Camanachd Leodhais (1) 3 Caberfeidh (2) 4
The first home game of the season for Camanachd Leodhais was undoubtedly great entertainment for all watching at Sgoil Shiabost.
Only two of the Leodhasaichs games this season have seen them comprehensively beaten when they were against promotion contenders Boleskine and Kilmallie.
This was the first home game after five consecutive away games and the team hoped to build on the two draws secured against league leaders Lochcarron and fellow bottom of the table companions Strathglass.
Manager Iain ‘Diablo’ Sinclair had to rejig his side due to the unavailability of goalie Conor Macdonald, wing back Innes Lamont, left wing back Eoghan Stewart, player of the year Scott Murray and full forward Calum Stamper.
Strathpeffer based Caberfeidh came with a strong side who were looking for an away win to push themselves up towards the top half of Marine Harvest North Division Three.
The Leodhasaich were holding their own against Cabers in the first 10 minutes with full centre Seumas Charity holding up and distributing the ball well.
However Cabers began to get into their stride and looked the more likely team to open the scoring. Against the run of play Duncan MacIntyre received a ball at the edge of the Cabers’ nine metre area and fired in the opener to record his third goal of the season.
Almost immediatedly however Cabers cancelled this lead out with an equaliser from Calum McCulloch who received the ball on the edge of the nine metre area and gave Lewis stand in goalie Dougie Shaw no chance with a fine strike.
It was level pegging until five minutes before half-time when Cabers pressure paid off and John Ritchie fired in a low shot across Dougie Shaw who just couldn’t prevent from going in.
2-1 at halftime and Lewis felt they had plenty left in the tank to give. Peter Gomez and Andy Murray MacDonald had shared the right wing position and Andy started in the position for the second half.
With around 10 minutes gone of the second half Will Church at left wing centre received a shy from Paddy Sinclair and went on a run. He passed his opponent and neatly slotted the ball past the goalie. Lewis were back in it.
Back in the squad after injury, assistant manager Stuart ‘Tyson’ Campbell came on for injured Andy Murray Macdonald with a Lewis reshuffle to further press on the Cabers goal.
Cabers however wore down the steadfast Lewis defence with goals after 75 minutes from Malcolm Morrison after a goalmouth melee and on 78 minutes from an unluckly deflection into the net by debutant Jo Watson from Fort William who had an excellent debut at left wing back. 4-2
However a feature of the Leodhasaich’s play this season has been an unwillingness to succumb to any opponents and they fought back.
Sean MacLeod came on at wing centre for Paddy Sinclair to freshen up the centre line. Then former youth player and right wing centre Michael Macleod pulled one back with a goal directly from one of his excellent shies and Cabers were rattled.However Cabers clung on and The Leodhasaich were gutted not to have salvaged at least a point.
Next game, against Strathglass, is at Shawbost on the May 25th.