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After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the North of Scotland's premier summer cup tournament is returning. Some familiar names appearing in the draw, long-standing clubs as well as some old names returning. Holders Wick Groats will be looking to defend their title, but they'll be seeing some stiff competition, not just from runners up Avoch, but Caithness rivals Pentland Utd will be hot on their heels. It's been over 15 years since the last Western Isles winner - is this the year? Hoping for a cracking tournament. Slight change in format this year, fewer entries means a regionalised first (and preliminary) round then all in from the second round. Sadly, no entries from Shetland this year, so Northern Isles section made up entirely of Orcadian clubs.

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Preliminary Round (23rd April)

North
1500 Golspie Stafford 3-2 Castletown (Stafford Park)

South
1400 Balloan 3-0 Tomatin Utd (Culloden)
1400 Ferrybache 7-0 Kyle (Culloden)

Northern Isles
1500 Kirkwall Rovers 5-0 Firth (KGS)

Western Isles
1700 Back 1-3 Ness (Col Uarach)
1800 Carloway 3-2e Stornoway Athletic (Cnoc a' Choilich)

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First Round

Friday 13th May
South
1830 Conon Bridge 2-1 Ness City (Conon Bridge PF)
1830 Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union 3-0 Gellions (King George V Park)
1830 Loch Ness 8-2 Inverness Athletic (Culloden PF)

Western Isles
1900 Harris 3-1 Stornoway Utd (Rally Park)
1900 Ness 2-1 Point (Fivepenny)

Saturday 14th May
North
1330 Staxigoe Utd 8-0 Thurso Swifts (Upper Bignold Park)
1500 Dornoch City 1-6 Wick Groats (The Meadows)
1500 Helmsdale Utd 0-1 High Ormlie Hotspur (Couper Park)
1500 Inver 2-6 Lairg Rovers (Osprey Park)
1500 Lochbroom 4-0 John o' Groats (Ullapool HS)
1500 Lochinver 9-0 Thurso Pentland (Culag Park)
1500 Lybster 0-1 Wick Thistle (Cow Park)
1500 Thurso Academicals 2-3 Golspie Stafford (The Dammies)
1500 Top Joes 0-7 Pentland Utd (Ormlie Park)
1500 Watten 4-0 Keiss (Watten Park)

South
1300 Portree P-P Highland Hospice (Portree HS)
1400 Avoch 12-0 Drakies PDG (Coronation Park)
1400 Black Rock Rovers 3-0 Mallaig (Culcairn Park)
1400 Ferrybache 4-2 Kyleakin (Bught Park)
1400 Highland Athletic 0-7 Black Isle Utd (Culbokie Park)
1400 Invergordon Social Club 1-2 Ardersier (Recreation Grounds)
1400 IRN Security 4-2 North West Skye (Bught Park)
1400 Maryburgh 4-1 Culloden Blacksmiths (Seaforth Place)
1400 NMM Sams 10-0 G16 Utd (Culloden PF)
1500 Sleat & Strath 1-0 Balloan (Broadford)

Northern Isles
1300 Kirkwall Rovers 0-1 Kirkwall Hotspurs (Bignold Park)
1300 Rendall 2-3e Stromness Athletic (The Rockery)
1400 Dounby 0-3 Thorfinn (Dounby School)

Western Isles
1100 Iochdar Saints 1-0 Lochs (Lineclate)
1130 Westside 2-3e Barra (Barvas Hall)
1130 North Uist Utd 0-1 Carloway (Paible)
1330 Eriskay scr-w/o Benbecula (Daliburgh)

Saturday 21st May
1400 Portree w/o-scr Highland Hospice (Portree HS)

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Second Round (on or around 4th June)

Barra v Lairg Rovers
Black Isle Utd v Kirkwall Hotspurs
Black Rock Rovers v Ferrybache
Carloway v Benbecula
Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union v Golspie Stafford
High Ormlie Hotspur v Lochinver
Loch Ness v Wick Groats
Maryburgh v Avoch
Ness v Portree
NMM Sams v IRN Security
Pentland Utd v Thorfinn
Sleat & Strath v Conon Bridge
Staxigoe Utd v Lochbroom
Stromness Athletic v Harris
Watten v Iochdar Saints
Wick Thistle v Ardersier

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23 hours ago, Strathman said:

Did that book about the Highland Amateur Cup ever get published?

Can't remember hearing anything about it.

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Big wins as expected for Avoch, Pentland Utd and Wick Groats. Loch Ness also humping rivals Inverness Athletic. Loch Ness v Wick Groats looking to be the tie of the second round, now it goes all in. No controversy as yet, but I'm sure it'll come. Portree v Highland Hospice was sadly postponed until Saturday 21st May due to a funeral.

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2 hours ago, Cyclizine said:

Big wins as expected for Avoch, Pentland Utd and Wick Groats. Loch Ness also humping rivals Inverness Athletic. Loch Ness v Wick Groats looking to be the tie of the second round, now it goes all in.

Might take in the Loch Ness game assuming it's at Culloden Park. There's a pub nearby called the Blacksmiths, never been, and plenty buses from the city centre. I'm shamefully ignorant about Culloden.

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21 hours ago, welshbairn said:

Might take in the Loch Ness game assuming it's at Culloden Park. There's a pub nearby called the Blacksmiths, never been, and plenty buses from the city centre. I'm shamefully ignorant about Culloden.

The current Culloden team are sponsored by them. Prior to that I think they were Culloden Moor Inn FC. Will be an intriguing game, Groats are a decent team and current cup holders, winner here would definitely be amongst the favourites to take the cup. Swifts got dumped out unceremoniously by Staxigoe, so that's my personal interest out, but hoping to see a Caithness team go all the way again. The county league is always pretty competitive.

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Highland Hospice are unable to raise a team and have withdrawn from their postponed match against Portree next weekend.

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On 15/05/2022 at 13:46, welshbairn said:

Might take in the Loch Ness game assuming it's at Culloden Park. There's a pub nearby called the Blacksmiths, never been, and plenty buses from the city centre. I'm shamefully ignorant about Culloden.

Welshbairn I read somewhere Blacksmiths is no more. It was a decent enough bar I was in it a few times in the early 2000s but not a patch on the Stratton back in the day. It's also long gone sadly. Smithton Hotel is still close enough and there is or was a bus stop up by the shops. 

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16 hours ago, Captain Marble said:

Welshbairn I read somewhere Blacksmiths is no more. It was a decent enough bar I was in it a few times in the early 2000s but not a patch on the Stratton back in the day. It's also long gone sadly. Smithton Hotel is still close enough and there is or was a bus stop up by the shops. 

It's still there, I think it got taken over.

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On 15/05/2022 at 14:03, Cyclizine said:

The current Culloden team are sponsored by them. Prior to that I think they were Culloden Moor Inn FC. Will be an intriguing game, Groats are a decent team and current cup holders, winner here would definitely be amongst the favourites to take the cup. Swifts got dumped out unceremoniously by Staxigoe, so that's my personal interest out, but hoping to see a Caithness team go all the way again. The county league is always pretty competitive.

Aye it's the former Culloden Moor Inn team, my former club.  We were half decent when I played 10 year ago, probably a lot better now amirite boys!

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Second Round

Saturday 28th May
1045 Barra 1-3 Lairg Rovers

Saturday 4th June
1200 Staxigoe Utd v Lochbroom (Upper Bignold)
1230 Black Isle Utd v Kirkwall Hotspurs (Culbokie Park)
1230 Stromness Athletic v Harris (Stafford Park)
1300 Carloway v Benbecula (Cnoc a' Choilich)
1400 Black Rock Rovers v Ferrybache (Dalmore Park)
1400 Pentland Utd v Thorfinn (Ham Park)
1400 Watten v Iochdar Saints (Bught Park)
1430 Ness v Portree (Fivepenny)
1500 Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union v Golspie Stafford (King George V Park)
1500 High Ormlie Hotspur v Lochinver (Ormlie Park)
1500 Loch Ness v Wick Groats (Bught Park)
1500 Maryburgh v Avoch (Maryburgh PF)
1500 NMM Sams v IRN Security (Bught Park)
1500 Sleat & Strath v Conon Bridge (Broadford)
1500 Wick Thistle v Ardersier (Upper Bignold)

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Second Round

Saturday 28th May
1045 Barra 1-3 Lairg Rovers (Uig)

Saturday 4th June
1200 Staxigoe Utd 4-2 Lochbroom (Upper Bignold)
1230 Black Isle Utd 2-5 Kirkwall Hotspurs (Culbokie Park)
1230 Stromness Athletic 2-1 Harris (Stafford Park)
1300 Carloway 8-0 Benbecula (Cnoc a' Choilich)
1400 Pentland Utd 4-0 Thorfinn (Ham Park)
1400 Watten 0-4 Iochdar Saints (Bught Park)
1430 Ness 2-1 Portree (Fivepenny)
1500 Black Rock Rovers 8-1 Ferrybache (Dalmore Park)
1500 Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union 0-6 Golspie Stafford (King George V Park)
1500 High Ormlie Hotspur 4-1 Lochinver (Morrison Park)
1500 Loch Ness 2-4 Wick Groats (Bught Park)
1500 Maryburgh 2-4 Avoch (Maryburgh PF)
1500 NMM Sams 2-3 IRN Security (Bught Park)
1500 Sleat & Strath 6-1 Conon Bridge (Broadford)
1500 Wick Thistle 2-0 Ardersier (Upper Bignold)

The draw for the third round is tomorrow at 1200.

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I'm calling a Groats v Stabs final at Harmsworth Park now (on or around 20th August)! Although Staxigoe will be a decent test for Groats and Pentland Utd have a tough draw. Good to see several island teams still in the mix and a guaranteed Western Isles club into the Quarter Finals.

Third Round (Saturday 25th June)

Avoch v Kirkwall Hotspurs
Black Rock Rovers v Golspie Stafford
Iochdar Saints v High Ormlie Hotspur
IRN Security v Sleat & Strath
Ness v Carloway
Pentland Utd v Lairg Rovers
Stromness Athletic v Wick Thistle
Wick Groats v Staxigoe Utd

Quarter Final (Saturday 16th July)

Black Rock Rovers or Golspie Stafford v Iochdar Saints or High Ormlie Hotspur
IRN Security or Sleat & Strath v Wick Groats or Staxigoe Utd
Ness or Carloway v Avoch or Kirkwall Hotspurs
Stromness Athletic or Wick Thistle v Pentland Utd or Lairg Rovers

Semi Final (6th August)

IRN Security or Sleat & Strath or Wick Groats or Staxigoe Utd v Black Rock Rovers or Golspie Stafford or Iochdar Saints or High Ormlie Hotspur
Ness or Carloway or Avoch or Kirkwall Hotspurs v Stromness Athletic or Wick Thistle or Pentland Utd or Lairg Rovers

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Third Round

Friday 24th June
1900 Ness v Carloway (Fivepenny)

Saturday 25th June
1100 Iochdar Saints v High Ormlie Hotspur (Culbokie Park)
1200 Stromness Athletic v Wick Thistle (Market Green)
1300 Avoch v Kirkwall Hotspurs (Coronation Park)
1500 Black Rock Rovers v Golspie Stafford (Culcairn Park)
1500 IRN Security v Sleat & Strath (Culloden PF)
1500 Pentland Utd v Lairg Rovers (Ham Park)
1500 Wick Groats v Staxigoe Utd (Upper Bignold)

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Third Round

Friday 24th June
1900 Ness 5-1 Carloway (Fivepenny)

Saturday 25th June
1100 Iochdar Saints 0-4 High Ormlie Hotspur (Culbokie Park)
1200 Stromness Athletic 5-2 Wick Thistle (Market Green)
1300 Avoch 2-1 Kirkwall Hotspurs (Coronation Park)
1500 Black Rock Rovers 2-5 Golspie Stafford (Culcairn Park)
1500 IRN Security 3-0 (aet) Sleat & Strath (Cromal Park)
1500 Pentland Utd 5-0 Lairg Rovers (Back Park)
1500 Wick Groats 2-0 Staxigoe Utd (Upper Bignold)

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