Match Report: Carloway 14 – 0 United
At Cnoc a Choilich, Carloway.
Monday, 26th August, 2019, 18.30.
“Firhill for thrills” was the adage, but on Monday night it was “Cnoc a’ Choilich for goals” as Carloway hit United for 14 (yes, fourteen) without reply to record their highest ever league victory, with Fraser “Frazmac” Macleod grabbing 8 goals to increase his tally to 35 for the season in only 19 appearances. Carloway’s record victory is 15-0 against North End in the Co-op Cup on 1st July 2000, the day Gordon Craigie scored a remarkable 10 goals.
Not surprisingly, the only change to the team who hit Ness for six the previous Friday evening, was enforced due to work commitments Stuart “Bubble” Macdonald was unavailable so Kevin “Barra” MacNeil was drafted into the side. He slotted in to the left wing back role and Callum Masson switched to the right hand side. The defensive unit remained intact comprising of David Beaton in goals, and a back line of Callum “Beag” Mackay, “D.I.” Maclennan, Euan Shirkie and Cameron Macarthur. Murdo “Squegg” Macleod retained the captain’s armband and was joined in central midfield for the fourth successive game by Andy “Bernera” Morrison and Neil Sinclair. As ever, Fraser “Frazmac” Macleod started off as the main striker.
This meant that Domhnall Mackay remained on the bench together with Kenny “Docus” MacDonald, Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald and Andrew “D.D.” Macleod.
As on Friday, it was another explosive start from the Way! In the second minute, Sinclair finding his way forward blocked, turned, and played the ball back to “D.I.” Maclennan, who played the ball over the United defence to “Frazmac” who rounded the keeper and fired into the empty net from 18 yards (1-0)
For the next ten minutes or so, although Carloway dominated, United had some attacks of their own and it was from one of these attacks that the ball was cleared to the halfway line where Murdo “Squegg” Macleod headed it forward. “Frazmac” latched on to it and drove forward unchallenged and scored (2-0)
Within a few minutes, “Frazmac” had completed his hat trick. Andy “Bernera” Morrison passed to ball to Callum Masson out on the right wing, who swung the ball into the box for “Frazmac” to head into the net from 15 yards (3-0)
Carloway now clearly had the upper hand and continued to press, and in the 20th minute a well struck shot from Sinclair was well saved by the visiting keeper Dylan Glover at the expense of a corner. From the resultant kick, the ball found Masson out on the left. He crossed back into the box and “Frazmac” attempted to head the ball but missed, however, Sinclair was lurking at the back post and when it landed at his feet he coolly finished from 6 yards (4-0)
Another wave of Carloway attacks produced fine shots from Neil Sinclair and Andy “Bernera” Morrison, but fortunately for United, they whizzed past the post. Carloway continued to dominate and in the 27th minute once again Andy “Bernera” Morrison passed from the centre out to Masson on the wing. He cut inside and lobbed the ball towards goal, and although it was on target “Frazmac” made sure sclaffing the ball into the net from a yard out (5-0)
Further misery was heaped onto United within a minute, when Murdo “Squegg” Macleod played the ball out to Masson who played an inviting first time ball across the face of goal and “Frazmac” slid in to make it six. (6-0)
In the 32nd minute some fine interplay between “Frazmac” and Kevin “Barra” MacNeil resulted in the latter’s shot being well saved by the visiting keeper but he conceded a corner in doing so. Then, a minute later a further goal was added to the tally as Murdo “Squegg” Macleod floated a ball to Neil Sinclair on the corner of the box and he lashed the ball into the corner of the net. (7-0)
Although United were under constant pressure, the did occasionally get over the half way line and on one of these forays in the 35th minute their attack broke down. Callum “Beag” Mackay carried the ball out of defence with some clever footwork he outfoxed two United players just inside the United half and set up Andy “Bernera” Morrison who struck an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the right hand side of the United net. (8-0)
Despite having scored five goals in 14 minutes Carloway’s insatiable thirst for goals continued and they were rewarded with one more before half time. In the 42nd minute, a poor United clearance landed at Kevin “Barra” MacNeil’s feet and he hit a shot from 25 yards which sneaked into the right corner of the United net. (9-0)
A truly remarkable 45 minutes of football on Carloway’s part.
Half Time: Carloway 9 United 0
Not surprisingly, the second half started with a more cautious approach by both teams and the only play of note in the first quarter was a Neil Sinclair snapshot which was well saved by Dylan Glover. This was followed in the 54th minute when Callum Masson and Andy “Bernera” Morrison combined to create an opening for Kevin “Barra” MacNeil, but his shot went over the bar.
MacNeil was also involved in the next major passage of play when picking up the ball in the Carloway half, he ran with the ball up the wing and was adjudged to have been fouled, a decision which was hotly contested by United. Murdo “Squegg” Macleod took the free kick 40 yards out and near the left touchline and he hit a delightful ball towards the United back post evading everyone but “Frazmac” who ghosted in behind the defence and tapped in from a couple of yards out to bring up double figures on the scoreboard. (10-0)
This goal seemed to revitalise Carloway and Kenny “Docus” Macdonald who had come on for Callum Masson just after the hour mark threaded a ball through the United defence to “Frazmac” and he calmly slotted the ball into the United net from 30 yards. (11-0)
In the 72nd minute “Frazmac” scored his eighth and final goal of the night; Domhnall Mackay, who had replaced Murdo “Squegg” Macleod, won the ball in midfield went down the right wing and sent in a cross which found “Frazmac” just off-centre of the United goal 12 yards out. He managed to get himself in to a scoring position, then seemed to lose control of the ball, eventually regaining control and then turned and fired into the bottom left corner of the net. (12-0)
The next passage of play of note occurred in the 76th minute when United broke forward from a Carloway corner. Kenny “Docus” Macdonald, belying his years, tracked back and won back possession 30 yards from his own goal. Turning, he ran up the park, played a pass which split the United defence and “Frazmac” ran onto and from 30 yards struck the bottom of the United right hand post.
In the 82nd minute the thirteenth goal of the night arrived when “Frazmac” came back to the halfway line to pick up the ball. He then drove down the right wing and sent a ball across the face of goal which found Andrew “D.D.” Macleod’s feet. Andrew quickly controlled the ball and played it back across the face of goal for Andy “Bernera” Morrison to tap in from a few yards out. (13-0)
Within two minutes, “D.I.” Maclennan threaded another ball through to Kenny “Docus” Macdonald on the run, who hit the ball with power but it was well saved by keeper, Glover. “Docus” was not to be denied though, and he had the final say when, in the 88th minute, he scored arguably the finest goal of the night with a 30 yard half volley. (14-0)
Full Time: Carloway 14 United 0
It was a truly remarkable performance from Carloway. United were undoubtedly weakened by missing two of their main players, top goalscorer Hamish MacDonald and keeper Jack Maclennan. However, you really have to credit Carloway with how well they played with their slick and incisive passing movements, breaking forward at speed, looking dangerous in every attack combined with being clinical in front of goal.
One of the ironies of the night was that the smallest home support of the season was in attendance to witness the best performance of the season.
As was stated in the previous match report, when a team dominates as Carloway did tonight, selfish play tends to creep in with individuals desperate to get on the scoresheet. However, to their credit, this was not the case tonight and there is no doubt the teamwork and everyone’s unselfish play was a major contributor to the scoreline.
Again, every Carloway player played their part. My notes reflect that Neil Sinclair, especially in the first half, Murdo “Squegg” Macleod, Andy “Bernera” Morrison and Kenny “Docus” Macdonald when he came on all had a major impact. The defensive unit were not really tested as such, but to their credit they kept a clean sheet. However, eight-goal man Fraser “Frazmac” Macleod was my man of the match, and not just for hitting eight goals on the night. To be fair to Fraser, he did acknowledge that the teamwork displayed on the night was a major contribution to his eight-goal haul.
Carloway man of the match: Fraser “Frazmac” Macleod
United man of the match: Seumas Beaton
Manager: Billy Anderson.
Asst. Manager: Iain Angus “Gus” Maciver.
Callum “Beag” Mackay Euan Shirkie Donald “D.I.” Maclennan Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur
Callum Masson Neil Sinclair Murdo “Squegg” Macleod (capt.) Andy “Bernera” Morrison Kevin “Barra” MacNeil
Fraser “Fraz” Macleod
Subs. used: Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald (Callum Masson) 64; Domhnall Mackay (Murdo “Squegg” Macleod) 70 ¦; Andrew “Lanky” Macdonald (Neil Sinclair) 71; Andrew “D.D.” Macleod (Callum “Beag” Mackay) 73.
Subs. not used: None.
Yellow cards: Domhnall Mackay 71.
Manager: Steven Munro
Paul Marshall ¦ Chris Adams
Kenneth Macsween John Macleod Andrew Mackay Coinneach Smith ¦ Seumas Beaton
Eoighainn MacPhee Kevin Flower Paul Duke
Subs. used: Michael Macmillan (Chris Adams) 50; Kyle Maciver (Seumas Beaton) 64; Joseph Stewart (Kevin Flower) 64; Jamie Feeney (Paul Marshall) 78.
Subs. not used: None.
Yellow cards: Paul Marshall 23; Coinneach Smith 44.