Rachael Johnstone clutched the Scottish Cup tightly in her gloved fists and roared into the Edinburgh sky, as she wrapped up her maiden campaign in between the sticks in the hoops of her beloved Celtic, with a league and cup double.
As the dust settles and the Lewis and Harris football league season fades into the distance, it is a fair argument to suggest that while West Side’s treble winning season – including a league title play off triumph – was the story of the season, the surprise of the season came ‘south of the border.’
Both Mod Football Cups were in the warm grip of island players at the weekend and having their passports stamped ahead of a return to the Hebrides from Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail Glaschu 2019 to Stornoway and Uist and Barra.
Lewis and Harris Women FC signed off from the Highlands and Islands League in swashbuckling, breathless and ruthless style as they hit seven goals in a stunning second half to take the Highlands and Islands League Cup home across the Minch.
Although the Westside Club missed out on 3 League points this week, their spirits were lifted at the end of the match by being presented with a cheque for £1,830.60 from Malcolm Paterson of the Western Isles Lottery Team.
Winning some major silverware really is a treat: the open top bus tour, the local bragging rights, the celebrations in the streets. But, some teams have had to wait longer than others to taste glory again.
When Gibraltar were confirmed as hosts for the 2019 NatWest Island Games, football coaches from all member islands quickly realised there would be no football at the event due to the limited size and lack of facilities.