Two ultimately disappointing scorelines to end March and begin April but performances with plenty to be positive about but also plenty that can be learned from and built on for the rest of the season.
The game away to Boleskine saw us fail to convert our chances early on and we lost two goals to former Lovat player and Boleskine manager, Jamie Matheson. Eoghan managed to come off the bench and convert by following up a Will shot off the post to make things a little tighter with around 10 minutes left but as with Lochcarron the week before, it was too little, too late in another 2-1 defeat.
Strathspey also was to end in disappointment. It was great to see Gaga back, and things started well as we took the lead in the first half through Dukey and looked to be in control. Spey are always tenacious however and they battled back to make it level just on the stroke of halftime through Jay Jay Gray. Crucially, we failed to keep up our first half intensity in the early stages of the second and after we missed a penalty, Spey grabbed a second to capitalise on their pressure through Grant again. The game was still in the balance until around ten minutes to go when the replacement full forward, Grahamh Shang managed to get the ball past Gaga into the bottom corner of the net to make it 3-1. Again Lewis needed to play shinty for 90 minutes but showed up well in one of our better Grantown performances. Seumas took a bad head knock from a piece of reckless play to add to an earlier hit to the hand but hopefully he’ll be back soon.
We still await the first points of the season but for now we turn our attention to the Sutherland Cup and an away trip to Oban for the first time, where we face one of the even newer teams in shinty than us, Oban Lorn. We’ll have a short piece about this team in a couple of days on the website. We’ll also have a little report on the trip to Drumnadrochit by the Ladies team where they put in a brilliant performance.
Here also is the April Fool’s Post from facebook if you didn’t see it.