THE Lewis and Harris Women’s Football squad beat Orkney, Caithness, Brora and Inverness Thistle to win the first ever Highlands and Islands women’s football tournament in Dingwall.
Due to work commitments, injuries and summer holidays it was a new look squad that travelled on the day with only three outfield players having competed at last years Natwest island games.
Although light on experience the coaching team of Catherine-Ann Macleod and Euan Macleod were very happy with their personnel as this would prove a perfect opportunity to view their less established players in a tournament format.
Their tournament began with a step into the unknown and a clash with Orkney but the lack of experience in the Lewis and Harris camp couldn’t hide the natural talent and belief in the ever-improving squad.
Indeed the individual self confidence of the entire squad shone brightly as time after time the Lewis and Harris women looked to get the ball down and move it around the park. At every opportunity they were willing to take on their opposite number to deliver a cross, make a killer pass or have a strike at goal and they were rewarded with a comprehensive 5 – 1 victory.
Although the initial game was a great success there were a number of aspects the coaching team asked the players to look at and address. The squad took on this challenge and improved the required aspects and their performance against Caithness in game two was even better again the Lewis and Harris team running away with a well deserved and comfortable 5 – 1 win.
As expected the girls’ third game against Inverness was always going to be their toughest challenge of the day but again they took the match in their stride with confidence to produce a quick tempo passing style when under pressure which was the foundation stone for another excellent performance and a 2-0 win.
In the fourth and final game against Brora the squad made a number of positional changes were made - the most notable of which being coach Catherine-Ann moving from goalkeeper to centre forward and talismanic playmaker and captain Lois Greenwood being left on the bench. A great game followed with some confident, attacking football from both teams the final result being 7 – 3 to the L&H.
Coaches Catherine-Ann and Euan would like to thank all their players for a great day and for showing flawless commitment over the last few months with regular attendance at the Tuesday and Saturday training sessions.