NORTH DIVISION ONE
Skye put another two points on the board thanks to a 3-0 win over Glenurquhart reserves at Drumnadrochit on Saturday, but the islanders were made to work hard for victory.
With Jamie Gannon once again unavailable, along with Chris Rose and Iain Murray, Skye manager John MacLeod continued with Aonghas Macdonald in goal.
The islanders started well, and as early as the fourth minute a shot by wing forward Danny Morrison was diverted behind for a corner.
A minute later Morrison went one better when he created some space for himself 25 yards from goal and drilled a powerful effort into the roof of the net for the opening goal.
Skye continued to press the Glen defence, and another strike by Morrison went over the bar while his fellow wing forward Jordan Murchison let fly from an acute angle but hit only the side netting. Glenurquhart keeper David MacFadyen then saved well from full forward Kenny Campbell.
With just over 20 minutes played the islanders suffered a blow when half forward Will Cowie, who had been playing well, had to leave the field after suffering a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Kenny MacLeod.
On the half-hour mark Skye full centre Shockie MacLennan sent a long-range effort over the bar, and shortly afterwards MacLennan and Kenny Campbell both shot wide. The islanders had a chance to double their lead just before half time when the Glen keeper appeared to fall on the ball and referee David Stafford pointed to the spot. Jordan Murchison’s penalty hit was sweetly struck, but brought a fine save from the keeper.
Despite all their first-half pressure the Skye forwards lacked a bit of composure in front of goal, while the Glen defence continued to make things difficult for the visitors.
And it was pretty much the same after the interval. Five minutes into the second period Skye had the ball in the Glen net again, but the strike was ruled out for offside. Shortly afterwards keeper MacFadyen made a fine save with his stick to deny Danny Morrison.
With half an hour remaining the Skye manager made some changes. He sent Ali “Spod” MacLeod on to replace Jordan Murchison, and at the same time reshuffled the defence with Shockie MacLennan moved from full centre to full forward and Ally “Digg” MacDonald from wing back to wing centre. The manager then had to make another change after David Grant picked up an injury and was replaced by John MacKenzie.
The Glen defence held out until the 72nd minute when some great lead-up play enabled Danny Morrison to feed the ball forward to Shockie MacLennan who made no mistake from around the penalty spot. Kenny MacLeod rounded off the scoring five minutes from time with a good effort from 20 yards.
Best for Skye were Steven Morrison, Ally “Digg” MacDonald and Neil MacVicar in defence, while Gilleasbuig Macdonald worked hard in the centre line. Shockie MacLennan played well during his spell in attack, and Kenny MacLeod caused problems for the Glen defence after his introduction.
Manager MacLeod was relatively pleased with the outcome. “We won the game and kept a clean sheet,” he said. “Glen made it difficult for us at times, which was frustrating, but I’m happy to come away with the points.”