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Kingussie youngsters to meet Beauly in MacTavish Juvenile Cup Final

By Gavin Musgrove

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Beauly U17 will meet their Kingussie counterparts in the MacTavish Juvenile Cup Final after defeating Fort William U17 3-1 at the Dell.

This semi-final was originally scheduled for Craigard, Invergarry but a midweek pitch inspection deemed the field unplayable so the 2pm throw up was switched to the Dell.

The two physically well matched teams entertained the crowd throughout on Saturday.

Callum MacIver gave Beauly the lead within just 20 seconds of throw up and they stayed in front until Fort William’s Rhys Kennedy equalised on 57 minutes.

However, Scott Cameron restored Beauly’s advantage a minute later with Torrin Cairns adding a third in the 70th minute.

The Dell pitch was in immaculate condition given the recent rain, with the drainage system working to good effect. It did, unsurprisingly, get heavy towards the end with several players suffering from cramp. After the match, there was a toss of the coin to decide the venue for the final.

Beauly, coached by first team co-managers Gregor McCormick and Niall MacLennan, called correctly meaning the MacTavish Juvenile Cup Final between Beauly U17 and Kingussie U17 will take place at Braeview Park, Beauly on Saturday, November 13.

The throw up time is still to be confirmed.

Kingussie U17 boss Dallas Young said after the match: “We are aware how good a side Beauly are but we must concentrate on our strengths going forward and try and set up a team that will go and win the cup final. It will take a top performance but we have the players.

“One disappointing factor is that as a team we have only had one game since the summer break and our performances are always improving game by game through our players’ hard work and training.

“Over the next two weeks myself and Corky (fellow Kingussie coach Iain Borthwick) will be working hard along with the players to put ourselves in a position to win the game.”

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