Tomatin Utd players old and young took part in their annual end of season challenge match on Saturday at Raigbeg. The game was very entertaining for the local supporters who turned up to cheer on both sides.
It was the oldies who opened the scoring after 15 minutes and quite apt that it would come from their player Manager Bob Kennedy who received a nice ball from Alan Edwards before rounded young Rhys Stewart and finishing with a lovely taken chip over the advancing keeper James Duncan. The young boys struck Back though on the half hour when Murray Manson broke through and stroked the ball past big Gar.
There was a number of near misses thereafter by both teams but just before half time the oldies restored their lead when Edwin MacDonald finished well with a low drive into the bottom corner of the net. At half time some much needed Amber nectar was taken onboard mostly by the oldies
Who needed it more than their young opponents. Age and fitness would tell in the second period and the young lads levelled with a well taken finish by Kyle MacDonald from 8 yards out.
Kyle then showed his dad Ed what it is like to get two goals in the one game when the 13 year old struck again this time getting on the end of a nice pass from Murray Fraser. It looked like the young uns would hold out for the win and avenge their defeat from last years fixture but with time running out the unfortunate Jamie Edwards knocked the ball into his own net as Kennedy put pressure on him.
A draw was a fair result and the game went straight to penalties to decide the winners. There was a nice touch by both teams with the first 5 spot kicks being taken by non regular players. It was still level after this and sudden death followed with Jason MacDonald slotting home the winning kick for the oldies to celebrate once more.
The game was competitive but also played in great spirits by both teams who thanked referee Eric Robertson for giving up his time with a wee bottle of Tomatin Malt well what else do you expect!!,
The remaining part of the evening took place in the Village Hall with the prize giving presentation and relevant speaches. The main prize winners were as follows:
Man of the match award went to the oldies Robert Nixon who was a real stall ward at the back and he also managed to last the entire 90 mins.
Top scorer was won by James Carmichael with goal of the season being picked up by Edwin MacDonald for his over head kick finish against Grantown Utd in the last match of the season.
Fraser MacKay was given the most improved player award which was chosen by his Manager and both were equally emotional collecting this one.
The players player of the year award was won by the Captain Callum Fraser who had a fine season and seems to get better and better each year.
Their was a special Trophy this year awarded to Goalkeeper Garry Stewart who had some outstanding saves throughout the season but his performance in the Stuart Cup Final was different class. This reward was also to thank the big man for all his work and time he puts in behind the scenes each year.
The final award was the Managers choice of player of the year and this was won by Centre half Jason MacDonald who has been totally amazing and so consistent all year. It gave Bob great pleasure to present this one to Jason with a really nice show of appreciation by all those present.
The evening continued well into the night with more than a few shandies being consumed as the curtain fell on a very successful season for the Tomatin boys.