It has been two seasons since Lewis Camanachd have competed with Camanachd Lochbroom for the Minch Cup.
Saturday’s challenge match saw Lochbroom retain the cup in a bruising encounter at Inverlael.
The game at Inverlael got off to a frantic pace with Lochbroom keen to get their season started with a win. They pressed hard on the Lewis defence but despite a number of early attacks could not find the net. It appeared as if Lewis would settle and come more into the game at this point.
However an unfortunate injury to Paddy Sinclair, the Lewis right wing back forced defensive changes on the Leodhasaich. His challenge had prevented a possible goal but Lewis took a while to adjust with Michael Macleod taking Paddy Sinclair’s position.
Steven Bellshaw opened the scoring for Lochbroom after 21mins and Neil Fraser scored from close range to make it 2-0 after 25mins.
The Leodasaich settled but a bad hand injury impeded Lewis full centre and captain Scott Murray and prevented Lewis making significant inroads on the Lochbroom defence. Steven Bellshaw scored twice before halftime to send the Leodhasaich in at halftime feeling under siege.
The second half saw Lewis moving the ball about more effectively but Lochbroom showed why they are among the favourites to gain promotion to a higher division with some fine solo runs.
Lorn Hughes scored 18mins. into the second half and young Angus Urqhuart scored five minutes from time. Lewis’s Calum “Stompie” Stamper had a chance to score but his shot went wide and Lewis youth players Euan Gilmour and Ewen Maclean were thwarted by some good Loch Broom defending as the final whistle blew.
The Minch Cup was presented to Lochbroom who wished Lewis well for their first season in North Division Three.
Pictured above the teams line up before the match gets underway.
Full report in this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, February 17th.