Match Report: Ness 1 – 6 Carloway
At Fivepenny, Ness.
Wednesday, 23rd August, 2019, 18.30.
Carloway extended their undefeated run to four games (picking up 10 out of 12 points in the process) with a comprehensive 6 -1 defeat of bottom team Ness in Fivepenny on Friday evening.
Due to a torn muscle injury in his back, manager Billy Anderson’s role was taken over for the evening by the experienced Club captain, Domhnall Mackay, who himself had missed the previous two games but was listed as a sub for the fixture. Captain for the evening was the Murdo “Squegg“ Macleod who was partnered in central midfield for the third successive game with Andy “Bernera“ Morrison and Neil Sinclair. Stuart “Bubble“ Macdonald and Callum Masson (replacing Callum “Beag” Mackay who reverted to right back) provided the width for the team. The remaining members of the defensive unit was made up of David Beaton returning to goal, the central partnership of Euan Shirkie and “D.I.“ Maclennan and Cameron Macarthur lining up in the left back role. As usual, talisman Fraser “Frazmac” Macleod led the line. Domhnall Mackay was joined on the sub’s bench by Kenny “Docus” MacDonald, Gordon Craigie, Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald and Kevin “Barra” MacNeil.
It did not take Carloway long to pressure the Ness goal and in the 4th minute some fine interplay between Masson and Andy “Bernera” set up “Frazmac” and when it seemed easier to score, he inexplicably hit the ball off goalkeeper, “Sweeny’s” legs from 8 yds out. However, amends were made when from the resultant corner taken by Callum “Beag” Mackay “Frazmac”, standing unmarked in the centre of the goal, from two yards out headed into the net (0-1).
The lead was doubled on the 17th minute when Andy “Bernera” Morrison collected the ball just outside the Ness half and picked out Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald with an exquisite Bobby Murdoch-esque 45 yard pass, which split the Ness defence: “Bubble” then squared to “Frazmac” who hit the ball from 10 yards out into the net (0-2)
In the 35th minute “Frazmac” and Andy “Bernera” combined to present “Bubble” with an opportunity to slot home from a central position just inside the box. (0-3)
Carloway continued to press, and “Frazmac” found himself in another goalscoring position but managed to totally mishit the ball from about 18 yards out, a shot which even his fiancée, Eilidh (who faithfully turns up to every game he plays) ,could only describe as “embarrassing” !!!
On the 42nd minute a further opportunity to score arose as after a “Frazmac” shot, which “Sweeny” could not hold, the ball landed at Andy “Bernera” Morrison’s feet, as he ran in on goal, but he somehow managed to scoop the ball over the bar from 2 yards. (Peter Van Vossen eat your heart out !!!)
The failure to score had little effect on Morrison as within minutes he delivered an identical pass to the one he had for the set up for the second goal, this time picking out “Frazmac” who despite being on a hat trick had an opportunity to score himself but unselfishly passed to the supporting Stuart “Bubble” just to his right to score his second of the night (0-4).
There was still time for another goal before the break, as Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald turned provider setting up last year’s top goal scorer, Callum Masson, who beat “Sweeny” from 18 yards to open his account for the season (0-5)
Half time: Ness 0 Carloway 5
The second half continued in the similar vein to the first half with Carloway in the ascendency, and in the 57th minute during a thwarted Ness attack Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur with a fine 20 yard pass picked out Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald on the right wing, just inside the Ness half; referee Kenneth “Bugsy” Smith seemed to momentarily hesitate as he considered whether “Bubble” was offside, but “Bubble” charged up the right wing drew “Sweeny” out of his goal and then squared the ball to “Frazmac” who tapped the ball into the empty net from 6 yards out to complete his hat trick (0 -6)
Carloway continued to press and in the 65th minute Cameron Macarthur picked up the ball in the Ness half advanced and shot from the corner of the 18 yard box, but the shot was deflected onto the Ness post for a corner.
Ness then responded with an attack of their own and Morgan Macleod found himself unmarked in the box and managed to squander an easy opportunity to open the Ness account by putting the ball over the bar from 10 yards.
Carloway had further opportunities to score: Kevin “Barra” being presented with an opportunity and Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald‘s well struck shot from distance saved by custodian, “Sweeny” Macsween.
In the 89th minute Ness finally got their consolation goal as Morgan Macleod found himself unmarked, again, inside the 18 yard box, to the left of the Carloway goal, and he slotted the ball to Beaton’s left. It was a poor goal to lose from a Carloway perspective as they had two or three opportunities to clear the danger but failed to do so. (1-6)
The final action of note on the night occurred in the 92nd minute when Kenny “Docus” MacDonald, inside the 18 yard box was presented with an opportunity to shoot, he hesitated, the ball somehow got between his feet but he managed to get the ball to Kevin “Barra” who, unfortunately, hit the top of the bar with his shot, when it seemed easier to score.
Full Time: Ness 1 Carloway 6
The Ness goal took the gloss of what had been a dominant performance by the ‘Way especially as the “clean sheet” sequence after 269 minutes of football came to an end. However, all the team should take heart from the professional manner in which they approached the fixture and the team work and cohesion they displayed on the night. A usual feature where one team is dominant is often that players become selfish and attempt to get on the scoresheet themselves to the detriment of the team, however a noticeable feature of the Carloway play on the night was how disciplined and unselfish they were which no doubt led to six goals being scored and numerous other goalscoring opportunities being created, but unfortunately not taken.
The Ness view of the match is accurately and succinctly described on their FB site, from which I quote “On a windy evening the away team were too strong (literally) and skilled but we fielded a team, with 2 subs and they could not be faulted for effort.“
As for man of the match with no real failures on show some performers stood out just that bit more. Neil Sinclair with a composed performance in the centre of the park, the two Bernera lads, Stuart “Bubble“ Macdonald (two goals and three assists ) and Andy “Bernera” Morrison (creator of three of the goals, two being set up by magnificent passes and a player transformed in the last four games). Callum Mackay, returning to the right back position in where he played so well two seasons ago also caught the eye as did Cameron Macarthur in the second half with his penetrating overlapping runs and let’s not forget that haircut!!! However, my man of the match is goal machine and hat trick hero Fraser “Frazmac“ Macleod who brought his goal tally to 27 in 18 appearances and consolidated his position as the leading scorer in the LHFA.
Special mention also to Gordon Craigie who took on the assistant referee role, with a minimum of fuss: a real club man. (when will we see your like again?)
Carloway man of the match: Fraser “Frazmac“ Macleod
Ness man of the match: Neil Morrison
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Callum “Beag” Mackay Euan Shirkie Donald “D.I.” Maclennan Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur
Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald Neil Sinclair Murdo “Squegg” Macleod (capt.) Andy “Bernera” Morrison Callum Masson
Fraser “Fraz” Macleod
Subs. used: Kevin “Barra” MacNeil (Callum Masson) 60; Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald (Neil Sinclair); Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald (Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur) 77; Domhnall Mackay (Andy “Bernera” Morrison) 83.
Subs. not used: Gordon Craigie.
Yellow cards: None.
Manager: Chris Macdonald
Asst. Manager: Donald “Sweeny” Macsween
Kevin “Bloxy” Murray Nathan Harris
Sean Mackenzie Josh Harris Innes Smith Morgan Macleod
Ross “Tiny” Maclean ¦ Iain Macdonald Neil Morrison (capt.) Matthew Maciver
Donald “Sweeny” Macsween
Subs. used: Ben Duke (Josh Harris) 45.
Subs. not used: Donald Murray; Uilleam Murray; Angus “Bubble” Macleod; Chris Macdonald.
Yellow card: Ross “Tiny” Maclean 64.