Fit­ness proves to be the de­cid­ing fac­tor

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN Ca­manachd held their tra­di­tional New Year fix­ture on Satur­day at Moss­field Sta­dium.

The park was in re­mark­ably good con­di­tion for this lively en­counter.

The Vet­eran’s Team, made up of mem­bers of the suc­cess­ful team that won the Scot­tish Cup in 1996, made a pos­i­tive start to the game, al­though they went two goals down in the first-half, both scored by new sign­ing Wil­lie Neil­son.

The veter­ans replied through Fraser Inglis who fin­ished off a fine move in­volv­ing David Mac- Cuish and Dougie MacIn­tyre re­sult­ing in a half-time score of 2 -1 to Ca­manachd.

The veter­ans were rolling back the years and were prov­ing more than a match for their younger op­po­nents. With Alec MacVicar mar­shalling the de­fence to good ef­fect, the con­test be­tween him and son Daniel MacVicar was prov­ing in­ter­est­ing.

Wel­come re­turn Mak­ing a wel­come re­turn to the Ca­manachd line-up was An­drew ‘Papa’ MacCuish af­ter a longterm in­jury.

The game, which was played in a sport­ing fash­ion, was over as a con­test when James MacMil­lan, play­ing in an un­ac­cus­tomed role up front, com­pleted the scor­ing.

With legs be­gin­ning to weary, Scott Buchanan, the Vet­eran’s goalie, pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the score line re­spec­tive, ably as­sisted by sub­sti­tutes Ian Hay, Gareth Evans and David Devine thus en­sur­ing a good fin­ish to the match which was well han­dled by ref­eree Billy Wother­spoon.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of the John Col­lie Tro­phy was made by Club Chief­tain Ian MacIn­tyre who pre­sented the cup to win­ning cap­tain James MacMil­lan.

Both teams made their way to Coast­ers for some wel­come hos­pi­tal­ity.

As the count­down be­gins to the new sea­son, Ca­manachd re­sume train­ing on Tues­day and Thurs­day in prepa­ra­tion for up and com­ing friendlies against In­ver­aray and Kil­mallie.

The club ea­gerly awaits the 2016 fix­tures due to be is­sued by the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion at the end of Jan­uary.

Team man­ager Ian Hay said: ‘We have pro­vided the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion with the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing our home al­lo­ca­tion of league fix­tures and from that info we hope to have a more bal­anced league pro­gramme on a par with other clubs in the Premier­ship thus en­sur­ing the op­por­tu­nity of a pos­i­tive start to the league.’

Oban Ca­manachd and Oban Ca­manachd Veter­ans be­fore their an­nual New Year fix­ture at Moss­field Sta­dium last Satur­day.

Oban Ca­manachd Un­der 14 play­ers and their coaches Brian Lo­gan and Steven Sloss with the 9-a-side

cham­pi­onship shield.

Fraser Inglis fires the ball past Gavin Sto­b­bart to open the scor­ing for the Veter­ans.

Above: Gavin Sto­b­bart saves from Dougie MacIn­tyre.

Right: Alex MacVicar clears his lines de­spite

the close at­ten­tion of Mal­colm Clark.

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