Arran United put up a good show against Troon

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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