All systems go for D & K Lafferty Cup tournament
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.