Minch cup agony for Camanachd Leòdhais

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Camanachd Leòdhais missed out on a maiden Minch Cup victory by the narrowest of margins as a last gasp extra time goal from Lochbroom gave the Ullapool side a 3-2 victory.

Lewis started off impressively and this pressure paid off with a magnificent finish from captain Paul Duke who unleashed a beautifully placed drive from 30 yards.

Lochbroom tried to rally but Scott Murray was marshalling the midfield to tremendous effect, ably assisted by young Paddy Sinclair and Michael MacLeod.

Donald Lamont went close a few times and then on the half hour mark Will Church,

marked an explosive return from injury with a fine solo goal.

Euphoria swept the Lewis ranks and despair hit the Lochbroom team who at that point were now concerned that the game was going to slip entirely from their grasp.

Good fortune therefore was to smile upon the mainlanders as a long speculative ball

from Broom’s Sandy Urquhart from the throw up dipped into the box and deceived Conor Macdonald and the ball ended over the line to halve the lead.

Lewis rallied and the defence was holding strong but from a free hit, Neil ‘Darkie’ Fraser got a shot away. The former Kinlochshiel starlet’s effort hit the woodwork twice before nestling inches over the line.

Broom went off the park thanking their lucky stars to still be level but Lewis also came off the park knowing that whilst bad fortune had played its part, they were playing with enough verve and style to regain the lead.

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