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The man who started Arran United returned to the island last weekend with his new team – Troon Thistle – to play a friendly tournament.
Matt Harvey, who left the island in April, is now coaching the Troon side who he brought over to face his old team now being run by Sharlene Little with help from the other coaches Ross, Martin, Frazer, Alan and Allan.
Around 60 children took part in the games played at Arran High School pitches and astroturf in Lamlash with lots of both local and travelling support on the sidelines.
Troon Thistle brought over two 2009 7-a-side and two 2010 teams 5-a -side. teams, Arran United had one 2009 7-a-side and two 2010 5-a side. Arran United’s 2009 7-a-side team won 2 games and lost 1. Arran’s 2010 5-a-side team won 3 and lost 2.
Sharlene said: ‘To achieve these wins was exceptional as Troon train twice a week and play a match every Saturday compared to Arran training one day a week and we aren’t involved In a league of any sort.
‘I’m so proud of all the children involved as there was some outstanding football on display today. Parents provided an unbelievable amount of food for the after match buffet and was very much appreciated by both clubs. We are now looking forward to taking the children to Troon for another friendly playing them on their own ground in the near future,’ she added.
Arran United train every Friday in Lamlash from 6pm to 7pm for primary age children and anyone wishing to come along should contact myself Sharlene for more information.
The Arran United 2009/10 7-a-side squad. 01_B44united01
The Arran United 2010 5-a-side teams. 01_B44united02
The Troon Thistle squad and coaches who travelled to Arran for the tournament. 01_B44united03
An Arran attack on the Troon goal. 01_B44united04
A tight tussle for the ball. 01_B44united05
An Arran player shields the ball from his opponent. 01_B44united06
An Arran corner comes into a packed penalty box. 01_B44united07
A Troon player closes in on an Arran attacker. 01_B44united08
Action from an all Troon encounter. 01_B44united09
The Troon keeper makes a good save from the close range shot. 01_B44united10
Arran close in on the Troon goal. 01_B44united11
Family and friends watch the action from the sidelines. 01_B44united12
An Arran player does a good job shielding the ball. 01_B44united13
The Troon keeper carefully watches an Arran shot. 01_B44united14
Two of the younger players in a tussle for the ball. 01_B44united15
Photographs by Hugh Boag