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Ben Yoxon outstanding as Kyle hit for seven

posted 18 Apr 2013, 06:29 by Ben MacKinnon   [ updated 18 Apr 2013, 06:36 ]

Sleat & Strath continued their early league campaign in an afternoon match in Kinloch on Saturday. Kyle were the visitors, having earned a solid 2 - 0 win in Plockton the weekend before.

The Sleat & Strath team were expecting a tough game, but they didn't get one. Gordon MacCarroll fired in a screamer of a free kick from almost 40 yards after only 5 minutes, which perhaps rocked the visiting team, as Sleat & Strath just dominated the game from that point onwards. Less than ten minutes later, Ben Yoxon got his first of the year with a great finish from the edge of the box. 

Kyle were fortunate to be only down by two at halftime, even as Sleat & Strath played with 10 men for around five minutes as James Robertson was treated for a broken nose, refusing to allow himself to be subbed. The stubbornness would pay off as he went on to "play some of the best football he's played in two years," the manager said.

The manager encouraged the team to continue playing the way they had been into the second half, and it wasn't long before they were rewarded again. On the 50 minute mark, James Robertson chipped a ball over the top for Ben Yoxon to run onto, who then rounded the keeper and slotted home into the empty net for his second of the match.

James Robertsons display would soon be rewarded with a goal of his own ten minutes later, before Ben Yoxon secured his hat trick with a fine solo goal after 65 minutes.

The manager made full use of the new five substitutes rule to bring some fresh legs on, and giving some of the youngsters a run out. James Munley came on for James Robertson who had earned his rest, and Fraser Graham replaced Callum Mattinson. On the 80th minute Fraser helped himself to a tap in at the back post, before the manager made another two changes, Michael MacKenzie and Lachlan MacInnes replacing Calum MacRae and Man of the Match Ben Yoxon. Connaire Yoxon and Jamie Graham also switched roles, which saw instant success as Connaire went on a jinking run past a couple of helpless defenders, before firing home for Sleat & Straths seventh of the day. Connaires reward was an instant substitution as the manager gave another youngster, Ryan O'Halloran a run out for the last five minutes.

The result sees Sleat & Strath tied at the top of the table on points with Portree and Portree Juniors at this early stage. Something will have to give though, as Sleat & Strath travel to play Portree Juniors this Saturday, before hosting Portree next Friday night. For one of these three teams, the league could be won or lost, even at the early stage, over the next two weeks. 

Results Round Up:
Sleat & Strath 7 - 0 Kyle                    
  Dunvegan 1 - 4 Kyleakin        
         GA United 1 - 4 Portree Juniors
  Portree 8 - 0 Plockton
Staffin 0 - 4 Struan

As always, the latest league table can be seen here.