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Young prospects shine for Kingussie in U17 derby win


By Gavin Musgrove

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Action from the U17 game at the Dell on Tuesday evening.
Action from the U17 game at the Dell on Tuesday evening.

Kingussie second team coach Dallas Young believes that some of his youngsters will soon be knocking on the door for first team selection.

He was speaking after his U17 side beat Newtonmore 6-1 at the Dell on Tuesday evening with Taighan MacLeod scoring four goals

It means that his squad has recorded a double over their neighbours, winning the London Shield match 1-0 at the Eilan in the first shinty match to be played locally after the Covid-19 lockdown just over a month ago.

The Kings led 3-0 at the break thanks to a brace from Kepa Salazar Roy (15th & 39th) and MacLeod (24th) in the derby.

McLeod went on to add a second half hat-trick (49th, 57th & 75th) with Charlie Ferguson netting Newtonmore's consolation goal in the 64th minute.

Young said: "The performance was a massive step up - we looked very sharp and we are delighted with the players. They have worked tirelessly in training.

"We knew there were in a good place. Training week in and week out means that they now have trust in their game and with their team-mates.

"It is all down to them and what they have put into training and the game itself."

Young added: "We have three or four possibilities in the team who could go all the way to the very top. They are serious talents with serious attitudes.

"If they keep developing at their current rate then we would hope they will be able to make an impact for Chris Simon (second team coach) and then push on for the first team and for manager John Gibson.

"Iain Fraser scored three goals playing for the first team two weeks ago so it just goes to show how close he and some of these talented young players are."

Fraser had a dream debut as he netted his hat-trick in the recent 13-0 demolition of Caberfeidh at Castle Leod.

He had replaced Savio Genini on the half- hour, and he netted twice, either side of the break, on 41 and 46 minutes, for the Kings to reach double figures.

He got his third goal in the 67th minute.

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