the cen­tre half for Martin Munro to run through on goal be­fore fin­ish­ing coolly past the vis­it­ing keeper.

The sec­ond half led to more goal scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, but This­tle were un­able to take ad­van­tage of their dom­i­nance.

It was al­most to their cost with a New­shot sub­stitu- tion caus­ing prob­lems in the South Lochaber back­line with his long throws.

Luck­ily, the home de­fence stood strong and saw out the game to be­come the first team this sea­son to take points off of their op­po­nents.

Man of the match went to Danny Mackintosh, who was in­dus­tri­ous in mid­dle of the park.

Speak­ing about the Jags home win, man­ager Alan Gray said: ‘ A win like this goes to show how far the team have come this sea­son. The boys de­served their win and we were glad to not have our op­po­nents cel­e­brat­ing a league ti­tle on our patch.’

Next week sees South Lochaber This­tle head to Cardross with a win guar­an­tee­ing them sec­ond place in the league.

Andy Maclean in mid­field ac­tion as New­shot play­ers try to keep him from reach­ing their goal­mouth.

Pho­tos: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

Lewis Mor­ri­son in the thick of the ac­tion against New­shot.

Martin Munro streaks up the wing to score the only goal of the match.

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