ABERDOUR village was up for the cup as the shinty club attracted their largest ever crowd for their first Camanachd Cup tie.

Nearly 150 supporters turned up to cheer on the team as they hosted Strathglass in the first preliminary round.

And the fairytale day got off to a great start when the second team defeated Ballachulish 1-0 in their South Division 2 match.

And despite the first team going down 5-0 to Strathglass in the main attraction, club coach and founder Lisa Norman was delighted just to be involved in the prestigious cup competition.

She said, "It was the biggest game the club's been involved in.

"It would have been great to have won it but even to have entered it was a fantastic occasion.

"I think the guys are quite realistic and know this year is a transitional one for us.

"Strathglass were a Premier League team a year ago so they know how to play shinty and a lot of their boys have a lot of experience." Aberdour suffered a bad start to either half as Strathglass racked up the goals that would eventually bring them victory.

However, for the remainder of the match Aberdour more than matched their opponents and only a lack of composure in front of goal prevented them getting on the scoresheet.

Norman continued, "We lost an early goal in the fourth minute and it rocked us a wee bit but to be fair the last 20 minutes of either half was really competitive shinty. Our guys need to learn from this and it's still inexperience.

"As the game goes on we settle in and adapt and you can see they're learning from the start of the game.

"We maybe lack a bit of composure and you can't teach that. We had it scoring lots of goals last year in South 2 but when you step up you're playing at a much faster pace.

"We created a lot of chances. It's just confidence and having the composure to finish.

"When the ball gets up into the forward line it's all a bit rushed but it will come with time." Aberdour travel to Kyles Athletic this Saturday.