Match Report: Carloway 0 – 3 Point
At Cnoc a’ Choilich, Carloway.
Saturday, 13th July, 2019, 18.30.
Carloway came to this game on a difficult run with Highland Amateur and Eilean an Fhraoich cup defeats sandwiching a league loss to Back. Once again, manager Billy Anderson had a number of players missing with Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald, Davie Beaton and Neil Sinclair all participating in a Butt to Barra charity cycle whilst Callum “Beag” Mackay was representing the club at the TRNSMT festival on Glasgow Green. Gordon Macrae came in between the sticks for his second appearance of the season and Andy “Bernera” Morrison slotted in at centre-back while Ross Maciver returned to partner Fraser Macleod up front.
Carloway started strongly with Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur breaking on the right and having his shot well saved by Daniel Macdonald in the Point goals. However, the Rudhachs are in good form, top of the league and unlucky to lose to Wick Groats in the Highland Amateur after a strong performance. They quickly gained a stranglehold on this game with Rob Jones pivotal in centre midfield, strongly supported by Stephen Dunn and Andrew Murray.
The chances started to come after twenty minutes when Jones twice shot over from good positions and the Carloway goal was soon under siege. Gordon Macrae in the Carloway goal had to look sharp to save a Dunn header before Jones headed over from a Cammy Nicolson cross. Ali “Wally” Maciver was prominent in the Point attack but couldn’t finish despite having four good chances towards the end of the half. The best of these was a one-on-one with Gordon Macrae which was well saved by the Carloway keeper. The half finished with Na Gormaich defending a number of Point corners and Ali Gillies coming close with a hooked shot from one of them.
A strong first-half display by Point and Na Gormaich needed some strong defending and goalkeeping to go in level at the break.
Half-time: Carloway 0 Point 0.
The restart was delayed due to rabbit holes on the pitch and it was a comfort to everyone to see the chairman stride on with his red bucket and spade. The longer break, along with Billy Anderson’s wise words, seemed to fire up Carloway and they started the second half with renewed purpose. Fraser Macleod started to get on the ball and, after playing a one-two with Ross Maciver in the fifty-third minute, he found himself one-on-one with Daniel Macdonald. The young Point goalkeeper stood strong however and the chance was gone.
As so often happens, Carloway then conceded during their best spell of the game. “D.I.” Maclennan fouled “Wally” Maciver on the edge of the box in the fifty eighth minute and the young striker dusted himself down before firing the free kick low into the corner of the net (0-1).
This turned the tide again and within ten minutes the young Rudhach had completed his hat-trick. His second in the sixty-sixth minute was a beauty, stroked home after a Cammy Nicolson cutback (0-2) and his third was a left-foot finish having been released through the middle by a Dunn flick on (0-3).
Point continued to press and their young players started to come to the fore with both Mikey Jones and Josh Smith particularly impressive. Both had chances straight through on goal in the last fifteen minutes but on both occasions veteran keeper Macrae was up to the task.
Carloway brought on Callum Masson, Andrew “D.D.” Macleod and Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald towards the end and nearly got a consolation in the ninety second minute when Andrew played in Fraser Macleod for a neat finish only for the league’s top scorer to be ruled offside.
So, a comfortable win for Point and a sobering night for the home fans at Cnoc a’ Choilich. Na Gormaich are unlikely to face a stronger side this season and must now move on for a big game on Friday in Barvas.
Carloway Man of the match: Gordon Macrae
Point Man of the match: Rob Jones
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Andy “Bernera” Morrison Donald “D.I.” Maclennan Euan Shirkie
Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur ¦ Kevin “Barra” MacNeil Domhnall Mackay (capt.) Duncan Shirkie Joe Armstrong
Fraser “Fraz” Macleod Ross Maciver
Subs. used: Callum Masson (Andy “Bernera” Morrison) 73; Andrew “D.D.” Macleod (Ross Maciver) 85; Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald (Duncan Shirkie) 90+1.
Subs. not used: Uisdean Reid; Gordon Craigie.
Yellow cards: Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur 27.
Manager: Angus “Stoodie” Mackay
Asst. Manager: Donald “Rab” Maciver.
Ally “Wally” Maciver
Mikey Jones Robert Jones Andrew Murray Steven Dunn Cammy Nicolson
Josh Smith Elliot Rudall Ali Gillies (capt.) Scott Campbell
Subs. used: Sean Macmillan (Cammy Nicolson) 75; Stuart McPhee (Scott Campbell) 82.
Subs. not used: John Angus Morrison; Donald “Rab” Maciver.
Yellow cards: None.