Sam’s The Man for resurgent Reds

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Point climbed to the top of the league on the back of their third win on the bounce but boss Angus Mackay admits he doubted whether his boys would make the long trip home across the Pentland Road with three points.

The Rudhachs dominated Carloway for long spells but despite hogging the lions share of the ball and creating a multitude of excellent sights of goal they failed to take most of them.

And with Carloway maximising their use of set-pieces to score from one corner and another direct free kick it looked like Point would be left to rue their profiligacy in front of goal.

But as he has so many times in 2015 – wing king Sam Macsween rode to the rescue with a late winner to net his fifth goal in just five games.

“I honestly thought it was going to be one of those games,” said Mackay.

“It was undoubtedly our best performance of the season so far and we created so many chances but our finishing was letting us down and we were caught out twice. It was nearly two dropped league points.

“Sam came up trumps for us again. He had a great pre-season, he is looking so fit and sharp and he is now getting in good positions so often he is getting tap-ins. That’s five goals in four games already and his confidence can only be growing.”

Mackay and his assistant Willie Macaulay were in despair on the touchline as Alexander Macdonald, Stuart Flower and Alasdair ‘Wally’ Maciver all missed good chances.

Ruaraidh Miller had drilled Point in front with a low finish from 12-yards but Calum Tom Moody scored from a corner for Carloway on his return to football following a lengthy abbatical.

Moody’s powerful trademark header came against the run of play but following their goal Carloway visibly grew in confidence and earned a foothold in the match.

When Macsween restored Point’s lead a minute into the second-half it looked likely Point would pull further ahead and tighten their grip on the points.

But Kenny ‘Dokus’ Macdonald punished the Reds with a stunning free kick which spun off the wet turf into the bottom corner.

A share of the points seemed likely until eight minutes from the end when Macsween’s charge in off the right flank was matched by a clever reverse ball from ‘Wally’ into his path and this time Sam was the man as he slammed home for three precious league points.

Carloway manager Graeme Miller said: “This was a much improved display and there are a lot of positives.

“The boys competed well throughout and stayed in the game when Point put us under pressure.

“It was disappointing to lose out to a late goal but we had five teenagers playing and the experience of games like this will stand them in good stead for the future.”

Point now hold a three point lead at the top of the league pile having played three matches.

Lochs sit tucked in behind in second place having played a game less after their scheduled match with West Side was postponed and will now be played this Friday, May 1.

Carloway, who are in Co-op Cup action this weekened away to Eriskay, have taken just one point from their first three league outings although they have reached the first cup final of the season.