Lochs will win their first league championship in five years tonight (Monday, August 31) IF they can win their final league match against Ness.
The Maroons are a point behind leaders Point but the Rudhachs have crucially played all their remaining fixtures which means Lochs’ own championship destiny is in their own hands.
A win will see them toast their eighth title in the 20th anniversary year of their first ever Lewis and Harris league title win - back in 1995 (pictured above).
However a win for Ness will see Point crowned champs on a night in which they will not even be in action and will, according to manager Angus Mackay be going through a training session some 20-miles away.
A draw at the Creagan Dubh will see NEITHER Lochs or Point take the title with a recent rule change removing the deciding factors of goal difference and head-to-head records.
Should Lochs and Ness share the spoils on Monday then a one-off play-off match to determine the champs will be contested between our two sides who conclude the campaign on level points.
All these factors combine to create what will be an electrically charged atmosphere in Leurbost this evening, where the match has a scheduled 6.30pm kick-off time, where Lochs know if they win the next 90-minutes they will return to the peak of the Lewis footballing mountain.
Speaking after his side’s 8-1 win over Back in their penultimate fixture, player manager David Macmillan said: “We all know here what we have to do. All we can do is see how things go on the night.
“We know Ness won’t be easy abut we’ll do our best.”
Lochs cranked into top-gear, in the second-half particualry, in their 8-1 cruise over Back.
Jim O’Donnell continued his deadly form with his head by powering home a hat-trick of goals from his forehead while Macmillan scored two crackers.
One from a 20-yard free kick and the other cutting in from the right flank before bending the ball into the opposite corner.
Also on target were Rob Jones, with a familar headed finish, Craig Maclean, moments after joining the action from the bench, and skipper Peter Mackenzie from close range.
Kenny Macsween had given Back a first-half lead in an opening period in which they stood up well against their hosts.
Lochs looked laboured early on until O’Donnell’s first two headers hauled them in front and Macmillan’s set-piece stunner eased them well in control.