Match Report: Harris 1 – 3 Carloway
At Rally Park, Tarbert.
Friday, 19th April, 2019, 18.30.
Carloway’s first visit to Rally Park since 2016 and their first on league duty since 2014 resulted in a deserved but hard-fought victory. Front man Fraser Macleod has an impressive record in Tarbert having scored ten goals there in the 2013 league-winning season alone, and he was to play a pivotal role once again.
The Carloway line-up showed three changes to the team who beat Ness on Monday night with Davie Beaton making his first appearance of the season in goals, Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald likewise in midfield and Dan Crossley returning to partner Fraser up front. Duncan Shirkie (hamstring) and Neil Sinclair (unavailable) dropped out the squad while Craigie got to rest his ageing limbs on the bench.
Billy Anderson had clearly fired up his troops and Carloway were fast out the traps. A long ball from skipper Domhnall Mackay split the Hearach defence in the opening minute and Fraser fired narrowly over on the half volley. A minute later and Carloway were through the middle again with Dan Crossley running onto Fraser Macleod’s pass. This time the finish was clinical and Carloway had the perfect start.
Harris were shell-shocked and struggled to get a foothold in the game in the early stages. Their evening got worse after ten minutes when, having been fed by Callum “Beag” Mackay down the right, Fraser hit a belter from the corner of the box into the left-hand corner of the goal off the stanchion of post and bar. A fantastic strike and no chance for the Harris keeper.
Carloway continued to attack in numbers and Kevin “Barra” MacNeil, finding space on the left, had a good effort well saved. Harris began to stir though with Andrew “Brownie” Morrison starting to get on the ball up front and Finlay Macsween threatening with his pace on the right-handside. Macsween escaped twice in quick succession with one effort being well saved by Davie Beaton and a second being cleared off the line by Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur. The young winger took his chance at the third time of asking however, slotting home at the near post after breaking free once again in the 31st minute.
The momentum of the game had shifted and Carloway were now on the back foot having already had to reorganise with Euan Shirkie succumbing to a hamstring injury and being replaced by Joe Armstrong. Harris continued to press and could have been level at the interval if the crossbar hadn’t denied Andrew “Brownie’s” clever chip.
Reaching half-time with the lead intact was crucial for Carloway. Billy Anderson’s half-time talk stiffened the team’s resolve and they started the second half in more confident fashion. The defence had tightened up and the midfield duo of Murdo “Squegg” Macleod and Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald put in a serious shift under pressure from the strong Harris pairing of Kyle Macleod and ex-Carloway player Norman “Taz” Morrison.
The improved second half performance paid off with a third goal for Carloway in the 57th minute. Murdo “Squegg” Macleod was the creator with a through ball to Fraser who finished sharply from outside the box. Another fine finish and a crucial two goal cushion.
Harris continued to perform strongly and Carloway continued to match them. Andy “Bernera” Morrison replaced Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald in the 67th minute and Uisdean Reid replaced Kevin “Barra” MacNeil five minutes later, “Barra” ending up at A&E with a suspected broken thumb. The team kept their shape and discipline and saw the game out for a deserved three points.
Harris showed great spirit and will take points off teams this season. So, an important and impressive league victory for Carloway ahead of two important cup ties in the week ahead.
Carloway Man of the Match: Fraser Macleod
Harris Man of the Match: Finlay Macsween
Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur Domhnall Mackay (capt.) Euan Shirkie Donald “D.I.” Maclennan
Callum “Beag” Mackay Murdo “Squegg” Macleod Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald Kevin “Barra” MacNeil
Fraser “Fraz” Macleod Dan Crossley
Subs. used: Joe Armstrong (Euan Shirkie) 32; Andy “Bernera” Morrison (Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald 70; Uisdean Reid (Kevin “Barra” MacNeil) 75.
Subs. not used: Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald; Gordon Craigie.
Yellow cards: None.
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Andrew “Brownie” Morrison
Michael Macleod Kyle Macleod (capt.) Norman “Taz” Morrison Finlay Macsween
James Maclean Alasdair Morrison Darren Macdonald Martyn Lightbody
Subs. used: Andy M Morrison (Michael Macleod) 45; Ruaridh Miller (James Maclean) 68; Jason Morrison (Donald Mackinnon) 78.
Subs. not used: James Morrison; Steven Lennie..
Yellow cards: Finlay Macsween 70.
Manager: Jody Sheilds