Own goal spoils solid sea­son open­ing game for Fort Wil­liam

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A CRAZY five-minute pe­riod early in the sec­ond half which saw Fort con­cede two goals in rapid suc­ces­sion does not tell the whole story of this sea­son opener played in good con­di­tions at Kynoch Park on Satur­day.

Af­ter a nervy first 10 min­utes, Fort set­tled down to the task in hand and had by far the bet­ter of the half.

Fort keeper Martin MacK­in­non, on loan for the sea­son from Ca­ley This­tle, had lit­tle to do in the first half but un­for­tu­nately the visi­tors could not con­vert all their pos­ses­sion into goals and the teams went into the in­ter­val with a 0- 0 score­line.

It was a dif­fer­ent tale af­ter the re-start, how­ever, when on the 50-minute mark, a qual­ity strike from Keith’s Don­ald Fraser put the home side ahead.

And just a minute later, Fraser’s free-kick ef­fort saw the ball de­flected off Fort’s An­drew Ma­cLean into the visi­tors’ net.

It was an­other 70 min­utes be­fore the stunned Fort side pulled one back, when a great team ef­fort in­volv­ing six play­ers even­tu­ally saw the ball come to Iain MacLel­lan, who squared the ball for John Trea­surer to tap in from six yards.

That made it 2-1 with 20 min­utes to go. Pres­sure from Fort saw home keeper David Dey forced to make two fan­tas­tic saves to deny the visi­tors what would have been a well- de­served draw.

Fort co-man­ager Ali Smith was nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed with the de­feat, but said there were still plenty of pos­i­tives to take from the game.

‘A de­feat is al­ways hard to take but, that aside, we were de­lighted with the com­mit­ment and ef­fort shown


by all the play­ers, who gave 100 per cent. There were plenty of pos­i­tives and we’ll be look­ing to build on those.

‘We had some good trav­el­ling sup­port for the Keith game and hope­fully we’ll see re­ally good crowds at Clag­gan Park for our home games.’

Fort Wil­liam FC joint man­ager Ali Smith.

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