Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hopes for Glen seconds go Skye-high, while top team axe Lochaber

Glenurquhart 3 Skye 0
Lochaber 1 Glenurquhart 2
A good result and even the men from the Misty Isle will agree that if the Glen had scored with half their chances the 3 would surely be 30 though as Dave MacVicar pointed out Ross Graham and Davy Grant at the back were a pretty determined duo. Graham in particular , impressed with his quick reflexes and his ability to clear his lines without fuss.
Despite their superiority it took the Glen 25 minutes to breach the Skye defensive wall and it was a neat piece of shinty which produced the result. Keeper Dave Emery drove his hit out up beyond the centre circle where it was pulled out of the air by David Smart. Smart slipped it on to Iain Macleod who played it on to Calum Fraser and the big striker smashed the ball home from the edge of the D.
Unfortunately there was no further scoring for the rest of the half only a series of misses which became more and more outrageous as the game continued. Lots of pretty shinty proceeded but aside from a number of good stops from Graham several of which he achieved perhaps without his knowledge , the nearest to a goal came from a smart drive by Ben Hosie which struck the post and bounced clear.
Skye certainly did cross the half way line but they found full back Ian Macdonald and backs Donald Fraser , Ewen Menzies and Gary Smith working well together so that no clear chances presented themselves to the island forwards.
Glen went further ahead in 53 minutes again from a neat piece of shinty which involved Hosie whose sharp shot from the left was blocked by keeper Graham but the rebound fell to the club of Calum Fraser who tapped the ball home from close range.
The final Glen goal came in 75 minutes as a result of a long shot from Ross MacAulay who had come on as a late second half sub along with Calum Smith and Brad Dickson.
The Glen’s 3-0 lead was never in doubt and even the addition to the field for the first time at Blairbeg in Skye colours of former Glen favourite Malky Munro could do nothing to lift the Islanders spirits and the game came to its conclusion with the Glenners frustrated at not having added more to their tally.
Meanwhile the big team had an excellent 2-1 away victory at Lochaber which will serve well to keep up morale in the tough series of matches yet to come , though the fact of a home draw in the Camanachd to Kinlochsheil serves to whet the appetite. Lochaber started well at home but glen goals from Billy Urquhart (following up on a well saved shot from Andrew Corrigan) and a screamer from Neale Reid saw the Glen home with a little to spare. It is always going to be thus though spirits in the Glen camp were lifted by an excellent display at full centre by Lewis Maclennan. The booking of John Barr and the absence from the side through long term injury of Paul Mackintosh and Arran Macdonald is however a cause for disappointment. This week the picture is that of Gary Smith a long time servant of the Club who put in an excellent shift against Skye. Well done Gary!

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