The MacKay Cup Final in Fort William saw Alvie Primary take on Taynuilt Primaries in the blue ribbon event for primary school shinty. On a cold and windy morning, Taynuilt, with several big players and playing with the wind at their backs, caught Alvie cold and were in front in just three minutes through Joe MacVicar, then 2-0 up in just eight minutes through an excellent strike from Mathew Sloss.
From then on, Alvie gradually began to get a grip on the game and force the eager Taynuilt forwards to work much harder, although the first half did still belong to Taynuilt overall, without any further score.
In the second half, with the wind now working in Alvie’s favour, the little Badenoch School began to show their talents and created rather more pressure. Creating clear chances, however, was difficult as Taynuilt’s defence held firm and it was not until the final ten minutes or so that real pressure was put on Taynuilt, with their keeper Kia MacKechnie pulling off a very special save to keep Alvie at bay, then, with five to go, Alvie skipper Calum Douglas scoring.
Try as they did, however, time ran out for Alvie, who can take consolation from the way they went about this match, and the knowledge that had it not been for that save, extra time would have been the order of the day. As it was, Taynuilt were deserving winners and both teams played fast, skillful shinty with Taynuilt having the edge on firepower on this occasion and a solid defence when the pressure was on.
The Ann Cameron Player of the match Quaich went to Taynuilt’s Louie MacFarlane who had an excellent game at full centre.
Camanachd Association President Jim Barr presented the MacKay Cup to Taynuilt Captain Briana Sloss.