South Lochaber Thistle too sharp for Carradale

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Greater Glasgow AFL

Carradale 4

South Lochaber Thistle 5

Lochaber’s Jags proved a thorny problem for Carradale and ultimately took the honours in an almost even match.

‘Dale, struggling for a team, at 10pm on Friday, added four players without recent match fitness – Craig Robertson, Craig Galbraith, Jamie Morris and Lewis McFadyen – and they took a while to gel as a side on Saturday.

SLT in contrast is a team made up of some players from last season’s semi-pro Highland League side including Martin Munro, who created havoc on the left.

It was an entertaining display but SLT started off on the front foot nearly scoring in the first 10 minutes. If it had not been for Neil McMillan in the Carradale goal, making great saves with hands and feet, the Jags would have scored more.

McMillan denied SLT till the 22nd minute when Munro swung a corner into their number eight, Martin Forbes. The ball scraped over the line despite ‘Dale’s best efforts which even included a player flipping it out with his hand.

Within two minutes, in a similar scenario, ‘Dale equalised when Stuart MacBrayne swung a corner kick in and David Johnstone headed it home.

For SLT’s second, Munro set up Robert Johnston. He danced around the ball, in front of Euan McIlroy, before cooly slotting it into the net.

Three minutes before the break Munro beat three ‘Dale defenders en-route to a third again converted by Johnston.

The second half was more equal. ‘Dale had more midfield possession and linked the front men to make better progressive attacks.

Up to the 71st minute McMillan looked to be the McFadyen sponsored ‘Dale’s man of the match but a horrific error, when he went to pick up the ball and let it slip between his legs, ended that hope.

‘Dale picked themselves up and pulled one back in the 75th minute. Carradale had made a substitution and moved McFadyen to the right flank. He immediately contributed  a curling corner round the defence which DJ ran on to for a beautiful goal.

Three minutes later the visitors again gave themselves a three goal cushion. Munro picked up the ball and passed to the back post where Johnston was ready to tap it home for his hattrick.

Carradale did not give up and in the 82nd minute scored their third. Kenny Kerr swung in a corner which MacBrayne headed into the net.

With four minutes to go ‘Dale reduced the deficit to one goal. Morris collected the ball just outside the visitors’ box and clipped it over the defence. DJ controlled it forcefully and turned it round the corner for his hattrick.

At the last kick ‘Dale had a great chance, Craig Robertson passed to DJ , but MacBrayne’s foot was inches out as the ball entered the danger zone.

The match ball was sponsored by DW Semple and Son of Dippen and Boyd and Sally Sneddon of Roll and Butter provided the post match hospitality.

There may be an away game to Boswell tomorrow but as the Courier went to press it was not confirmed.