North win Caol Cup in thriller at Bal­lachul­ish

The Oban Times - - Sport 27 -

THE AN­NUAL Caol Cup match be­tween the North Un­der 21s and their South coun­ter­parts took place last Satur­day at the Ju­bilee Park, Bal­lachul­ish.

Last year the South up­set the odds and de­feated the North by three goals to one in a thrilling en­counter. With 10 of last year’s South play­ers in coach Allan MacKech­nie’s squad they were look­ing to re­tain the tro­phy, how­ever, North coach Alan MacRae had other ideas.

The South opened the scor­ing in the 28th minute through Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll’s Graig An­der­son, but Glenurquhart’s Con­nor Go­labeck equalised for DUE TO the North v South Un­der 21 game at Bal­lachul­ish only two league games were played. LOCHSIDE ROVERS jumped to top of the Marine Harvest South Di­vi­sion one on Satur­day af­ter a 3- 0 win against Bute, in what man­ager Gareth Evans called his side’s best dis­play of the sea­son.

De­spite dom­i­nat­ing from the out­set at Moss­field, Rovers took un­til the 44th minute of the game to open the scor­ing through Chris McMil­lan. The home side kept the mo­men­tum go­ing and made it 2- 0 a minute later through Daniel MacVicar.

The scor­ing was rounded off in the 80th minute through Lorne Dickie.

Evans said: ‘In the first half we were all over them but we couldn’t put the ball in the net. When An­drew McCuish got in­jured we put on Daniel MacVicar at full for­ward, up against Iain McDon­ald, who’s a Scot­tish the North two min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

Oban Ca­manachd’s Con­nor Howe put the South ahead again in the 55th min­uye but Kin­gussie’s Savio Genini equalised five min­utes later.

The North went ahead for the first time in the match through Kin­gussie’s Rory MacGre­gor in the 72nd minute. The South bat­tled away but couldn’t find an equaliser with the North hold­ing on to win a thrilling en­counter by the odd goal in five.

Oban ref­eree Alex MacVicar was in charge of the match.

Scot­land un­der 21 in­ter­na­tional man­ager Garry Reid said: ‘The in­ter­na­tional and in my mind their best player, but Daniel held his own, which was great as he’s only 16, and he got the goal on the stroke of half time.

With top teams Lochside Rovers, In­ver­aray, Oban Celtic and Bute all still to play each other, and only four points sep­a­rat­ing them, the league is set for a thrilling con­clu­sion.

This Satur­day, Lochside take on Stra­chur, who cur­rently sit third bot­tom of the league.

Evans said: ‘We beat them 5- 0 ear­lier in the sea­son. If we do win, hope­fully we can score a few goals too. With the league so tight on points, goal dif­fer­ence could be very im­por­tant.’

Satur­day’s tie throws-up mid­day at Gana­van.


The other game played was in South Di­vi­sion Two where GLENORCHY lost 4- 0 at home to Aber­dour. North U21 v South U21 fix­ture is a corner­stone of the shinty cal­en­dar and the play­ers have shown a real ap­petite to be part of this fix­ture with more than 70 play­ers turn­ing up for the re­cent trial ses­sions.

‘The fix­ture is the fi­nal part of se­lec­tion for the Scot­land Un­der 21 team that will com­pete against Ire­land at Bught Park, In­ver­ness on Oc­to­ber 24, so the play­ers on show had the op­por­tu­nity to bring suc­cess for their re­spec­tive area as well as achiev­ing per­sonal recog­ni­tion of be­ing se­lected for their coun­try.’

The South’s An­drew Mac­Don­ald, who plays for Oban Celtic, gets in a tackle on Kin­gussie’s Savio Genini

dur­ing the Caol Cup match at Bal­lachul­ish last Satur­day. The North won a thrilling game 3-2.

UP FOR THE CUP: The vic­to­ri­ous North Un­der 21 team with the Caol Cup

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