Congratulations to Fort William Shinty Club on winning the Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup.
Fort William beat Glasgow Mid Argyll 3-2 after extra time to lift the Balliemore Cup for the 2nd time in 3 years. The game was somehow 0-0 at half time thanks to heroics from both keepers throughout a frantic first half. The goals began flowing in the second half though and it was Glasgow Mid Argyll who opened the scoring through Calum McLay.
(Above) Calum McLay opens the scoring
Fort William celebrations for the equaliser from Alexander MacMillan were short lived as McLay grabbed his second of the game soon after.
(Above) MacMillan equalises for Fort William
(Above) McLay grabs his second to put GMA 2-1 ahead
It was 2-1 until the 84th minute when Fort William’s McNeil struck a shot past keeper Robert Dunnings, the final 6 minutes were extremely tense for both sides but no one prevailed and the 90 minutes were brought to an end.
(Above) McNeil forces the game to extra-time
Extra-time was desired by neither side who had battled tirelessly all afternoon. However, Fort William were to triumph, McNeil’s second of the game early in extra-time proved to be the difference.
Fort William captain Arran MacPhee lifted the trophy alongside former captain James Tangney and the crowd at An Aird lapped it up. This is Fort William’s second trophy of the season having already won the Mowi National League and represents the great work the club have done to improve over the last few years.
The Camanachd Association would like to congratulate Fort William and Glasgow Mid Argyll on a fantastic match, both sides put on a spectacle of shinty that had the crowd engrossed from start to finish.