Fort William 0 St Duthus 1

An early goal and a late wondersave won it for St Duthus at Claggan Park today.

The home side started the more determined of the two sides, without really threatening in the opening stages. A Juan Cardona Cuellar shot just wide of the post was their best chance as the teams settled into the game.

Moments later, a quick exchange in the St Duthus area allowed Finlay McDonald space to fire wide.

Saints then took the lead on 14 minutes. Winning possession in midfield, an incisive through pass from Paul Loughlin sent John Maclellan through on goal, and the tall forward man dispatched the ball with authority, lashing the ball beyond Kit Fletcher.

John Allan was called into action soon after to stop a long range effort from Martin Munro, and had to be quick to gather the ball to prevent a goal on the rebound.

St Duthus had a great chance to add to their tally just before the interval when a Jamie Skinner ball found Adrian Voigt on the left hand side, but the winger's eventual shot was fired across goal, just missing the target.

Maclellan had a golden opportunity to double Saints' lead early in the second half when a cross from Thomas Lewis was knocked into his path by Liam Rostock, but his side footed shot was saved by Fletcher.

Fort heaped the pressure on Saints as the half progressed as they look to convert their lion's share of the possession into a goal, but resolute defending and an inspired goalkeeping performance from Allan would prove all-important in the latter stages.

On the hour mark, a Lewis Moran strike from 10 yards needed a good reaction block from Allan, before John Skinner cleared the ball to safety.

But Allan's coup de grace came on 75 minutes when he pulled off a wonder save to deny Michael Rodgers from a corner. The Fort man rose above the defence to head down towards goal, but Allan somehow got down to his left to prevent the effort.

A free kick four minutes from time was Fort's last dangerous offering, Allan again required to block a chance at his near post, before referee Heckie Cormack called time on the game, confirming another big win for Alan Geegan's men as they move closer to their season finale.

Team: John Allan, Blair Robertson, Lewis Smith, John Skinner, Jamie Skinner (Jack Wardrop 82), Paul Loughlin, Stefan MacRitchie, Thomas Lewis (Trialist 62), John Maclellan, Adrian Voigt, Liam Rostock (Billy Knox 84)

Picture: Iain Ferguson (alba.photos)

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