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Mistakes Forgiven

posted 7 Aug 2012, 13:47 by Ben MacKinnon

Well, it has been an up-and-down couple of weeks all round for Sleat & Strath. After thumping Dunvegan in the Ross Cup semi final, and a 4-0 win against Staffin in the league, the team looked on course to win the Ross Cup Final, the only trophy they have failed to win the past 2 seasons, in a match against Portree. However they will have to wait at least another year as it was to be Portree's day in Uig as they ran out 4-1 winners over Sleat & Strath.

They was an immediate reaction from the team, and it was almost welcome to have a game just 3 days after the final. Staffin were the unfortunate victims as Sleat & Strath ran over them 11-0, Gordie McCarrol scoring an impressive 5 goals to further extend his lead as top goal scorer.

Next up were Dunvegan in a league match, and what a difference a fortnight makes. After beating them 8-0 in the semi final of the Ross cup 2 weeks before, and the victory over Staffin, Sleat & Strath would have been expecting more of the same. But as has been shown many times this season, Dunvegan is a difficult place to go, and Sleat & Strath found themselves 2-0 down at half time. A good second-half fightback saw Sleat & Strath take a 4-2 lead thanks to a McCarrol hat-trick and a first of the season for Neil "Jew" MacKinnon. However, Dunvegan managed to mount a comeback of their own, leveling the match at 4-4 before missing a penalty to take the lead. But that didn't dishearten them and they would find time to score the winner before the end of the match. Gordie McCarrol also saw red in the closing stages.

With that game being played on the Friday evening, it gave Kyleakin a chance to extend their lead in the league. Fortunately they stumbled too, losing 4-2 to Portree Juniors. With only 6 games left in the league it's all to play for, and the manager believes that if the whole squad remains available then they should be able to finish the season as champions. Gairloch/Aultbea United are up first in Kinloch on Saturday with an earlier kick off of 3pm, but the battle for the championship is likely to go all the way to the final league fixture of the season, Kyleakin v Sleat & Strath in Kyleakin on the 8th of September at 5pm.