Shetland will lift the Stuart Cup after a strong second half showing from the Blues saw them through to a comfortable 4-1 victory.
At half-time the score was 1-1 leaving the two sides tied on overall points at 144.25 each. But three unanswered goals in the second half saw Shetland secure the trophy for the first time since 2014.
It was not an easy route to success for team Shetland though. After taking an early lead yesterday following successes in the athletics and swimming victories for Orkney in netball and hockey left it all to play for in the final event.
And it was the Shetland side who coped best with the pressure in the all important finale securing an overall win for Shetland of 159.25-144.25.
A 4-0 win for Orkney in the hockey has set up a nail-biting conclusion to this year’s junior inter-county.
The overall scores are now all level at 139.25 each meaning that the Stuart Cup will be decided by the result of this afternoon’s football.
Despite suffering a defeat the Blues can be proud that they avoided another record-setting 10-0 drubbing, as they had suffered last year, against a very talented Orkney side.
A strong Orkney performance in the the netball means it is all to play for tomorrow.
Following a 42-23 defeat the overall score going into the second day of competition is 139.25-119.25 in Shetland’s favour.
In the second day of competition last year Shetland shipped an unanswered 70 points to the Orcadians. Both the football and the hockey teams will be out for revenge following those heavy defeats.
Shetland have won the second event of the day by a margin of 20.5 points.
The 58.75-38.25 win in the pool gives the Blues an overall lead of 116.25-77.25 going into today’s final event – netball.
A total of ten records were set during the swimming events, including seven for Shetland.
Shetland lead Orkney 57.5-39 after the first event of this year’s junior inter-county.
A tense encounter in the girls high jump saw Shetland’s Lucy Holden and Orkney’s Amy Davis both set junior inter-county records reaching a height of 1.61m. The previous record of 1.60m was set by Orkney’s Sarah MacPhail in 2013. Holden won gold for Shetland on countback.
Another new junior inter-county was also set in the girls 4x100m relay where Shetlands’ team of Mhia Mouat, Katie Dinwoodie, Laura Newbold and Tamar Moncrieff recorded a time of 50.1 seconds. The previous record of 50.4 seconds was set by Orkney in 2015.