One of the most prolific scorers in recent seasons in the Highland League has been Cammy Keith and the 25 year old who was appointed Keith captain in the close season certainly enjoyed his club’s 2-1 win over Inverurie Locos on Saturday. His penalty in the second half capped the win after Locos deservedly led at the break.
The Highland League’s top scorer in the past two seasons even had the luxury of missing a second penalty right at the end and was delighted to hear the final whistle.
“I was absolutely chuffed to get the winning goal but more so to get the win.It was sheer jubilation when that final whistle sounded. We’ve made no secret of the fact we really wanted to win the League Cu as it’s been a tough League campaign. We have a lot of good young players but with youngsters in the team, there is the likelihood of inconsistency. That has affected our League campaign but we’ve gone out and done it, won the showpiece Cup in Highland League football”
The game itself could have been all over by the break but the No 9 was really pleased his team mates rose to the task. He added
“You could tell we were really nervy on the ball from the start, nothing was happening for us. We could have been two or three down but for our keeper Murray Kinnaird. The equaliser brought us back in. I put away my penalty and it turned out to be the winner but I cannot believe my second hit the post
This group of players are so close off the park and we’ve felt it was our time to go one better after last season’s disappointing 5-4 defeat by Deveronvale in the Aberdeenshire Cup Final last season. We were 4-2 up with twenty minutes to go in that game”
While Keith led from the front, one of the really unsung players in the team has always been STUART WALKER. The 27 year old can play anywhere in the team, he was top scorer four seasons ago with 18 goals. This season he has mostly played at the back and on Saturday continued a formidable partnership with Gary MacNamee in the centre of the defence. He described how he felt at the end:
“It was a magic feeling. What a great team spirit we have, we don’t often come from behind and win a game. We fully deserved it as we had to cope with their corner kicks, players not being picked up and they missed open goals. But we fully deserved it on our second half performance.
We grew in confidence and it’s been like that all season. We just haven’t had the breaks. This will bring us on to the next level so next season, bring it on.I think I was the second oldest in the starting team behind Murray McCulloch at 27“
Echoing his back line colleague’s comments was the only ever present player going into the lead up games to the Cup Final. 26 year old GARY MCNAMEE was signed from Banks O’Dee in 2010 and has been a rock, whether playing in midfield or centre back. He formed a solid partnership with Walker as Locos piled pressure on them throughout the game
“I’m absolutely delighted, it’s what we needed. In the second half, we fought for it to earn the win and I think we deserved it. Andy MacAskill got the equaliser, he has been a great player for us, he keeps his head down and sticks in. And of course our skipper stuck away the penalty, it could’ve been another for him if he’d put away his second penalty. But I’m just delighted for everybody”
He won medals galore as Captain Marvel in the team in the noughties but for manager DARREN STILL it was his first trophy as boss, having come so close in last season’s Aberdeenshire Cup Final against Deveronvale
“It’s not about me, the most important thing was for a lot of these players to win their first medal. In the first half I didn’t feel we were brave enough, we were waiting for things to happen. We have players in forward areas who are brave and can have a go at defenders, but I don’t feel we played particularly well from a creative sense.
Gary McNamee and Stuart Walker were outstanding, Locos had a lot of the ball and crosses into our box. They stood up to it. I wasn’t watching Cammy Keith’s penalty. His miss didn’t alter the win. Our other scorer, Andy, he hasn’t played as well this season as last season but that’s a lot due to his new job, shiftwork with Grampian Police . He now has another season under his belt”
A very proud man at the end was Keith’s long serving Chairman and former Highland League President SANDY STABLES. He was full of smiles at the end
“Up to now it’s been a fairly mediocre season to say the least. It’s been a great finish for us but I don’t think we played particularly well. Locos played the better game. We scored the goals though, I’m absolutely over the moon, it’s brilliant for the boys.
We’ve had a bit of luck on our side, you need that to win trophies. We are a very young side coming together. Hopefully this will lift them to bigger things. I thought Murray Kinnaird was outstanding as were Gary McNamee and Stuart Walker. I’m delighted for Darren Still getting his first trophy, as Manager he works so hard alongside Stevie King and Jerry O’Driscoll
It’s not been the best of seasons up to today but now it is. Keith FC have been in the forefront for many years and have no intention of falling back from that. That was shown in this game”