INVERARAY BLITZ TO CELTIC VICTORY
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 July 2012 19:54 Written by Colin Cameron Sunday, 01 July 2012 19:21
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AJG Parcels Celtic Society Cup Final
Inveraray 14 - Taynuilt 0
As feared by most shinty followers, Saturday's rearranged AJG Parcels Celtic Society Final at Strachur was arguably the most one-sided in living memory.
Taynuilt, a club re-formed just five years ago and currently playing in south division one, were up against premiership club Inveraray. The lower league side gave as good as they got in the early minutes of the final - the first major occasion at Strachur's new Strachurmore Sports Centre - and had a better spell near the end of the game. But in between these spells, Inveraray ran the Taynuilt defence ragged for long periods, scoring 14 (fourteen) goals without reply.
With the score at 4-0 at half-time, Taynuilt emerged with hope for the second period, but a five goal blitz inside the opening ten minutes after the re-start knocked the stuffing from the brave men in orange and black. Five more well-worked strikes followed as Taynuilt's defence tired, and by the end most neutrals were looking for ref Robert Baxter's final whistle.
Inveraray, though, were delighted at re-taking the trophy they have come to view as their own after hogging it in the past couple of decades.
Amid universal praise for Strachur's hosting of the final at the village's new sports pitch and pavilion, the Taynuilt side can take heart from reaching the final, while Inveraray will now be focusing on the Camanachd Cup as a main priority.
Read all about it in this week's Standard.