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Mallaig FC held the last of its end of season awards in the Steam Inn recently. The awards, which were all presented by club committee member Kriss Gray (pictured) were spread out over the last few months as time allowed.
Young Player of the Year – Ryan MacDonald
From starting the year as under 18s captain to getting injured,signing for semi-professional side Fort William, coming back to Mallaig and having to break into the first 11 all over, the flying winger finished the season in red hot form chipping in with six goals on the way to a second successive title.
Most Improved Player of the Year — Archie Gillies
Hugely impressive season from Archie Gilles as he continues to improve. Gillies is a striker who moonlights as a defender on occasion and who loves a tackle just as much as a goal. Brilliant season as he hopes to continue to improve for seasons to come.
Top Goal Scorer — Andy Cunningham and David Currie
Both players had outstanding seasons; Currie in his debut season and Cunningham picking up where he had left off last season. Both finished on 23 goals for the season which is a phenomenal achievement to have two players so even. Both players hugely influential in the Mallaig team this year leading to them both being named in the West Highland Free Press team of the year.
Club Man of the Year – David Buick
Although not as much of an influence in a playing sense this year, Buick has had plenty of work going on in other areas of the club. He became the first Mallaig Under 18s manager last year as he guided them through the very first season. He has also taken up being Mallaig FC camera man making sure the club gets highlights most weeks to be shared all over the world and has been an all around positive influence on the side line at every game home and away.
Player of the Year and Goal of the Season – David Currie
Player of the year was Currie who was a unanimous pick for the award. He returned to play for Mallaig last year after a spell down under in Australia which was a massive boost to the team as Curie’s quality has always been undoubted.
After a slow but steady start to the season, he hit form at the right time and ended up being a real talisman for Mallaig.
Big goals in big games from Currie proved to be the difference as Mallaig retained the league title.
On the decisive final day away to Sleat and Strath, Currie’s class shone through as he scored a double to help power Mallaig to the title.
His first goal that day was a thing of beauty that also helped earn him the Mallaig goal of the season award.
(With thanks to Mallaig FC for the photographs and to David Buick for the words)
MALLAIG FC Mallaig’s player of the year, David Currie, who also scored the Goal of the Year, receives his award from committee member, Kriss Gray.
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