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Brodick 6 – Lamlash 1
Saturday afternoon saw the sun come out in Brodick for the finale of the Arran football season in front of a decent crowd at Ormidale Park.
Old rivals Brodick and Lamlash went head to head for the new look Copperwheats Knockout Cup. John Copperwheat has very generously taken on the sponsorship of the final competition of the year and provided a beautiful new trophy and plenty of refreshments for both teams.
Lamlash started the game missing two key players, with Sam Tattersfield and Fraser Thomson unavailable. This paved the way for James Todd and Danny Currie to make their Lamlash comebacks. Brodick had a strong team and were on a high after winning the league.
It didn’t take long until Brodick went 1-0 up after Archie McNicol’s shot was uncharacteristically spilled by David Heenan in the Lamlash goal. After 15 minutes it was 2-0 with centre midfielder Tony McDowall getting the goal.
Babbies MacNeil and Todd Jameson were having a heated battle anytime the ball came near them and Babbies was the first to overstep the mark and was given a yellow card for repeated fouling. Five minutes later Todd committed a professional foul on Babbies and also put himself in the book. The yellow card did not phase Babbies and he was on hand to hit the back of the net to put Brodick 3-0 up going into half-time. Brodick’s Toby Wingham was booked just before half-time after a late challenge on Johnny Sloss.
Lamlash came out from half-time and looked a better team as they managed to string some passes together and they were finally rewarded when James Todd flicked in a cross to make it 3-1. Lamlash started to push more boys forward with Danny Currie and Johnny Sloss making a lot of runs and trying to inspire their team mates. This high risk style then led to Brodick being dangerous on the counter and it wasn’t long before Archie started exploiting the gaps in the Lamlash defence. He scored twice in three minutes taking the score to 5-1 and killing the game off.
The goal of the game came as Toby picked the ball up in the middle of the pitch, beat two men before smashing the ball into the top corner of the goal off the inside of the post. Lamlash were battered and bruised with a couple of their boys going down injured in the last couple of minutes before Danny Head sounded the final whistle.
Danny gave Archie man of the match. Despite a slow start Archie played his way into the game and was almost unplayable with his runs up front.
The association would like to thank John Copperwheat for taking up the sponsorship of the cup and for being on hand to present the trophy to Brodick captain Matthew Dobson.
Player of the year nominations
All the players in the league are currently voting for player of the year and young player of the year. They have to pick from the shortlist shown below. The results will be in next week’s Banner.
Player of the year shortlist
Matthew Dobson (Brodick)
Archie McNicol (Brodick)
Owen ‘Pele’ Quigley (Brodick)
Andy Thomson (Brodick)
Sean Higgins (Lamlash)
Johnny Sloss (Lamlash)
Ryan Armstrong (Southend)
Fraser Gilbert (Southend)
Gavin Gilbert (Southend)
Danny Head (Southend)
Young player of the year shortlist
Ross Dobson (Brodick)
Luc El Adm (Lamlash)
Dylan Smith (Lamlash)
Cameron Logan (Northend)
Cameron Thomson (Shiskine)
Gregor Crichton (Southend)