Arran get off to the flier with six of the best

Aidan Hessey was nominated as man of the match for his midfield performance against Troon Town.

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Summer Challenge Tournament

Isle of Arran AFC 6
Troon Town AFC 2

Isle of Arran AFC has taken its first tentative step in a return to competitive football with a decisive win over Troon Town AFC in the Summer Challenge Tournament hosted by the Ayrshire Sunday Amateur Football Association (ASAFA).


The first match in more than a year took place at Ardeer Stadium last Sunday (July 4). And Arran got off to a flying start with a hat-trick from Archie McNicol and goals from Nick Emsley and Gregor Chricton, as well as an own goal, helped secure the six goals that prove the team is still in top form despite the extended period of competitive inactivity.

Aidan Hessey was nominated as man of the match with a spokesman for the club saying: ‘Aidan Hessey is the man of the match for his brilliant performance in midfield. We wish Troon all the best for the rest of the season.

‘Today’s match was sponsored by Arran Accountants and the goal scoring sponsors were: Douglas Hotel, The Parlour and Sandy Kelso.’

The Summer Challenge Tournament is divided into four groups of three teams. Each team will play each other once, with the winner of each group going to the semi finals which will start on Sunday July 25. The finals will begin on Sunday August 1.


Arran AFC’s next fixture will be against Killie United on Sunday July 18, which, if they win, will secure them a place in the semi finals.

Photographs: Tam Borland

Aidan Hessey was nominated as man of the match for his midfield performance against Troon Town. No_B28Arranfooty01

Nick Emsley blasts the ball into the opposition’s goal. No_B28Arranfooty02

Archie McNicol outwits the Troon goalie to secure one of his three goals for Arran. No_B28Arranfooty03