Glen make a point at Kilmallie-Just!
Glenurquhart 2 Kilmallie 2
This past weekend saw many of GUSC's most faithful supporters drafted away to Kintail to dodge the midges and distribute wrist bands and water to the hardy souls who for some reason wish to go the long way to Strathglass and thus take part i n the Highland Cross. All in a good cause you understand as our GUSC members were doing their bit for the community to ensure funding for The Glen Urquhart Care Centre and their much needed new minibus. This only left a few worthies to make their way down the A82 to Caol.
Dod as it turned out was reliable enough but Mr Reid’s ability to listen to others is not his strongest talent and it was only on arriving at Black Parks, Fort William that the bodach admitted his mistake!
Meanwhile the game was getting under way in Caol with a strong wind blowing across the park which only added to the uncomfortable tension of the fixture. With both teams capable of beating each other in every premier fixture this year, every game from here on in is that clichéd cup final but with Kilmallie being the closest to the Glen at the wrong end of the table, the feeling in the Glen camp was that they had to get something from the game.
The Glen started strongly and looked dangerous in the opening phases as they usually do and with Ali Mackintosh drafted back in to defence to assist Mr Barr,Mr Corrigan and young Master Heath the Glen looked solid at the back. At this stage a disgruntled Dod appeared with the said Plonker just in time to watch a GUSC corner. Training ground routines have been an area of frustration for the management team but -hold the back page- this one worked. David Smart made his move and stroked the ball neatly into the net.
Frustration is an understatement in terms of watching the Glen this year – at times they can be brilliant against the best shinty has to offer and then they don't have that self belief to stick to the game plan in more difficult games which is a hurdle they must cross to stay in the premier league. This frustration made its way to the touch line and for a brief period the strong wind was blown back in the opposite direction by a hair dryer team talk at half time.
Kilmallie started the stronger in the 2nd half and a contentious decision on the edge of The D gave them the break the needed. This time their training ground routines came to fruition when a goal was scored from the resulting free hit.
Glen were now up against it and various personnel changes were made with Andew MacDonald coming on to release Fraser Heath in to the centreline. At full centre. Liam Girvan came on to replace Lewis MacLennan and in a last throw of the dice Stuart Reid came on at full back to allow John Barr to venture up front. James MacPherson saw a couple of chances go past the post in the latter stages but it was Barr who in the 90th minute turned his man at 20 yards and struck the ball low past keeper Kevin Toye.
The sighs of relief could have been heard at Blairbeg Park as Deek Cameron blew his whistle at the following throw up. Modern shinty is based on a series of fine margins and who knows just how valuable this point will be in the weeks ahead but the players need to take positives from it and move on to the games ahead.
The photos are courtesy of Neil Paterson -many thanks to him. Drew's expression just about sums up Glenners feelings about shinty matters this season.
The words come from the Chairman who can write and even talk in the style of the D without prompting and many thanks to him.
There was another match on with Glen interest involved and manager Iain Macleod provided an excellent report on what happened there- a fine 3-1 victory over Kinlochshiel in the Strathdearn thanks to goals from Ben and Jack Hosie plus a super strike (allied to an excellent performance) by Euan Lloyd.
No game in the premier on Saturday but the youngsters face Newtonmore in a semi at the Bught. All the best ,lads