Skye finish on a high note with win over Newtonmore

Newtonmore 1, Skye 4
(H.T. 0-2)

Skye completed their league campaign undefeated when they signed off with an excellent 4-1 victory at Newtonmore last Saturday.

Although they went into the match missing six regulars – including usual first picks Steven Morrison, Gibbs MacDonald, Neil MacVicar and Iain Murray — the islanders were in impressive form. Will Cowie, playing at full centre, was superb against a promising Newtonmore team bolstered by senior regulars Michael Ritchie in goal and Glen MacKintosh in attack.

After a bright start Skye edged ahead in the 10th minute when Cowie fired home from the spot after ‘More full back John MacKenzie had been penalised for falling on the ball.

Jordan Murchison gave Skye some comfort ahead of the half-time interval when he struck a low 20-yard shot into the corner after 44 minutes.

Skye made the points safe five minutes after the restart when Kenny MacLeod followed up to force in the rebound after Danny Morrison’s strike cracked off the crossbar.

Iain Robinson pulled a goal back for Newtonmore a couple of minutes later, but the final word belonged to Skye as Jordan Murchison got his second on 82 minutes to seal the 4-1 win.

There were good performances throughout the Skye team, but regular second-team squad member John MacKenzie came in and did well at wing forward. With Skye’s resources stretched 15-year-old Ryan Morrison — who had travelled with the intention of watching the match — was also given a late run-out.

Skye boss John MacLeod said he was delighted with the performance, and hoped his team would stay in good shape as they await the promotion play-off against South Division One winners Ballachulish on 1st November.
He added: “It was an excellent win, especially as we were again missing several players.
“We have kept up the training — a hard session last Thursday seemed to have had the desired effect on Saturday. Hopefully the players can keep their fitness ticking over, and we can get the job finished when we meet Ballachulish.”

The win over Newtonmore means Skye have dropped just one point out of a possible 28 over the course of the north first-division campaign.