Western Isles football teams competing in the Inter-island football tournament at Ynys Mon this week will be hoping for better results from their matches today (Monday June 17th) and tomorrow, after a disappointing first round of matches.
Both the men’s and women’s teams were drawn against their Anglesey hosts in Sunday’s matches. The Western Isles men’s team opened up their campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat, Luke Mackay scoring an early leader and the only Western Isles goal. The game was played in front of over a thousand spectators, crammed into the Holyhead Spurs stadium for what was described as ‘a cracking game on a wet and windy night’.
The women’s team dug deep, with Beth Macleod scoring the only goal in a 3-1 scoreline in favour of the hosts. The women will next play against Hitra on Tuesday at 12noon, with play-offs on Wednesday and finals on Friday.
Both Western Isles teams have been in training for these matches as a matter of island pride, since there are to be no football competitions in the NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar next month. Competition comes from islands including Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and a women’s team from Gibraltar itself.
Today (Monday) the men are in action against Jersey at 6.30pm and against Orkney on Tuesday, before play-offs for placings on Thursday and the medal matches on Friday 21st June.
Picture shows Western Isles men’s team celebrating after Luke Mackay’s goal. (WIIGA men’s football team).