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Portree and Liniclate go to penalties

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Portree HS
Liniclate HS
Seniors Friendly
Liniclate School’s senior football team returned home satisfied last week after recording a 3-1 penalty shoot-out win against Portree in a one-off friendly match.

The game, despite being classed as a friendly, started at a frantic pace with both sides struggling to hold onto the ball and throwing themselves into strong tackles. Both teams had players warned about their ferocious tackling but this did not deter the players from giving it their all when making challenges. After a particularly strong but fair tackle from one of the Liniclate midfielders Portree were forced into an early change. This change seemed to galvanise the away side as they identified the hesitancy within the new Portree formation. The Liniclate midfield three of Ali MacDonald, Calum MacDonald and Martin MacPhee began to control the tempo of the game but were unable to find the final pass. A number of balls over the top were easily dealt with by the composed Portree defenders who were consistently beating the Liniclate forwards for pace. 

The only clear cut opportunity of the first half fell to Portree against the run of play. Liniclate had piled a number of players into the box awaiting the delivery of a free-kick from the right hand side. A poor cross was cleared at the front post by one of the defenders and the ball fell nicely to the speedy Portree left winger on the edge of the box. He had acres to run into and quickly set about hitting Liniclate on the break. The lack of numbers for Liniclate at the back saw the winger easily beat the defence and go in one on one. It seemed certain that he would score but the Liniclate keeper managed to parry the shot. Unfortunately for Liniclate, the ball fell to another Portree player who had the whole goal to aim for with the keeper sprawled on the deck. Fortunately for Liniclate however, was the poor shot the striker struck and centre back Owen MacInnes was able to get back and clear the ball off the line. The away side breathed a sigh of relief as the half time whistle was blown with the score still 0-0.
Half Time: Portree HS 0-0 Liniclate HS
The start of the second half saw Liniclate adjust their personnel slightly to match the physicality of the Portree centre backs with 6ft 4 tall John MacDonald replacing Shaun MacCormick up front. The golden chance of the half fell to MacDonald who, after a corner, was unable to hammer his half-volley home. This was as good as it got for both sides in the second half with most of the game being played within the midfield. The game finished 0-0 and with the away side having to catch a ferry it was decided to go straight to penalties.

Liniclate captain Ali MacDonald stepped up first and coolly slotted his penalty into the bottom corner. Portree then saw their first penalty saved by the Liniclate keeper. Calum MacDonald then hammered his penalty home to give Liniclate a 2-0 lead. Portree pulled one back with a composed finish down the middle. Liniclate players Alasdair ‘Barvas’ Steele and Shaun MacCormick both saw their penalties saved but Portree were unable to capitalize and saw both penalties go wide. Liniclate centre back Owen MacInnes stepped up and won his team the game by riffling his penalty just inside the post.

The win was made all the sweeter for the Liniclate boys as it was their manager, Mr Craig Cooper’s last game in charge before leaving for a new job in the mainland. The team are grateful for his contributions over the past two years to the school’s football teams and felt this was a fitting end to all his hard work!
Full Time: Portree HS 0-0 Liniclate HS (Liniclate win 3-1 on penalties)

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