Recently the annual 5 aside tournament was held at the reef pitches, luckily the sun shone and brought along a happy crowd of spectators.
Given the early start due to the number of events that weekend there was a good turnout of teams including a couple of junior teams and seven senior teams that played against each other with a mixture of fun, laughter and jolly spirits carried on from the previous night’s festival.
The two teams fighting for the coveted winners’ trophy provided a thrilling final – one of the goalies spilled the ball gifting a goal to the opposing team, then at the other end a goal was created due to the lack of height of the goalie to make it one a piece. By the second half both teams were feeling the effects of the gruelling weekend and it looked like extra time was looming until a speculative shot from Findo screamed into the back of the net. 2 -1 with time running out it looked like it was all over but a sudden surge and scramble of bodies into the box at the other end and somehow the ball was in the back of the net. With the score even and in keeping with the state of the players’ stamina the majority decision was to go straight to penalties. These were mostly best forgotten but in the end On Death’s Door just edged.
The junior winning team were the Crazy Cousins, the best young player award went to a very talented visiting lad who out shone most of the adults. Steven Cameron was best senior player with Donald Roddy Mackay picking up highest goal scorer for the second year in a row. Niall MacKinnon, Hillcrest was awarded the most entertaining player of the day as he enthralled the crowds with his antics! On Death’s Door picked up the Winners Trophy.
A big thank you has to go to Neil Connor and Bino who stepped in as referees for the day with out which no match could have been played.
Here’s hoping next year’s tournament turns out just as exciting.