Skye youngster wins second season at Inverness City Ladies

Skye teenager Lorna MacRae has been signed up for a second season with Inverness City Ladies Football Club.

On signing last year Lorna – who turns 18 later this month – initially found herself on the bench as she was competing for the right midfield position with under-17 international cap Rachel McLauchlan.

Injuries, however, saw Lorna receive a start up front and having scored on several occasions she was given a starting position in the Division One Cup Final in which Inverness beat Dumfermline 6-0.

Due to commitments with Skye Camanachd Ladies, Lorna did not feature in the second half of the football season and was required to re-establish herself in the team this season.

Inverness City head coach Bruce Morrison said: “When Lorna initially approached me about playing, I was worried about the fact that she could not attend training but she has worked on maintaining her fitness at home — attending bootcamps and shinty and football training as well as going to the gym.

She has a great level of fitness and does a power of running up and down the wings throughout matches.

“She is very fast, which is an asset to the team. Initially when she starts running she doesn’t look that quick but once she gets up a head of steam, she fairly motors. She is also strong and fearless in the challenges. She has scored a few goals for the team so knows how to finish.

“Lorna has fitted in well to the team, but she still has a lot to work to do on her game. Having to readjust to playing on the left side of the park has been a challenge but with each game she is getting stronger and stronger on her left foot and can put in some telling crosses.”

As well as ongoing support from her employers, MacKenzie’s Bakery in Portree, Lorna has secured sponsorship from Corpach-based MacKenzie Marine Maintenance operated by Lee MacKenzie who is originally from Glenelg.