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It was back to league duties on Tuesday night and Tomatin were at home to Grantown Utd. The home team were trying to put last Friday, devastating cup game out of their minds but it was Grantown who did all the early pressing as they forced a number of corners and started far better than Tomatin.


The home team did get into the game after 20mins when a good strike from Darren Kennedy was well saved by Lyndon o'Brien. Another good effort followed as Callum Fraser beat o'Brien with a nice chip only to see the ball come back off the cross bar. Grantown also had a few good chances with striker Gavin ????? Having the best of them but he put a few wide and also found Garry Stuart in fine form .

After 35mins Tomatin won a free kick which was swung into the box by Murray Fraser and was met at the back post by Findlay MacLeod who finished off from close range. It continued to be a game of chances leading up to half time with both teams creating oppertuniities. As the clock approached 45mins a very controversial decision saw the visitors draw level. A low ball into the near post was stopped by the feet of Bartlett and picked up by keeper Stuart. Bartlett was only trying to control the ball but referee Sinclair deemed it to be a pass back and awarded the visitors a free kick about 5 yards from the goal line. The whole Tomatin team lined up on the line but the strike from Rob ????? Found its way past the defenders and crossed the line. A large scale debate followed with player Manager Kennedy protesting too vigorously from the sidelines which resulted in a booking for descent.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first with both teams looking for the next goal in what was turning into a really good contest. Garry Stuart made a number of great saves to keep things level. Grantown missed another couple of chances and on another night might have scored 5 or 6. This would be Tomatin,s night though and with 6 minutes of play left Lewis MacLeod laid the ball off to Young Darren Kennedy who finished low past o'Brien from 12 yards.

This was Kennedy,s first goal in senior football and his namesake Manager could not hide his adoration for what proved to be the winner.

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