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Shinty star returns to football to boost Inverness Athletic in North Caledonian League


By Alasdair Fraser

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CRAIG Morrison is set to hand Inverness Athletic a massive boost this weekend with a return to action against Invergordon.

Craig Morrison (Cabers) with Cammy Keith (Kyles). Caberfeidh v Kyles Athletic, played at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer. This was Caberfeidh's second game in the Marine Havest Premiership after their promotion.
Craig Morrison (Cabers) with Cammy Keith (Kyles). Caberfeidh v Kyles Athletic, played at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer. This was Caberfeidh's second game in the Marine Havest Premiership after their promotion.

The Caberfeidh and Scotland shinty international goalscorer – Scotland’s shinty player of the year in 2019 – is available again after laying down the caman for 2021.

A robust and physical centre half in his other sport, football, the return should help Inverness stem the flow of goals against.

There was improvement last weekend in a slender 1–0 derby defeat against top of the table Loch Ness in the Football Times Cup quarter-final.

Full strength Inverness know an upset at home to their Ross-shire opponents this weekend could haul them off bottom spot in the North Caledonian League.

Manager Jason Golabek said: “There’s a couple of things we’ve looked at on the defensive side. We only lost one last week against a very good Loch Ness team, which was pleasing for me and my coaches.

“We’re starting to tighten up and one of our best centre halves is coming back this week. We’ve not had him all season and he was our player of the year last season. It will be a massive boost to the defence. He’s solid, a shinty player, strong and physical. It is great to have him back.

“If we keep working hard, as I’ve said to the players, we’ll get a wee break and the results will come.”

Golabek wants more of the same against Invergordon, stressing: “It’s another tough game as they’re always strong. Last week, the team was fantastic. We conceded at a set play, but the boys’ energy levels and all-round play was superb.

“We definitely shouldn’t be bottom of the league. The signs are really positive and it’s not like the boys are getting battered in games.

“We played the team at the top of the league last week and I didn’t think they were much better than us. If they bring the same attitude and energy this weekend they might pick up some points.”


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