Cowal and Bute are ju­nior cup win­ners

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

PRIOR to shinty’s se­nior Ma­caulay Cup fi­nal last Satur­day (Au­gust 19), three area teams rep­re­sent­ing Oban and Bal­lachul­ish, Mid Ar­gyll, and Cowal and Bute con­tested a round robin tour­na­ment at Glen­cruit­ten Park.

The tour­na­ment show­cases the best tal­ent across the south area at S1 level in the hope that it will pro­mote an in­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion at this age group.

With three teams com­pet­ing, each team played each other twice and the win­ner was de­cided by who topped the group at the end of the league games. Mid Ar­gyll were up first against the Oban area team. From the start Oban put pres­sure on the lesser ex­pe­ri­enced Mid Ar­gyll side and at the end of the 16-minute game had man­aged to win by three goals to nil.

Mid Ar­gyll then faced Cowal and Bute and the Cowal area team put the same score­line past the Mid Ar­gyll side.

It was clear that the next game would be close and it was won by a goal to nil against the Oban area team which proved de­ci­sive in the end.

The next round of games took place and the younger Mid Ar­gyll side, al­though still los­ing both games, showed a vast im­prove­ment, get­ting used to the big­ger pitch and play­ing 12-a-side.

The fi­nal game would be a de­cider be­tween Cowal and Bute and Oban and Bal­lachul­ish.

As with the first game, it was an ex­cel­lent match with ex­cel­lent skills and tac­ti­cal aware­ness demon­strated. De­spite some clear chances for both teams no goals were scored and the Cowal and Bute team won by virtue of their ear­lier defeat of Oban and Bal­lachul­ish.

The vic­to­ri­ous team were pre­sented their medals and tro­phy by Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr and thanks must also go to the Ma­caulay As­so­ci­a­tion and Artemis who kindly spon­sored the event this year.

The vic­to­ri­ous Cowal and Bute team.

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