Liverpool in Istanbul. Manchester United’s 1999 Champion’s League win. Take That. All great comebacks. What happened on Saturday may well be the greatest comeback yet though as Lochbroom fought back from 3 down with 20 minutes left to win 4-3 against Jewsons of Inverness.
After a couple of successful seasons in the Ross-Shire League Lochbroom have began a new adventure in the Inverness Welfare League, where the side will start in the third division. Broom arrived at Bught Park filled with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation as this was a step in to the unknown for the side. Any fears about the teams ability to compete were soon put to bed as Lochbroom flew out of the traps, creating numerous guilt-edged opportunities. Each chance was spurned though, leaving manager Charlie MacRae to contemplate whether he’d be sensible to follow the lead of Sir Alex Ferguson and announce his retirement. Broom were soon made to pay for this lack of an end product when Jewsons took the lead after a clever turn and finish from the edge of the area.
The second half followed a similar pattern early on to the first. Broom continued to pass up chances to such an extent that you had to laugh or you might start to cry. This feeling of exasperation turned to sheer desperation when Jewsons capitalised with a quickfire double to make it 3-0.
With 20 minutes to go Lochbroom look destined to set off on the road to the first division with a false start. However, a tap in by birthday boy Big Neilly gave the side hope. Daryn MacRae then curled a free-kick into the top corner to put Broom within touching distance. Jewsons were like a boxer on the ropes and the equaliser came soon after. A slick move was finished by right winger Tannar to bring Broom level. From here the game only seemed to have one winner and for once it followed the script. Neilly bagged his second with a composed finish to spark wild celebrations and ensure Broom started the season with a memorable win.