Arran United put up good show against Troon
The man who started Arran United returned to the island last weekend with his new team – Troon Thistle – to play a friendly tournament.
Matt Harvey, who left the island in April, is now coaching the Troon side which he brought over to face his old team now being run by Sharlene Little with help from the other coaches Ross, Martin, Frazer, Alan and Allan.
Around 60 children took part in the games played at Arran High School pitches and Astroturf in Lamlash with lots of both local and travelling support on the sidelines. Troon Thistle brought over two 2009 seven-a-side and two 2010 five-a-side teams. Arran United had one 2009 seven-a-side and two 2010 five-a side. Arran United’s 2009 seven-a-side team won two games and lost one. Arran’s 2010 five-a-side team won three and lost two.
Sharlene said: ‘To achieve these wins was exceptional as Troon train twice a week and play a match every Saturday compared to Arran training one day a week and we aren’t involved in a league of any sort.
‘I’m so proud of all the children involved as there was some outstanding football on display today. Parents provided an unbelievable amount of food for the after-match buffet and was very much appreciated by both clubs. We are now looking forward to taking the children to Troon for another friendly playing them on their own ground in the near future,’ she added.
Arran United train every Friday in Lamlash from 6pm to 7pm for primary age children and anyone wishing to come along should contact Sharlene for more information.
The Troon keeper carefully watches an Arran shot.
The Troon Thistle squad and coaches who travelled to Arran for the tournament.
The Arran United 2010 five-a-side team.
An Arran player shields the ball from his opponent.
A Troon player closes in on an Arran attacker.
A tight tussle for the ball.
Action from an all-Troon encounter.
Two of the younger p
The Troon keeper makes a good save from the close range shot.
Arran close in on the Troon goal.
An Arran corner comes into a packed penalty box.
An Arran attack on the Troon goal.
The Arran United 2009/10 seven-a-side squad.
ayers in a tussle for the ball.
An Arran player does a good job shielding the ball.
Family and friends watch the action from the sidelines.