Match Report: Carloway 4 – 1 Eriskay
At Cnoc a’ Choilich, Carloway.
Saturday, 1st June, 2019, 11.00.
Carloway made it four wins in a row with a comfortable victory over Eriskay in a rare Saturday morning kick off at Cnoc a’ Choilich. Twenty one goals in these four victories show the attacking intent the team is playing with and this was evident again with Fraser Macleod scoring a brace to take his season’s tally to 15 and Eachainn Miller grabbing his eighth in only his third appearance of the season.
Manager Billy Anderson stayed with the 4-4-2 formation which had worked so well against Ness and, with midfielders Duncan Shirkie and Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald both unavailable, Fraser Macleod and Ross Maciver returned to the fray. Fraser joined Eachainn Miller up front while Ross came in on the right with Kevin “Barra” MacNeil joining Murdo “Squegg” Macleod in centre midfield and Callum Mackay moving to the left. Dan Crossley was welcomed back to the bench.
Na Gormaich have made a habit of falling behind in games recently and the curse struck again after an edgy start. Dominic Macaulay was a threat all game playing on his own up front for Eriskay and when he whipped a free-kick over the Carloway wall in the 7th minute, Craigie was at full stretch to palm it away. Unfortunately, the danger wasn’t cleared and, when the ball was squared back in, Liam Mackinnon knocked it home to give Eriskay an early lead (0-1).
Eriskay were clearly not going to be a pushover and Carloway were given little time to settle on the ball. Skipper Domhnall Mackay had to settle his troops and brought his team level in the 12th minute, bundling the ball home from another of Callum Mackay’s expert corner deliveries (1-1).
The rest of the half was extremely tight with Eriskay competing strongly and disrupting Carloway’s attempts to play through them. Chances were at a premium and the home side spurned one of the few clear cut openings on the half hour. Eachainn Miller burst through on the right and squared the ball to Fraser Macleod who looked certain to score from the centre of the penalty box only for his scuffed effort to be saved by the Eriskay keeper, Roddy Paul Macdonald.
Fraser made up for the miss just before half time when he latched on to a flick on by Eachainn Miller and slotted home comfortably with his left foot (2-1). So, two one at the break and Carloway relieved to be going in ahead.
Half Time: Carloway 2 Eriskay 1
Billy Anderson was not satisfied however and moved to 3-5-2 with Dan Crossley replacing Ross Maciver and Eachainn Miller dropping back to midfield. The team immediately looked more comfortable and went further ahead in the 53rd minute. Dan took a quick throw-in on the left and Eachainn dribbled past two defenders before finishing in the right-hand corner of the Eriskay net (3-1).
Eachainn almost scored an exact replica shortly after but this time his shot produced a fine save from the Eriskay keeper Macdonald . He then broke down the right and squared from close range to Fraser Macleod whose shot ricocheted off a defender on the line before being cleared.
Carloway were in full flow now and put the game bed in the 67th minute when Fraser Macleod drove home his second and Carloway’s fourth from close range (4-1).
The last twenty minutes provided some game time for substitutes Andy “Bernera” Morrison, Kenny “Dokus” Macdonald and Joe Armstrong. Joe appeared late on when Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur was immediately subbed following a Van Vossen-like miss from two yards.
Full Time: Carloway 4 Eriskay 1
So, another strong performance from Na Gormaich and the goals continue to flow. The team played some good football after a difficult start and sharper finishing could undoubtedly have led to a more emphatic scoreline. The team marches on to the Co-op quarter finals and, depending on other results, a possible trip to the Southern Isles. Mon the Way!
Carloway Man of the match – Domhnall Mackay
Eriskay Man of the match – Dominic Macaulay
Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur Domhnall Mackay (capt.) Euan Shirkie Donald “D.I.” Maclennan
Ross Maciver Kevin “Barra” MacNeil Murdo “Squegg” Macleod Callum “Beag” Mackay
Fraser “Fraz” Macleod Eachainn Miller
Subs. used: Dan Crossley (Ross Maciver) 45; Andy “Bernera” Morrison (Murdo “Squegg” Macleod) 80; Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald (Fraser “Fraz” Macleod); Joe Armstrong (Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur) 88.
Subs. not used: Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald.
Yellow cards: None.
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Liam MacKinnon Cailean MacQuarrie Shaun MacKinnon Michael Iain MacInnes ¦ Colin Atkin
Thomas Steele Michael Campbell Stephen Campbell (capt.) Jordan MacKinnon
Roddy Paul MacDonald
Subs. used: Calum MacMillan (Colin Atkin) 75; Matthew MacDonald (Cailean MacQuarrie) 84.
Subs. not used: Andrew Campbell.
Yellow cards: Michael Iain MacInnes 85.
Manager: Shaun MacKinnon