Ness 2 - 1 Lochs
If you were down to your last fiver and where looking for a sure thing would you bet on Rory McIlroy to win the Masters or Lochs to beat Ness? A no-brainer surely? Think again.
Whilst Augusta was basking in sunshine Ness must have been holding a brass monkey convention as the wind whooped in from the North and reduced this match to a game of two halves.
Ness played the first with the wind at their backs and were swift to profit as they made the most of the howling gale. With Saggy in midfield and Scott Macrury at the back, Ness looked a capable outfit as Lochs were about to find out.
The chill had yet to bite when they took the lead. After surviving a scramble in the box Alasdair Maclean cleared a corner out to Lee Johnson who knocked it back to Saggy. Saggy returned the compliment and Johnson sent a glorious ball through to Neil Morrison and he lobbed David Black with remarkable ease. Simples.
Lochs were playing ok but found the conditions difficult and were soon caught again as a long ball out of defence found Craig Harris in acres of space and he thumped the ball into the corner of the net.
Half time and Ness were already praying for the final whistle as they knew they would have to withstand a barrage of pressure from Lochs in the second half. That’s how it turned out with Lochs laying siege to big Sweeney’s goal.
The wind was still ferocious and Lochs passes and crosses were missing their mark but a goal still looked likely and it eventually came when Peter Mackenzie headed a cross into the box and Nomie was on it in a flash to poke it home and bring the game back to life.
Clear chances were few for Lochs as Ness defended bravely and ran down the clock whenever possible but in a game like this a chance will always come and it did when Maciver had a clear header on goal but somehow he contrived to head the ball over.
The game came to a frustrating end for Lochs as they failed to create any further chances but Ness were in no mood to console anyone as they congratulated each other on a fantastic performance that must surely rank with their best in recent seasons.