2016 Inter District Youth Shinty: North Win close encounters
The North Under-17’s and Under-14’s defeated their South rivals in two very competitive and close encounters at An-Aird, Fort William last Sunday. All the teams were well supported on a sunny day in Lochaber where the cream of Scotland’s shinty talent was on display.
The U-14 Fraser MacPhee Memorial Cup was once again won by the North of Scotland by 8 goals to 1 but the match was a lot closer than the score line suggests. Fort William’s star forward Victor Smith got the North off to a great start with an early goal, and that was quickly followed by a well take goal from Skye’s Ross Gordon. The South responded with a neat strike from Campbell Watt, but Victor Smith, against the run of play, restored the North’s two goal advantage with another clinical strike from the edge of the box that gave Charlie Ferguson in the South goals no chance. The introduction of Glengarry’s Mungo Blakey gave the North another attacking dimension, and it was his determined run that led to Victor Smith claiming his hat-trick with a low grounder to bring the halftime score to 4.1 to the North of Scotland.
The second half started with the South on the attack driven on by the impressive Cally MacNaughton and Daniel Sloss, but it was the North that got the next goal from the stylish and clinical Ross Gordon. Further second half goals came from Kieran MacPherson (2) and Daniel MacDonald brought the final score to 8.1.
Niall MacPhee presented the trophy to the winning North captain Finlay Ralston who had an excellent game at the heart of the North defence.