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South Lochaber Thistle ended the year with some festive cheer, in the form of a comprehensive friendly victory over Rhu Amateurs.
The Jags’ line up were certainly full of Christmas spirit and this soon lead to 1-0 lead.
A dainty dinked ball over the back line by Jack Copland allowed skipper Martin Munro to open his account for the day as he beat the Rhu centre half to the ball and chipped the keeper.
Munro was involved again as the Kinlochleven outfit fashioned chances using the quick interplay favoured by captain, club founder and veteran Dace Forbes and new comer Copland.
Several chances were well foiled by the Rhu keeper.
However, this was only a temporary reprieve. With 25 minutes on the clock, Munro latched onto a through ball, stayed on his feet despite being clipped as he entered the box and then took it round the keeper to coolly slot home and double the home side’s advantage.
Ten minutes later it was the visitors who opened their account for the day as the referee awarded a penalty. Douglas Black made no mistake and reduced the deficit to 2-1.
But Munro was not in the mood to be denied. Three minutes later, the scampering winger sealed his first-half hat trick with a well taken finish to restore the two goal cushion.
After the half time break, Rhu showed their determination not to be overwhelmed.
Pushing the ball onto his left foot, Jack McLaughlan fired a screamer into the net within under a minute of the restart.
Midfield field maestro Forbes then stepped up. Bringing the ball down with supreme control, he dipped his shoulder to send the defender the wrong way and send a snap shot into the bottom left hand corner.
The Jags were not to be denied at this point and were determined to press their advantage. Forbes’s midfield partner, the dynamo Cameron Bolton, slipped a cultured pass into former impish winger Sean Noble who surprised those who think of him as only a defender, by dinking a delicious chip over the helpless keeper.
The final score duly arrived via Munro. Towering midfielder Andrew Maclean played ball into Munro inside with no one within 10yards of him.
The skipper’s first touch took the keeper down, his second wrong-footed the recovery before he tapped in to move the score to a conclusive 6-2
Manager Alan Gray said: ‘We played some excellent football today. Marty was rightly awarded the Man of the Match award for his four goals but Forbes, Bolton and Maclean were all outstanding.
‘We want to thank Rhu for making the trip possible. At this time of year, in this year especially, the mental and physical health benefits of sport can’t be overstated.
‘As a club, we want to thank everyone for their help and support this year and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.’