Match Report: Carloway 5-2 Lochs
At Cnoc a Choilich, Carloway.
Monday, 16th May 2022, 19.00.
As manager Graeme “Windy” Miller was absent (away to Seville to watch Glasgow Rangers in the Europa Cup final!) Calum Tom Moody was in charge for the evening and not unsurprisingly selected the back five of David Beaton, John “JAB” Bain, Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur, Donald “D.I.” Maclennan and Euan Shirkie for the third successive fixture.
In midfield, Ben Smith came into starting line-up but on the left flank for Stuart “Bubble”, unavailable due to injury as a result of the punishment he received in the HAC fixture the previous Saturday in Uist. He was joined by Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald, Domhnall Mackay, Duncan Shirkie and Neil Sinclair with Andy “Bernera” Morrison making his first start of the season replacing Hamish Macdonald as the lone striker.
On a dreich night at windswept Cnoc a’ Coilich Carloway started brightly enough but as has happened on three previous occasions this season, they lost an early goal when in the 8th minute a Lochs clearance went over the head of Euan Shirkie, Mo Khalil pounced, raced up the right wing and with the outside of his right foot shot past Beaton from just outside the corner of the 18-yard box (0-1)
This goal seemed to swing things in Lochs favour with Carloway having no fluency resulting in Lochs creating a few opportunities notably Allan Farrell had a decent effort from distance which went over the bar and a Lewis Mackenzie shot was well saved by Beaton. The only decent opportunity of note created by Carloway was from a corner when the ball landed with Domhnall Mackay who set up Ben Smith whose shot from the corner of the 18-yard box went just past the post.
Then in the 43rd minute from a Duncan Shirkie free kick, Sinclair who had drifted to the back post, hit the ball with power towards the opposite post and although it would have ended up in the net Andy “Bernera” Morrison following up made sure from one yard out (1-1)
Half Time: Carloway 1 Lochs 1
The late first half goal seemed to galvanise Carloway and on the 51st minute Duncan Shirkie found himself out on the left sent a ball across the 18-yard line which Ben Smith attempted to connect with but somehow missed and the ball went between his legs, however Neil Sinclair standing directly behind him pounced and drilled a shot into the Lochs net from 18 yards. (2-1)
Two minutes later Duncan Shirkie found himself on the edge of the 18-yard box, he made to go past the defender down his left, but checked back and with his right foot sent a teasing cross across the face of the goal, Domhnall Graham attempted to clear the ball but, unluckily for him, it ended in the Lochs net (3-1)
Carloway continued to press and should have added to their goals tally. On the 57th minute Sinclair set up Andy “Bernera” and despite having an open goal his header went past his post .This was quickly followed when from a short corner by “Docus”, a Duncan Shirkie cross found his brother Euan at the back post but he contrived to miss from 2 yards out with the goal at his mercy .DI then had a goal bound shot blocked by a Lochs defender and a Sinclair shot was also blasted past the post when it looked easier to score.
Then on the 68th minute, after a Lochs attack had been rebuffed, a pass from a Carloway defender found Kevin “Barra” Macneil out on the right wing, going past a Lochs defender he played a low cross with pace across the face of goal which found Sinclair, running through from midfield, who guided the ball with his left foot into the net from about 14 yards out, giving Challinor in goal no hope (4-1)
Carloway continued to carve out opportunities: Callum Masson, who was looking lively after coming on as sub, had a shot well saved by Challinor and then had another low drilled goal bound effort blocked by a Lochs defender.
He followed that up on the 73rd minute when he picked up the ball out on the left touchline, passed to Sinclair who controlled it with his right foot and then with his left foot hit the ball from 12 yards into the net for his hattrick (5-1)
Five minutes later Sinclair reciprocated by finding Masson on the left wing, Masson cut in and with his right foot curled a shot just past the corner of the Lochs goal. This was followed by some good work by substitutes Owen “Tiger” and James Mackinnon who set up Sinclair but from 6 yards out his header, although hit into the ground, went wide of the post
Although losing 5-1 and despite all the Carloway possession and pressure Lochs did not give up and pressed forward when the opportunity arose and one such occasion when Owen “Tiger” Macarthur’s attempted clearance came back off the post Khalil was first to react and slotted home past Beaton in the 88th minute (5-2)
Carloway created one final opportunity to score when Owen “Tiger” cutting in from the left wing, hit a right foot shot from about 16 yards out but his shot was not powerful enough to trouble Challinor, who saved easily.
There was one further scare for the Carloway backline, at the death, but Beaton was alert to the situation when he blocked the shot and scrambled the ball to safety with his leg whilst on the ground
Full Time: Carloway 5 Lochs 2
After tonight’s result Carloway have now won two consecutive fixtures for the first time this season and they have now only lost once, unluckily to Point, in the last six fixtures. This and their attacking play in the second half is something to build on and is cause for optimism.
As for Lochs, one has to admire their resilience in that even at 5-1 down and when the game was out of their reach they did not give up or let their heads go down reflected by scoring with two mins to go and then almost scoring again only for Beaton to deny them so that should give them confidence for the upcoming fixtures
Although Duncan Shirkie had another impressive game with his trademark twists and turns, two assists and an excellent free kick which led to the first Carloway goal I think the Carloway MOM would have to be hattrick hero Neil Sinclair (also young Andrew’s choice on twitter I note) not only for his goals but also for his assist and his hard work and awareness. Had he shown a bit more composure on a few occasions he could have added to his tally. I also think Owen “Tiger’s” twenty minute cameo appearance at left full back is worthy of mention: for someone who turns up for every game but does not get a lot of game time I thought he looked very lively and he was also somewhat unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.
The Lochs MOM would have to be Mo Khalil who always carried a goal threat, reflected by the fact that he scored both goals and who was a danger throughout the game.
Carloway man of the match: Neil Sinclair
Lochs man of the match: Mo Khalil
Carloway 5 (1) Lochs 2 (1)
Andy “Bernera” Morrison 43 Mo Khalil 5, 88
Neil Sinclair 51, 68, 73
Domhnall Graham (own goal) 53
At Cnoc a Choilich, Carloway.
Monday, 16th May 2022, 19.00.
Referee: Calum “Chancy” Macleod
Assistant Referee: Andrew “Dalmore” Macleod
Assistant Referee: Scott Montgomery
Manager: Graeme “Windy” Miller.
Asst. Managers: Domhnall Mackay; Calum Tom Moody
John “Jab” Bain Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur Donald “D.I.” Maclennan Euan Shirkie
Domhnall Mackay (capt.) Duncan Shirkie
Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald Neil Sinclair Ben Smith
Andy “Bernera” Morrison
Subs. used: Callum Masson (Ben Smith) 64; Kevin “Barra” Macneil (Kenny “Dokus” MacDonald) 64; Callum “Beag” Mackay (John “Jab” Bain) 74; James Mackinnon (Domhnall Mackay) 76; Owen “Tiger” Macarthur (Euan Shirkie) 76.
Subs. not used: None.
Yellow cards: Cameron “Tiger” Macarthur 84.
Manager: Lewis Mackenzie
Jamie Fraser John Woodman Mo Khalil
Allan Farrell (capt.) Tam Dudley
Ali Elder Harry Williams Domhnall Graham Calum Macaulay
Subs. used: Aidan Millar (Tam Dudley) 59; Matthew Murray (Jamie Fraser) 85; Scott Montgomery (Allan Farrell) 85.
Subs. not used: Scott Munro; Shaun Martin.
Yellow cards: Rob Challinor 31; Harry Williams 37.