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Busy week for the opposition goal keepers

posted 14 May 2013, 12:40 by Ben MacKinnon   [ updated 14 May 2013, 13:51 ]

Sleat and Strath are in the middle of a busy fixture period. The start of the GF MacRae and Highland Amateur cups, added to regular league duties have left the team with seven games to play in twenty days. The first three of these have been played already, with great success for the team. 

First up was the Highland Amateur first round clash against Dornoch City. The game was played in Plockton for convenience. Those following us on twitter or facebook would have seen the updates during the match. At half time Sleat & Strath were 4 - 0 up, and ran out the second half to come away with a 7 - 2 win, with Gordy MacCarroll, Ben Yoxon and Connaire Yoxon each scoring twice. The other goal scored was an OG. 

The win sees Sleat & Strath set up for an away trip to last seasons finalists Wick Groats. This match will undoubtedly be the toughest test of the season for the team. 

Next up was the GF MacRae Quarter Final match against Struan, played at Kinloch on Tuesday night. Despite the club suspensions handed to Martin MacKinnon and Callum Mattinson, the team again run out strong winners. Struan had been reduced to ten men in the twentieth minute for unlawfully preventing a goal scoring opportunity, but they were already 2-0 down at the time. It was all too easy for Sleat & Strath after that point, and they went on to win 10 - 1. James Robertson picked up a hat trick. But not to be outdone, Gordon MacCarrol scored four times. There was also a brace from substitute Richard Stewart with James Munley picking up the other goal. The result set up a Semi Final tie against Portree Juniors, who defeated their counterparts Portree 4-3.

Struan were sent home with their tails between their legs, and they wouldn't have much time to lift their spirits as Sleat & Strath travelled north to play them again on Saturday, this time on league duty. Despite keeping eleven men on the pitch this time, they still suffered a 9 - 2 defeat. Coming back from suspension, Callum Mattinson played his best game of the season so far and picked up a hat trick, exactly the response the manager would have been looking for. The other goals came from C. Macrae, G. MacCarroll, B. Yoxon (2), C. Yoxon and J. Robertson.

All in all it was a good week for Sleat & Strath, scoring twenty six goals in three games, while only conceding four. However, they have an even tougher week ahead of them now with the GF Macrae cup Semi Final against Portree Juniors tonight, followed by that second round clash against Wick Groats on Saturday. Without good performances, Sleat & Strath could easily find themselves out of two competitions in the space of just a few days.