An Aird was the venue for the 2005 Camanachd Cup Final between Fort William and Kilmallie. A classic final that lived up to the prestige of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup.
It was a wet day in Fort William as proceedings got underway. Kilmallie were the side that opened the scoring after a wayward by-hit from Fort William’s Adam Robertson was capitalised upon. Kilmallie’s Stewart slipped in Donald Lamont, who cracked a shot past keeper Scott McNeil.
A few great saves at both ends of the pitch acted as an interlude before Fort William squeezed an equaliser past Neil MacNiven. A long ball from Fort captain Garry Innes found James Clark who bullied the Kilmallie defender, levelling the score not long before half time. The remainder of the half passed without incident and there was nothing between the two sides going into the second 45.
Fort William began the second half the brighter of the two sides and began to dictate proceedings, Kimallie goalkeeper MacNiven superbly keeping Fort William at bay. That is until Innes put Fort ahead after a silly foul was given away by Kilmallie. It seemed with Fort William dominating the match that it was all but over. However, Kilmallie still had a sting in their tail as they were awarded a 79th minute penalty by referee Duncan Kelly after an infringement from Fort William keeper McNeil. The penalty was converted and the two teams were level again with 80 minutes on the clock. As extra-time loomed, Clark picked up a loose ball from a midfield free hit, turned his marker, then unleashed a powerful drive into the back of the net. With that he became a local hero, sending Fort William fans into raptures and Kilmallie fans into rupture. Gary Innes was dubbed man-of-the-match and Fort William wrote another chapter in their long and proud history.
(Above) Hero James Clark celebrates victory with daughter Evie-Jay
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