Skye and Lochalsh under-18s put up good show against Hearts

A select squad of under-18 footballers from Skye and Lochalsh travelled to Edinburgh last weekend to take on a youth team from Hearts.

The young west coasters put up a creditable display — particularly in the second half when they rallied after a nervy start.

It was no surprise that Hearts showed the more impressive movement and passing in the early stages, and they raced into a 3-0 lead within half an hour.

The Skye and Lochalsh lads had gone into the fixture with little experience of playing together as a team, but eventually they found their feet and an excellent volleyed finish from James Pringle reduced the deficit before half time.

Andrew Grant and John Gillies continued to impress in the middle of the park as the visitors began the second half on top. But it was Hearts who grabbed the next goal — with the excellent visiting goalkeeper Robin Harvey eventually beaten from the penalty spot.

Still, Skye and Lochalsh did get further reward for their efforts when Lachlan MacInnes made it 4-2 and gave the scoreline a very respectable look about it.

Skye and Lochalsh Junior Football Association volunteers Ben Yoxon, Nicholas Kelly and Graeme Finnie managed the group, and the trip was supported by Skye Youth Development and Broadford Youth Club. Skye Express donated a sum of money to cover some of the cost of the trip, and with the match hailed a success it is hoped a return fixture can be arranged in the future.


The under-18 squad and coaches before their game in Edinburgh