Fort William manager Ally Ewen was disappointed as his team lost 1-0 to Keith on a windy day at Kynoch Park. He felt it was just a bad day at the office.
A second half goal from Kris Duncan sent Ewen’s side home with nothing from the game.
Ewen said: “I am bitterly disappointed and felt the weather didn’t really help.I was hoping to get in with a goal or two and then sit in for the second half. But it didn’t happen and to be fair it didn’t look like happening.
“I felt that in the second half we would always be up against it. It just wasn’t our day. The chance there just at the death and a bit disappointed it never went in.The boys were reckoning the wind took it away from the goal as it was on target.
“I felt that a draw would be a fair result but credit to Keith the deserved the win. I spoke to the players about it inside and were not happy with the performance.
The first real chance fell to the away side as Scott MacLean whipped in a corner from the left hand side which was assisted by the wind and it almost went dramatically into the net but keeper Daniel Bell reacted quickly to punch the ball over the crossbar. Again Fort threatened with Daniel Mackintosh striking the ball from long-range however Bell came off his line to block the shot with his legs.
Soon after Iain Maclellan fired a strike which Bell brilliantly saved to deny the striker from grabbing the opener. At the other end Kris Duncan sent a great delivery into Michael Ewen who from eight yards blasted the ball just past the post. Minutes later Fort counter as Mackintosh brought the ball down well from his chest to McLeod whose effort was saved by the goalie.
In the 37th minute Ewen played a clever ball through to Duncan who was unlucky to see his strike hit the post and get cleared to safety. Then Duncan darted into the box to pass the ball to Craig Cormack to tap the ball into the net however Cormack was caught offside. Just before the break Ewen sprinted down the wing and played a neat pass to Duncan who turned to set up Hamish Ritchie for a shot but it was blocked.
After the interval Cormack cut inside to cross the ball to Ewen who just had to get a slight touch onto to send it into the net but he failed to connect to it. In the 57th minute the deadlock was broken when Bruce Milne on the right flank crossed it into the box and Duncan tapped the ball into the net to give Keith the lead.
Soon after Duncan had an opportunity to double the hosts lead as he struck the ball on the volley but keeper McLennan held it.Then McLeod almost managed to drive into the box however defender Michael Dunn put in an excellent tackle to prevent the forward from getting a goal scoring chance. Minutes later Ritchie stepped up to fired a free kick to the back post but there were no takers.
At the death Fort came so close in equalizing as McLeod hit a powerful strike which Bell pushed into the path of MacLean who shot wide of the target. Keith grabbed all three points after a hard working team performance.While Fort will be disappointed they didn’t get anything out of this game.
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