Sunday, 28 July 2013

Kilchoan FC v Mull Thistle FC

Match Report from Louis MacKenzie

In yesterday's game, Kilchoan were hoping to win a victory against Mull Thistle to help them get over the disappointment of losing 2-1 to Coll.  They started well, winning some dangerous free kicks, but could not take advantage.  In the seventh minute Mull could have taken the lead but a good save by Kilchoan keeper Justin kept the score level.

Most of Mull's play was coming down their right, but Kilchoan quickly picked up on this.  Even twenty minutes in it was still hard to tell which side would score first, with chances at either end.  But, twenty-two minutes in, Mull took the lead when a Kilchoan defender tried to jockey his opponent away from the ball.  The Mull player managed to cross the ball, which only needed a tap in.

The game continued to flow either way but, just when Kilchoan thought they could get to half time at 0-1, Mull scored again.  A ball came over the top of the Kilchoan defence and their attacker smacked it through the keeper's legs.

Kilchoan kicked off the second half and very nearly got back into the game with a strong attack forcing the Mull keeper to put the ball round the post.  Mull continued to attack, and in the 59th minute it could have been 3-0 but the Mull player mis-timed his run and was flagged offside.

The introduction of Fergus O'Hanlon for Kilchoan was positive; with his strength and pace he nearly scored but the shot went wide.  With 11 minutes to go, and Kilchoan weakened by loss of veterans Gordon MacKenzie and Gus MacLean, Mull scored their third, when a good save by Justin rebounded and was tapped in.  A minute later Mull scored again, and then heaped on more misery when their number 10 outpaced Kilchoan's defence and scored.  So the game ended Kilchoan 0, Mull 5.

Early on the game could have gone either way, and even when 0-2 down Kilchoan could still have got back, but Mull were the fitter and better-organised team, and deserved the result.

Many thanks to David MacGillivray and Shiel Buses for the match ball.
Match reporter Louis is a student at Ardnamurchan High School.

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