South Ronaldsay v St Andrews

7pm  19 July 2016

Orkney League, B League
South Ronaldsay 0 St Andrews 2 (att 15)

South Ronaldsay is the most southerly of the main islands in the Orkney archipelago, although a series of causeways mean there's no need for ferries to get to and from Kirkwall, the islands' 'capital'.

The main town in South Ronaldsay, more of a village really, is St Margaret's Hope. A playing field next to the local primary school is the picturesque home of the football club, who went into this match battling for promotion to the A League.

Their defeat, at the hands of fellow challengers St Andrews, will be a serious blow to those hopes. The visitors deserved the win, scoring a goal in each half and looking the better side throughout.

It may have been a top of the table clash, but it was a low-key evening. At kick off I was one of just two spectators, although more arrived once the game was underway, many choosing to watch from inside their vehicles.

Most football grounds in Orkney are fairly basic, and South Ronaldsay has no facilities other than some grass banking around part of the pitch. It does give a good view, both of the action and the surrounding scenery, and is also a handy pitchside car park for those watching through a windscreen,

After this game I managed one more match while in Orkney, but as that was a revisit to ground I'd been to previously I didn't bother taking photos or preparing a blog post. For the record, I watched an Orkney AFA team, warming up for their annual showdown with Shetland, lose 2-0 to a Wick Academy team preparing for the Highland League, in a friendly at the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall.

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