North Division One
Skye 5, Strathglass 0
Skye kept on course for the north first-division title when they made it six league wins out of six with a 5-0 victory over Strathglass in Portree on Saturday.
Johnathan “Shockie” MacLennan scored twice, with Kenny Campbell, Danny Morrison and Ally “Spod” MacLeod also on target as the islanders geared up for two crucial cup matches in the coming weeks.
Though not quite at full strength —Allan “Ginger” MacKinnon was suspended, Will Cowie injured and Jamie Gannon unavailable — Skye’s victory seldom looked in doubt from the moment MacLennan struck the opener after only five minutes. The only blot on the performance was an ankle injury to full back Steven Morrison — with the pivotal defender now sweating on his fitness ahead of this weekend’s Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup quarter-final tie against Kilmallie.
Skye manager John MacLeod was pleased his side had clocked up another victory, although he anticipated a much sterner test this weekend.
He said: “I was expecting things might have been a bit tougher against Strathglass, but we dominated for most of the match. It’s pleasing to come through with another win.”
MacLeod said Will Cowie, who suffered a thumb injury playing for the Skye second team the previous weekend, will return this Saturday, while Jamie Gannon is once again available between the posts and Allan MacKinnon comes back from a one-match ban. Aside from Neil MacVicar — who could be working — Skye should be at full strength.
“Steven Morrison had to go off on Saturday with a crack to the ankle,” MacLeod added. “He was sent home on crutches, just to take the weight off it, but I spoke to him on Sunday and the swelling was down and he was healing well. He should be fine by this weekend.”
Skye — aiming to reach the last four of the Camanachd Cup for the first time in 14 years — will host a Kilmallie side likely to be smarting from a 5-1 league defeat by neighbours Fort William last weekend. The derby defeat is a big blow to the Caol side’s national league chances, but Skye manager MacLeod is expecting to see a reaction from the fired-up visitors when they visit Portree.
He said: “It’s a big game for us and Kilmallie as the chance to get to the semi-final of a Camanachd Cup doesn’t come around too often.
“We’re expecting it to be a tough, and physical test where discipline could be an issue. But we’ve had them watched and, if we play the way we can, we should give them a game.”