Westside nine points clear at the top

Westside are now nine points clear at the top of the Lewis and Harris League table, although Carloway and Lochs do have two games in hand on the leaders.

The Siarachs picked up another three points on Monday evening when they recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Athletic at Goathill Park.

Dan Macphail’s precise volley from 12 yards followed good work on the left by Innes Iain Morrison which allowed Martainn Shields to deliver a perfect cross for Macphail, who struck the ball high into the net past Colin Macritchie.

Without Scott Maciver and DJ Clinton up front the Stornoway side were toothless in attack, as Peter Macaskill in the Westside goal was called into action on only one occasion when he touched a Gary Macleod free kick over the top in the 85th minute.

Before that incident the visitors extended their lead when Athletic’s central defender Scott Morgan was unfortunate as his attempt to clear a cross from the right flew off his head past the stranded Macritchie.
It was another important win which means that Westside could require only eight points from their remaining five league matches to secure their first-ever title.

Reigning champions Carloway refuse to let go of their crown without a fight and they moved into second spot on goal difference when they defeated Point by four goals to nil at Cnoc a Chaillich. Their bright young striker Jack Buchanan helped himself to another two goals, Kevin “Gochan” Macleod netted his first of the season and skipper Domhnall Mackay completed the scoring just after the hour mark.

That was Point’s second defeat in three days following a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Ness in Garrabost last Friday. Donald Gillies put the Niseachs ahead in 33 minutes, with Craig Harris doubling the lead just after the break. And although Sam Macsween pulled one back for the Rubhachs they could not prevent Ness completing a league double over them.

Ness would have hoped to build on that impressive result on Monday when they entertained United at Fivepenny, but the Stornoway side frustrated their hosts and held on for a share of the points in a 0-0 draw.

In the only other match played, Harris came within a minute of snatching their first league point for two seasons. Calum Masson had given the Hearachs a first-minute lead at Upper Coll but Back fought back and goals from Kevin “Bloxy” Murray and David Maclean were enough to clinch all three points for the Blues.

RESULTS Co-op Cup Semi-Finals Carloway 0, Athletic 0 (Carloway won 3-0 on penalties); Barra 1, Westside 3. Lewis and Harris League Point 1, Ness 2; Athletic 0, Westside 2; Back 2, Harris 1; Carloway 4, Point 0; Ness 0, United 0.

FIXTURES (all kick-offs 7pm unless otherwise stated) Friday 25th July, Jock Stein Cup Final Lochs v Athletic (at Goathill Park). Monday 28th July, Eilean an Fhraoich Cup Semi-Finals, 2nd Leg Ness (2) v Carloway (4); Westside (3) v Lochs (3). Wednesday 30th July, League Harris v Lochs