Ross gunning for goal No 60 of the season
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.