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Newtonmore won the cottages.com MacTavish Cup, Kilmallie reached the Tulloch Homes quarter-finals and Oban Camanachd and Kyles Athletic won through to the Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-finals following the shinty action on Saturday.
cottages.com MacTavish Cup final
Newtonmore lifted the cottages.com MacTavish Cup for the 42nd time after they beat Kinlochshiel 2-1 at The Bught Park, Inverness.
There have been contrasting fortunes over the years in this competition with Newtonmore record winners whilst Kinlochshiel were playing in their first MacTavish final.
Youngsters Cameron Kennedy, Kinlochshiel, and Calum Tuckwood, Newtonmore, were the mascots on the day, having won a shinty skills competition run by sponsors cottages.com in the lead up to the final and they joined club officials Norman MacArthur and Biz Campbell in leading the teams out.
On a wet day in Inverness, Camanachd Association president Keith Loades accompanied Wendy Halliday and Stuart Walkden from the sponsors as they were introduced to players and officials.
After wins against Lochaber and Kilmallie, Newtonmore were going for a third successive success in this tournament. Paul John MacKintosh opted to start Glen MacKintosh on the bench, following his return from a broken rib. Jamie Robinson kept his place in the side following his comeback the previous week after suffering broken fingers. Michael Russell continued in attack, whilst Rory Kennedy picked up Keith MacRae and Norman Campbell was given a marking job on John MacRae. Kinlochshiel captain Paul MacRae had recovered from a hamstring strain to start at full centre. Boss Johnston Gill’s main dilemma was whether to start Ali Nixon or Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae and he choose the former in attack with the latter taking up a place on the bench. Oliver MacRae played at wing centre with Finlay MacRae continuing at full back.
There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up to remember Newtonmore Chieftain David Cheyne who died recently.
Newtonmore made the better start and, from the throw-up, Rory Kennedy won the ball and delivered a long pass down the middle to Iain Robinson who spun past Finlay MacRae and raced goalwards. Robinson was judged by referee Calum Girvan to have been brought down by MacRae just outside the ‘D’ though. Steven MacDonald found Evan Menzies with the resultant free-hit but he shot over under pressure from Mark MacDonald.
Evan Menzies found Iain Robinson and his turn and shot on six minutes was saved with his feet and then cleared by Kinlochshiel keeper Scott Kennedy before Michael Russell could take advantage.
Ian Robinson continued to look lively and showed great awareness as he took down a David MacLean cross from the right before turning and dragging the ball past Conor Cormack, but his shot went well over the top.
The opening 10 minutes were almost all Newtonmore but it took a superb Rory Kennedy challenge to halt Keith MacRae’s progress down the right as Kinlochshiel tried to make their mark on the final.
There was a nervous moment for the Newtonmore support when Norman Campbell stretched to get to a Jordan Fraser ball from the left into the danger area after Ali Nixon had won possession. Campbell’s touch wrong-footed keeper Kenny Ross but the ball dropped just past the keeper’s right post for a corner.
Kinlochshiel were coming more into it and Kenny Ross did well to clear a Keith MacRae free-hit from the left, which was played across goal.
John MacRae steered the ball wide on 18 minutes after Ali Nixon had touched on a huge Conor Cormack shy from the right, from well inside his own half.
Keith MacRae was then crowded out as Newtonmore struggled to clear their lines and his effort went wide.
Newtonmore went back on the attack and Evan Menzies found Steven MacDonald at the back post but, with David Falconer in close attention, his strike went past keeper Kennedy’s right post.
Kenny Ross had to deal with a dangerous Donald Nixon ball from midfield which dropped on the goal and John MacRae couldn’t find the target from the re-bound.
A deflected Iain Robinson effort looped past the keeper’s left post and the final was now flowing from end-to-end. Kinlochshiel broke the deadlock on 31 minutes.
Ali Nixon’s cross from the right was palmed down by Kenny Ross but the keeper couldn’t get the ball away and John MacRae took advantage, pushing the ball across goal where Keith MacRae stretched to turn the ball home at the keeper’s left post.
A wicked back-hand John MacRae shot from the left rose over the top shortly after the re-start.
With five first half minutes remaining, the rain got heavier, making for a slippery surface. Evan Menzies dispossessed Mark MacDonald who slipped on the Newtonmore right and cut the ball inside, past Finlay MacRae, before shooting at Scott Kennedy who cleared for a corner. David MacLean’s corner from the right fell to Menzies but this time Kennedy saved with his feet at the expense of another corner which was cleared.
Evan Menzies looked Newtonmore’s best bet for a goal and it arrived a couple of seconds into first half stoppage time. Norman Campbell started the move, sending a long ball out of defence which Menzies took down on the left before playing it to Steven MacDonald. MacDonald’s initial strike was blocked by Conor Cormack but MacDonald gathered the rebound and found Menzies who had run inside. Menzies shot goalwards from almost 30 yards out and although Finlay MacRae got his caman to the ball, he deflected it past his own keeper to make it 1-1.
There was only time to restart the final before referee Calum Girvan brought the first half to a close and Newtonmore went into the break with their tails up.
The rain continued to fall and Kinlochshiel went out to regain their lead. Jordan Fraser tugged a shot wide after taking a Keith MacRae pass 60 seconds into the second half whilst, at the other end, a Fraser MacKintosh shot was deflected for a corner.
Newtonmore took the lead for the first time on 54 minutes. Craig Ritchie cleared out of defence and Michael Russell played the ball on to Iain Robinson who made light of the tricky conditions underfoot and allowed the ball to bounce before getting away from Finlay MacRae on the Newtonmore right. Robinson sped into the D and tucked the ball low past Scott Kennedy from a tight angle by the keeper’s left post to make it 2-1.
Newtonmore know how to see out games but the question was could they do so with more than half an hour remaining?
Kenny Ross did well to thwart John MacRae who had dispossessed Norman Campbell inside the ‘D’ with the Newtonmore veteran perhaps fortunate not to be penalised for hacking in his bid to recover the situation.
Newtonmore made the game’s first changes just after the hour mark with Fraser MacKintosh and David MacLean replaced by Glen MacKintosh and Neil Stewart, who both joined the attack. Steven MacDonald and Michael Russell dropped back to the wing centre positions.
Rory Kennedy needed treatment to a thigh knock but was able to continue.
The Newtonmore substitutes set out to make their mark with Glen MacKintosh immediately making a nuisance of himself and Neil Stewart slicing an effort wide of the keeper’s right post.
The Newtonmore goal survived a scare on 68 minutes when John MacRae broke away from Norman Campbell down the Kinlochshiel right. Campbell got back to block but the ball fell for Jordan Fraser and Andy MacKintosh did well to deflect his shot away for a corner.
It then took a superb Jamie Robinson challenge as he appeared from nowhere to prevent Keith MacRae getting a clean strike on target.
Kinlochshiel continued to press and Jordan Fraser blazed wide at the second attempt after collecting John MacRae’s ball from the right.
Kenny Ross was calm on 76 minutes as he used his chest to kill a ball into the ‘D’ before tapping the ball out for a corner.
Scott Kennedy made a fine save with his hand when Evan Menzies shot from space at the back post after Neil Stewart’s bouncing ball from the right was missed by Mark MacDonald.
Norman Campbell limped off with nine minutes remaining, with Fraser MacKintosh returning.
Rory Kennedy showed his class as he slid in to win possession, preventing Jordan Fraser mounting another Kinlochshiel attack.
A Newtonmore goal at this stage would probably have seen off Kinlochshiel and Iain Robinson raced down the left and slipped the ball across goal but Glen MacKintosh couldn’t direct his effort on target. A really well-timed Finlay MacRae challenge halted Even Menzies’ progress as Newtonmore launched a dangerous break forward.
Play switched to the other end and Kenny Ross had to be careful as he cleared Keith MacRae’s cross from the left with John MacRae looking to capitalise from any slip-up.
There was a break in play as Michael Russell received treatment after Mark MacDonald’s clearance caught him on the side of the face.
Kinlochshiel made their first change on 87 minutes with Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae replacing skipper Paul MacRae in midfield.
Iain Robinson continued to cause problems and cut in from the right and shot goalwards. Scott Kennedy got the ball away and Glen MacKintosh was penalised for a late charge on the keeper.
Newtonmore’s Craig Ritchie went off on 90 minutes after taking a knock to the knee with Drew MacDonald taking over.
Finlay MacRae had now pushed forward and Steven MacDonald, now in defence, tripped John MacRae as he tried to control a high Conor Cormack ball. Ali Nixon took the free-hit but Steven MacDonald blocked John MacRae’s strike, deflecting the ball for a corner. Oliver MacRae took it but Newtonmore defended well.
Keith MacRae looked to have got away from Rory Kennedy but the Scotland defender recovered well to get a blocking challenge in and MacRae’s shot went wide.
With just over six minutes stoppage time played, referee Calum Girvan sounded the final whistle.
The win notched a third consecutive success for Newtonmore in this North of Scotland knock-out cup competition and gives Paul John MacKintosh’s side the first senior silverware of the 2018 shinty season.
The defeat may be a huge disappointment for Kinlochshiel but the league leaders still have plenty to play for this year with a Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-final tie against Newtonmore at Kirkton to come.
Newtonmore again proved the doubters wrong with Iain Robinson, Rory Kennedy and Evan Menzies the pick of their players.
Kinlochshiel captain Paul MacRae received the Tom MacKenzie man of the match award.
Newtonmore captain Andy MacKintosh received the MacTavish Cup and silver-mounted caman from Wendy Halliday from sponsors cottages.com
Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup second round
Kilmallie won through to the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter finals after beating Inveraray 4-0 in their second round replay at The Canal Parks.
Kilmallie’s Daniel Stewart returned and started on the bench.
Influential defender Steven Stewart was missing, so Martin Stewart went to half back whilst Lewis Birrell faces a spell on the sidelines with an elbow injury.
Inveraray’s Garry MacPherson started a second suspension this term and he will also miss his side’s next three games following his red card against Glasgow Mid Argyll last weekend.
The sides had drawn 0-0 at The Winterton a fortnight earlier and great goal-keeping from Inveraray custodian Scott MacLachlan, including a brilliant stop from a Liam Cameron drive which was heading for the top corner of the net, kept the first 38 minutes of the game scoreless.
Michael Rodger gave Kilmallie a deserved lead on 39 minutes though when he took a pass from Liam Cameron and beat his marker before scoring.
The heavy rain meant the pitch was starting to carry a lot of water but referee Martin MacLean kept the game going and Stephen Mcalister, who started at full centre before going to wing centre, sent a looping ball into the net with around 20 minutes remaining.
Kilmallie took Daniel Stewart, Andrew McAlister and Jordan MacPhee off the bench to freshen things up.
Michael Rodger capitalised on a defensive slip to take the ball around the keeper to make it 3-0.
Innes Blackhall added a fourth, netting following a goalmouth scramble.
Kilmallie will now host Kyles Athletic in the quarter-finals.
Speaking after the game, Kilmallie manager Mark MacPherson said: ‘It was a really good performance and we’re very much looking forward to playing Kyles Athletic in the next round. Our keeper Shane Gillies will miss that game but Kevin Toye will come in and has the experience to handle it. Before that we have the Balliemore Cup semi-final against Beauly, who have been coming onto a game as their win over Fort William showed, and we want to win that one.’
Kilmallie’s season is going well and they are sitting top of the Marine Harvest National Division.
Mark MacPherson added: ‘Liam MacDonald, Liam Cameron and Robbie MacFadyen returning to the squad this season has been a huge boost. It gives me options I never had last year.
‘Our defence has also been key this year. Iain Robertson’s experience at full back is huge and, along with Robbie MacFadyen, who has been our player of the year so far, Steven Stewart and Cam Clark, who has been outstanding for a 15-year-old, we have a strong, settled unit at the back.
‘It gives me a headache in who to select, but I don’t mind that.’
Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter finals
Oban Celtic 0
Kyles Athletic 8
Kyles Athletic won through to the Artemis Macaulay Cup semi finals, overcoming Oban Celtic 8-0 in their noon throw-up at Ganavan.
Andy MacDonald and Ross MacMillan returned for Oban Celtic although MacMillan’s eye injury meant he didn’t finish the match. Craig MacMillan was still banned, whilst David Hill and Fulton Ronald were also missing as was holidaying keeper Iain MacFarlane who was a big loss.
Lewis McPhee was free to play but both he and Fulton Ronald will both miss this Saturday’s league match at Inverness as their bookings in Celtic’s last outing against Kilmallie triggers a suspension.
Roddy MacDonald recovered from a knock to start for Kyles but Callum Miller remained sidelined.
Oban Celtic started well and were very much in the game until Roddy MacDonald’s opener on 16 minutes.
Grant Irvine added a second a couple of minutes later before making it 3-0 on 36 minutes. Oban Celtic had the chance to pull a goal back when referee Graham Cameron awarded them a penalty just before half time. However, the normally reliable Ross MacMillan sent the spot-hit over the bar.
Ross MacRae on 55 minutes and Thomas Whyte a couple of minutes later made it 5-0.
Kyles turned the screw late in the game with Scott MacDonald on 76 minutes, Robbie MacLeod on 79 minutes and a second from Thomas Whyte a couple of minutes later making the final score 8-0.
This final scoreline was harsh on Oban Celtic although they did contribute to their own downfall by conceding some soft goals.
Oban Camanachd W/O
Oban Camanachd were given a walk-over into the semi-finals when Ballachulish, who play two divisions below, were unable to raise a team for their tie at Mossfield.
The Oban side were 9-0 winners when the sides met in the Artemis Macaulay Cup eight weeks earlier.
Oban Camanachd now play Kyles Athletic in a mouth-watering semi-final tie.
Marine Harvest Premiership
Lovat missed the chance to close the gap at the top of the Marine Harvest Premiership when they lost 4-3 against Lochaber in their 12.30pm throw-up at Balgate.
Both teams were weakened due to injuries.
Lovat’s Drew Howie failed to recover from a twisted knee suffered against Newtonmore the previous week so Daniel Grieve went to full back. With Martin Mainland out and Mark Kelly and Scott MacKenzie longer term absentees, Chris Johnston and Danny Kelly started in defence.
Lorne MacKay was deployed at centre so Graeme MacMillan came into attack. Thomas Fraser was also missing so Bailey MacKay and manager Fraser Gallacher were Lovat’s only substitutes.
Brennan MacDonald remained in interim charge at Lochaber following Neil MacDonald’s departure a fortnight earlier and although he was carrying an injury, he was stripped as Lochaber’s only substitute. Lochaber travelled without Brian MacDonald, Duncan MacKinnon, Kevin Ferguson, Stuart Matheson and John MacKenzie. Keeper Alistair MacDonald was also missing so Sandy Corrigan took over between the sticks after a year in New Zealand.
The first half was a flat affair with both teams not reaching the levels they are capable of. The morning rain made it slippery underfoot which didn’t help.
Lovat took the lead on seven minutes with a scrappy goal. The Lochaber defence allowed a falling Marc MacLachlan to scramble the ball home from just outside the ‘D’.
Lovat created a number of early chances and they would later pay for not taking them.
Lochaber almost levelled on 33 minutes when Danny Delaney got past his marker but his shot from 15 yards went into the side-netting.
From the goal-hit, Graeme MacMillan gathered possession on the Lovat right and found Greg Matheson who bulleted the ball from 20 yards out. But his shot went just by the keeper’s left-hand post.
Lochaber’s Shaun Nicolson came close on 41 minutes when he peeled away from Callum Cruden but his strike went just the wrong side of Stuart MacDonald’s right post.
This pattern of play continued into the second half and there was little sign of the goal-glut that was to come.
Lochaber extended their lead with a disputed goal on 59 minutes. Greg Matheson found space on the Lovat left and rocketed the ball past a helpless Sandy Corrigan to make it 2-0. Lochaber claimed Duncan Davidson was offside, which was supported by the goal judge. But referee John Angus Gillies ruled Davidson had left the ‘D’ in time and the goal stood.
Lochaber pulled a goal back straight from the re-start. Danny Delaney blocked a clearance out of the Lovat defence. The ball landed for Shaun Nicolson on the left and he steered the ball into the net from 20 yards.
The game had now come alive and Danny Kelly paid tribute to football’s World Cup, executing a slide tackle on Lochaber’s Pat Toal and earning a yellow card in the process.
Lochaber scored the goal of the match on 74 minutes. A shy from the right fell to Conor Sweeney who turned his marker before slotting an inch-perfect pass to Pat Toal on the left who beat keeper Stuart MacDonald to make it 2-2.
Lochaber took the lead for the first time in the match on 82 minutes when the ball took a wicked bounce past Chris Johnston. Conor Sweeney took advantage, scoring from 15 yards out on the right to make it 3-2.
If Lochaber thought that was a winning goal, they were mistaken as Lovat were level a minute later. Following the re-start, a long ball forward from midfield was played to Greg Matheson who fought through a couple of challenges to go one-on-one with the keeper and the Scotland forward played the ball low into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box to make it 3-3.
The game took another twist from the throw-up as Conor Sweeney picked the ball up on the Lochaber right and found Shaun Nicolson in space. With Chris Johnston racing back to close the Lochaber man down, Nicolson held off the challenge and blasted the ball past the keeper for what would be the winning goal.
There was still time for Lovat to make a late appeal for a penalty, citing a ‘kick’ inside the Lochaber ‘D’ but referee Gillies waved away their claims.
The two points take Lochaber four points clear of the relegation zone.
Barry MacDonald turned in a man of the match performance in the visiting defence. Stuart Callison played well on the left wing, whilst Shaun Nicolson looked back to the player who won international honours a couple of seasons ago.
Lovat were slack in defence where they badly missed Drew Howie’s organisational skills. Craig Mainland did well in the Lovat midfield whilst Graeme MacMillan acquitted himself well in his first senior start for some time.
Marine Harvest National Division
Glasgow Mid Argyll 1
Strathglass moved off the bottom of the table after beating Glasgow Mid Argyll 2-1 in their 1pm throw-up at Cannich.
Strathglass had a number of players back after being without several regulars in recent weeks. Josh Fraser was free of suspension and their only absentees were George Phimister, Ally McAdams and Penri Jones.
GMA travelled north along usual lines. Strathglass had the better of the first half, creating numerous opportunities. GMA goalie Robert Dunnings was in top form though and made some crucial saves including a diving stop from a Scott Douglas penalty 10 minutes from the break.
The hosts took the lead on 38 minutes when a Scott Douglas piledriver rattled off the post and Steven Hyslop netted the rebound.
GMA’s equaliser came on 65 minutes. It was a good finish from Jamie MacFadyen who broke free to slip the ball past Adam Todd from inside the ‘D’.
The winning goal came three minutes later when Strathglass full centre and skipper Michael Stokes fired a 40-yard drive high in to GMA net.
GMA pushed hard in the second half and put Strathglass under a fair amount of pressure, however, full back Donald Fraser superbly marshalled the Strathglass defence whilst Adam Todd put in an excellent performance between the sticks.
Glasgow Mid Argyll 1
Lochside Rovers 4
Lochside Rovers are through to the Bullough Cup semi-finals after they defeated the Glasgow Mid Argyll second team 4-1 at Yoker.
Stephen Sloss came out of retirement to help Lochside and started at full back. With no Oban Camanachd game, Daniel Sloss played at full centre.
Alan Brunton in the GMA goal made a fine save with his stick, low to his right, to turn a Lennon Campbell effort away for a corner on six minutes.
GMA took the lead on 12 minutes when former Oban Celtic player Mark Bain netted. A free-hit on the GMA right was sent high into the goal area.
Stephen Sloss got the ball away but only as far as Bain who scored with a good, low finish.
Lochside equalised from the penalty spot on 21 minutes when GMA keeper Alan Brunton was penalised by referee David Mitchell for a ‘kick’ as he stretched his foot out to make a save. Lewis Buchanan finished well from the spot.
The Oban side took the lead on 28 minutes following good interplay between Ross Campbell, Lennon Campbell and Lewis Buchanan. Ross Campbell’s shot was saved by keeper Brunton but Lennon Campbell turned the re-bound home. Brian MacCallum in the Lochside goal was tested on 40 minutes, saving a shot from distance so it remained 2-1 at the break.
Lochside took charge when Ewen MacCorquodale cleared from defence and Lennon Campbell took the ball down and spun away from his marker before striking the ball low across the keeper to make it 3-1 with 56 minutes gone.
GMA came within a whisker of pulling a goal back a minute later when Lawrence Belleni’s looping effort hit the Lochside bar.
Lochside sealed the win on 70 minutes. A terrific through-ball from Lennon Campbell sent Lewis Buchanan one-on-one with the keeper and the Oban youngster rounded the goalie before finding the net from a tight angle.
Lochside took keeper Brian MacCallum off to give 15-year-old Dougie MacDonald valuable game time between the sticks and he made some good saves late in the game.
Lochside’s Ewen MacCorquodale turned in a man of the match performance in defence whilst Lennon Campbell and Keith Burnett, playing his first full game after injury, also caught the eye.
Glenorchy beat the Bute seconds 1-0 in their noon throw-up at The Meadows.
The game’s decisive moment came on 20 minutes when Iain Livingstone scored what proved to be the winner.
English Shinty Association 0
Strachur were too strong for the English Shinty Association, winning 21-0 in their quarter-final tie at Strachurmore.
Angus Campbell scored five times, whilst Iain Wilson found the back of the net four times. Steven Thomson grabbed a hat-trick, whilst braces from Iain MacLennan, Scott Ferguson, Ally Mirrlees and Allan Paterson as well as a Sam Bulloch strike completed the scoring.
South Division 1
With neither the Kyles Athletic reserves nor Aberdour in league action, Bute took advantage by beating Taynuilt 7-1 in their 3pm throw-up at The Meadows.
The fast pitch suited Bute’s passing game whilst Taynuilt’s Gerry Kilmurray was free of suspension. Zander Kilmurray gave Taynuilt an early lead but the islanders led 4-1 at the break before scoring three more times in the second half.
Robert Walker and Ian McDonald both grabbed hat-tricks with William Boag getting the other.
The win means Bute climb a point ahead of Aberdour into second.
Col Glen 0
Kilmory edged out Col Glen at MacRae Park.
Kilmory’s Duncan MacBrayne served a one-match suspension for passing through the disciplinary points threshold. The hosts were more along usual lines for the first time in a long time after absences had contributed to a four-match losing run.
Steven Gilmour for Kilmory had a first half effort chopped off for offside by referee Graham Fisher.
Kilmory’s top scorer Alister MacArthur made the difference, scoring the only goal of the game on 51 minutes. Kilmory had started the second half well and when the ball was played in to Hal Jones at half forward, he passed it to Alister MacArthur who took a quick touch and then buried the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
North Division 2
League leaders Caberfeidh colts fought back from a goal down to beat the Lochaber colts 3-1 in their 1pm throw-up at Castle Leod.
Caberfeidh were looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s draw with Lewis. They enjoyed much of the early pressure, but fell a goal behind on 22 minutes when Lochaber’s Ben Delaney lost his marker to score.
Caberfeidh brought on Jamie Matheson, who has been troubled with a hamstring injury for most of the season. The switch paid immediate dividends when Matheson controlled a long pass forward and blasted the ball home from the edge of the ‘D’ to make it 1-1 at the break.
Colin MacLennan’s introduction on 55 minutes added even more potency to the home attack. And it was MacLennan who put Caberfeidh ahead for the first time, rifling the ball high into the net from 30 yards out.
Caberfeidh, with youngster Russell MacKenzie excellent in defence, pushed on to take control of the game but the outcome was in the balance until Stewart Krzyzanowski scored to make it 3-1. Caberfeidh stay ahead of Lochcarron on goal difference with a game in hand.
Lewis Camanachd 2
Lewis Camanachd’s four-game unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 5-2 to second-placed Lochcarron at Shawbost.
David Bauermeister put Lochcarron ahead but Paul Duke levelled. Lochcarron went on to take charge with Peter MacKenzie scoring twice and Sean MacCuish and Liam Arnot getting the others.
Ally Lamont pulled Lewis back to 4-2 but Lochcarron took the points to stay second in the division.
Strathspey Camanachd 1
The Lovat seconds came from a goal down to beat Strathspey Camanachd 7-1 in their 1pm throw-up at Grantown Grammar School.
Donald Colville gave Strathspey the lead on 22 minutes but Raymond Rennie levelled three minutes later.
Martin Bell hit a quick-fire double on 29 and 31 minutes to leave Lovat leading 3-1 at the break.
Raymond Rennie got his second on the hour and Ryan Ferguson made it 5-1 five minutes later.
Raymond Rennie completed his hat-trick on 68 minutes and Martin Bell did likewise on 74 minutes to complete the 7-1 win for third-placed Lovat.
A strong Beauly reserve team stay in sixth place after beating the Kilmallie reserves 7-1 in their 1pm throw-up at Braeview Park.
Duncan Anderson struck on 23 and 34 minutes to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break.
Ross Forbes added a third a minute after the re-start and Conor Ross on the hour and a second from Ross Forbes on 66 minutes made it 5-0.
Kilmallie’s Andrew Gibb pulled a goal back on 81 minutes but a second from Conor Ross on 88 minutes and a Daniel Lamont strike a minute from time made the final score 7-1.
Boleskine and the Strathglass seconds drew 2-2 in their 1pm throw-up at Smith Park.
Neil Hope and James Anderson scored for the hosts but a rare George Phimister goal and a first goal at this level from Rory MacInnes gave Strathglass a share of the points.
North of Scotland MacTavish Juvenile Cup final
Kingussie U17 1
Fort William U17 2
Fort William lifted the MacTavish Juvenile Cup, coming from behind to beat Kingussie 2-1 in their 1pm throw-up at The Bught Park.
Michael Slimon gave Kingussie the lead on 20 minutes but Lewis Clark levelled a couple of minutes later.
Victor Smith scored the winning goal on 43 minutes and Fort William captain Lewis Clark lifted the trophy.
Fort William’s Lachie Shaw won the Sandy MacKay medal for man of the match.