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Keith carved out a victory over Fort William in terrible playing conditions at Kynoch Park thanks to a second-half goal from Kris Duncan.

The first real chance fell to the away side as Scott MacLean whipped in a corner from the left-hand side which was helped by the wind and it almost went into the net. But keeper Daniel Bell reacted quickly to punch the ball over the crossbar.

Again Fort threatened with Daniel Mackintosh striking the ball from long range, however Bell came off his line to block the shot with his legs.

Soon after Iain Maclellan fired a strike which Bell brilliantly saved to deny the striker from grabbing the opener. At the other end, Duncan sent a great delivery into Michael Ewen who, from eight yards, blasted the ball just past the post.

Minutes later, Fort countered as Mackintosh brought the ball down well from his chest to McLeod, whose powerful effort was saved by Bell.

In the 37th minute Ewen played a clever ball through to Duncan who was unlucky to see his strike hit a post and get cleared to safety. Then Duncan darted into the box and passed to Craig Cormack who tapped the ball into the net, however he was caught offside.

Just before the break Ewen sprinted down the wing and played a neat pass to Duncan, who turned to set-up Hamish Ritchie for a shot that was blocked.

After the interval Cormack cut inside to cross the ball to Ewen who just failed to connect to it.

In the 57th minute the deadlock was broken when Bruce Milne on the right flank sent a cross into the box and Duncan tapped the ball into the net to give Keith the lead.

Soon after Duncan had an opportunity to double his side’s advantage as he struck the ball on the volley, but keeper Douglas Maclennan held it well. Then McLeod almost managed to drive into the box however defender Michael Dunn put in an excellent tackle to prevent the forward from getting a goal scoring chance.

The final real chance of the game was for Fort as McLeod hit a powerful strike which Bell pushed into the path of MacLean who shot wide of the target.

Keith grabbed all three points after a hard-working team performance which manager Gordon Winton will certainly be delighted with. Meanwhile Fort boss Ally Ewen will be disappointed they didn’t get anything out of this game.

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