Match Report: Carloway 2 – 0 Athletic
At Cnoc a Choilich, Carloway.
Wednesday, 14th August, 2019, 19.00.
A quick return to Cnoc a’ Choilich for Carloway following Monday’s encouraging three points and clean sheet. Kevin “Barra” MacNeil was injured and replaced at left-back by Ban Smith while it was Gordon Craigie’s time on the goalkeeper rota. Otherwise, manager Billy Anderson stuck with the same team on a cold and wet night which resulted in a smaller than usual crowd.
As on Monday, Carloway started strongly and were ahead within five minutes when the in-form Andy “Bernera” Morrison produced a stunning overhead kick after holding off the Aths keeper Reece Montgomery (1-0).
There was little goalmouth action in the next twenty minutes but Na Gormaich sprung to life on the half hour with Fraser Macleod heading home from a Murdo “Squegg” Macleod free kick (2-0).
“Squegg” was in dominant form, winning the ball in the tackle and controlling the midfield. Half-time and Carloway looking good.
Half Time: Carloway 2 Athletic 0
More of the same would have been the message from the management team at half-time but Aths had clearly had a hard talking to and started to dominate the game. Lewis “Preston” Robinson was finding space on the right-hand side and passed up three good opportunities when through on goal, the first being sliced wide, the second being cleared off the line by Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur and the third striking the post.
The pressure continued to grow and, in the seventy-fifth minute, Aths were awarded a penalty after a challenge at the edge of the box. Veteran goalie Craigie stepped up to the plate, however, and saved Darren Stewart’s effort.
This took the steam out of the Aths challenge and both Fraser Macleod and substitute Callum Masson had chances to make the scoreline more comfortable for Carloway in the last few minutes. However, another clean sheet and three points were a good reward for a hard night’s work as Carloway move clear of Back in third place. Mon the Way!
Full Time: Carloway 2 Athletic 0
Man of the match (Carloway): Murdo “Squegg” Macleod
Man of the match (Athletic): Jason Guilmartin
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur Euan Shirkie Donald “D.I.” Maclennan Ben Smith
Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald Murdo “Squegg” Macleod (capt.) Andy “Bernera” Morrison Neil Sinclair Callum “Beag” Mackay
Fraser “Fraz” Macleod
Subs. used: Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald (Callum “Beag” Mackay) 76; Callum Masson (Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald) 81.
Subs. not used: Uisdean Reid; Andrew “D.D.” Macleod; Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald.
Yellow cards: None.
Manager: Magnus Johnson
Connor Maciver Shaun Martin
Kieran Bell Darren Stewart ¦ Shaun Macleod Lewis “Preston” Robinson
Jason Guilmartin Sean Macleod Steven Clinton (capt.) Lewis Macdonald