All sys­tems go for D & K Laf­ferty Cup tour­na­ment

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN SAINTS Foot­ball Club sec­re­tary David Buchanan re­ports that ar­range­ments are all in or­der for their 24th an­nual foot­ball tour­na­ment, again kindly spon­sored by D& K Laf­ferty Con­trac­tors, which takes place on Satur­day.

Un­for­tu­nately, St John­stone and Hearts have pulled out this sea­son so there will only be five teams in­stead of six tak­ing part, be­cause Ber­wick Rangers have ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion this year.

The com­pet­ing clubs are Hamil­ton Ac­cies, Dundee United, Al­loa Ath­letic, Ber­wick Rangers and Oban Saints.

The com­pe­ti­tion, held at Moss­field Sta­dium and Glen­cruit­ten Park, starts at 11am and is played on a round robin ba­sis with the teams tak­ing on each other in short, sharp 40-minute games. Hamil­ton Ac­cies man­ager Martin Can­ning said: ‘This is a great tour­na­ment, ideal for pre-sea­son match fit­ness. It al­lows the coaches to give all their squad plenty of game time. They could field four dif­fer­ent teams on the day if they wanted to.’

For­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al­ist and Dundee United coach Dave Bow­man added: ‘I’ve been com­ing to this tour­na­ment for years and the for­mat is ex­cel­lent.

‘It’s al­ways a great day out and our fans love com­ing to Oban.’

Tour­na­ment fix­tures: Dundee United v Hamil­ton Ac­cies, Moss­field; Ber­wick Rangers v Al­loa Ath­letic, Glen­cruit­ten. Both games kick­off at 11am.

Oban Saints v Al­loa Ath­letic, Moss­field; Hamil­ton Ac­cies v Ber­wick Rangers, Glen­cruit­ten. Games kick off at noon. Oban Saints v Ber­wick Rangers, Moss­field; Dundee United v Al­loa Ath­letic, Glen­cruit­ten. Games kick off at 1pm. Ber­wick Rangers v Dundee United, Moss­field; Oban Saints v Hamil­ton Ac­cies, Glen­cruiten. Games kick- off at 2pm. Hamil­ton Ac­cies v Al­loa Ath­letic, Moss­field; Dundee United v Oban Saints, Glen­cruit­ten. Games kick off at 3pm.

Craig MacEwan in ac­tion against Hearts dur­ing last year’s tour­na­ment.

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