Ross gun­ning for goal No 60 of the sea­son

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Ron­ald Ross, the sport’s lead­ing marks­man, can break through the 60-goal bar­rier in to­day’s Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nal against Fort William, writes Ken­neth Stephen. The Kin­gussie for­ward, whose goals won the 2006 fi­nal for the Dell side, has scored 59 times so far this sea­son.

Ross missed sev­eral games at the start of the cam­paign through in­jury but has played in 21 fix­tures for the hold­ers. He still has some way to go to match his own record of 96 in a sea­son, in 2003.

How­ever, Drew McNeil, the Fort William man­ager, knows “Ron­aldo of the Glens” will be the cut­ting edge his side must blunt if they are to reach the cen­te­nary Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal.

"For two-and-a-half games this sea­son we have man­aged to con­tain Ron­ald but, in the clos­ing stages of the last match, we gave Kin­gussie too much space and that cost us.

“It is not just about Ron­ald, though; it is about starv­ing him of the ball and de­fend­ing from the front. You also have to try and keep him away from the goals."

Fort en­joyed the up­per hand in the MacTav­ish Cup fi­nal be­tween the sides this term but to­day’s game could go ei­ther way. Fort have Chris Bam­ber sus­pended, while Kin­gussie miss Rus­sell Dal­las.

In the other semi-fi­nal, In­ver­aray and Strath­glass do bat­tle for the right to have a crack at the big one, the sea­son’s high­light, in In­ver­ness on Septem­ber 22.

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