Iain MacDonald praised the efforts of his team following their 3-2 defeat to Saints after extra time, in Tuesday’s Summer Cup Semi-final.
The Benbecula manager paid credit to the whole team, including goalkeeper Kenny Macaulay, who was making his first start in three years and he also picked out Hector Macphee’s performance in particular as his team narrowly lost to the reigning champions.
“It was a thoroughly intriguing and entertaining match for the fans, but certainly not for management, but I was delighted with our performance considering we were missing a host of regulars and had to draft in Kenny MacAulay who hasn’t played for 3 years but he did a superb job. We had a plan which worked a treat which was to stifle Saints and it took a wicked deflection to break us down.
“Also, John Alex Skinner and Donald MacKay would not have started if we had a full squad, but we had no option, and for them to play 120 minutes was admirable. I was delighted with the whole team and never like to praise individuals but on this occasion I thought Hector MacPhee was the standout player on the park. At least we know we can match Saints now and look forward to our next league match against them.
“Congratulations go to Saints from Benbecula Football Club and we wish them well in the final in what promises to be an epic tussle of the top two teams in Uist and Barra.”