Back 7 Point 0
Monday night (August 1) saw Carloway facing a tricky match against Aths over at Cnoc a’ Choilich, so Back knew they had to keep the pressure on their nearest rivals with a home win in Upper Coll against a struggling Point.
From the kick off Back went straight for the jugular and within five minutes they had a penalty claim turned down when Murray Macleod was barged from behind by Iain Mackenzie. Back were now attacking in waves and a goal inevitably came when Kevin ‘Bloxy’ headed down to Chris Macleod who then flicked the ball over Mackay, ran through on goal and coolly shot beyond Maclennan to put Back in front.
Point had no answer to the threat from Back and it was soon two as Ross Hall rose above the Point defence to head home a Murray Macleod corner.
Point tried to responded immediately but Stuart Fowler couldn’t keep his header down when Murray floated a corner into the box. They needed that goal as Back’s third was only minutes away. Andrew Macleod played in Martin Maclean as he ran through the channel and the elegant midfielder rounded Maclennan to square the ball across for Chris Macleod to tap home.
Maclean and Macleod combined again before the break to all but end the game. Maclean played in Macleod on the right of the box and the youngster’s shot cannoned off the post straight back to Maclean who thrashed the ball into the net.
Point brought on Afrin for the second half and started more assuredly although they still struggled to break down the Back defence where Jason Macleod and David ‘Ox’ were impenetrable.
As the half wore on Back resumed control and nearly extended their lead on several occasions before the unlucky Maciver knocked in an own goal after Maclennan failed to collect a corner and Back were now five up.
Another goal looked likely and wasn’t long in coming as David ‘Ox’ jinked his way forward before sliding in Inny Red on the edge of the box. His cut back across goal was dummied by Chris Adams and Martin Maclean had the easiest of tap-ins to put Back six ahead.
The route was completed by Inny Red when he headed in at the far post after a cross from young James Macarthur.
The three points proved vital as Carloway slipped to defeat against Aths who went ahead early in the second half through Doug Maciver. Carloway clawed their way back into the game with goals from Dan Crossley and Kenny ‘Dokus’ but Aths equalised quickly through Graeme Macleod before winning the game with goals from Scott Maciver and Macleod again. This result means that whilst Carloway still sit proudly at the top of the league they can be over-taken by Back if they win their two outstanding games.
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