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Sleat and Strath Dominance continues

posted 11 Jun 2012, 01:20 by Ben MacKinnon   [ updated 1 Sep 2012, 14:35 by Sleat and Strath AFC ]

Sleat and Strath have made a good start to the season, continuing their dominating form of the last 2 years. Having already picked up their first silverware of the season in the GF MacRae Cup. The final, played in Kyleakin, was an epic encounter against Portree Juniors that ended 6-5, a game that was widely regarded as a "great advert for Skye and Lochalsh football."

Progress was also made in the Highland Amateur as Sleat and Strath have a 3rd round tie against Iochdar Saints on the 16th of June. While Sleat and Strath have the home tie, the game will be played in Uig with a 10am kick off to suit the ferry sailings. If Sleat and Strath progress, it will be a honeymoon home draw for the 4th round, with the fixture date set to be the day after the managers wedding.

As for the league, Sleat and Strath have continued their 100% record from previous years. They thrashed their opponents in the opening 3 games of the season, winning 9-0, 10-0 and 10-1, however close rivals Kyleakin were scoring even more and took the early league lead on goal difference. Portree, despite losing their opening game of the season to league new comers Gairloch/Aultbea United, went on to strong form and with an extra game played over Kyleakin and Sleat and Strath, found themselves in a 3 way tie on points. So the most important game of the season so far was played on Tuesday night as Kyleakin made the trip north, and played out a 0-0 draw with Portree. With the cup run, Sleat and Strath have two games in hand over Portree and 1 over Kyleakin, which leaves the top of the table looking like this:
It should be noted that Portree Juniors are also unbeaten, but the league association has ruled that their opening game of the season against Dunvegan (which Juniors won 1-0) should be replayed, after they were seen to have exploited a loophole for 2 players to serve a suspension in another league, and thus have only played 4 games in the league so far. 

Sensational striker Gordie McCarrol has got himself off to his usual fine goal scoring form, having scored twice as many goals than anyone else in the team. There has been a fair amount of reshuffling in the squad this year, with many of last seasons core team leaving Skye for adventures further afield. Those away include last years young player of the year; Ben Yoxon, along with Iain Beggs, Jamie Hamilton, Darren MacKinnon, John Duff and backup goalkeeper Craig Wilson. With fresh injuries to Gordie and Callum Mattinson, there are huge gaps to fill in the team. However the return of former players has made a difference, with James Munley back in the squad and looking to challenge for the top striker spot, and Neil "Jew" MacKinnon fresh back from Australia. Jamie Graham has also been in good goal scoring form, picking up 8 from all competitions so far.

With important fixtures coming up (the HA game against Iochdar, and an away league game to Portree Juniors) the fans will be getting right behind the whole squad as they look set to continue their dominance through the summer.