Double hat-trick for Archie as Brodick remain undefeated

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Brodick 8 Northend 1

Brodick continued their unbeaten league run with a comfortable win over the distillery men. The Northenders put up a brave fight in the first half keeping the scoreline down but the boys in blue ran away with it in the second half. Archie McNicol was the star of the show scoring a double hat-trick and taking his goal tally to 27 for the season.

It could have been a lot more if not for some fantastic stops by the Northend goalie, Bryan McCallum. The pick of the goals came from Babbies MacNeil though as Archie turned provider for an inch perfect cross which Babbies headed into the corner of the net. Babbies also got the other Brodick goal of the night. David Jameson scored Northend’s only goal after a mix up at the back from Brodick. Unsurprisingly referee Danny Head gave the man of the match to Archie as Brodick went three points clear of Southend at the top of the league.

Lamlash 9 Shiskine 2

It was a similar story in this game as Shiskine battled hard to keep the score at one each at half-time but then the home team’s fitness showed and they burst into life in the second half.

Stevie Judge’s choice for man of the match was Grant Adamson as he banged in four goals playing up top. Ben Tattersfield also bagged a hat-trick for the second game this season. Midfielders Jamie Sillars and Johnny Sloss also got on the scoresheet for the Neil Young sponsored boys. Cammy Thomson, who had opened the scoring for Shiskine, also grabbed another in the second half to make him his team’s top scorer on seven goals this season.

The fixtures for Monday August 7, is a home tie for Shiskine against Brodick at 6.30pm while Northend travel to Southend for a 7pm kick off.

Football community pay tribute to Alan

The Arran Football Association have paid tribute to former chairman and player Alan Johnson who died on Monday night. He was 53.

Alan was well known across the island and his death which was peacefully at home, after a brave battle with cancer, has left many saddened.

A spokesman for the Association said: ‘Everyone involved in the football family would like to pass on their condolences to the Johnson family. Alan was a massive influence to football on Arran over the years, bringing teams down to play friendlies such as his beloved Queens Park and Greenock Morton. Even after stepping down from the committee he was always on hand to help out and get involved in Arran football.’

He will be buried at St Molio’s Church, Shiskine today (Friday) at a private family service which will be followed by a celebration of his life at 11.30am.

Brodick’s John Drummond attempts to blast the ball into the Northend goal. 01_B31footy01

A tussle near the sideline as players compete for the ball. 01_B31footy02

Players crowd the box in a battle to prevent a Brodick goal . 01_B31footy03

Archie McNicol scores the first of his six goals for Brodick. 01_B31footy04