Friday, October 23, 2009

Maclennan wonder goal wins point at Kyles

Kyles Athletic 3 Glenurquhart 3
An excellent result this for all that it was a game that meant nothing very much to either side. The Glen are happy because there is now an opportunity to finish the season in third place which is not bad except that it is not first or second- and on the evidence of the scores this season the sides which are above us are deservedly so. Still for this game it was not the full squad which went off down the A82: Paul Mackintosh had to step into the goals to take over from his cousin Stuart Mackintosh while a couple of Hendo’s Heroes made the trip as back up. Worse was to come en route when Billy Urquhart stopped off at a roadside cafe, had some “Cullen Skink” and was promptly sick to the extent that though he did start the match he was unable to complete it.
So here are the Glen at half time 2-0 down to Kyles and the Managers feeling a little hard done by at the way things had gone-the second goal ,a screamer into the postage stamp from Dunky Kerr was arguably out of play before it was hit into the net according to the Glenners present. Clearly the situation in the dressing room at half time was tense.
Step forward boy wonder Ewan Brady. Introduced as a second half sub he was smartly on hand to knock in a reb bound off the keeper from a Calum Miller shot. Neatly done and the goal chalked up without fuss.
Not that long afterwards the Glen support was treated to a rare delight- a goal from Eddie Tembo. What like? An excellent shot taken on the back hand and leaving the Kyles custodian with no chance. Then the disbelieving mob of Glenners was rewarded for their loyalty with a goal that would make the TV credits for goal of the season. The artiste no other than Lewis Maclennan. From inside his own half he flicked up the ball and belted it high in the air. Falling like a meteorite from the heavens it deceived both the Kyles keeper and full back and the Glen were entering the final quarter of the match with a 3-2 lead. Kyles came back but the Glen also had further chances until finally sadly with a chance to clear the ball the Glen defence elected to mishit a clearance to Kyles forward Davie Martin who, to misquote Bill McAllister, “was more accurate than a NASA space probe impacting in a mini-crater on the dark side of the moon ” which was a shame for the Glen but probably no more than Kyles deserved.
For Lewis the goal underlined the fact that so far in his career Kyles has been a lucky ground for him. However despite his fabulous strike, best for Glen on the day were John Barr, Ali Mackintosh,Paul Mackintosh and Andrew Corrigan.
Lewis deserves a picture- and since the Wing Centre was not at Kyles he went down to the training, forgot his real camera but took a snap on his phone. Back home he downloaded a few from the phone discovering as he did so a few forgotten beauts well worth preserving.
Particular favourites are Fort’s Camanachd Cup winning manager Drew MacNeil and Glen’s Trophy winning keeper Dave Emery showing that there is more to them than the simply macho image they treasure. Is that Hendo smiling at the Camera? Also there are Smack and Glen Active Sports Co-ordinator Matthew MacIver after the successful Robertson Cup School Sixes at Drum which they helped to organise. Well done guys.
So there is now nothing much left except the trip to the Garry to pick up the trophy for North Division 2 with the Heroes. At least at this time of the year there will be no midgies- though there is every chance of encountering some snakes in the lush Garry grass.

**For the ladies, there's a fashion tip from Lewis. If you want to look slim wear a dark number with vertical side panels in white.
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