Oban Camanachd win MacQuiston Cup Final
Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 3:41PM
Local rivals Oban Camanachd and Oban Celtic contested this year’s South of Scotland U17 MacQuiston Cup Final on Sunday 1st July in glorious playing conditions at Mossfield Park, Oban.
The first half was played at a frenetic pace; play was raging from end to end with both goalkeepers having kept busy.
Oban Camanachd however made the important breakthrough in the 14minute when Shaun Morgan fired in a low ground shot that nestled in the left hand corner of the net.
Oban Celtic responded immediately putting the Camanachd goal under sustained pressure but try as they might they couldn’t find the equaliser. Oban Camanachd were certainly not hanging on and were creating plenty of chances of their own but a combination of good goalkeeping and fine defending from Daniel Madej at the heart of the Celtic defence prevented them from adding to their lead.
The second half followed the pattern of the first 40 minutes with chances at both ends and it took Camanachd till the 60minute for them to add to their lead with the impressive Shaun Morgan scoring his second goal of the day with a long range shot that found the bottom right hand corner of the Celtic net.
Celtic responded immediately and only some resolute defending from Oban Camanachd’s captain and full back Chris MacMillan stopped them from striking straight back. However Celtic did get back into the game with Fraser McMillian scoring in the 68th minute with a well taken turn and shot.
At this stage of the match is was difficult to predict a winner, however with 7 minutes left on the clock Oban Camanachd’s forward Connor Howe scored with a well stuck shot to seal a 3.1 victory for his side.
The standard of play throughout the match was of the highest standard and credit goes to both sets of players for putting on a wonderfully display of shinty.
Camanachd Association Director, Charles Young, presented the cup and medals to the players and match officials.
PHOTO: The winning Oban Camanachd side. Courtesy of John MacTavish