All good things come to those who wait

The all round skills of Martin Munro was well demonstrated as he put away two goals against stiff opposition. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

Want to read more?

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?

 

Problems logging in and require
technical support? Click here
Subscribe Now

South Lochaber Thistle 3-1 Westerlands
GGPL DIVISION ONE

Keir Kennedy takes control from a Westerlands player. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

Like watched pots and elephant pregnancies – it has been a long time coming – but South Lochaber Thistle (SLT) finally secured a win in 2022, writes Peter Newman.

Welcoming Westerlands AFC to the Jags’ new home ground of Claggan Park, this fixture saw tenth hosting ninth.

Thistle put out as close to a full strength side as they have been able to recently, welcoming back captain Martin Munro as well as stalwart centre half Kieran Lopez and local hero Iain MacLellan to the starting 11.

The first half hour was evenly balanced as the visitors – two points ahead of the home side but having played an additional eight games – gave a good account of themselves.

However, Munro was chomping at the bit after his long suspension and it was he who broke the deadlock. MacLellan and Munro put together some intricate one-twos and the skipper made no mistake in opening the scoring.

Ten minutes later the midfield pair of veteran Dave Forbes and galloping partner Andy Maclean combined to tee the striker up.

A happy face for Iain MacLellan as he puts away a goal for SLT. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

A crafted through ball from Forbes was gathered by Maclean who nosed ahead of the defender to cut it back for MacLellan to put the Jags 2-0 to the good.

With only three minutes remaining in the first half, SLT moved to a commanding 3-0 lead as Munro cut in from the left hand side and bent the ball in to the corner.

Early in the second half, a punched clearance in the home side’s box ricocheted about and a Westerlands player pounced to reduce the arrears.

Despite the visitors having a goal chalked off for kicking the ball out of Ryan Boomer’s hands, 3-1 was the final score.

Man of the match, John Ferguson weaves around a Westland player. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

Speaking afterwards, SLT manager Alan Gray said he was relieved more than anything.

‘It was evident we were playing decent football but that we were making silly errors and getting punished,’ he commented.

‘Welcoming Munro, MacLellan and Lopez back was huge for us, but alongside them, John Ferguson, Stevie Neil and impish full back Sean Noble were all outstanding.

‘It was also excellent to see newer players like Roberto Rodriquez-Santos and debutant Chris Kyle playing well.

‘Overall, it was good to get the monkey off our backs and ought to stand us in good stead for the visit of table-topping St Pats FC this week.

‘Thanks as well to Sunny’s Sports Bar for the post match hospitality.’

• Fort William FC’s match at Turriff United was postponed due to team members and management still testing positive for Covid 19. This weekend the team travel to play Inverurie Loco Works.

Captions

NO_F12_SSLT v Westerlands 02: The all round skills of Martin Munro was well demonstrated as he put away two goals against stiff opposition. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

NO_F12_SLT v Westerlands 01: A happy face for Iain MacLellan as he puts away a goal for SLT. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

NO_F12_SSLT v Westerlands 03: Man of the match, John Ferguson weaves around a Westland player. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

NO_F12_SSLT v Westerlands 05: Keir Kennedy takes control from a Westerlands player . Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos