Six of the best as Arran end the year on a high
Arran footballers finished 2018 on a high note with an impressive six goal rout of Galston in their last game of the year, after a respectable start to amateur football on the mainland.
Galston were well organised to start with but with the attacking options available to Arran it was only a matter of time before the in-form duo of Archie McNicol and Johnny Sloss put Arran 3-0 up and Grant Adamson brought out a great save from the Galston keeper just before half time. Archie very nearly had an early hat-trick but perhaps the watching eyes of dad Bill, who had travelled to watch the game, unsettled him somewhat.
William Sillars returned from his three-match ban and with himself and Sam Tattersfield the two centre halves, the ball was passed out with ease. Sean Higgins and Corey Allan put in a hard shift up and down the flanks and a formidable midfield trio of Nick Emsley, Ryan Armstrong and Donald Park meant it was a testing day for the home side.
Archie made it 4-0 shortly after the break and Joel Small came off the bench to score two headers.
Sloss was again on the end of some hatchet man behaviour and manager Alan Murray decided to take him off to keep him intact for the big games next year.
Murray himself made his player/manager debut for Arran, replacing the hard working Park and also Andy Thomson – returning back to fitness – came on for a good 20 minute workout.
The result now sees Arran top the league with 22 points from 10 games, albeit other close rival teams have games in hand, but they have certainly proved a few mainland doubters wrong so far. They will return to action at the end of January as they aim to keep the pressure on their nearest rivals.
Alan said: ‘On behalf of Martin Ross and myself we would like to thank the players for their dedication so far and also for all of the off-field help we have re- ceived from individuals and businesses, the support we get at games, home and away, has also been amazing.’
On Saturday December 15 there will be a Isle of Arran AFC fundraising disco/ raffle at Brodick Golf Club with tickets priced at £10 from the club shop.
Arran pose for a team photograph prior to the game.
Johnny Sloss powers towards the goal.
Arran remain on top of the league after 10 games.
Team manager Alan Murray came on as a substitute.
The Galston keeper is kept alert with repeated attempts at goal.
The Arran lineup for the game against Galston.
Players look on anxiously as the Galston keeper dives to prevent a goal.
A Galston attempt at goal is blocked by keeper David Heenan.
William Sillars and an opposition player mirror each other in a battle for possession.