Sport / Footballers’ medal hopes dashed, but plenty more opportunity for blues today

The Shetland squad at their hotel in Guernsey

SHETLAND’S football squad put up an impressive display last night, beating the Falklands 4-1 at the Island Games – however they will not progress from the group stages.

Goals came from James Aitken and Harry Thomson in the first half and Declan Adamson and Jack McShane in the second.

Due to the way that the group table system works, only the top-ranking teams from the four groups progress to the semi-finals.

Ynys Mon, who beat Team Shetland on Sunday night, were also successful in their match against the Isle of Man yesterday. That means they’re at the top of group two with nine points.

Shetland is second with six, so they will now play Greenland on Thursday to determine 7th and 8th place.

The first day of golf yesterday saw Shetland’s men step out on to the green – at the moment, the team is sitting at joint 11th with the Cayman Islands, but there’s still three more days to go.


In the individual men’s event, Robert Geddes is currently 26th, Kieran Fraser 31st, Andrew Bain 48th and David Nicol 59th.

Dean Guthrie and Thomas Calder are Shetland’s remaining badminton hopefuls as they have both reached the round of 16 in the men’s singles, but they were not as successful in the doubles tournament.

The women are now out of the running for medals after being beaten in both the singles and doubles yesterday.

The cycling team will get going again today with both individual and team road races taking place, as will table tennis singles.

In the midst of a busy night at the athletics pitch last night, Kirsty Laurenson placed a respectable 7th in the women’s shot put final.

Turning today’s potential medals, Laurenson will also be partaking in the discus final at 6pm.

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Seumas MacKay will return after last night’s silver success for the men’s 800m heat, which will also get going at 6pm.

Seumas secures Shetland’s first silver in Guernsey

Bronze-winning Katie Dinwoodie will be back for the women’s 200m final around 8.25pm.

There’s a possibility for more medals in the pool later as well, with Jasmin Smith competing in the 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle heats soon, alongside sisters Anne and Emmie Hutchison, who narrowly missed out on a medal yesterday.

Finals for all swimming events will begin at 6pm tonight.

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