Match Report: Lochs 3 – 6 Carloway

At Creagan Dubh, Leurbost.

Monday, 20th May, 2019, 19.00.

Carloway produced a stunning league victory over Lochs and scored six goals at Creagan Dubh for the first time in living memory despite playing for almost an hour with ten men. A hat-trick from Eachainn Miller on his return to island action set the tone for an impressive team performance and an important three points.

Carloway turned round Saturday’s Highland Amateur tie against Back after switching to 3-5-2 at half-time and manager Billy Anderson stayed with this attacking formation for the visit to Leurbost. Fraser Macleod and Dan Crossley were unavailable and were replaced by the aforementioned Eachainn and Murdo “Squegg” Macleod who returned to centre midfield. Joe Armstrong moved to the bench to accommodate Kevin “Barra” MacNeil who played for the first time since injuring his thumb against Harris.

Lochs took only four minutes to puncture the optimism of Na Gormaich’s healthy travelling support. The ball was given away in midfield and quickly transferred to Ross Allison who toe-poked home (0-1).

Eachainn Miller shot over after good pressing by Cameron Macarthur before Lochs went further ahead after 9 minutes. A cross from the left was well controlled by David Martín who slotted home after Davie Beaton had saved his initial shot (0-2).

Not the best of starts but this team has proved it’s resilience in recent weeks and the comeback started on 15 minutes when Eachainn Miller crashed home a header from Murdo “Squegg” Macleod’s free-kick (1-2).

This changed the flow of the game and, after Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald’s effort was save by James Macleod at close range, Carloway drew level on 32 minutes. Eachainn Miller went past two defenders on the left before squaring to Kevin “Barra” MacNeil who fired the leveller high into the net (2-2).

It only took a further four minutes for Na Gormaich to go ahead. This time Euan Shirkie carried the ball out of defence before playing through Eachainn Miller who rounded James Macleod and fired into the net (3-2).

The celebrations had barely died down when Murdo “Squegg” Macleod was shown a red card, his first ever in senior football, by ref Andrew Macaulay after picking up a second yellow for blocking a quickly taken free kick.

If being down to ten men was going to affect Carloway, then it wasn’t immediately obvious and they stretched their lead on 41 minutes. Domhnall MacKay’s shot struck the hands of a Lochs defender and the skipper slotted home with his left foot after his penalty was saved by James Macleod (4-2).

Half-time, an amazing forty-five minutes and time to draw breath.

Half Time: Lochs 2 Carloway 4

Carloway started the second half on the front foot despite their one man disadvantage and extended their lead on 53 mins. Eachainn Miller broke free on the right and his crossfield pass was met strongly by Kevin “Barra” MacNeil. James Macleod made a fine save but Barra was alert enough to get up and fire home the rebound with his left peg (5-2).

Carloway continued to surge forward and “D.I.” Maclennan put in a beauty of a cross from the left which was headed wide by Eachainn Miller before Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald tested the Lochs keeper with a stinging drive from the edge of the box. Lochs got one back against the run of play when former Carloway stopper Ali “Laxay” Macdonald crossed from the left and Lewis MacKenzie lifted a clever finish over Davie Beaton after 66 mins (5-3).

Thankfully the next twenty minutes passed without incident and Carloway comfortably defended their lead before extending it with five minutes remaining. Eachainn Miller released Cameron Macarthur on a storming run down the right which was brought to an abrupt end in the box for a clear penalty. The skipper generously offered Miller the chance to complete his hat trick which he did confidently, slotting the ball into the right hand corner (6-3).

There was just about time for a rejuvenated Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald to fire narrowly wide before ref Macaulay brought an entertaining contest to an end. A fine performance from Carloway and brave management from Billy Anderson who refused to abandon his attacking intent when his team were reduced to ten men.

Full Time: Lochs 3 Carloway 6

Carloway Man of the match – Eachainn Miller

Lochs Man of the match – David Martin

Line-ups:

CARLOWAY: 3-5-2.

            

David Beaton

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

Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur Murdo “Squegg” Macleod ¦ ¦ Duncan Shirkie Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald Kevin “Barra” MacNeil

Eachainn Miller Callum “Beag” Mackay

 

ubs. used: Ben Smith (Kevin “Barra” MacNeil) 83; Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald (Eachainn Miller) 86; Andy “Bernera” Morrison (Duncan Shirkie) 88.

Subs. not used: Joe Armstrong; Gordon Craigie

Yellow cards: Murdo “Squegg” Macleod 22;

Red cards: Murdo “Squegg” Macleod 37

Manager: Billy Anderson.

Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.

 

Lochs: 3-5-2.

 

 

David Martin Ross Allison

Daniel “Nipper” Mackenzie Lewis Mackenzie Gordon Maciver John “Uig” Morrison Niall Houston

Ali “Laxay” Macdonald ¦ Graeme Mackenzie David Skene

James Macleod (capt.)

 

Subs. used: Peter “Robbie” Mackenzie (David Skene) 40; Ali “Tolsta” Maciver (Niall Houston) 65; Joe Murray (Ross Allison) 85; Scott Macdonald (Graeme Mackenzie) 85.

Subs. not used: None.

Yellow cards: Ali “Laxay” Macdonald 51; Niall Houston 58; Ross Allison 67.

Manager: Ewen Maclean