Lewis Camanachd secured a creditable draw against mid table Caberfeidh on Saturday at Castle Leod ,Strathpeffer.
The Leodhasaich went to Castle Leod knowing they needed to come away with at least a point as they attempt to move up Marine Harvest North Division Three. The squad was depleted with a number of regulars unavailable including goalkeeper Conor Macdonald.He was replaced by youth goalie Euan Gilmour who was to prove a revelation with a number of key saves throughout the action packed ninety minutes.
Lewis got off to a great start when full forward and joint top scorer Duncan MacIntyre latched onto a loose ball in the nine metre area which the Cabers goalie couldn’t stop. Lewis were playing flowing direct shinty and the Cabers defence were finding main supplier to the attack and full centre Scott Murray so difficult to contain that they rejigged their line-up.
Cabers then subjected Lewis to a period of attack as their forwards got into their groove after a shaky start. Lewis survived a number of corners but a loose ball in the 9 metre area was prodded home by Malcolm Morrison for the equaliser . However the Leodhasaich were not to be thwarted and Wing centre Ally Lamont scored the equaliser with a knock-in after finding himself close to goal on thirty one minutes. 2-1 at half-time and all to play for.
The second half was around ten minutes gone when a good three touch move from Cabers delivered a sucker punch to the Leodhasaich with Martin MacDonald equalising for the Ross-shire side.
Cabers now felt they had the initiative and Lewis freshened up their forward line bringing on forwards Andy Murray MacDonald and Kevin Kennedy. There were fewer chances in the second half for both sides as they battled to gain the advantage. Time wore on and both sides could easily have nicked victory. However the excellent goalkeeping of Euan Gilmour and a conserted team effort by the Leodhasaich ensured they secured their first ever point from the famous Ross-shire side.
It was noted that of the squad of 15 only two players captain Paul Duke and full forward Duncan MacIntyre were not homegrown.The result is therefore a considerable achievement for Lewis shinty when you look at the pedigree of the Ross shire club.
Next game is this Saturday against local rivals Lochbroom at Sgoil Shiabost, throw up 2.30pm.The club are also pleased to note that Scott Macleod will represent his club as a member of The Skye and Wester Ross select team who will be competing with the other three North districts at Spean Bridge this Sunday. A squad will be chosen from all these players to play in the annual North versus South under 14 challenge match in September.