Double delight for Carloway

Carloway party with the Lewis Moldova Cup. SGD24346.
Carloway party with the Lewis Moldova Cup. SGD24346.

CARLOWAY may never recapture the feelings of joy, relief and elation which swamped them on Saturday, September 1, 2012, when they ended a 55-year wait for a senior football trophy.

But they are proving to be eager entrepreneurs in nostalgia which is very much a growth industry as they did their best to stage a carbon copy performance and outcome of their historic Co-op Cup win.

Just as they won the Co-op Cup a week earlier, they added the Moldova Lewis Cup to the club sideboard just six-days later.

The result at the end of regulation time was the same as the two sides were tied, although a higher scoring 3-3 this time.

And just like the previous weeks cup final Carloway fell behind to trail against a local rival, this time the West Side, before eventually triumphing from 12-yards in a nail biting penalty shootout.

Then, as now, they had to dig deep and were rescued by a late leveller with Calum Tom Moody this week’s goal hero, instead of Seumas Macleod in the previous final.

Once again boss Kevin Anderson’s decision to go for broke and adopt a more cavalier attitude and formation was the catalyst for the comeback, as the reshaped side scored two equalisers before they held their nerve from the penalty spot.

The nouveau a’ Choilich are the new comeback kings, the silverware stars, as they went from having nothing but cobwebs in their trophy cabinet to having to make space for two prestigious prizes.

In a fortnight they have become addicted to excitement and trophies and boss Anderson just can’t get enough.

Pick up a copy of today’s Stornoway Gazette to read the rest of the detailed report and for more pics from Carloway’s double cup triumph.