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London wins historic shinty game
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London Shinty reformed last year after a break of 10 years
London Shinty club won the first competitive game of the traditional Scottish sport to be held in the city for 80 years.

London Shinty got the go-ahead from the sport's governing body, the Camanachd Association, to play a Bullough Cup match in London.

The capital side beat The Highlanders 1-0 at Tir Connail hurling pitches, Greenford, London, on Saturday.

However, they are out of the cup because they lost the first leg 8-0.

London Camanachd reformed last year after an absence of 10 years. The club was originally formed 100 years ago.

Staircase business

Until Saturday, London Shinty's home games were played in Musselburgh.

The team had to have the posts specially made by the father-in-law of one of the players, who runs a joinery business.

The London game was won by a Joe Henderson goal shot from 20 yards out.

Shinty is the traditional sport of the north and west of Scotland, played with sticks known as caman between teams of 12. The rules of the ancient game were formalised in the late 19th Century.

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