Match Report: Carloway 6 – 2 Ness

At Cnoc a’ Choilich, Carloway.
Moniday, 15th April, 2019, 18.30.

Carloway hit Ness for six and marched into the Jock Stein Cup quarter finals with an emphatic first victory of the season. There were two changes from Friday’s narrow defeat to West Side with Domhnall Mackay returning from suspension to partner Euan Shirkie at the back and Kevin “Barra” MacNeil making a welcome return to the starting line-up, Joe Armstrong and Andy Morrison dropped out the squad. New signing Albert Calsina Latorre joined Chris “Christy” Smith, Uisdean Reid and Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald on the bench. Murdo “Squegg” Macleod was presented with a special award before the game which was his 300th for the club.

Carloway started brightly but fell behind after ten minutes when Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur’s passback was picked off by Lee Johnson who slotted past Craigie (0-1).

The former Carloway striker showing the same composure which made him an important player in our run to the Highland Amateur Cup final in 2014. Ness’s lead was short-lived however as Neil Sinclair broke strongly down the right and crossed for Fraser Macleod to volley home. Great response. (1-1).

Carloway settled into the game after the equaliser and, with Murdo “Squegg” Macleod and Duncan Shirkie pulling the strings in midfield, went two ahead before half-time. Neil Sinclair got the first firing into the corner following a “Squegg” through ball on 26 minutes (2-1).

Fraser Macleod then crashed home the third five minutes later after another ex-Carloway man Ross “Tiny” Maclean couldn’t hold on to a cross from the left from “DI” Maclennan (3-1).

Domhnall Mackay nearly got his first of the season just before half-time but his header crashed off the stanchion. Three one at the break and a strong end to the first half.

The break made no difference to Carloway’s momentum and they went further ahead two minutes into the second half when Callum “Beag” Mackay played in Kevin “Barra” MacNeil, who slotted calmly past “Tiny” (4-1).

Kevin “Barra” proved a real threat pushing forward and he scored his second on 62 minutes from close range when Fraser Macleod’s flick was parried by an increasingly troubled “Tiny” (5-1).

At five one and the game looked over but to be fair to Ness they fought hard and Lee Johnson scored his second following casual play in the Carloway defence. Spanish sub Albert then made his debut replacing “DI” Maclennan on 66 mins and looked good in his short time on the pitch. He may have been bemused however to see Craigie wandering out of his box, ball in hand, and receiving a booking for his troubles!

The victory was wrapped up in the 82nd minute when Euan Shirkie crashed home a header from a fine Callum “Beag” Mackay corner. (6-2)

So, a good performance and a fine first victory for manager Billy Anderson. There will be harder tests to come but Carloway’s play going forward was very promising and six goals was an excellent return. Unsurprisingly, Murdo “Squegg” Macleod stole the show with a classy display in his landmark 300th game.

Carloway Man of the Match: Murdo “Squegg” Macleod

Ness Man of the Match: Neil Morrison

Line-ups:

CARLOWAY: 4-4-2.

              Gordon Craigie 

Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur  Domhnall Mackay (capt.)  Euan Shirkie  Donald “D.I.” Maclennan

Callum “Beag” Mackay   Murdo “Squegg” Macleod   Duncan Shirkie   Kevin “Barra” MacNeil

          Fraser “Fraz” Macleod   Neil Sinclair

 

Subs. used: Albert Calsina Latorre (Donald “D.I.” Maclennan) 66; Uisdean Reid (Murdo “Squegg” Macleod 87; Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald (Kevin “Barra” MacNeil) 90

Subs. not used: Chris “Christy” Smith.

Yellow cards: Gordon Craigie 73.

Manager: Billy Anderson.

Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.

NESS: 4-5-1.

               Donald Murray

Matthew Maciver   Innes Smith   Ali Morrison ¦   Lee Johnson   Nathan Harris

Sean Macdonald   Neil Morrison (capt.)   Iain Murdo Macleod ¦   Scott Macrury

                      Ross “Tiny” Maclean

 

Subs. used: Kevin Graham (Donald Murray) 45; John R Murray (Lee Johnson) 66; Uisdean Russell-Smith (Ali Morrison) 66.

Subs. not used: Ruairaidh Graham; Donald Macsween.

Yellow cards: Ali Morrison 32; Iain Murdo Macleod 80

Manager: Chris Macdonald

Asst. Manager: Donald Macsween.