Shiel’ s kids are all right

● Boss Gill ready to give promis­ing play­ers op­por­tu­nity to shine

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY BILL McAL­LIS­TER

Kin­lochshiel will have their ver­sion of the ‘New Faces Show’ by giv­ing teenage tal­ent its chance in their fi­nal two Mowi Premier­ship games, start­ing with to­mor­row’s tussle with New­ton­more at Bal­macara.

An­drew Macken­zie, aged 18, a de­fender from Glenelg; Archie MacRae, aged 15, a for­ward from Ach­more, and Ar­ron Jack, also 15, a cen­tre line player from Dornie, will all be in­volved with at least two of them in the start­ing lineup.

Shiel man­ager John­ston Gill said: “These are any­thing but ‘noth­ing at stake’ fix­tures as far as we’re con­cerned. We’re us­ing them to give these promis­ing play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to play against good teams, with a view to be­ing in our first team squad next sea­son.

“Two years ago we blooded Dun­can Mathe­son and Dun­can MacRae and they have since gained such ex­pe­ri­ence that they’re now the first two play­ers on my team sheet.

“It’s im­por­tant to cre­ate a path­way to the first team and these lads de­serve the chance to show their po­ten­tial.”

Archie MacRae is the younger brother of for­mer Shiel at­tacker Oliver MacRae, now at Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll, and Archie scored four goals in the re­cent Mac­Mas­ter Cup fi­nal tri­umph over Oban.

The Wester Ross club’s fi­nal fix­ture is at home to Oban Ca­manachd on Novem­ber 2, when both teams will be weak­ened by hav­ing play­ers in the Scot­land squad in Dublin that day.

New­ton­more wel­come back Jamie Robin­son but Fraser Mackintosh re­mains a doubt with a back strain.

The Eilean men will again be with­out mid­fielder Steven Mac­don­ald who is re­cov­er­ing from a shoul­der in­jury and tar­get­ing be­ing ready for Scot­land’s trip to Ire­land in two weeks’ time.

Man­ager Paul John Mackintosh said: “Steven is mak­ing good progress and al­though this week­end is too soon, he may play for us next week to test his fit­ness be­fore the in­ter­na­tional.”

Andy Mackintosh serves a one-game sus­pen­sion while Glen Mackintosh and Iain Robin­son are out for the sea­son.

Caber­feidh wrap up their sea­son with a trip to Tighnabrui­ach to face Kyles Ath­letic, who have the big­gest back­log with four fix­tures still re­main­ing.

Strath­p­ef­fer man­ager Jodi Gorski said: “I’ll have to bring in play­ers from the sec­ond team.

“Scott MacLach­lan is sus­pended while Ally Ma­clen­nan, Ben Mac­don­ald, Rob­bie Brindle, Calum Ma­clen­nan and James Macleod are all un­avail­able.

“So we’re stretched.

“The club is de­lighted to have three play­ers in the Scot­land se­nior squad for the first time and al­though Kevin Bartlett, Craig Mor­ri­son and Blair Mor­ri­son will play against Kyles, we’ll whip them off if there is any sug­ges­tion of a knock.”

Kyles man­ager Dunky Kerr has a full squad to choose from. cer­tainly

YOUNG­STERS: Kin­lochsheil’s Dun­can Macrae, right, was given his de­but by boss John­ston Gill two years ago and be­came a suc­cess story

Paul John Mackintosh

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