Ewen hopes his players rise for the occasion in the cup final


Fort William manager Ally Ewen hopes his players rise for the occasion on Saturday as they face Brora in the North of Scotland Cup final at Mackessack Park.

This is the club’s first cup final in 23 years. Ewen and his assistant Kevin Munro will leave at the end of the season and Adam Porritt who also will, secured the final berth by scoring the winner against Rothes in the semi final.

He said: “It’s a big task for us. We are just delighted to be there. It still feels a wee bit strange that we actually made it to the final considering it was the first time in 23 years at the club.

“Specially having not a good season in terms of results and the place we finished in the league.

I’m quite pleased to be there. The boys are buzzing and looking forward to it. For some of them it’s the first time they play at that sort of stage and possibility the last time the chance they get to play. So they are relishing the opportunity and I just hope they rise to it.”

Winning the trophy would mean the world to the town which is mainly known for their two major shinty teams Fort William Shinty Club and Kilmallie Shinty Club rather than football.

He added: “The numbers we get for home games aren’t great attendance. We noticed more people are attending. I think it’s big as the club struggles financially and attract local players. Hopefully this is a boost.”

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