A ‘legendary’ win over last year’s league champions took Lewis Camanachd into the second round in Shinty’s Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup on Saturday (22 April).
It was the club’s first ever win over Beauly, and the first time they have beaten a team who are a tier above them in the shinty leagues.
Following the island side’s win, 1-3 away, a club spokesperson said: “Beauly will always have an important place in the history of Camanachd Leòdhais, thanks to Callum Stamper’s opening goal back in 2011, and a brave rearguard action that saw us lead for an hour in our league debut.”
Since then, however, the club’s record since against the Priory team has been marked by several heavy defeats and, after last week’s 10-0 defeat by highflying Glengarry, Lewis travelled to Braeview Park to meet last year’s league champions more in hope than expectation.
Nevertheless, the club said: “The brave Dubh is Gorm put in a legendary performance – our first ever win over a’ Mhanachainn and the first time we have beaten a team in a tier above.”
Beauly took the lead but, by half time, Callum MacRitchie and Paul Duke had the islanders 2-1 up. A second goal by Paul Duke in the 61st minute sealed what became the final scoreline.
The team said: “An excellent performance to a man. This win means a trip to Portree in a fortnight to take on North Division One’s Skye in the next round.”
Beauly were magnanimous in defeat, their spokesperson saying: “Congratulations guys, best of luck in the next round and with the rest of the league campaign.”
Lewis now meet Skye on Saturday 6 May, throw-up at 2.30pm, and meanwhile have a home fixture at Shawbost on Saturday 29 April against Boleskine in round 2 of the Strathdearn Cup.
The picture of the jubilant winning team is from Camanachd Leòdhais.