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Sleat & Strath to face Portree in Ross Cup Final

posted 23 Jul 2012, 01:12 by Ben MacKinnon   [ updated 27 Aug 2012, 04:44 by Sleat and Strath AFC ]

Sleat & Strath travelled to Dunvegan on Friday night with a thin squad for their Ross Cup Semi Final tie. Not everyone was available for the match that had been moved from the Saturday, and even the manager himself had to put his name on the team sheet. Also on the bench was fresh signing from the Broadford youth teams Duncan Gilles, who came on and played well. Dunvegan have been very good at home this season, and when they have lost it has only been by one goal, so Sleat & Strath were expecting a tough fight on their hands to get to the final of the only domestic trophy they have failed to win over the past two seasons.

The game started fairly evenly, but Sleat & Strath's superior football quality soon began to tell, and on the 15min mark, Gordy latched onto a through ball that he dispatched with his usual calmness. 10 minutes later, Sleat & Strath were awarded a free kick 20 yards out, and Gordy caught the Dunvegan goalkeeper napping, and the team went in to the break with a 2-0 lead.

Sleat & Strath exploded into the second half, and 5 minutes in James Robertson played a 1-2 with Gordy before firing low and hard into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Another 5 minutes passed and another goal, Connaire scoring a fine goal from distance. Gordy then picked up his match hat-trick two minutes later to make it 5-0, but he would go on to score another 2 to make it a second half hat-trick in less than ten minutes. DL rested Gordy for the last few minutes and took to the field himself, and in the 90th minute a good finish from the hard working Callum Mattinson secured the 8-0 victory for his side. The game wasn't as completely one sided as the score line suggests, and the defence are due credit for a rock solid performance.

Also to be noted is that with his 5 goals, Gordy has now reached the 40 goal mark across all competitions this season so far! Our congratulations to him on this milestone, as he looks likely to beat his record from last season.

The result means that Sleat & Strath progress to the final, and they will play Portree who on Saturday night defeated Gairloch Aultbea United 3 - 0 at home. The match is scheduled for Saturday (28th) at 4pm in Uig.