All-conquering Inverlochy lift MacKay Cup

INVERLOCHY SHINTY MACKAY CUP WIN Inverlochy gained the MacKay Cup for the first time since they last took possession in the 1964/65. They lost the coin toss to decide the venue, but went on to beat Newtonmore 5-1 in the final at the Eilan in Newtonmore. The Inverlochy team have also they won all but one of the competitions they have entered this year conceding only 13 goals and scoring over 130 - a dominant year. They have another final to play after the holidays and are planning to play against Kimallie U-12s for a trophy at the Ben race. RM

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Inverlochy Primary School added to their impressive trophy haul this season by winning the MacKay Cup for the first time in over 50 years recently.

Having lost the coin toss to decide the venue, the young team went on to beat Newtonmore 5-1 in the final at the Eilan in Newtonmore in what was an excellent game played in great spirit. The match was a tighter affair than the scoreline suggests and Inverlochy went in at half-time just 2-1 up. Although they eventually ran out 5-1 winners, Newtonmore were still in the game in the last ten minutes and proved dogged opponents. Nevertheless, Inverlochy held out for the victory and got their hands on the MacKay Cup, the first time they have done so since 1965.

That victory means that Inverlochy have won all but one of the competitions they have entered this year, conceding only 14 goals and scoring more than 130 across all competitions in what has been a dominant year for the youngsters.

They have now added the MacKay to their roll of honours this year, which includes the Kingussie sixes, the Fraser MacPhee sixes, the Lochaber Districts Indoor sixes, the Oban sixes and reaching the semi-finals of the Camnach Association Cup.

The Fort William side are not finished yet either as they are to appear in the Tulloch Cup final later this year and are planning a match against Kimallie under-12s  for a trophy as part of the Ben Nevis Race day at Claggan Park.

Just home from the Mackay cup final, excellent game played in the best spirit and very close with ourselves edging ahead 2-1 going into half time. Ended up 5-1 and retaining the cup for the first time since 1964-65, but was still there to be won until last 5-10minutes.

Inverlochy coach Robert MacMillan said: ‘Thanks to Newtonmore for their hosting, opposition and hospitality. I couldn’t have asked for any more from this group of 13 kids this year, travelling the length of the country midweek and weekends and grinding out fantastic results.’


Inverlochy Primary School won the MacKay Cup earlier this month after beating Newtonmore 5-1. NO F30 Inverlochy winners 01