Camanachd Leodhais will play away to Lochcarron at the mainland team’s home ground on Saturday in their next fixture in the Marine Harvest North Division Three.
The team will be looking to improve on last weekend’s performance against Beauly who slotted four past the islanders, the second time the mainland side has trumped Lewis this season. Despite the defeat, Camanachd Leodhais can take many positives from their performance.
The game started brightly for the Leodhasaich who had made changes in their team line up from the victory against Ardnamurchan the previous week .As the season has now approached the halfway stage Paul Duke Lewis manager is glad he has a number of youth players to call on to supplement injuries and call-offs.
Beauly also started well, moving the ball about well up front and creating chances.However Lewis had the best chance of the early stages when after 10mins.Kenny Mould at right wing centre broke away from his marker and fired a shot at the Beauly goal.Kyle Macdonald in goals made a great save with his raised caman and the chance was gone.
Beauly were putting Lewis under pressure and opened the scoring in 21mins when Jack Macdonald fired in a shot past Conor Macdonald in the Lewis goal. Lewis though were holding their own and youth player Daniel McFadden, Innes Lamont and veteran youth coach John Nally were making chances up front. Referee Daniel MacRae blew for halftime and Lewis were still well in the game.
At halftime player-manager Paul Duke brought on Craig Macleod for youth player Al Reed who had performed admirably in defence and he also made a couple of positional changes. Could Lewis find an equaliser?
The second half started at breakneck speed and Beauly scored immediatedly from the throw-up.After a good move outside the 10 yard area a Calum Forbes shot on goal was reached by Conor Macdonald with his caman but he couldn’t prevent the rifled shot going in. Lewis were still creating chances at the other end but it was Beauly again who struck in 53mins.In a similar move across the 10 yard area Jack Macdonald got in a position from where he fired in a low shot which left Conor Macdonald with no chance.3-0.Lewis were reeling with the quick change of fortune and were unluckly to lose a fourth on 60mins to a shot from just on the 10 yard area to Robbie Tuach.
Despite being four down Lewis showed their spirit and fought doggedly for the final 30mins to reduce the score line. Scott Murray was unlucky not to score and with Stuart “Tyson”Campbell moving from defence to the forward line Beauly were put under pressure in the last quarter.
So a defeat but no disgrace for the Leodhasaich.With three youths starting the game and other youths on as subs this was a good result in the face of adversity.Club President Iain Sinclair summed up the season up so far.
“ We are making progress as we won our first game last week and our aim for the season is to fulfill all our fixtures and move up the League table.We take heart from today’s performance as Beauly lie third top in the League table.Every week is a challenge but we are determined to fulfill our aims. It was good to see Leodhasach supporters there shouting the boys on.”
Next game is away to Lochcarron on Saturday 25th. June. Thig ann nam b’urrainn dhuibh.