Lewis and Harris Football League
Point 4 Harris 2
Hearach boss Gordon Greenhowe saw his side run roughshod in a first-45 which was all too easy for a Point side who raced into a 4-0 lead.
Regrouping in the Garrabost dressing room he asked his players, three of which were trialists from the Welfare League helping out with the new rules due to a depleted squad, to go out and win the second-half.
And they did just that with a much improved second-half display capped with two late goals from Harris wonderkid Andrew Morrison who notched another brace at the tender age of just 14.
“It was all Point in the first half hour,” confessed Greenhowe, “but I felt we came back into it more at the end of the half.
“But once again we let ourselves down by conceding soft goals. At half-time I asked the boys to win the second-half and to their credit that’s exactly what we did.
“We were missing a lot of players tonight and on nights such as these it shows how beneficial the new rule allowing the use of players as trialists can be. It is a great help and all three lads did well for me tonight.
“Hopefully now we can pick up in our next game where we left off in this one.”
Duncan Hunter set Point on their way with the opening goal which was added to by Donald ‘Spike’ Smith.
Point had further chances to add to their tally before Sean Macleod, earlier denied by a flying stop, added a third despite the best efforts of a defender on the line.
Macleod then blasted home a fourth via the underside of the crossbar.
The game struggled to regain the pace and intensity of the first-half after the break as Point seemed to step off the gas – something Reds manager Angus Mackay felt.
He said: “We played really well first-half but we stepped off in the second as the game was already won.
“We also made four subs which often disrupts the team but we have to try and give everyone a game. It was a little disappointing not to keep a clean sheet but it is good to win our third game in a row.”
Harris netted twice in the dying minutes with both strikes coming from teen starlet Morrison who looks to be a junior in senior shorts with his already star turns for the top team.
Pictured is Sean ‘Bayble’ Macleod scored twice for Point in a dominant first-half.
Carloway 7 Back 0
Carloway shook off their Highland Amateur Cup disappointment to stroll to a hugely commanding 7-0 victory over Back at Upper Coll which earned them the best goal difference in the league – a factor which could come into play later as the title race goes to the wire.
Kenny ‘Dokus’ Macdonald (2), Archie Macdonald (2), Kevin ‘Gochan’ Macdonald, Leigh Johnson and DI Maclennan scored the goals – four of which came in the final ten minutes of the match.
Carloway boss Graeme Miller commented: “I’m very pleased with the result and performance tonight, a great way to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment.
“The boys played some really good football and credit to them for keeping going right to the final whistle and boosting our goal difference.
“Special mention to Kenny ‘Dokus’ who has been an outstanding servant to Carloway and who scored his 100th and 101st goals for the club tonight.”
Athletic 4 Ness 2
Aths had the perfect start when Gary Macleod netted direct from a corner kick inside the first 60 seconds.
Scott Macaulay added a second before the half hour mark for the Stornoway side who went in for their half-time wine gums two goals to the good.
However an own goal by Elliot Rudall threw Ness a lifeline but former Ness star Murdo ‘Mojo’ Maclean bit the hand which once fed with Aths’ third goal.
James ‘Titch’ Morrison lashed past his namesake in the Aths net to make it 3-2 before ‘Mojo’ netted his second to round off the scoring before the end.
Aths manager Magnus Johnson said: “I think we deserved to win but we made hard work of it.
“We didn’t finish as many chances as we should have but that is perhaps to be expected with us missing Scott Maciver and DJ Clinton but Murdo ‘Mojo’ Maclean did really well fo us coming in.”
“A couple of goalkeeping errors helped Aths get a 2-0 lead on us and you can’t make mistakes like that and not be punished against a team like Aths,” said Ness manager Chris Macdonald.
“We actually played really, really well and we created lots of chances but we didn’t make them count which has been the story of our past five or six games.”
Westside 11 9 2 0 50 15 29 35
Carloway 11 8 2 1 45 7 26 38
Lochs 10 7 2 1 21 9 23 12
Ness 13 7 1 5 35 23 22 12
Point 13 7 0 6 26 23 21 3
Athletic 12 6 0 6 32 23 18 9
Back 13 4 0 9 19 45 12 -26
United 12 2 1 9 12 35 7 -23
Harris 13 0 0 13 12 72 0 -60