The Inverness Street and Youth League held their annual six and seven a side tournament last weekend which saw the first silverware of the season up for grabs. The tournament is always a massive success with clubs entering two teams in street league and every team always takes part in this fantastic day.
In the Street League six-a-side, it saw the biggest participation ever with 18 teams taking part this time round.
Kingsmills A ran out eventual winners of section A after an impressive tournament. In the groups they first beat Merkinch B 3-0 before defeating last year's winners Balloan Rovers A 3-0 in game number two. They then thrashed Duncan Forbes 4-0 in what was a very impressive display and qualified for the semi-final without conceding or dropping any points. In the semi-final they faced Duncan Forbes A and another clean sheet and a strong performance sent them through to the final with ease. The final was played against the holders Balloan Rovers A. The game was really close with the majority of play in midfield but Kingsmills scored two good team goals to lead them to success.
Section B however was a lot closer than Section A. Tournament debutants Balloan Athletic B won the trophy after a tough run of games and conceded no goals throughout tournament. First up they faced Balloan Fury A in a derby match which saw Athletic run out 3-0 winners. They then faced Kinmylies B, who are challenging each other in the league. Balloan just ran out 1-0 winners despite the close match. They came up against Raigmore A who were unbeaten so far but Balloan kept up their good form again winning 1-0. Their final group game saw them face Thistle Colts B where they ran riot scoring seven goals to set up a semi-final face off against Thistle Colts A. After a close match with very few chances, Balloan scored the only goal of the game with just a few minutes remaining. The final came down to penalties after Balloan and Kinmylies could not find a way past each other. Balloan won the shootout 3-2 after some very calm penalties in what would have been a situation with a lot of pressure.
The youth league seven-a-side was won by another Balloan outfit, this time the fourth year Balloan Rovers. After being awarded their opening win by default, Balloan beat Raigmore Rovers 1-0. In their third game they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners and perhaps should have scored more. In the final group game they faced their eventual final opponents Thistle Colts and lost 2-0. The semi final saw Balloan face Raigmore United both teams battling hard to gain their place in the final andBalloan ran out 1-0 winners. In the final Balloan faced Thistle Colts once again and this time round a single goal helped Balloan see off their group rivals and win the trophy. Balloan Rovers player Daniel Lamont was also awarded player of the tournament following several impressive performances and goals that helped his side win the trophy.
All in all the tournament was a massive success and was enjoyed by parents, officials and and of course the players.
Congratulations to Balloan Athletic, Kingsmills Thistle and Balloan Rovers on winning the first silverware available this season.