Inverness Ath 1
Loch Ness 1
League (Ness Cup)

Inverness Ath
1 - 1
Loch Ness 

League (Ness Cup)
Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord
2:00 PM Kick-off

Luke Mackay (pen.) (48)
DJ Macphee (50)

Team Managers
Jason Golabek

Starting Eleven
Ryan A MacLeod
Craig Morrison
Connor Smith
Liam Smith
Liam Symonds
Paul Gair
Lennox Lauder-Smith
Lewis Macleod
Matty Shewan
Gary Calvert
Luke Mackay
David Harrison
Michael McRobert
Ryan Ingram
Reece Paterson
Calum Black
Kai Cruickshank
Kane Hull
Craig Mainland
DJ Macphee
Luke Seago
Jonny Hewitt

Jack Davison
Finlay Macleod
Jack Wardrop
Michael Grant
Connor Bunce
Glenn Donoghue
Ryan Macleod
Ross Harrison
Martin Mainland
Martin Bain

Connor Bunce for Gary Calvert (46)
Michael Grant for Matty Shewan (59)
Jack Wardrop for Lennox Lauder-Smith (59)
Jack Davison for Lewis Macleod (80)
Finlay Macleod for Luke Mackay (90)
Ross Alistair Harrison for Luke Seago (45)
Ryan Macleod for Jonny Hewitt (50)
Glenn Donoghue for Calum Black (70)

Matty Shewan (33)
Kai Cruickshank (11)
Ryan Macleod (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Molly Alexander (Referee)

Match Report

Inverness Athletic and Loch Ness played out an entertaining but very wind affected 1-1 draw this afternoon at Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord.

In what was an eagerly anticipated first ever meeting between the sides, it would be the home side who would settle first and get the first chance to take the lead. Matty Shewan drove into the visitors box, only to be upended by the on-rushing Harrison in the Loch Ness goal. The referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Gary Calvert who saw his shot well saved by Harrison, atoning for his early error.

The rest of the first half became very scrappy, with both sides having trouble dealing with the very windy conditions. Home Goalkeeper Ryan Macleod was the busier of the two keepers as the first half grew older. He was called into action on several occasions and around the half hour mark made a smart save to deny Loch Ness after the ball travelled through a sea of bodies. Athletic were lucky to see ex Athletic trio Jonny Hewitt, Callum Black and Michael McRobert all strike wide of the goal as the first half drew to a close.

Half Time – Inverness Ath 0-0 Loch Ness

Manager Jason Golabek was forced into a half time change as Connor Bunce made his Inverness Athletic debut, replacing the inured Gary Calvert.

Athletic began the second half well. With the wind on their backs they were putting pressure on their visitors and that pressure eventually paid off. On the 48th minute mark Athletic were awarded a second penalty of the afternoon after Loch Ness were adjudged to have handled inside the box. Luke Mackay stepped up and gave Harrison no chance with a sweet strike into the roof of the net.

That goal seemed to kick start Loch Ness who would go on to dominate the next 10 minutes or so. Another ex Athletic man, Ryan Macleod, who was a second half Loch Ness substitute, was proving to be a real handful for the home defence. It was through Macleod that Loch Ness would get a route back into the game. He drove into the Athletic box and was met by a clumsy challenge from Liam Smith and left the referee with no choice but to award the third spot kick of the afternoon. DJ Macphee stepped up and sent Inverness keeper Macleod the wrong way to level up the derby.

Loch Ness were lifted by the Macphee penalty and were starting to pile more pressure on their hosts as they searched for another goal. That nearly came with and hour on the clock. Macleod stepped up and hit a good free kick that hammered off the inside of the post, back across the Athletic goal line, before being gather by the home keeper. A let off for Golabek’s men.

Both sides had further chances to win the game, with Paul Gair hitting the post for the home side direct from a corner before Connor Bunce and Finlay Macleod both came close for Jason Golabek’s men, with Macleod forcing Harrison in the visitors goal into a fantastic save.
In the end a draw was probably a fair result for both sides in a game that the weather and wind sadly played a big part in.

The Manager spoke to us after the game, “Delighted with the players today. The work rate and togetherness from the squad is fantastic. All 16 players contributed to a hard earned point. We always knew this was going to be a tough game and I am very happy with the way the young lads dealt with it. The new signings slotted in well too, it was fantastic to have Paul’s experience in the middle of the park to help guide the younger lads through the game. We maybe could have got the three points in the end with Connor or Finlay’s strikes but if I am honest they pegged us back in the first half and also hit the post in the second, so a draw was probably a fair result. We move onto next week now and will get the lads back into training this as we prepare for the visit of Bonar Bridge. “

Squad Statistics (as at October 31st, 2020)

2020-21 All Time
Ryan A MacLeod (GK)23 3 - 9 -
Craig Morrison25 3 - 3 -
Connor Smith18 3 - 3 -
Liam Smith19 2 - 15 -
Liam Symonds22 3 - 151
Paul Gair32 1 - 1 -
Lennox Lauder-Smith18 3 - 3 -
Lewis Macleod20 2151
Matty Shewan26 3 - 3 -
Gary Calvert33 313710
Luke Mackay25 3343
Finlay Macleod (sub) - 2 - 2 -
Michael Grant (sub)29 1 - 211
Jack Davison (sub)18 1 - 1 -
Jack Wardrop (sub)21 3 - 3 -
Connor Bunce (sub)19 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at October 31st, 2020)

P W D L F A Pts

No games played.

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