Young bloods come out on top

Past and present Portree FC players came together earlier this month to stage their annual football match to commemorate the life of club stalwart David Annan.

The two evenly-matched teams involved were a mix of Portree players who played with Davie against a side made up of under-17s and the current first team. The “old boys” made the brighter start, but against the run of play the young guns went ahead after 20 minutes when a nice passing move up the right wing ended with a neat finish from Donald MacLeod.

After half an hour Allan “Ginger” MacKinnon broke the offside trap to make it 2-0, but the old team pulled themselves back into contention thanks to Stephen Cormack’s 20-yard effort just before half time.

The youngsters grabbed the upper hand against tiring legs in the second period, with three quick goals from “Ginger” Mac­Kinnon, Mikey Heath and Jordan Murchison making it 5-1 and seemingly wrapping up the game.

But with the help of a couple of younger substitutes the game turned on its head in the last 20 minutes. Cormack grabbed his second and then Kenny Campbell made it 5-3 as the old guard threatened a comeback. However, the youngsters — with Will Cowie excellent at centre back — held out to claim the honours.

The match is in memory of the late David Annan, who collapsed and died on the field while playing for Portree in a Highland Amateur Cup tie in  2002.