CARBOST FC PORTREE TOURNAMENT
Carbost FC had a 12-strong squad competing in the Soccer 7’s tournament in Portree last Saturday, 19 August: Aaron, Jess, Matilda, Tom, Robaidh, Aiden, Charlie, Heather, Megan, Finlay, Amy and Grace.
As they have all season, the team acquitted itself admirably – everyone working for, supporting and encouraging each other and giving 100% effort in each of our five games. The team as a whole has continued to improve with each successive tournament and that was again apparent today with some terrific individual and collective performance.
As a group, the team was excellent in our first match, an outstanding 2-1 win over a big, strong Broadford side. This featured two magnificent long-range goals from Tom (who along with Aiden drove the team on all day) and Charlie. Robaidh, in his debut in the 7’s, also had a stand-out game.
Our performance against Portree A was just as good – a narrow 2-1 defeat, but with another great goal from Tom, this one a real team effort and also involving Charlie and Aiden, and with us playing some excellent football.
The team was also dominant against Lochalsh B, with only the goalposts and their goalkeeper stopping us from scoring a hat-full. Somehow the match that ended 0-0, but without the other team getting into our half. In our other games, the team again battled to another odd-goal loss to Portree B and just ran out of steam in our last match against NW Skye, losing 2-0 (& in this one they were hindered too by the coach’s hare-brained decision to try out a three-man midfield!).
Aside from those already mentioned, Aaron made some outstanding saves in goal – and credit too to Jess and Robaidh for also stepping up and volunteering to go between the sticks. Heather put in some shuddering tackles and Finlay continues to come on in leaps and bounds at the back. Every player, though, can yet again be proud of their efforts.