The West Coast World Cup

The Oban Times - - Leisure - ROBERT ROBERT­SON robert.d.robert­son@hot­

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.’

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