Premier league clubs all represented as Bristow names senior county football squad
Coach Niall Bristow has chosen a mixture of experience and youth in his 17-man pool, with six veterans from the 2005 island-games winning squad and four uncapped players.
All eight teams competing in the G&S Flooring Premier League are represented, with current leaders Spurs having the biggest contingent with four. Celtic and Whalsay have three apiece, Delting and Whitedale two and one each from Ness United, Thistle and Scalloway.
Goalkeepers: Erik Peterson (Ness United), Craig Dinwoodie (Spurs), Adrian Morrison (Thistle). Defenders: Leighton Flaws (Delting), Richard Arthur (Whalsay), Merv Jamieson (Delting), Piotr Drozdowski (Whitedale), Neil Fenwick (Celtic). Midfielders: David Thomson (Whalsay), Karl Williamson (Whalsay), Connor Regan (Celtic), James Johnston (Spurs), Jordan Webb (Spurs), Jordan Morrison (Whitedale). Forwards: Steven Umphray (Scalloway), Sam Ward (Spurs), James Aitken (Celtic).
The Shetland players will be looking to retain an unbeaten record they have held since 2004, the only time the Milne Cup has been lost in the past 21 years. However, Orkney have shown much improvement in recent years and ran the home side very close at Gilbertson Park last year when James Aitken’s solitary goal was enough for victory.
Meanwhile, on the domestic front Spurs continued their quest for a clean sweep of trophies this season by defeating Delting 2-1 in the Manson Cup final at Gilbertson Park on Saturday.
The prolific Connel Gresham’s double gave the Milkbags their second trophy following their earlier Madrid Cup success. Alistair Williamson got the consolation for the Delts.
In a controversial G&S Flooring Premier League game at Scalloway on Friday the home side drew with Thistle after converting three penalty kicks awarded by referee Robbie Summers. John Brian Adamson was the successful marksman from the spot. The Thistle scorers are unknown.