Marine Harvest National Division
Oban Celtic 5 Inverness 3 The match between Oban Celtic and Inverness was originally scheduled for The Bught Park but was switched to Mossfield and Celtic took the chance to record their first National Division win of the season.
Oban Celtic went into the game still missing the experienced David MacInnes but turned in an improved performance than against Fort William a week earlier and they took their goals well.
Inverness welcomed Scotland U21 forward Charlie MacDonald back from injury but they travelled with just 13 players, losing one of them through injury early in the match.
The Oban Celtic defence were pretty much spectators for the first 20 minutes of this match with the home forwards creating a number of chances without testing the visiting keeper.
They were made to pay on 25 minutes when Inverness counter-attacked in a move brilliantly finished off by Charlie MacDonald, who rocketed the ball into the top corner of the net for what was to be the pick of the day’s goals.
As frustration started to set in, Celtic they found themselves dominating play but unable to apply the finishing touch.
Inverness almost extended their lead on 35 minutes but it was Celtic who would draw level on the stroke of half-time when a Daniel Madej free-hit found an unmarked Connor Howe and he sent his shot low and hard into the net, bagging his first goal for his new club.
Oban Celtic manager Kenny Wotherspoon had asked more of his players following the Fort William defeat and his half-time outburst was taken on board with the hosts going on to score four more times during the first 20 minutes of the second half as they turned on the style.
Daniel Madej put Oban Celtic in front for the first time in the match a minute after the restart and Neil Carmichael made it 3-1 on 52 minutes.
Rory Bruce on 59 minutes and Ross MacMillan on 65 minutes extended Celtic’s advantage.
The game wasn’t pretty at times and Celtic made changes but the final two goals of the match were scored by Inverness through Padraig McNeil on 75 minutes and James Cameron on 87 minutes, making the final score 5-3. Referee John Wood flashed straight red cards for Inverness veteran Dougie Rankin and Oban Celtic’s Ally McKerracher, who had an impressive game, following a late clash.
Robert Alexander turned in a man of the match performance on his Oban Celtic debut.
The win takes Oban Celtic off the bottom of the table on goal difference at Inverness’ expense. The Oban side have no game this coming Saturday which will allow the players carrying knocks some time to recover.