Match Report: Point 8 – 2 Carloway
At Garrabost, Point.
Monday, 5th August, 2019, 19.00
Carloway came to this game desperate to break a difficult run of defeats and progress in the final cup of the season. A strong squad was boosted by the return of Andrew “Pongo” MacIver with the only absentees being Ross Maciver (on holidays) and Duncan Shirkie (fractured wrist). The team lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with “Pongo” slotting into centre midfield alongside Murdo “Squegg” Macleod and Kevin “Barra” MacNeil allowing Callum “Beag” Mackay to join Fraser Macleod up front.
Point started very quickly and were two up within six minutes. The first was a cracker fired home from the left of the box by Angus Macdonald (0-1), the second very fortunate with a cross from new Point signing Stefan Jackson rebounding off Cammy Nicolson and trundling into the corner of the net (0-2).
As the game settled down, Carloway managed to get some possession in midfield and were frustrated when referee Kenneth “Bugsy” Smith pulled back play for a foul on Fraser Macleod when Callum “Beag” Mackay was clean through on goal.
The respite was short-lived however and Point went further ahead in the twenty first minute. Ali “Wally” Maciver found space to turn in midfield and played in Cammy Nicolson who cut in to finish calmly with his right foot (0-3).
Carloway were on the back foot with Point finding space to attack down both flanks and nearly lost a fourth when Stefan Jackson volleyed over after an Andrew Murray break. The fourth did arrive just before half-time and came directly from a Carloway corner. Angus Macdonald picked the ball up on the edge of his own box and, after driving forward and playing a one-two with Stefan Jackson, he fired home past Davie Beaton (0-4). Half-time and some welcome respite for Na Gormaich.
Hallf Time: Point 4 Carloway 0
Billy Anderson’s half-time words had a clear effect and his team came out with renewed purpose. Point struggled to clear the ball from a Callum “Beag” corner and Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald fired narrowly over from inside the box. Point continued to be a threat on the break however and Angus Macdonald fired narrowly wide from the right hand-side of the box.
The game was put fully out of Carloway’s reach with two quick goals in the fifty sixth and sixtieth minutes. The fifth gave Cammy Nicolson his hat-trick after being played through by Ali Gillies (0-5) and the fifth was a cracker, headed home by Rob Jones after another break down the right (0-6).
Carloway rang the changes with Kenny “Dokus” Macdonald replacing “Pongo” and Neil Sinclair coming on for Kevin “Barra” MacNeil. Kenny “Dokus” nearly made an immediate impact but his net bound volley rebounded off “D.I.” Maclennan for a bye kick, the incident summing up the way things are currently going for Na Gormaich.
Point’s seventh came in the eightieth minute when Rob Jones knocked in from close range following a “Wally” corner (0-7).
Callum Masson replaced Cameron Macarthur and Carloway regained some pride with two quick goals. Firstly, in the 87th minute, Murdo “Squegg’s” cross found the back the net when Fraser Macleod put pressure on the Point goalie (1-7), and two minutes later Fraser himself lashed home a fine strike from the edge of the box (2-7).
This was a landmark strike for Fraser, his 100th goal for Carloway in just seventy four appearances. A fine strike rate and a total only eclipsed by legends Gordon Craigie and Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald in the modern era.
Point finished the night as they started when Angus Macdonald fired home their eighth and his own third in the ninetieth minute (2-8).
Full Time: Point 8 Carloway 2
This is a strong Point team who showed no signs of a hangover from their Eilean An Fhraoich final defeat on Friday and the Rudhachs are surely destined to win at least one trophy this season.
Carloway will regroup and their testing run of fixtures continues this Friday with another visit to Garrabost on league duty. Mon the way!
Man of the match (Carloway): Callum “Beag” Mackay
Man of the match (Point): Angus Macdonald
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Domhnall Mackay (capt.) Donald “D.I.” Maclennan Euan Shirkie
Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald Kevin “Barra” MacNeil Andrew “Tago” MacIver ¦ Murdo “Squegg” Macleod Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur
Callum “Beag” Mackay Fraser “Fraz” Macleod
Subs. used: Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald (Andrew “Tago” MacIver) 59; Neil Sinclair (Kevin “Barra” MacNeil) 74; Callum Masson (Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur) 81.
Subs. not used: Andy “Bernera” Morrison Joe Armstrong.
Yellow cards: Andrew “Tago” MacIver 37.
Manager: Angus “Stoodie” Mackay
Asst. Manager: Donald “Rab” Maciver
Ally “Wally” Maciver Angus Macdonald
Cammy Nicolson Robert Jones Andrew Murray Stefan Jackson
Andrew Macmillan Josh Smith ¦ Ali Gillies (capt.) Scott Campbell
Subs. used: Sean Macmillan (Scott Campbell) 45; Martin Macdonald (Cammy Nicolson) 61.
Subs. not used: John Angus Morrison; Elliot Rudall; Calum Macleod.
Yellow cards: Josh Smith 32.