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Carmichael on fire as Saints and Vale of Leven share the honours

Oban Saints 3

Vale of Leven Juniors 3

Pre-season friendly

OBAN Saints welcomed regular visitors Vale of Leven Juniors back to Oban for a preseason friendly last Saturday. To the relief of all, the heavy rain which put a dampener on last year’s meeting was nowhere to be seen and the match went ahead in pleasant conditions on an excellent Glencruitten 1 surface.

Holidays, injuries and work commitments severely restricted Alex Craik’s options with the gaffer having to rely on an extremely youthful bench to back up an experienced starting eleven. In goal for Saints was Graham Douglas who has reclaimed the number one jersey from recently retired Thomas McCulloch. An untried central defensive partnership of Jamie Graham and David McPhee slotted in between full backs Matthew Kelly and Scott Maitland. The midfield had an extremely experienced look with skipper for the day Donald Campbell taking a central role alongside Willie Gemmell and, fit again after missing most of last season, Keith Millar. Up front Paul Carmichael led the line flanked by Fraser MacFarlane and Dean Smith. On the bench were youngsters Kenneth Black, Jay Cooper, Gavin Forgrieve and Sol Smith with the Gaffer naming himself among the substitutes to significantly increase the average age.

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