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Glenurquhart retain MacDonald Cup after narrow win over rivals Strathglass


By Will Clark

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Glenurquhart retained the MacDonald Cup following a 3–2 win over rivals Strathglass at Drumnadrochit.

Glen co-manager Eddie Tembo was pleased to secure the victory but admitted it took a half time team talk to change the course of the game.

“I thought we were sluggish in the first half and I have to admit that Strathglass looked quite a bit stronger than they did last year,” he said.

“We changed things around at the break and the changes seemed to work”.

The victorious Glenurquhart team with the MacDonald Cup.Glenurquhart v Strathglass pre-season game, playing for the Macdonald Cup, at Blairbeg, Drunmadrochit.
The victorious Glenurquhart team with the MacDonald Cup.Glenurquhart v Strathglass pre-season game, playing for the Macdonald Cup, at Blairbeg, Drunmadrochit.

Tembo added: “We were missing some key players but I was impressed by the young lads who came in.

“They made the step-up from the second team and they have given us plenty to think about.

“Overall we have to be pleased – it was our first competitive game of the season and we have come away with a victory and the silverware.”

Strathglass edged a fairly even first half with Darren Reid’s goal in the 35th minute the highlight.

The goal seemed to be a wake-up call for the Glen and they finished the half strongly with newly appointed captain Michael Fraser and James MacPherson coming close to forcing an equaliser.

Strathglass keeper Adam Todd continued to be the busier of the two goalkeepers, and he was finally beaten 10 minutes into the second half with Fraser scoring from close range.

A draw would be enough for the Glen to retain the trophy but they pressed on and on the hour mark a MacPherson strike gave them a deserved lead.

The goal meant Strathglass needed two to win but with time running out they were back on level terms when Scott Douglas nipped in to claim an equaliser.

Strathglass pressed for a deciding goal, but with the last move of the match the Glen secured victory through MacPherson’s winner.

Glen’s ladies team picked up the MacLennan Cup with a convincing 4–0 win over Strathglass.

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