Select plans to enter mainland cup competition rumble on

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KENNY Maciver has admitted his disappointment at the lukewarm response to the application by the Lewis and Harris Select to enter competitive football on the mainland for the first time.

The Lewis and Harris Football Association Chairman says he has been surprised at the response to the plans to enter a representative side in the North Caledonia Cup in August as he considers it the next, and the only, logical next step for progression.

“It was very disappointing to see the lukewarm feeling towards the competition at the recent AGM,” he explained.

“It is a terrific opportunity for our players to take the next step forward and I expected more enthusiasm.

“We have won all we can at local levels and the only option now is to look to the mainland for exciting new ventures which we believe we have found in the North Caledonia Cup.

“We can’t enter the league just yet but taking part in the cup this season is something we simply have to be looking at.”

He hopes May will be the month the Lewis and Harris Select are given the combination for the gate lock to march through the Pearly Gates of competitive football on the mainland for the first time when the decision on the Select’s application will be made at the North Caledonia AGM – as well as the first round draw which could hand the Select their cup debut.

It means the Select could be flying the flag proudly for the isles against the likes of Caithness, Tain, Orkney and the Black Isle as soon as August in their first ever competitive cup venture.

To read the rest of the story check out this week’s Stornoway Gazette.