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Lybster FC Narrowly Defeated in Highland Amateur Quarter Final Thriller

Lybster FC were narrowly beaten 4-3 by Back FC from the Western Isles in the quarter final of the Highland Amateur Cup on 31st July at neutral Ullapool.

The bald statistics, however, don't tell the true story of what turned out to be an epic game for excitement and goalmouth action. Back raced away to an early commanding lead of three goals to nil after just twenty minutes and, had by the half hour mark, missed a few other chances and grazed the ball against the face of the bar. The first goal was a stunning strike low into the corner of the net from around twenty yards out, the second was another good strike which took a wicked bounce as the Lybster keeper was getting down to make the cover save, the ball bouncing over the diving keeper. At two nil down, Lybster then had two efforts cleared off the Back line as they strove to get quickly into the game. Unfortunately another goal was conceded due to defensive frailties.

The powerful wide running Back players from midfield were constantly causing danger and Lybster were finding this difficult to combat.

3-0 down at half time it was imperative Lybster got an early goal to get into things and after ten minutes of pressure at the start of the half, but without too much threat, a fourth goal was conceded! It was a question now for most of the spectators of "how many?" They obviously hadn't reckoned on the resolve of the Lybster players to make sure they didn't end the game heavily defeated.

As they tightened their grip on the game ,with half an hour to go, they got a goal back from a Gareth Miller header then, seven minutes later, Allan Henderson got through to fire the ball into the net. Miller then had a shot deflected onto the post by the Back keeper before scoring again with another header with six minutes remaining. Back were reeling at this point and just managing to hold on. Then Miller (again with another header!) slammed the ball off the face of the Back bar with two minutes to go for what would have been a deserved equaliser. In amongst all this Lybster pressure Back on a break away had a goal chalked off for off side.

The final whistle signalled the end of what was exciting game played in great spirit by both teams, at a very fast pace throughout, in high energy sapping temperatures.

Back FC now progress to play fellow islanders Benbecula in the semi final.