Tonight (Friday) marks the 80th anniversary of the Eilean an Fhraoich Cup which will take place in Barvas – just as the first trophy final did back in 1933.
Fittingly the West Side, host club and winners of the first EAF Cup, will take part in the show piece final but keen to gatecrash the party are Lochs who conquered Carloway to make their first Eilean an Fhraoich Cup final since 2008.
The Siarachs will head into the final as slight favourites as this is Lochs’ first EAF Final in five years (when West edged them 3-1) whereas West have contested the last SIX finals in a row – winning three times in that spell (2012, 2010 and 2008).
Yet others consider Lochs to be the favourites, mostly due to the spine of the team remaining at the heart which has won every trophy available in island football over the years and recent form has seen them march into back to back finals.
It is hoped, then, that Lochs and West Side will provide a final to be remembered. The result will depend on a number of questions, such as how Loch’s reshuffled back line fares against the wily goal grabber extraordinare Scott Maciver, how well the home team contains the dangerous Lochs attacking trident of David Macmillan, Jonny Smith and Donald ‘Nomie’ Macdonald, and whether Ali ‘Barvas’ Macleod, whose star has faded in recent weeks, can pull a few rabbits from the hat and return to form on the wing. And, of course, how much of that indomitable Maroon magic the Lochies can recreate in Barvas where West will have home advantage.