THE Welfare League Astro Turf Cup began this week with a pair of big name casualties as recent Winter XI champs the Sea Angling Club and title challengers the Rangers Club both fell at the first hurdle.
Albion dumped the Sea Angling 3-1 with Kenneth ‘Dodi’ Macleod bagging a brace and John Grant also on target for Albion.
Infact ‘Dodi’ was denied a hat-trick after a shot which reportedly went through a hole in the net was ruled by the ref to have gone wide.
Don Macleod scored for a disappointing Sea Angling Club who missed out on the chance of a winter cup and league double.
Elsewhere the Rangers Club paid the penalty for their wastefulness from 12-yards as they were dumped out of the cup on penalty kicks.
They shared six-goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Lewis Rovers before the latter held their bottle to edge through 4-2 on spot-kicks.
On target for Rovers were Sandy Challinor, Johnny Porter and Paul Forster while Ian O’Donnell scored twice with Kenny Macphee also finding the net for the Club.
There was also a tough introduction to the Welfare League for the league’s newest club – Island United – as they were turned over 13-0 on their first appearance.
Paired with Tolsta in the cup draw Island United found the going too tough as goals from Stuart MacQueen (2), Iain Macdonald, Kenny Coyne, Paul Duke (2), Roy Macphail (2), Alex ‘Chicken’ Maciver (2) and Innes Maciver (3) left Tolsta cantering to victory.
Tonight (Wednesday) the Butchers are scheduled to take on the Caber in the cup with the sides meeting just two weeks after a dominant 7-0 thrashing for the Butchers over the Caber fresh in both their minds.
See next week’s Gazette for match details of this and all the other cup games scheduled for both tonight and next Monday.