Charity match pulls in the pounds

Winning Tarbert Team plus Chrissie, Karen and James MacRae.

Winning Tarbert Team plus Chrissie, Karen and James MacRae.

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Harris football’s annual charity grudge matches reached a climax in July with the Christopher MacRae Memorial Cup.

This spectacle of football involving those who’s minds play a blinding game but who’s bodies aren’t quite so talented is now a ritual of the Harris summer much like sunburn or midge bites. Scalpay lined up a stronger team than previous years with star appearances by DJ MacKay and Domhall Eoin Mackinnon. The Tarbert team again this year short on looks but never the less a talented crew.

The first half saw Tarbert take the lead with goals from Geoff, Daz and goal of the season by Andy (hotel) a screamer from 30 yards into the top left corner of the net. Scalpay replied through Domhall Eoin and Taz, but it was a story of missed chances for the islanders or open goals as they’re known by everyone else. Second half saw Scalpay push to level the scores with a move from super sub Karen MacRae who barged Coinnaich off the ball, pushed passed Andy leaving him flat on the deck, played the ball through Lotto’s legs and blasted it past a helpless Andy Gress. Tarbert finally pressed home a fitness and ability advantage with winning goals from Geoff (I’m not leaving the five yard box) Peterson and Zander. Man of the match was Craig Dunda for his outstanding gaol keeping efforts for Scalpay. Final score 7 – 4 to Tarbert, the winners, everyone.

This event raises money every year for The British Heart Foundation in memory of Christopher who died suddenly at the age of 25 with a heart defect. The mighty total of £1240 was raised through the game and through the efforts of the men’s health week promotion. Thanks to everyone who put in such a brilliant effort on the day and to those businesses and individuals who gave so willingly and generously.

Well done again to Fuggy, Lotto and Coinneach.