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Loch Ness ready for biggest ever game in bid to reach cup final


By Will Clark

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LOCH Ness are one game away from reaching their first cup final as a North Caledonian League club.

North Caledonian League Div 2..Loch Ness v Inverness Athletic, CanalPark, Inverness...Loch Ness frontman Donald MacPhee is quickly closed down...Picture: Callum Mackay..
North Caledonian League Div 2..Loch Ness v Inverness Athletic, CanalPark, Inverness...Loch Ness frontman Donald MacPhee is quickly closed down...Picture: Callum Mackay..

Thurso stand in their way of reaching the Football Times Cup final when the two teams clash in Fortrose tomorrow afternoon.

Loch Ness. who relocated from Inverness to King George V Park in Fortrose this season, have got off to a flying start with five wins out of six in the league.

They are one point off leaders Halkirk United with a game in hand.

Manager Shane Carling says it is the biggest game of the season so far for Loch Ness.

They said one of their objectives was to reach a cup final and says they are confident they will do after the final whistle.

“This is a massive opportunity for us,” said Carling.

“One of our targets for this season was trying to get to a cup final and we are one game away from doing that.

“This is the biggest game of the season for us, it means so much to the club, coaches and players, everyone is looking forward to it.”

Carling says he has the most amount of players available for a game this season, but will still be without key personnel tomorrow.

Mark Kennedy pulled a hamstring last weekend and will miss the game.

Ryan Ingram is on holiday with David Watson out injured.

Loch Ness beat Thurso 2–0 in the league last week and Carling hopes that will give them a mental edge.

“The league we are in if you beat someone 1–0 or 5–0, the next time you play them the scoreline could be the other way about,” said Carling.

“Thurso are strong, physical and well organised and it will be a tough game.

“They have seen us and the way that we set up, o they are going to come up with a game plan on Saturday.”

The winner will face the victors of the other semi final taking place between Nairn County A and Halkirk United who meet at Riverside Park tomorrow, in the final.


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