Lewis & Harris lift first ever Highlands & Islands Women’s League Cup

Lewis & Harris withe the Highlands & Islands League Cup
Lewis & Harris win the SWF Highlands & Islands League Cup Final against Clachnaccudin. (Photo: Trevor Martin)

A travel-weary Lewis & Harris ran out 7-0 winners in the inaugural Highlands & Islands Women’s Cup, having announced they would be withdrawing from the league after the final.

It was a goalless first half though in Inverness, with Clachnacuddin keeper Pamela Miller making a couple of good saves to deny Mary MacLeod.

But it was a solo effort from the same forward that broke the deadlock, beating three opponents before netting from an angle.

Shannon Fulton was then unfortunate to concede an own-goal after Miller got a foot to another Mary MacLeod effort.

Shana MacPhail played a nice through ball for Mary MacLeod to meet and fire high into the far corner of the net.

A rare chance for Clachnacuddin saw Rhea Hossack shoot straight at Holly McEwan from inside the six-yard box.

MacPhail then bagged a brace, the first a good run and finish, the second when being allowed to turn from a corner to the near post.

Jessica MacLeod made it 6-0 and Mary MacLeod weaved her way through the defence before clinching a hat-trick with a 20-yard strike.

Sadly, the cup winners had already made the difficult decision to withdraw from the league following the final, citing issues of travel, injuries and soon losing players to university. stating: ‘The combination of these factors has proved to be a challenge too far for us at this stage.’

Among those difficulties had been assembling a squad for a ferry trip to their semi-final tie, which saw the players sick on both outward and return journeys, while for the final they could only bring two substitutes.