Inveraray and Beauly face off in the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemoer Cup Final this Saturday at An Aird, Fort William.

Read the below stats to get warmed up for the big fixture!

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Inveraray are scoring an average of 2.88 goals per game and conceding an average of 1.53 goals per game. Their best scoring game came just last week as they shipped 8 past Strathglass in the MOWI National Division.

Beauly are scoring an average of 4.38 goals per game and conceding an average of 0.93 goals per game. Beauly’s biggest margin of victory came on the opening day of the season when they defeated Aberdour 9-0 at Silversands.

Peak in the middle

The stats show that Inveraray are at their most lethal in the 15 minutes before and after half time with over 50% of their goals coming in the middle third of the game.

Strong opening to the second

When you also add in the defensive statistics it makes it very clear that Inveraray are strongest in the opening 15 minutes of the 2nd half - their combined goal difference for that period this season is +12 compared to just +4 for their second strongest period (30-45). Whether this is down to rejuvinated energy after the break or because Ruaridh Graham's words are still ringing in 'Aray ears it's impossible to say!

Consistently dangerous

There's no real pattern to read into Beauly's attacking stats but they do seem capable of scoring plenty goals through all periods of the match. Their most potent third is 30-60, the same as Inveraray, so we could be in for a real glut of goals in this period on Saturday.

Slow starters?

Beauly concede double the goals in the opening 15 minutes than they do for 4 of the other 5 periods, they will have to be fast out of the blocks on Saturday if they are to overcome a strong Inveraray side...

Watt a player!

Fraser Watt is head and shoulders Inveraray's top scorer this year and has 7 goals in his last 6 matches going into this weekend's final...

Starboy MacCormick leads the way

Scotland U17 Captain Euan MacCormick is the green and white's top scorer this season with 13 goals slightly ahead of veterans MacLean, Forbes & Stewart.

Inveraray Road to the Final

BYE 1st Round

5-1 v Inverness (H)
3-2 v Strathglass (N)

Beauly Road to the Final

1st Round BYE

2-1 v Skye (H)
8-0 v Col Glen (N)
The Gaffer

Inveraray - Ruaraidh Graham

Ruaraidh (pictured alongside son, also Ruaraidh) has an excellent knowledge of the game having played for Inveraray during the glory days. “Teuch” continues to stay fit to help the team out and has made several appearances already this year at the ripe old age of 48. However, with the potential of the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup and MOWI National Title on the horizon his coaching accumen looks like it could rival his playing ability.

The Gaffer(s)

Beauly- Gregor MacCormick & Niall MacLennan

Gregor & Niall have been in charge since 2021, reaching the Balliemore Final in both 2021 and 2022. They brought a lot of Beauly’s young stars through U14 and U17 level and the impact that the younger players have had on the 1st team is clear to see. Under Gregor and Niall’s tutelage the 1st team remain undefeated in the league going into the final.

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Want more?

Interviews with David MacLean (Beauly) and Allan Cameron (Inveraray) will be available on the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Half-Swing Podcast from Wednesday. You can check out Aarron and Cammy ranking the National Division temas from A-F below…