Match Report: Carloway 2 – 0 Lochs
At Cnoc a Choilich, Carloway.
Monday, 12th August, 2019, 19.00.
Carloway came to this game encouraged by a superb display and a hard-earned draw against Point in Garrabost on Friday evening. Manager Billy Anderson was forced into a number of changes with Domhnall Mackay and Andrew “Pongo” Maciver injured and David Beaton and Joe Armstrong both unavailable, with Joe stranded in Barra with work. This allowed Gordon Macrae, Kevin “Barra” Macneil, Neil Sinclair and Fraser Macleod to return to the team against a Lochs side struggling in second bottom place.
Carloway started strongly and Fraser Macleod had an attempted lob saved by Lochs keeper James Macleod in only the sixth minute. However, Lochs started to get hold of the ball in midfield with the experience of Andy Murray, John “Uig” Morrison and Dave Martin enabling them to dominate possession. Lochs created a number of chances the best of which fell firstly to Lewis Mackenzie who hit the bar from a David Skene cross and then to Scott Ross who was foiled by an excellent Gordon Macrae save after being played in by Gordie Maciver. No score and stalemate at half-time.
Half Time: Carloway 0 Lochs 0
Billy and Gus would have had something to say at half-time and Carloway came out with renewed purpose after the break with Andy “Bernera” Morrison’s strong running and energy was causing problems. Na Gormaich’s momentum was further boosted by the arrival on the pitch of substitute Archie Macdonald in the sixty-fifth minute and it was the Ubhisteach who opened the scoring. “D.I.” Maclennan played an exquisite free-kick behind the Lochs defence and Archie calmly placed it past James Macleod. Seventy-two minutes gone and one nil to the blues! (1-0).
The game was over three minutes later when the Lochs keeper was robbed when trying to dribble past Fraser Macleod at the edge of the box. The marksman had been presented with a trophy before the game to commemorate his century of goals for Carloway and he wasted no time in grabbing his 101st, calmly rolling the ball into the empty net (2-0).
Full time: Carloway 2 Lochs 0
So, a first clean sheet of the season and an important victory for Na Gormaich in the battle to consolidate third place in the league. Next up Aths on Wednesday and hopefully another three points. Mon the Way!
Man of the match (Carloway): Andy “Bernera” Morrison
Man of the match (Lochs): Andy Murray
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur Euan Shirkie Donald “D.I.” Maclennan Kevin “Barra” MacNeil ¦
Callum “Beag” Mackay Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald Murdo “Squegg” Macleod (capt.) Andy “Bernera” Morrison Neil Sinclair
Fraser “Fraz” Macleod
Subs. used: Archie MacDonald (Neil Sinclair) 64; Ben Smith (Callum “Beag” Mackay) 81; Callum Masson (Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald) 81; Andrew “D.D.” Macleod (Andy “Bernera” Morrison) 86.
Subs. not used: Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald.
Yellow card: Kevin “Barra” MacNeil 51.
Manager: Ewen Maclean
Lewis Mackenzie ¦ Gordon Maciver
David Skene John “Uig” Morrison Andy Murray Scott Ross David Martin
Allan Farrell Ali “Laxay” Macdonald Graeme Mackenzie
Subs. used: Joe Murray (David Skene) 80; Calum Macleod (Lewis Mackenzie) 85.
Subs. not used: Gordon Mackenzie.
Yellow card: Lewis Mackenzie 76.