Camanachd Leòdhais suffer another narrow defeat

For the second time in as many weeks, Camanachd Leòdhais suffered a 2-1 loss, this time at the hands of Boleskine, as they continue to await their first points of the season.

Travelling to Farr with a similar squad to the one that almost came back to draw with Lochcarron last week, manager Duncan MacIntyre’s only change saw the return of Innes Lamont at wingback.

The game began at a fierce pace. There was no sign of the sluggish starts that had plagued Lewis in recent weeks as they took control in the opening stages, wing forward Scott MacLeod forcing the first save of the game.

Shortly thereafter, Leòdhas should have taken the lead following a corner that teed up MacLeod with the goal at his mercy but the young forward let Boleskine off the hook as he scooped the ball over the bar.

Boleskine managed to weather the early storm and started to impose themselves on the game. The Boleskine centre-line and in particular full centre Dickie MacKenzie, were picking up the ball in pockets of space and launching them into the attacking third.

The game was now flowing from end to end with both sets of players playing tough and aggressive shinty. Donald Lamont fired a volley wide of the goal before wingback Michael MacLeod made a fantastic recovery tackle to dispossess Boleskine’s Jamie Matheson as he was through on goal.

Boleskine however would break the deadlock minutes later. An effort from distance bounced back off the post, Lewis couldn’t clear their lines and the ball eventually broke to Matheson, who swiftly gave the home side the lead going into the break.

The second half once again started with Lewis in the ascendancy although chances were few and far between.

Boleskine were getting no joy down the right wing with Michael MacLeod in stellar form at wingback whilst Lewis weren’t able to test the keeper despite getting into some good positions.

As the clock struck the hour mark, Boleskine doubled their lead against the run of play.

A dash of penetrating play down the left wing gave Matheson the slightest glimpse of goal and he expertly placed the ball high into the roof of the net.

MacIntyre made a couple of tactical changes, replacing Paul Duke and Scott MacLeod with Ally Lamont & Peter Gomez as Lewis searched for a way back into the game.

Eòghan Stewart then replaced Connor Chalmers following a nasty head knock although the wing centre is expected to be fit to play this weekend.

The changes seemed to spark the attack as Lewis began creating more chances, Will Church almost getting on the score sheet on a couple of occasions.

Lewis’ pressure eventually told five minutes from time. Church struck the post but it was Eòghan Stewart who was quickest to react to the ball and netted his first of the season.

A desperate Lewis tried to force a late equaliser but despite several corners, the Boleskine defence managed to keep Lewis at bay and secure both points.

Lewis travel to play Strathspey this Saturday with both teams looking to pick up their first points of the season. You can follow live updates of the game on Twitter @lewiscamanachd