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Saints are Argyll and Bute Cup winners

AFTER 200 minutes of football in wind, rain and scorching sunshine Oban Saints emerged victorious from this year’s Argyll and Bute Cup in Lochgilphead.

The tournament was once again arranged by Lochgilphead Red Star who were excellent hosts for the popular eight-team event.

Taking part this year were cup holders Dunoon, last year’s runners-up Oban Saints, tournament regulars Tarbert, hosts Lochgilphead Red Star, Glasgow Islay, who were returning for a second year, and debutants Neilston, Tannahill and South Lochaber Thistle.

The day began in rather inauspicious circumstances for Saints when manager Alex Craik lost the keys to the minibus sparking a frantic hunt for the spare set which thankfully were found in the nick of time.

The 14 available senior players were complemented in a sizable squad by youngsters Nathan Allan, Kenneth Black, Gavin Forgrieve, Ruairidh Horne and Cameron Kerr.

However a last minute call-off from Craig MacEwan and an early injury for Craig Campbell left the Gaffer to rely far more heavily on the five youth team players than he had planned.

As the day progressed any concerns that the management may have had regarding the youngsters’ ability to cope in the company of considerably more experienced players were dispelled with all five excelling in a variety of roles.

Group sections

Saints were drawn in group two on the 3G at Lochgilphead Joint Campus and kicked off against Dunoon Amateurs to whom they had lost out in last year’s final. The omens weren’t good when Saints conceded a ninth-minute opener to a tidy finish from Dunoon’s Connor McClymont, quickly followed by Craig Campbell’s departure with a thigh strain.

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