Report by Adam Gordon
Just three points separates the top three teams with only four games left to play in this year’s league season. Barra, Iochdar Saints and Southend all recorded wins meaning that the title race is still very much wide open.
After three wins and a draw from their previous four outings, Benbecula went into their match against Barra on a good run of form, their latest victory a 4-2 away win over Eriskay. Indeed, Barra, who had returned to the top of the league with three points against Saints in their last match, were made to work hard for their eighth win of the campaign in what was an action-packed match.
Remarkably, two goals a-piece from Jordan MacPherson and Donald MacRury weren’t enough for Benbecula to taste victory over the reigning champions, as goals from James Davidson, Neil Sinclair, Wowi Campbell and a Deege Wilson brace sealed an incredible 5-4 win for Barra.
Despite having scored four goals for the second game in succession, Benbecula has now lost seven games from their eleven fixtures. For Barra, however, the win enabled them to maintain their slender lead at the top of the table.
Indeed, the chasing pair of Saints and Southend are showing no signs of relenting in their respective quests to overthrow the champions of 2015. An Ally Downie double and goals from Archie MacDonald and Joseph MacInnes granted Saints victory as they proved too strong for North Uist United in a 4-1 win. Andrew Currie scored the only goal for John Docherty’s team who are a point behind fourth-place Benbecula.
Southend has been the real surprise package in the league this season after a disappointing campaign last year. DA Lindsay’s team has the second best defensive record in the division and a real chance of winning the title this season. An excellent curling effort from 25-yards out from Shaun McCormick and a fine volley by Daniel MacDonald were the highlights in a comfortable win at Daliburgh. Eddie Fitzgibbon scored his first two goals for the club, and Allan Paul Steele was also on the score sheet, as the South Uist club defeated a struggling Eriskay side, who had equalised through Callum MacMillan.
That victory leaves Southend poised in third place, just two points behind Saints and three points behind leaders Barra, both of whom they face in quick succession after the small matter of a derby match against their fierce rivals North Uist United.
Elsewhere Saints will look to avenge their recent defeat at the hands of Benbecula as they welcome Donyards’ team to Liniclate, while Eriskay host Barra, and will hope to rediscover the form they showed in the 4-4 draw last time out against the Barrachs.
Top scorers: James Davidson, (Barra), Hector MacPhee (Benbecula) both 11, Joseph MacInnes (Iochdar Saints) 10, Ally Downie (Iochdar Saints) 7