Glasgow Mid Argyll will meet Fort William in the 2019 Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final on 24th August at An Aird Park 2:30pm. Both teams eased comfortably into the final, Glasgow Mid Argyll disposed of Strathglass 3-0. Meanwhile, GlenUrquhart experienced the short drive back to Drumnadrochit from Spean Bridge with nothing but disappointment after Fort William soundly defeated them 4-1 thanks to a Lachie Shaw hat-trick.
The two sides have met each other only once this season, a Fort William victory by 2 goals to 1 at Yoker. Glasgow Mid Argyll led at half time thanks to a goal from Duncan “Ach” MacRae. However, a quickfire double after the break from Fort William pair Fraser and Morrison meant that the points went back up North.
Fort William were declared champions of the Mowi National Division last week and currently sit 11 points above 2nd placed Glasgow Mid Argyll. The southern side will be looking to make the most of the 2 games they have in hand on 3rd placed Skye as they push for the second promotion spot. The league will be secondary to both sides on the 24th however as they both look to clinch the silverware.
The Balliemore Cup is sponsored by Liberty British Aluminium, they operate the UK’s only remaining aluminium smelter and provide top quality aluminium to the global market. Their smelter is partially powered by renewable energy showcasing their commitment to being eco-friendly. In addition to these positive changes, Liberty Aluminium enable the Camanachd Association to make a real difference to people in rural communities.
Through investment in the Camanachd Association Business Club, Liberty Aluminium ensure that shinty is able to grow and spread throughout Scotland. Furthermore, it means that vital work can be done in communities which face barriers to social inclusion, as well as with socio-economically disadvantaged players. A representative of Liberty British Aluminium said, “this is something which is highly important to us as we continue to show ourselves to be a community conscious company. Helping local communities is essential to what we want to do as a company. Investment in shinty enables us to do that through sport as well as by employing people from the Highlands” they went on to say, “we have a great relationship with the Camanachd Association and help each other whenever we can”.
Liberty’s very own Arran McPhee (Fort William), is the 2nd top scorer in the competition, however he has said he is not going to let that get to him: “All I will have on my mind going into the final will be concentrating on doing what I can to help the team to win”. Teammate and fellow Liberty employee, Sean Cameron, is very confident ahead of the final: “Getting to any final is tough and we have won all our 11 league games so far this season so we are in good form, our forwards are scoring lots of goals so we are definitely confident in the Shinty we are playing”. The Camanachd Association will be running articles this week detailing full interviews with both players, as well as representatives of Glasgow Mid Argyll in the build up to the final.
We at the Camanachd Association would like to wish both sets of players the best of luck and expect an exciting final to do the sport proud.
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