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Late equaliser denies Lovat win

By Staff Reporter

For the second successive week Lovat dropped a point but stay top of the Mowi Premiership.

Rain and snow brought about an almost total wipeout of the fixtures card. At Balgate the Lovat pitch passed a pitch inspection, and Lovat welcomed Martin Mainland back into the squad after he missed the match against Oban Camanachd.

Kingussie were almost at full strength with Lee Bain slotting into the midfield, although his afternoon was cut short after he was forced out with a leg injury in the first half.

Lovat dominated the early part of the game and appeared to adapt to the heavy conditions more readily.

Martin Mainland (Lovat) stands up to Fraser Munro (Kingussie) in the MOWI Premiership. Picture: Neil Cameron
Martin Mainland (Lovat) stands up to Fraser Munro (Kingussie) in the MOWI Premiership. Picture: Neil Cameron

Kingussie survived an early scare when a strike from Mark MacLachlan beat keeper Craig Dawson but struck the upright before being scrambled to safety.

Inaccurate finishing by the Lovat forwards and excellent goalkeeping by Dawson kept the scoresheet blank, while at the other end Kingussie were restricted to the occasional attack on the Lovat defence.

The breakthrough finally came a minute before the break when Greg Matheson’s low strike beat Dawson.

Lovat continued to have the upper hand but were stunned four minutes into the second half when Kingussie’s Savio Genini picked up a poor clearance from Lovat’s defence before bulleting a low shot beyond Lovat keeper Stuart MacDonald.

Lovat quickly regained their composure and just after the hour mark Fraser Heath created an opening for MacLachlan and he smashed the ball home from a tight angle.

As the game entered injury time Genini struck when he picked up a pass from Ryan MacWilliam to score with a neat finish.

Lovat boss Fraser Gallagher was disappointed with the result, saying: “I felt we did enough to take both points – we dominated for most of the match and we should have scored more goals.

“At the other end they scored from set piece moves which we should have defended better. Poor defending let us down at the end of the day.”

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