The first ever match in a new football league was won by Lewis and Harris WFC on Saturday (March 16th).
The new Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) league, the Highlands and Islands League, was created for the 2019 season in response to the amount of interest from teams in and around the area.
With sponsorship from Charles Macleod butchers, Lewis and Harris WFC travelled to Nairn for the league’s first match on Saturday, producing a very satisfying 18-nil scoreline against their mainland opponents.
For teams in the Highlands and Islands it’s often been impossible to enter the traditional league structure due to the large amount of travel. Lewis and Harris club secretary, Euan MacLeod, said: “It was exactly the direction our group of players were needing to continue their development. Prior to the League, we would wait for our Scottish FA Development Officer to organise a festival in Dingwall. Unfortunately the festivals were run a couple of times a year, which was enough to whet the appetite, but not enough to keep players fully motivated.”
SWF Executive Officer, Fiona McIntyre, said: “SWF and the Scottish FA North Region have been aware of the need for a form of regular competitive football that comes with flexibility. We appreciate the amount and type of travel that is required for these teams. The ferries are one example of transport for Highlands and Islands team which are weather and timetable dependent. Therefore, there are less strict rules regarding when fixtures need to be played.”
Lewis and Harris WFC will next meet Buckie Ladies at Ullapool High School on Saturday March 30th.
Pictures show the team ahead of the match and Mary Macleod firing in one of her triple hat-trick of goals (Scottish Women’s Football/Jasperimage).