Saturday saw Skye welcome Newtonmore at Pairc Na Laoch.
The 2018 Mowi London Shield holders once again graced the final, facing off against the same opponents that they beat in the 2018 final. This year however, Newtonmore made it to the MacTavish Juvenile Final and while they were ultimately defeated by Kingussie, they made a good account of themselves and would’ve been much more hopeful ahead of Saturday’s London Shield showdown.
It was a fair day given that we are now approaching the end of November and there was a good crowd there to watch two of the best U17s sides do battle. The game crashed to life with a goal in the 1st minute, Taylor Matheson setting the standard that he and his teammates adhered to all afternoon. He went on to grab his second in the 19th minute as Skye dominated the ball in the first period. Following the break, the youngster smashed home again for his hat-trick – a fantastic individual performance no doubt. Skye are far from a one-man team however; this point was driven home by Cameron MacKay who grabbed Skye’s 4th. Skye's Ross Gordon was awarded man of the match and as captain Murphy lifted the London Shield high into the air, he and the Skye faithful celebrated.
The Mowi National U14 Development Trophy was also played for over the weekend with Kilmory taking on Ardnamurchan at Mossfield. It was a very close encounter between two promising sides. Euan Gilmour fired Kilmory into the lead on the 7th minute before Freddie Paterson grabbed a 25th minute equaliser. Eilidh Cameron, one of five girls in the Kilmory side, put them back in front but it was honours even at half-time due to an A.J. MacLeod strike in the 35th minute. Cameron scored again just after the break and Kilmory held on to win the trophy. Congratulations to both sides for putting on an exciting spectacle of juvenile shinty.
Beauly and Kinlochshiel were also in action this weekend with the two sides contesting the Mowi U14s North Division 1 League Playoff. The match was played at the Bught and there was a strong turnout on what was a mild day. Beauly took the lead after 6 minutes through Scott Cameron before Bailey Dacker equalised for Shiel. The second half started with a bang as Finlay MacLennan scored a 35 yarder for Beauly. Kinlochshiel kept pushing but star players Jack and MacRae were effectively shut out by Beauly. Marcus MacRae tapped home 5 minutes later for 3-1, the match was rounded off by Scott Cameron in the 63rd minute. The score line was a little harsh on the 2019 MacMaster Cup winners who are one of the best teams at this age group, but Beauly deserve all the plaudits for a fantastic win.
Congratulations to all teams involved who have set a fantastic standard of youth shinty this season.