Three of the main Marine Harvest Youth competitions came to a conclusion last weekend.
Marine Harvest London Shield Final
Fort William U17 1 Skye Camanachd U17 2
Skye Camanachd U17 won the Marine Harvest London Shield, beating Fort William U17 2-1 in the final at Blairbeg.
Both sides enjoyed semi-final wins the previous weekend with the Fort defeating Glenurquhart 4-1 and Skye beating Kingussie 7-0. Fort William were 2-1 winners earlier in the season when the sides met in the MacTavish Juvenile Cup semi-finals before going on to lift the trophy so this was always going to be a close affair.
Skye struck first in 6 minutes as Ruaraidh MacLeod hammered home a half-volley, 20 yards from goal, with the ball going low into the net, giving keeper Struan Steven no chance.
Ruaraidh MacLeod got his and Skye’s second goal on 26 minutes. This time the ball was played in to Ross Gordon and he slipped a pass to MacLeod in space and he turned and sent a shot screaming into the roof of the net, again from around 20 yards range.
Fort William’s response was swift and Greig Kelly pulled a goal back just a couple of minutes later. Kelly lobbed an effort at goal from distance and the ball dropped into the net to make it 2-1.
Skye deservedly took their single goal cushion into the break.
Whilst it had been an even start to the second half, Fort William pressed hard for leveller during the last 20 minutes and the Skye defence had to stay strong to make it to the final whistle.
Skye’s Ruaraidh MacLeod, whose two cracking goals made the difference, was the unanimous choice as man of the match and he was the first recipient of the Douglas MacKintosh Memorial Medal which was presented by Douglas's wife Ann and son David.
CA Youth Director Willie MacDonald presented the Marine Harvest London Shield to Skye captain Jamie Gillies.
Match Referee – Calum Girvan
Beauly U14 side added the Marine Harvest North U14 title to the MacMaster Cup won earlier in the season following their 13-0 victory over Glenurquhart U14.
James Morrison, Finlay MacLennan and Innes Davidson all grabbed hat-tricks, Callum MacVicar bagged a double whilst Leon MacLellan and Kieran Rennie got the others.
Katie Drain, the CA Development Officer for the North Region, presented the medals and Cup to the Beauly Squad.
Bute U14 clinched the Marine Harvest South U14 title following their 1-1 draw with Oban Lorn U14 at the School Campus in Rothesay on Sunday 4 November 2018.
This 1.30pm throw up game was played on a warm winter’s day in front of a large and enthusiastic support.
In what was their final league game of the season, Bute knew a win or a draw would be enough to give them the championship but an Oban Lorn win would have forced an extra-time period to decide the title destination.
After a goalless first half, Mairi Inglis put Oban Lorn ahead and it stayed that way until the death when Rory McDonald scored the equalising goal that won the league.
Euan McMurdo, the CA Development Officer for the West region presented the medals and Shield to the Bute Squad.