Leodhais rediscover that winning feeling

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Camanachd Leòdhais gave manager Iain “Diablo” Sinclair a fine birthday present with a good 4-1 win over Inverness in North Division Two.

After a couple of poor performances and heavy defeats, the beleagured Sinclair was desperate to ensure that Lewis gained a cushion over their fellow strugglers.

He started with a strong line-up, Seumas Charity, Innes Lamont and Peter Gomez returning to the side.

The weather was inclement to say the least and Inverness were delayed by a choppy crossing and a road closure but seemed up for the game from the off.

However, Lewis settled some early nerves with a goal from Ally Lamont, his second in two games and maybe a sign that the Edinburgh University player is finding the form he has shown in the Varsity leagues.

Duncan MacIntyre doubled the islanders’ advantage with his first goal since seeking one more Indian Summer, a fine finish low in the corner.

Inverness were not out of it by any means and Allan MacLeod showed that he still retains a threat as he grabbed a goal from a counter attack when little danger seemed in evidence. The score was 2-1 at the interval and the Town were still in touch.

However, in the second half Lewis put the pressure on and from a stramash in the box, Paddy Sinclair matched his goal against the same opponents last year to re-establish a two goal lead.

Lewis started to relax into the game, showing further good play and the piece-de-resistance came in the dying moments of the game as Connor Chalmers and Paul Duke combined with a beautiful exhibition on the counter attack.

Duke volleyed from a corner, Chalmers ran in, took a shot and the keeper did well to save but Macintyre grabbed his second and the Dubh is Gorm’s fourth off the rebound.

The game finished shortly after.

Sinclair will hope that his charges can continue their momentum this week with a rescheduled away game to Caberfeidh, needing a significant improvement from last week’s dismal 6-1 defeat at Shawbost.

The Lewis Ladies made their first ever competitive entry on Saturday as well, away at the Far North Sixes in Scourie.

Four draws and two defeats was an admirable debut for a side only formed late last year, and Alicia MacSween and Poppy Taylor’s troops also had stout assistance from Al Reed, who was named Player of the Tournament for filling in in goal, whilst Scott Macleod also did well between the sticks.

Iain Sinclair said: “A great weekend for shinty in the Outer Hebrides for both men and women. Very proud of the boys and the girls for their efforts in training. If they can continue to show the dedication they did last week, we’ll begin to cause problems for other teams in this division again.”

Alicia MacSween said: “It was a good day all round, we made lots of new friends and seemed to impress the spectators and now we look forward to the Women’s Camanachd Association Development Tournament in Skye in a few weeks.”