Published: 31/08/2017 10:00 - Updated: 29/08/2017 15:56

Women in spotlight on cup finals day

WITH it being women’s cup final day at Fort William on Saturday, the fixture card for the men has virtually being cleared, to allow maximum exposure for the women’s game.

The main attraction at An Aird is the Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup final between Skye and Lochaber with this being preceded by the Marine Harvest Challenge Cup final involving Glengarry and Ardnamurchan.

The Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup is the major prize in women’s shinty and the final is a repeat of the 2016 final which Lochaber won 4-2.

Kirsty Delaney netted all four of the Spean Bridge side’s goals, while Lorna MacRae struck both Skye goals.

To reach this year’s final, Lochaber defeated Badenoch and Strathspey 2-1 in the quarter-finals followed by a 13-0 trouncing of Aberdour in the semi-final.

Skye were awarded a walkover victory against Glasgow Mid Argyll in the quarter-finals before cruising to a 23-1 win over Lovat to reach the final.

The Lochaber goal threats are likely to come from Kirsty Delaney and Alison MacVicar, with this duo contributing 11 out of their team’s 15 goals on the way to the final.

In the Skye team, Sarah Corrigall, Lorna MacRae and Jenna Beaton will need to be watched closely by the Lochaber defence as between them, they amassed 17 of Skye’s 23 goal tally.

There is little to choose between the finalists with Skye lying in second place in National Division One on goal difference over Lochaber.

With four players in last year’s Scotland women’s squad, who were defeated 12 points to two by a Dublin Ladies select in Inverness, Skye will feel that they can get their own back on Lochaber for last year’s final defeat.

The Skye quartet who represented Scotland at the Bught last October were Lorna MacRae, Christina MacDonald, Emma Gordon and Caitlin MacLean.

Two of the Lochaber team, Kathleen Cameron, who captained the side and Mairi Duncan also featured in the Scotland squad that afternoon.

This match has a 3pm throw-up and takes place after the contest between Glengarry and Ardnamurchan, which starts at 1pm.

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