In­ver­aray thwart Lochside’s ti­tle hopes

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Lochside Rovers beat the In­ver­aray sec­ond team 3-2 in their 1pm throw-up at the Win­ter­ton, but it wasn’t enough to re­tain the Marine Har­vest South Divi­sion 1 ti­tle.

Ahead of the match, Lochside learnt Kil­mory, who have been un­able to com­plete the sea­son be­cause of team rais­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, had all their re­sults for the fix­tures al­ready played this sea­son erased.

This meant Lochside went into their fi­nal match trail­ing lead­ers Bute, who have com­pleted their league pro­gramme, by two points but, sig­nif­i­cantly, the is­landers held a goal dif­fer­ence ad­van­tage of six goals. Newly-pro­moted In­ver­aray were guar­an­teed an eighth placed fin­ish no-mat­ter the out­come.

In­ver­aray took the lead on four min­utes through Craig Tay­lor, be­fore the home side lost veteran David MacPher­son to a nasty knee in­jury. Daniel MacCuish was a lit­tle for­tu­nate ref­eree John Wood only booked him for late swing fol­low­ing a melee. Lochside lev­elled on 41 min­utes. Gre­gor Mather used his hand to stop a long range Lewis Buchanan shot but Michael Mac­Queen re­acted quick­est and slot­ted the ball in from close range to make it 1-1 at half time.

Lochside made a strong start to the sec­ond half and got two quick goals to raise Oban hopes. Ross Camp­bell made it 2-1 on 49 min­utes be­fore scor­ing again af­ter 64 min­utes to make it 3-1.

In­ver­aray dug deep, and scored a sec­ond fol­low­ing a great Gary MacPher­son shot fol­low­ing a pass from his brother Gra­ham.

This was a last match in charge for Lochside boss Gareth Evans and his In­ver­aray counter-part Gra­ham MacPher­son, and both will be greatly missed by their clubs.

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