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Sleat and Strath progress in Highland Amateur

posted 30 May 2011, 01:47 by Ben MacKinnon
The team and a bus load of supporters had to leave Skye in the early hours of Saturday morning for the trip to Helmsdale to meet with Orkney based team Rendall.

Conditions were harsh, with S&S having to play into a strong wind for the first half. Opposition is usually strong in the Highland Amateur, but DL was quoted as saying "this was the best team we have played against in a long time".

Sleat and Strath fought off a lot of pressure during the first half, but gradually got a grip on the game. The opener came after some great possession football played from one end of the pitch to the other, Connaire applying the finishing touch to the move.

The second half put the wind at Sleat and Straths back, and they were able to apply the pressure. SaS didn't seem to get any bounces in their favour and Rendall were able to fight back. The Sleat and Strath defence held solid, with veteran Ali MacGillvray, in his first game this season, at the heart of it.

The game was eventually put to bed with 10 minutes to go. Ian MacPhersons effort was parried by the Rendall keeper, but the ball fell to Jamie Hamilton who fired it into the back of the net.

Both teams had a long journey home, but while Rendall would have been feeling sea sick on the boat, Sleat and Strath will have been partying all the way over the bridge.