Young Scots star on Ir­ish tour

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­cen­tra­tion were key words in the pre-match team talks

The Oban Times - - Sport -

SCOT­LAND U-17s com­pleted an­other suc­cess­ful Ir­ish tour, record­ing wins against both Water­ford U-17 and Dublin U-17 on their an­nual four- day visit to the Emer­ald Isle.

The 17-player squad were ac­com­pa­nied by Ron­ald Ross, Paul MacArthur and Alas­dair Bruce. Un­for­tu­natley there were en­forced late changes to the pool as Satur­day after­noon in­juries to Oban Ca­manachd’s Daniel MacVicar and Lo­vat’s Scott MacKen­zie led to late call-ups for Fort Wil­liam’s Lewis Clark and Calum Ma­clay from Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll. Both re­place­ments made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions over the two games.

There was some Sun­day morn­ing ex­cite­ment for the play­ers de­part­ing from In­ver­ness Air­port as they were joined by Olly Murs who played a con­cert in the High­land cap­i­tal the pre­vi­ous night. The sub­se­quent photo op­por­tu­nity proved pop­u­lar on so­cial me­dia.

The squad were based at the im­pres­sive Dublin City Univer­sity where they were able to take ad­van­tage of the ex­cel­lent train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Af­ter an in­spir­ing trip to Croke Park, the Scot­land squad trav­elled south to play Water­ford U-17 at Walsh Park; a county ground. Scot­land dom­i­nated the game from the start, even­tu­ally run­ning out con­vinc­ing (12-7) 43-13 (1-10) win­ners.

Cap­tain Iain Robin­son from New­ton­more was the Scots’ top scorer with 13 points (four goals and a point over the bar). Kin­gussie’s Ruar­idh An­der­son notched 11 points (3-2) whilst Skye Ca­manachd’s James Pringle grabbed eight points (2-2). There were also goals for Kin­gussie’s Roddy Young, Kil­mallie’s Calum Mac­Dougall and Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll’s Calum Ma­clay who net­ted within a minute of com­ing off the sub­sti­tutes’ bench. A 65yard two-poin­ter from Skye’s Con­nor Gilpin com­pleted the scor­ing.

The an­nual meet­ing with Dublin U-17 was switched from Parnell Park to the mag­nif­i­cent fa­cil­i­ties at the GAA Na­tional Games De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre. Both sets of play­ers were in for a treat with the match played on the main pitch with the im­mac­u­late sur­face spe­cially de­signed to repli­cate Croke Park. Such is the care taken over the pitch, both squads were asked to warm up on the ad­ja­cent all-weather sur­face.

A num­ber of par­ents also made the jour­ney to Ire­land to cheer the Scots on from the stands and although they even­tu­ally ran out (9-3) 30-11 (1- 8) win­ners, the game was closer than the fi­nal score sug­gests. Just as he had done the pre­vi­ous game, Kin­gussie’s Ruar­idh An­der­son grabbed a hat-trick and he was ar­guably the Scots top per­former over the two games. Skye’s James Pringle scored twice as did Kin­gussie’s Roddy Young and his ef­fort over the bar took his tally for the evening to seven points. New­ton­more’s Iain Robin­son col­lected four points (1-1), GMA’s Calum Mclay scored an­other goal whilst Fort Wil­liam’s Lewis Clark drove the ball over the bar to add his name to the score­sheet.

As usual, the goalscor­ers grabbed the head­lines but there were other fine per­for­mances with Skye’s John Gil­lies and Oban Celtic’s Ross MacMil­lan com­bin­ing to forge a for­mi­da­ble full-back part­ner­ship. Oban Ca­manachd keeper Cameron Suther­land only lost one goal in each game and he was tidy when­ever called into action. Kin­gussie’s Alexan­der Michie played a key role as de­fen­sive pivot whilst Oban Ca­manachd’s Daniel MacCuish was dogged in mid­field.

Ron­ald Ross was keen that his troops were left in­spired by the Ir­ish ex­pe­ri­ence and, to a man, the young Scots rose to the oc­ca­sion. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­cen­tra­tion were key words

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in the pre-match team-talk and the play­ers showed that they could fol­low in­struc­tion as they played the ball on the ground and they used the width of the pitch to good ef­fect. They all re­turn to their clubs the bet­ter for the ex­pe­ri­ence and the new friend­ships forged will last long into the fu­ture.

The trav­el­ling Scots, as al­ways, are in­debted to Ma­rine Har­vest, Gil­mour Sports, Sea­mus Cur­tis, Water­ford GAA and the Dublin County Board for their as­sis­tance be­fore and through­out the tour.

Scot­land U17 squad: Cameron Suther­land ( Oban Ca­manachd); John Gil­lies (Skye Ca­manachd), Ross MacMil­lan (Oban Celtic); Rob­bie Brindle (Beauly), Alexan­der Michie (Kin­gussie), Ross Mont­gomery (In­ver­aray); Daniel MacCuish (Oban Ca­manachd), Scott MacDon­ald (Kyles Ath­letic), Con­nor Gilpin (Skye Ca­manachd); Ruar­idh An­der­son (Kin­gussie), Calum Mac­Dougall (Kil­mallie), James Pringle (Skye Ca­manachd), Iain Robin­son (New­ton­more) (cap­tain); Roddy Young (Kin­gussie); subs Liam Arnott (Lochcar­ron), Lewis Clark (Fort Wil­liam), Calum Mclay (Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll).

The Scot­land U-17 squad pic­tured at Dublin’s fa­mous Croke Park.

The south play­ers who were in­volved in the Scot­land squad. Back row: Daniel MacCuish, Cameron Suther­land (both Oban Ca­manachd) , Scott MacDon­ald (Kyles Ath­letic). Front row: Ross Mont­gomery (In­ver­aray), Ross MacMil­lan (Oban Celtic) and Calum Ma­clay (Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll).

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