After the disappointment of Inverness failing to fulfil the reversed home fixture the week previously, the club were very happy to welcome Boleskine to Sgoil Shiaboist and bring the home season to a close for 2018.
Boleskine are a much changed side this year, and have one of the best young players in Scotland, William “Crossal” MacKinnon in their armoury and the U17 international got Boleskine off to a good start with a 30 yard rocket on 17 minutes.
The scores stayed pegged at 1-0 until the hour mark when Stuart MacRae converted a penalty to make it 2-0 and usher in one of the craziest ten minutes seen on the West Side. Scott pulled it back to 2-1 before Stewart MacRitchie popped up almost straight from the throw-up to draw us level.
However, the Loch Ness side club restored a one goal advantage to make it 3-2 minutes on the 69th minute through Ross Anderson.
It was a tight game until the end when young Mackinnon got his second in injury time to let Boleskine go home with the two points and a 4-2 victory.
Thanks to Boleskine for coming over, it was good to see them back after not making the trip the last two years. Thanks to them and all the clubs who made the effort to come over to Shawbost this year. Thanks to Henry MacInnes for refereeing. And last, but not least, thanks to all our supporters for helping make a great atmosphere this season in all weathers.
We finish the season with three away games, Caberfeidh next week, Beauly the week after, and on the 22nd the legendary away trip to Kilmallie. All challenging fixtures but hopefully we can take some points along the way to finish off what has already been a very successful season.
With the schools now back in session, it’s a good time to remind everyone on what we have on offer in terms of junior shinty.
On Fridays, there is a shinty session for all Nicolson Institute pupils at the all weather pitch from 2pm-3pm.
Also on Fridays, we have a session for Primary 6 & up at the pitch at Stornoway Primary from 5pm-6pm.
Finally, on Saturdays, we have a session for those in Primary 1 – Primary 5. This session takes place from 1pm-2pm & is also at the pitch at Stornoway Primary.
We cater for all levels of experience. So whether they have played before or are a complete novice, they can come along along and get involved.