Ar­ran United put up good show against Troon

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The man who started Ar­ran United re­turned to the is­land last week­end with his new team – Troon This­tle – to play a friendly tour­na­ment.

Matt Har­vey, who left the is­land in April, is now coach­ing the Troon side which he brought over to face his old team now be­ing run by Shar­lene Lit­tle with help from the other coaches Ross, Martin, Frazer, Alan and Al­lan.

Around 60 chil­dren took part in the games played at Ar­ran High School pitches and Astro­turf in Lam­lash with lots of both lo­cal and trav­el­ling sup­port on the side­lines. Troon This­tle brought over two 2009 seven-a-side and two 2010 five-a-side teams. Ar­ran United had one 2009 seven-a-side and two 2010 five-a side. Ar­ran United’s 2009 seven-a-side team won two games and lost one. Ar­ran’s 2010 five-a-side team won three and lost two.

Shar­lene said: ‘To achieve these wins was ex­cep­tional as Troon train twice a week and play a match ev­ery Satur­day com­pared to Ar­ran train­ing one day a week and we aren’t in­volved in a league of any sort.

‘I’m so proud of all the chil­dren in­volved as there was some out­stand­ing foot­ball on dis­play to­day. Par­ents pro­vided an un­be­liev­able amount of food for the af­ter-match buf­fet and was very much ap­pre­ci­ated by both clubs. We are now look­ing for­ward to tak­ing the chil­dren to Troon for an­other friendly play­ing them on their own ground in the near fu­ture,’ she added.

Ar­ran United train ev­ery Fri­day in Lam­lash from 6pm to 7pm for pri­mary age chil­dren and any­one wish­ing to come along should con­tact Shar­lene for more in­for­ma­tion.

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The Troon keeper care­fully watches an Ar­ran shot.

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The Troon This­tle squad and coaches who trav­elled to Ar­ran for the tour­na­ment.

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The Ar­ran United 2010 five-a-side team.

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An Ar­ran player shields the ball from his op­po­nent.

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A Troon player closes in on an Ar­ran at­tacker.

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A tight tus­sle for the ball.

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Ac­tion from an all-Troon en­counter.

Two of the younger p

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The Troon keeper makes a good save from the close range shot.

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Ar­ran close in on the Troon goal.

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An Ar­ran cor­ner comes into a packed penalty box.

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An Ar­ran at­tack on the Troon goal.

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The Ar­ran United 2009/10 seven-a-side squad.

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ay­ers in a tus­sle for the ball.

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An Ar­ran player does a good job shield­ing the ball.

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Fam­ily and friends watch the ac­tion from the side­lines.

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