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Football proved to be the winner as South Lochaber Thistle held a hastily arranged inter-squad game in place of their original friendly against Lochgilphead which had to be cancelled on the morning of the match.
Therefore, like a casino roulette wheel, it was the Reds of South Lochaber Thistle pitted against the Blacks of SLT in an archetypal game of two halves.
It’s definitely strange days at the moment with the players still needing to get changed in the car park and bring their own socks.
On the park, however, things were relatively normal. New signing Lewis Moran opened the scoring after some good work on the right by returning Keir Kennedy.
The game got even better for the Blacks, as skipper Martin Munro capitalised on some schoolboy defending to enter the box and round young goalkeeper David Wilson.
Things went from back to worse for the Reds when Munro hit a powerful shot from the edge of the box to leave Wilson with no chance.
Determined to get some reward for their endeavours, the Reds hit back early in the second half through the head of Andrew MacLean.
But determined to show that goals win games, the Blacks now conjured a finish out of the top draw. Ballachulish boy Ross Maclean slid a ball to veteran midfield supremo Dave Forbes, whose first-time ball round the corner was sublime. Gathered in by Kennedy, his cut-back found Moran, who finished with aplomb to restore the three-goal cushion.
Not to be outdone, Iain MacLellan danced through the Black defence and beat Andrew ‘Toon’ Brown with a cheeky little dink over the top.
No-nonsense defender Mickey Rodger was replaced by Alan Gray before 16-year-old Moran reminded the squad what youth can bring to a team.
Gathering a ball fired back into the edge of the 18-yard box from a corner, his well-struck shot took a deflection and made the score 5-2.
However, there were more twists and turns to come. MacLellan bagged his brace from 25 yards as the Black defence pondered.
Hard-charging centre midfielder Cameron Bolton hit back for Black to close the scoring at 6-3.
Manager Alan Gray was pleased to see his boys get some proper game time and said: ‘There was some great football played, all in the right spirit too which is fantastic.
‘Special mention to Barry MacDonald, who played like a mad dog at the back, and to Lewis Moran, Ben Price, David Wilson and Jack Copland, who played for the first time today and equipped themselves really well.’
Next week, SLT head to Oban Saints for another friendly encounter.