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Never mind the Champions League final, or the upcoming women’s world cup, or even Steve Clarke’s first game as Scotland manager, the main footballing event of the year took place last week at Firhill as Kilchoan FC faced up against the West Coast Allstars in a game that was a friendly by name; but not by nature!
My sporting correspondent, Donald “Maroot” MacLeod, was there to cover the action for the Glasgow Letter…
Kilchoan v West Coast Allstars
The sun picked possibly the worst moment of the weekend to reappear as 22 of the West Coast’s most available footballers took to the stage at Firhill.
South Uist’s answer to Graeme Souness, Joe MacNeil, was player-manager of the Allstars, who took an early lead when Jamie More lashed the ball home as the ref played advantage after a clear foul on John Tuach.
One became three as Super Ali MacDonald latched on two fine balls (one from Gordon Smith and one from Gordon MacGòags) and rounded the keeper before slotting home on both occasions.
The Allstars defence was holding out thanks to some fine saves from John Allan between the sticks and Ali and John Angus providing a buffer in midfield, until Iain Macdonald, never usually a man to pass a buffet or a football, slipped a lovely ball through with everyone expecting a shot.
The Kilchoan striker rounded the keeper and almost slotted into the empty net; but for Donnie Maroot who managed to get back and clear the ball off the line. It was total luck, and he almost sclaffed it into the net, but he will take the Sergio Ramos comparison drawn after the game!
The second half was slower as the weather, age, and the excesses of the previous night took their toll. Suddenly a moment of controversy, as Donnie floated a ball to the back post (shouting “Ali” as he played it). Joe MacNeil smashed the ball into the top corner, only for the ref to rule it offside. Harsh to say the least.
A change in keeper, Joe replacing John Allan, brought a change in fortune for the Allstars defence, Daniel Gillespie (from Tiree but claiming a heritage in far west Kilchoan for the day) bending the ball into the bottom corner.
That looked like the end of the scoring, until Johnny Tuath rose like the proverbial salmon at the back post, only to be clattered by the Kilchoan keeper. The goal was awarded as his header nestled in the back of the net.
Final score: Kilchoan FC 1-4 West Coast Allstars.
Despite the one-sided score line, it was a fiercely competitive game. With the weather being so hot, all players were advised to ensure they rehydrate urgently. I wonder where their chosen watering hole was…
GG’s perform live in Mugdock Park
The GG’s choir were in good voice last Sunday June 1 as part of a Gaelic Celebration Day in Mugdock Park. The day also featured theatre, sport, and story-telling and (despite the weather) was enjoyed by all.