Skye clinch north first division title with eleventh league win in succession


Skye 4, Glenurquhart 0
(H.T. 2-0)

Skye clinched the north first division title with a comfortable enough 4-0 win against Glenurquhart reserves at Portree on Saturday — and now the focus turns to a promotion play off to secure a place in the national league.

The islanders will be presented with the league trophy after their match with Kingussie reserves this weekend. But the celebrations will be muted, as it is only a victory against south division one champions Ballachulish which will satisfy Skye’s main ambition to gain promotion to the game’s second tier.

On Saturday Skye looked hungry from the outset, and Will Cowie fired an effort just  over after 10 minutes.

Kenny MacLeod also went close, and in a busy spell for the Glen defence veteran Drew McNeil was booked by referee Daniel MacRae.

Glen keeper Iain Macleod was coping well with what the Skye attack could throw at him, and the islanders suffered a blow when Shockie MacLennan went off with a back injury after half an hour. Danny Morrison, who began on the bench alongside Jordan Murchison, came on.

The Skye pressure paid off in the 36th minute when Kenny MacLeod grabbed his third goal in two games with a sharp finish from 18 yards.

Soon afteRwards a nice Skye move ended with an Ally “Spod” MacLeod shot rising just over the top.
A rare Glen foray brought out an excellent Jamie Gannon save just before Skye made it 2-0 in the closing seconds of the half. This time Spod MacLeod showed strong persistence in the area to eventually force in a neat finish and put the hosts in command.

The pattern of Skye pressure continued and eventually the islanders added a third goal on 67 minutes with another good strike from Will Cowie.

A minute later it was four when Spod MacLeod flicked the ball in the air for Jordan Murchison — on as a sub for Kenny MacLeod — to crash home from the edge of the penalty area.

Best on the day for Skye were Chris Rose, excellent at buckshee back, the midfield trio of MacKinnon, Murray and MacDonald and in attack the lively Will Cowie and Spod MacLeod.