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Report: Michael O’Meara
Fort William FC 0, Strathspey Thistle 1
Fort William returned to Claggan Park on Wednesday night for the first time since November, but the Lochaber side narrowly lost the league encounter 0-1 to Strathspey Thistle.
Fort started the strongest with multiple corners in the opening 15 minutes of the game and chances coming to trialist Danny MacKintosh, whose shot just went wide.
Iain MacLellan also had an early chance from a tight angle but his shot was blasted over. Aidan Taylor had a chance from distance but it didn’t trouble Thistle keeper Michael MacCalum.
Thistle started to come into the game a bit more, with Lisle’s shot from 25 yards going a whisker past the post.
Fort William then had a Jordan Andrew shot cleared of the line. The score as they went into half time was 0-0 with the hosts the slightly better side.
In the 60th minute, Fort William number 9 Roddy Kennedy, playing in a slightly deeper role, shot from the edge of the box and the ball looked to hit the defender’s hand. Unfortunately for Fort, nothing was given by the referee to the astonishment of the home support. A couple of minutes later Kennedy had a second chance blocked denying his side a deserved lead.
Andrew then dribbled past three Thistle players but his final effort appeared too heavy and the visitors got the ball away.
In the 66th minute, Thistle won a corner kick, but the delivery proved too difficult for Hoban to catch and the men in blue got the only goal of the evening with a back post header from Craig MacMillan that turned out to be the eventual match winner.
Immediately after the goal, Fort manager Calum MacLean made the first of his three substitutions with Andrew making way for exciting prospect 16-year-old Connor Moore.
Fort kept pushing and causing threats with almost every attack but, despite the pressure and a number of substitutes, could not get the equaliser.
Fort’s Danny MacKintosh almost puts the ball past the Strathspey keeper. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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