Match Report: United 1 – 6 Carloway

At Goathill Park, Stornoway.

Monday, 3rd June, 2019, 19.00.

Carloway’s winning streak was stretched to five games with a fine victory which fired Na Gormaich to the top of the league for the first time this season. United are no pushovers this season and could have gone top with a win but Carloway’s attacking players are on fire with Fraser Macleod and Eachainn Miller leading the way once again.

Manager Billy Anderson went with the 3-5-2 formation which had worked well in the second half against Eriskay. Fraser Macleod dropped to the bench to protect a back strain, so Ross Maciver moved up front with Eachainn Miller and Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald replaced Callum Mackay who had (apparently) injured his hand jumping a gate. With Davie Beaton unavailable and Gordon Craigie out with a finger injury, Gordon Macrae returned in goals for his 85th appearance, 15 years after his last appearance under Davie Hanlon in 2004!

Carloway have started slowly in a number of games recently and were nearly caught cold again with Kenny Macsween clean through after three minutes. Thankfully the young United striker screwed his shot wide and Carloway got time to settle. The first chances came to Eachainn Miller who firstly burst through on the right and shot narrowly wide before having a header cleared off the line from a Duncan Shirkie corner.

United were well in the game and brought out two fine saves from (young) Macrae. The first was a deflected free kick from United fullback Andrew Mackay which he turned round the post and the second was a crucial one-handed stop from Martin Stewart who was clean through after a pass from John “Mashie” Macleod, son of former Carloway player Willie “Mashie”.

The game was evenly balanced and looked like it would be all square at the break but Carloway had other ideas and had an electric finish to the half. In the 43rd minute, Ross Maciver swept home his first of the season after a fine run and cutback from Stuart Bubble (1-0).

Two minutes later Eachainn Miller was brought down in the box but ref Calum “Chancy” Macleod brought play back for an earlier foul and a Carloway free kick from outside the box. Undeterred, Eachainn curled the free kick round the wall and past keeper Jack Maclennan for Carloway’s second (2-0). A breathless finish to the half.

Half Time: United 0 Carloway 2.

Carloway were maybe fortunate to be two ahead and Billy reacted by bringing on Fraser Macleod up top for Ross Maciver. The big centre-forward nearly made an instant impression, striking a post with a clever volley from a “D.I.” Maclennan cross. Carloway were playing much more fluently and were four nil up just after the hour. Firstly, Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald capped a strong performance with a clever volley from Duncan’s corner (3-0).

Then Kevin “Barra” MacNeil continued his remarkable scoring run (five in five games!) with a good finish following a clever Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald flick (4-0).

Carloway looked to be in easy street but a first clean sheet of the season continues to elude them after Hamish Macdonald slotted him his twelfth goal of an excellent season (4-1).

Na Gormaich reacted strongly however with Eachainn Miller hitting the bye line for Fraser Macleod to finish sharply from close range (5-1).

The big centre-forward then scored his second of the night and seventeenth of a prolific season, volleying home sharply after a fine run and cross from sub Andy “Bernera” Morrison (6-1).

This was a much harder game than the scoreline suggests and it took an excellent Carloway performance to make it so comfortable in the end. Billy Anderson has instilled the side with confidence and the quality of finishing continues to astound. Special mention to Gordon Macrae who was kicking himself for conceding the goal but played extremely well on his return to the team.

Carloway Man of the match – Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald

United Man of the match – Coinneach Smith

Line-ups:

CARLOWAY: 3-5-2.

            

Gordon Craigie

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 Ross Maciver

 

Subs. used: Fraser “Fraz” Macleod (Ross Maciver) 45 ¦; Dan Crossley (Kevin “Barra” MacNeil) 68; Andy “Bernera” Morrison (Eachainn Miller) 76; Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald (Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald) 83; Joe Armstrong (Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur) 86.

Subs. not used: None.

Yellow cards: Fraser “Fraz” Macleod 51; Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur 72.

Manager: Billy Anderson.

Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.

 

United: 4-5-1.

 

Hamish Macdonald

Alfie Macmillan Kyle Munro ¦ John Macleod Kenneth Macsween Martin Stewart

Seumas Maciver Kevin Flower Coinneach Smith ¦ Andrew Mackay

Jack Maclennan (capt.)

Subs. used: James Beaton (Alfie Macmillan) 45; Chris Adams (Martin Stewart) 66 ¦; Paul Duke (?) 75.

Subs. not used: Dylan Glover; Iain Mackinnon.

Yellow cards: Coinneach Smith 45; Kyle Munro 75; Chris Adams 81.

Manager: Steven Munro