Jock Mackay Cup Final - Match Preview

Jock Mackay Cup Final - Orkney FC v St Duthus FC
Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Venue: Invergordon Recreation Grounds
Kick off: 
Referee: Gavin Dearie
Assistant Referees: Tommy Creighton & David Osborne

WHAT else is there left to say about tomorrow's cup final? The stage has been perfectly set between two teams who have traded victories in the league and who will each be looking to etch their name on the winners plate of the attractive Jock Mackay Memorial Trophy for the first time. For the Saints, reaching the final a fortnight ago was a welcome reward for everyone connected to the club as we near the end of a long hard revival season -- but to win it would be the stuff of dreams.

The last match of the season, the Jock Mackay Cup Final will be played on Invergodon's Recreation Grounds, home of this season's champions, Invergordon. A trophy only ten years in existence, it was first introduced in 2006 in memorial of former North Caledonian League secretary Jock Mackay.

Seventeen points separate Orkney and St Duthus in the final placings of the league and if you are to consider league form, then Orkney must be considered to be favourites for the tie, although as anyone who follows football will know - anything can happen on the day of a final.

The Saints will be without Lewis Ross for the game, who remains absent due to work commitments, while Liam Mcleod and Jamie Skinner are both likely to miss out due to injury. The squad is still expected to be a strong one, however, with a couple of experienced heads returning to the fold. Training midweek was well attended and the manager Stuart Ross was full of praise for his players.

“The whole squad is buzzing for tomorrow's game. We're expecting a tough match against a team who we've beaten on their own turf and who have beaten us on ours. Now we get to do it on neutral territory in Invergordon and as much as the league position suggests that Orkney are the clear favourites, we will be going into this game aiming to win the game and come back to Tain with the Jock Mackay Cup.”

Orkney are expected to travel with a strong squad, as you'd expect for a match of this stature. Goalkeeper Cameron McConnachie will return to the side having served a suspension, while captain DJ Moffat is set to face a late fitness test.

Speaking to 'The Orcadian' newspaper this week, Orkney manager Charlie Alway expressed his belief that if his side perform to their capabilities, it would leave them with a “good chance” of winning the trophy.

“From our point of view, we’ve just got to concentrate on what we can do and try and play, and show a level of commitment which is at a level that they can’t get to. If the guys all work really hard, and do what they can do, then I would say we’ve got a good chance.”

Places remaining available on the St Duthus team bus for any supporters who wish to travel with the team to Invergordon, leaving from Asda at 11am on Saturday.

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