As all four island teams returned home on the Isle of Lewis it was the leagues top two of Carloway and Back that were celebrating progress to the quarter finals of the Highland Amateur Cup after resounding victories on the mainland.
Back had the most impressive result although against probably the weakest side left in the tournament as they crushed Keiss by ten goals to nil. The game was over at half by time as Fraser Macleod helped himself to yet another hat trick. By the end of the game Murray Macleod had not only scored his first senior hat-trick but had added a fourth for good measure. Back now face a much sterner test against Golspie Stafford in the next round. Golspie were involved in an eleven goal thriller against Sleath and Strath, eventually coming through by the odd goal.
Carloway continued their excellent form by dumping Castletown four-nil at Fortrose. Carloway were always in control of this match which they led at half time through a Calum ‘Tom’ Moody header. After the break they surged ahead with further goals from Dan Crossley, Murdo ‘Sqweg’ and Chris Macleod. Their reward is a tie against Kirkwall Rovers.
It was Kirkwall Rovers who ended the hopes of Point as they went down by four goals to two. Previous winners Point acquitted themselves well but Rovers proved too strong on the day and the Rudachs bowed out of the cup.
Ness faced a tricky task against a much fancied Wick Groats. It proved a step too far the Niseachs as they went down by five goals to one.
To have two teams left in the competition at this stage augers well and with both Carloway and Back currently in good form they have no reason to fear anyone from here on in.
The ties will be difficult but winnable although some formidable teams await them both if they manage to progress to the semi final stage. There Back could meet old adversaries Culbokie or Wick Groats whilst Carloway would have to face a much harder obstacle in the shape of former winners Avoch or Pentland Utd. Both of these teams have won the Highland Amateur Cup twice a-piece in the last five years.
Both quarter finals ties will be played on the 9th July.