LOVAT 1 – 2 KYLES ATHLETIC

This was an exciting top of the table clash, between two closely matched teams.

The first half was quite an even affair, with Lovat having the edge, and we went into half time one goal up, thanks to an Owen volley.

After the break, Kyles changed things around well, and took advantage of a couple of errors to make it 2-1. Despite this, we pushed hard, and if it hadnt been for Kenny Macdonald’s good saves and the ball striking the post in the last 20 minutes,we would definatly have taken at least a deserved point.

All credit to Kyles, who got the job done, and their “big game” experience probably won the day…!

LOVAT 0 – 1 KILMALLIE

Down to earth with a bang.

Against a strong first half wind, Kilmallie kept the pressure on for the  majority of the half. Defence stood strong and we were happy to go in, 0-0. Tale of 2 penalties was the main topic and main chances – one for each team and neither was converted.(though surely Greg should have been allowed to place the ball on the spot himself!)

With the wind in our favour it was our turn to keep the pressure on, however it was Kilmallie who struck against the run of play.

Despite pressing until the final whistle, no goals were scored so no points this week unfortunatly.

No game next week, so 2 weeks to prepare, and Back to full training.

TRAINING

No training this Wednesday- 2nd team game away to Fort William.

Knock about at Balgate at 7pm on Friday night instead.

Good luck to the seconds…

LOVAT 3 – 0 NEWTONMORE

Great result in the top of the table clash against the League Champions at Balgate.

A strong start, saw us camped in the More half for the majority of the first 45. However despite some great play, stout Newtonmore defending and a bit of hard luck, it wasn’t until the 44th minute that we made the deserved breakthrough, with a sweet strike from Dunc.

In the second half, it was our turn for the bulk of the defensive duties- and we coped well. Then, against the run of play we broke forward and Fraser despatched the ball into the net to double our lead.(much to the delight of the majority of the large crowd) 

The third goal came with 5 minutes remaining when Fraser slotted home his second to complete the scoring. (and as Greg was heard to say on Saturday he was in Para, para paradise!!)

A good overall team performance, to push  us up 2 league places!!…..  😉

LOVAT 6 – 0 KILMORY

Progress in the cup is a good thing…and the Quarter final draw now awaits!!

Lovat’s first meeting with Kilmory was a tricky match. Kilmory are a decent side, strong and fit and likely to give anyone a competitive game.

In the end though we managed to get a hold on the match early, and goals in the first half from Greg, Lorne, Martin Bell and Owen gave us a comfortable, though hard fought first half lead.

Following a few positional changes in the second half Greg and Martin completed their doubles to finish the scoring, with the Kilmory keeper in particular having a good game.

Nice to catch up with the Kilmory manager again- last time met, he was the ref at the 2000 Sutherland cup final at Spean Bridge, when Lovat defeated Lochside Rovers on penalties.( Poppies Day..)

Back to league business next weekend, with the visit of last years  league champs.

LOVAT 5 – 1 GLENURQUHART

Good home display against Glen to gve us our overdue first home win of the season.

Hitting against a strong wind, and in blazing heat in the first half Lovat scored 2 goals curtesy of a well worked strike from Greg and a Martin Bell volley.

In the second half we consolidated the lead by adding another 3 goals. Greg hit 2  to complete his third hat trick of the season and Owen stepped up with another well taken strike to complete the scoring………..though Glen got a consolation towards the end of the match.

Good display, right across the board from all the players in the squad.

First round of the Scottish next week, more of the same please.

 

LOVAT 3 – 4 FORT WILLIAM

Disappointing result in 1st round of Mcaulay Cup.

After starting well and going into a deserved lead through a goal from Lewis, we were pegged back, but again went ahead by virtue of an Owen strike. 2-1.

Despite some good pressure, it was Fort who scored the next three goals , and it wasn’t until late in the second half that we managed to pull the score back to 4-3 with Owen’s second strike. All our pressure, unfortunatly though, couldnt produce an equaliser.

All in all, not our best performance, but had the game gone on a bit longer, i’m sure we would have gone on to equalise and possibly win the tie……………… if only.

No game this weekend, so time to regroup and support the juniors in the Sutherland.

KYLES 2 – 2 LOVAT

Long journey, long day…… decent result.

 A well fought, defensive first half performance against a strong wind, brought us to half time goal-less.

However with the wind dropping, the second half started brightly and some good play led to a well taken goal from Tawsey. Kyles hit back though, through a mix up at the back, and a penalty then gave the host team the lead.

Gregg struck the equaliser ten minutes later, after a defence splitting pass from O, but despite some late pressure a winner couldn’t be found. Throw into the mix, a great penalty save by Stuart from a hotly disputed penalty , and i’m sure the big crowd enjoyed an entertaining encounter which neither team deserved to lose.

A big thank you to Strachur for the hospitality and to the Kyle’s boys for the meals- much appreciated.