The West Coast World Cup
IF GORDON Strachan is on the lookout for new talent for his Scotland football squad, which I suggest he perhaps should be, then he must look no further than the recent West Coast World Cup which took place last Saturday at Scotstoun Leisure Centre.
Event organiser Donnie ‘Maroot’ MacLeod temporarily assumed the position of Oban Times Glasgow sports correspondent and has sent me the following tournament report.
‘Thirty-two of the best and, most importantly, readily available footballers in the West Coast congregated in Glasgow for the third annual West Coast World Cup.
This year’s tournament featured teams from Lewis, Tiree, Islay and Rest of the West.
‘Never mind “the grandparent rule” (which controversially allows professional footballers to qualify for their national teams through the heritage of their grandparents), there were even more creative interpretations of the qualification criteria which saw one lad join the Tiree squad courtesy of owning a Skerryvore CD, while one of the Islay team earned his place by claiming to enjoy a dram of Bowmore.
‘On to the action, and although the target was missed more often than the targets in Donald Trump’s manifesto, there were some cracking goals, including a last-minute equaliser for Tiree that the opposition keeper did well not to get a touch on.
‘As ever, fitness was the difference, which was unfortunate for the Islay and Tiree lads, who bowed out after the group stage – leaving Lewis and the Rest of the West to battle it out in the final.
‘Congratulations must go to the West Coast World Champions 2017, Rest of the West, who saw off Lewis 7-3 in a gripping finale.
‘Much like the tournament itself, the aftermath saw many of the players round off a great day by hitting the bar.’