Success for the island’s women footballers continues to make headlines, with the announcement this week (Wednesday September 3rd) that Lewis and Harris women’s team striker Mary Macleod has been signed by Inverness Caley Thistle.

Mary impressed ICT women’s team manager Karen Mason after showing off her skills at the Caley stadium last month, with a hat-trick during the Highlands and Islands cup final win.

The news comes alongside congratulations for three Lewis girls who have been selected for a coach development programme by the Scottish Football Association.

The programme is part of a 12-month project called ’20 Under 20’, designed to recruit 20 of the most talented female players in Scotland, interested in coaching and with a passion for football.

Point goalkeeper Chloe Nicolson, who plays for Rangers women, and Stornoway girl Kayleigh Mackenzie, a forward with Inverness Caley Thistle have been successful in joining the scheme, together with Shana Macphail. Chloe and Kayleigh are in S6 at the Nicolson Institute.

Meanwhile Ballallan’s Rachael Johnstone earned her fifth Scotland cap last week, when she kept goal for Scotland in a friendly match in Slovenia.

The picture shows striker Mary Macleod at the recent Highlands and Islands cup win (Trevor Martin).