Northern Isles prepare for historic footballing occasion
The Northern Isles are braced for a momentous sporting occasion this weekend, as Orkney Football Club and Shetland meet in a historic first-ever meeting.
Earlier this week, both managers — Charlie Alway for Orkney and Niall Bristow for Shetland — said they were relishing the Jock Mackay Cup clash, with a place in the semi-finals the reward for the victor.
Orkney should start Saturday’s 12.30pm fixture as favourites, being on a three-match winning run, with Bristow conceding his team will start as underdogs. He added that he was “very wary” of a “very dangerous” Orkney side in “outstanding” form.
It will be a very youthful travelling Shetland side, according to Bristow, as Shetland’s preparations for the summer’s Island Games step up a notch, with only their fourth competitive fixture, and first since October, of the winter season.
Charlie Alway said that, despite some unavailabilites, he had a “very strong” squad to pick from, and said his side would approach the match in a confident fashion.
The venue of the match is still to be confirmed, although it appears likely it will be held in Dounby.