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Artemis Macaulay Cup – first round

Col Glen v
Oban Camanachd W/O

Oban Camanachd were the first team into the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter finals when it was confirmed on Friday afternoon South 1 side Col Glen were unable to raise a team for their match at Glendaruel.

Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss will hope the unexpected break will allow several of his players to recover from niggling injuries and join Gary McKerracher, now free of suspension, in returning for the league match against Caberfeidh at Mossfield this Saturday.

Kilmallie 1 Newtonmore 5

Newtonmore are through to the next round after beating Kilmallie 5-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Canal Parks.

Kilmallie won when the sides met in the league at the start of the season, but Glen MacKintosh on 15 minutes and Michael Russell three minutes later made a repeat result seem unlikely.

Iain Robinson made it 3-0 on 23 minutes and a second from Glen MacKintosh on 32 minutes made it 4-0 at the break.

Kilmallie’s Calum MacDougall pulled a goal back on 54 minutes but when referee Des McNulty awarded a penalty to the visitors on 58 minutes, Conor Jones stepped up to score from the spot.

Kilmallie’s Innes Blackhall tackles Newtonmore’s Steven MacDonald. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

Bute 3 Oban Celtic 1

Bute edged out a spirited Oban Celtic side 3-1 at the Meadows.
Bute took the lead on 15 minutes when a long ball down the middle was collected by Iain McDonald whose low, 20 yard-shot beat the keeper to his right.

The Oban side went back on the attack, with Neil Carmichael beating his man and winning the ball. But as he went through on goal, he was taken down by Scott Harvey just outside the ‘D’.

Craig Fisher gave Bute a 2-0 interval lead when he finished well with five first half minutes remaining.

Oban Celtic pulled a goal back 10 minutes into the second half after John Douglas battled to win the ball deep on the left. Douglas took a touch before finding Neil Carmichael who beat his man and slipped the ball past keeper Kevin Queen to make it 2-1.

Carmichael took a nice touch to beat his man again and was brought down at the edge of the ‘D’ for a second time by Scott Harvey who this time was shown a yellow card by referee Robert Baxter.

Jamie Anderson sent the ball over from the resultant free-hit.
Full centre John MacCallum and attacker Iain McDonald were good for Bute and the clinching goal came 10 minutes from time when Willie Boag’s 20-yard shot on the angle from the left was misjudged by keeper Iain MacFarlane and the ball sneaked into the net.

After the match, Oban Celtic assistant manager Les Kinvig said: ‘We’re obviously disappointed to lose the game but, considering the players we were missing, we’re reasonably happy with the performance. Just having a couple of the missing players available would have made such a difference. We had chances at 2-1 but their third goal killed us. We weren’t outplayed or outclassed. Michael MacKinnon was playing with an injury and Neil Carmichael is managing a groin problem but 14-year-old John Douglas played the full 90 minutes and 16-year-old Charlie Campbell Roberts was involved after getting a Saturday morning call-up.

‘We will have Ross MacMillan back for Strathglass in the Camanachd Cup this week and Ally McKerracher should return too, so that will help us.’

Action from the Bute v Oban Celtic Macaulay Cup tie. Photograph: mtphotography

Kinlochshiel 2 Lovat 3

Artemis Macaulay Cup holders Kinlochshiel are out of this year’s competition after losing 3-2 against Lovat at Kirkton.

Lovat went ahead on six minutes. A good Lorne MacKay ball forward was fed to Greg Matheson on the left and he shot into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Kinlochshiel drew level four minutes later. Keith MacRae was too fast for the Lovat defence as he made a powerful run down the right and his fierce shot on the run flew across the keeper, going in off his right post.

Kinlochshiel went in front a couple of minutes into the second half when Keith MacRae leathered the ball home after Stuart MacDonald had denied John MacRae.

The lead only lasted six minutes. Fraser Heath and Marc MacLachlan combined to prevent the Kinlochshiel defence clearing their lines and when the ball broke to Greg Matheson, who ran in at pace, his low shot flew past the keeper before he could react to make it 2-2.

Marc MacLachlan notched what proved to be the winning goal with eight minutes remaining. MacLachlan got by Paul MacRae before running into the ‘D’ and, with little back-lift, his powerful shot gave the keeper no chance.

Lovat will be concerned at an arm injury suffered by Greg Matheson.
Kinlochshiel’s Conor Cormack was influential at buckshee back and Lovat found it difficult to get by him, whilst Keith MacRae is close to being back to his best.

Lovat’s Lorne MacKay played a key role in the win and his stick work was very good throughout.

This was a physical game at times but it was well-refereed by Deek Cameron who kept his cards in his pocket during the 90 minutes.

The win sets up a great tie in next month’s quarter finals as Lovat meet Newtonmore at Balgate.

Lovat number 12 Marc MacLachlan finds space to fire home the winning the goal against Kinlochshiel. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Lochaber 1 Kingussie 5

It is not so long ago that Kingussie were ruing a cup record that saw them exit several major tournaments at the first round. It has been different this year though and Kingussie ran out 5-1 winners against Lochaber at Spean Bridge.

Kingussie led 2-0 at the break with Ruaridh Anderson finding the net on 28 and 42 minutes with two good finishes.

Lochaber’s Martin Johnstone pulled a goal back on 65 minutes but two goals in two minutes from Ryan MacWilliam on 74 minutes and Liam Borthwick a minute later had the visitors 4-1 ahead.

Liam Borthwick got his second a couple of minutes from time to round off the 5-1 win.

Inveraray 0 Kyles Athletic 3

Kyles Athletic were 3-0 derby winners against Inveraray in their 4pm throw-up at the Winterton.

A big crowd gathered for this game and Thomas Whyte’s strike on 13 minutes was the only goal of the first half.

Inveraray had their share of pressure during the first 45 minutes, but Roddy Macdonald was mopping up everything they had to offer in the Kyles defence.

Colin MacDonald made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half.
Kyles Athletic wing centre Paul MacArthur was sent off by referee Ross Brown for a reckless swing but the hosts didn’t take advantage of the extra man and George Thomson added a third goal on 74 minutes, finishing off a counter attack.

Kyles Athletic are now off to Mossfield to play Oban Camanachd in the last eight of the tournament.

Caberfeidh 4
Skye Camanachd 2

Premiership side Caberfeidh beat National Division Skye Camanachd 4-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Castle Leod.

Skye goalie Ryan Morrison didn’t have much to do during the first 20 minutes but he was beaten on 21 minutes when, against the run of play, wing centre Ryan MacKay received the ball 20 yards out and, with a number of bodies in front of him, he scored high into the goal to make it 1-0.

Skye were punished for missed opportunities when Ryan MacKay’s beautiful, low drive on 29 minutes beat Ryan Morrison at the far post.

The hosts went further ahead five minutes before half-time when Colin MacLennan produced a smart finish to make it 3-0 at the break.

Craig Morrison added a fourth on 64 minutes to put the game beyond Skye.
The islanders dug in though and continued to attack the home goal, eventually finding the net through Jordan Murchison’s unstoppable shot from outside the box.

However, with just three minutes remaining, they had left themselves too much to do.

Skye’s Stewart Grant got his name on the scoresheet with seconds remaining to make it 4-2.

Caberfeidh have an away tie in the next round of the Macaulay when they head to the Dell to face Kingussie.

Aberdour 0
Glasgow Mid Argyll 3

Glasgow Mid Argyll were 3-0 winners against Aberdour at Silversands.
Calum McLay gave GMA the lead on 30 minutes as he lashed a ball from Iain Luke high into the net past a helpless keeper.

Calum McLay got his second seven minutes later, with Garry Luke this time the supplier. McLay’s shot from the back of the ‘D’ nestled in the top corner of the net.

The excellent Calum McLay completed his hat-trick on 71 minutes. Iain Luke’s initial shot was well-saved but McLay got to the re-bound to make it 3-0.

Glasgow Mid Argyll now travel to play Bute in the quarter finals.

Mowi National Division

Strathglass 1 Beauly 5

Beauly recorded their first win of the season, beating cottages.com MacTavish Cup semi-finalists Strathglass 5-1 at Cannich. Jack MacDonald scored four times and youngster Euan MacCormack got the other, with Michael Stokes countering.

Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup
– first round

Taynuilt W/O v
Aberdeen University

Taynuilt were given a walk-over into the Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup quarter finals when Aberdeen University, with student exams taking their toll on the squad, were unable to raise a team for their match at Taynuilt Sports Field.
Taynuilt will now host Glasgow Mid Argyll in the next round on Saturday May 25.

Sutherland Cup – second round

Skye Camanachd 0
Lochside Rovers 2

Two early goals gave Lochside Rovers a 2-0 win against Skye Camanachd’s second team at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye co-managers David MacInnes and Daniel Morrison included veteran Chris Rose, whilst Ruaraidh MacLeod again lined up in attack following his two goals against Inverness the previous week.

Skye made a bright start but and Chris Rose shot wide of the keeper’s left post in the opening minutes.

Lochside took the lead three minutes though when Daniel Sloss sent a great ball up the left side and as Skye keeper Murphy Henderson tried to clear Lennon Campbell’s low cross, he missed his hit and Lewis Buchanan turned the loose ball into the net from the right of the ‘D’ to make it 1-0.

The visitors doubled their advantage on eight minutes when Michael MacQueen thumped the ball home after keeper Murphy Henderson had saved twice in quick succession.

Lochside always looked the more likely to add to their tally and their defence of Daniel Sloss, Scott Robertson, Jordan Keir and Craig Easton protected keeper Brian MacCallum to the extent that he hardly had a save of note to make during the game.

The Lochside forward line of Kieran Lopez, Lennon Campbell, Lewis Buchanan and Michael MacQueen played some nice one touch shinty but were unable to add to their tally.

Lochside introduced youngster Innes Jackson late in the game and he came on to a big cheer.

Lochside Rovers manager Brian MacCallum was more than pleased with his side’s performance. Speaking immediately after the final whistle, MacCallum conceded the victory was more straightforward than he had expected: ‘It was fairly comfortable and although periods of play were even, our forwards took their chances. Lewis Buchanan is deadly when he gets the opportunity and Michael MacQueen is helping us out and he is a big player for Lochside.

‘It was also a help to have Daniel Sloss involved. He is something special and he’s in the first team at 16 years old for a reason.

‘Craig Easton is another who has come on leaps and bounds. He’s been working hard on his hitting and that showed today. He’s dominating and he’s so quick. He’s the sort of defender you don’t really want to come up against. We are in a hard part of the draw but we’ll take it a game at a time and see where we end up.’

Newtonmore 5
Kinlochshiel 0

Holders Newtonmore seconds were too strong for the Kinlochshiel seconds, winning 5-0 at the Eilan.

Ewan Fraser’s hat-trick and strikes from James Ross and Craig MacLeod made the difference.

Inveraray 0
Glenurquhart 2

The Glenurquhart colts scored twice in the second half to beat the Inveraray colts 2-0 in their 1pm throw-up at the Winterton.

The pitch was in great condition for this tie and Inveraray welcomed Euan McMurdo and Peter McIntyre back into the starting line-up.

Glenurquhart travelled with a strong squad and, with no first team game, the experienced John Barr took a place in the starting 12 as he works his way back from injury.

The first half was a fairly even affair with young Gregor Mather in the Inveraray goal making some fine saves.

Peter MacIntyre thought he’d done enough to score when he lost John Barr only to see his shot cleared off the line, so it remained goal-less at the break.

Glenurquhart made the better start to the second half and their pressure paid off on 55 minutes when David MacLennan drove a low shot through the keeper’s legs.

Inveraray introduced Craig Taylor who immediately made an impact when he found space in the Glenurquhart defence but his shot went inches wide.
Glenurquhart finished the tie off with four minutes remaining as Jed Stoddart bundled the ball over the line to send his side into the next round.
Full centre Allan Cameron continues to be a stand-out for Inveraray, whilst young forward Cameron Bremner was dangerous for Glenurquhart every time he got the ball.

The match was expertly handled by referee Lucy McNulty.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 1
Lovat 7

The Lovat seconds turned in a powerful first half performance to defeat the Glasgow Mid Argyll seconds 7-1 at Yoker.

The Lovat seconds have home advantage against their Beauly or Ballachulish counterparts in the Sutherland Cup quarter finals on Saturday June 1.

Boleskine 4 Kingussie 4
After extra-time. Boleskine won 2-0 on penalties.

The Kingussie reserves went into their tie against Boleskine at Smith Park as favourites and Russell Menzies on 32 minutes and Ryan Borthwick on 35 minutes had them 2-0 ahead.

Alan Knox pulled a goal back a minute later though and it remained 2-1 at the break.

A second from Russell Menzies on 58 minutes made it 3-1.
Boleskine fought back and Sean Fraser on 74 minutes and James Anderson on 85 minutes meant the regulation 90 minutes finished 3-3.

Ryan Borthwick got his second on 96 minutes to put the visitors back in front.

Boleskine fought back again and Scott Knox made it 4-4 in 103 minutes. With no further scoring, referee Steven MacLachlan took the tie to a penalty shoot-out.

And it was lower league side Boleskine who took the honours, winning the shoot-out 2-0 with Scott Knox and Alan Knox converting the penalties that made the difference, coupled with some heroic goalkeeping from Clive Girvan in the home goal.Boleskine now travel to Oban to play Lochside Rovers in the last eight of the tournament.

Caberfeidh 2
Strathglass 1

The Caberfeidh colts came from a goal down to beat the Strathglass colts 2-1 in their noon throw-up at Castle Leod.

Caberfeidh travel to Glenurquhart in the next round.

Strathspey Caman P
Kyles Athletic P

The tie between Strathspey Camanachd and the Kyles Athletic second team at Grantown Grammar School was postponed because of a bereavement.
The tie has been rescheduled for this Saturday. The eventual winners will travel to the Eilan to play holders Newtonmore seconds.

Bullough Cup – first round

English SA 4
Ballachulish 2

The English Shinty Associ-ation (ESA) beat the Ballachulish seconds 4-2 in their noon throw-up at St Andrews.

Alan Clark gave Ballachulish the lead on four minutes, but former Kingussie player Chris Holleysong levelled a couple of minutes before the break and James Livingstone put the ESA ahead on the stroke of half-time.

John MacDonald made it 2-2 on 57 minutes but second goals from Chris Hollysong on 69 minutes and James Livingstone a minute from time gave the ESA a 4-2 victory.

Ballachulish duo John MacDonald and Andrew MacDonald were sent off by referee Euan Pearson.

Mowi North Division 1

Fort William 1
Inverness 2

The Inverness first team came from a goal down to beat the Fort William colts 2-1 at An Aird.

Fort William’s Duncan Stevenson was suspended but David Wright was free of his ban.

The first half ended goal-less but youngster Victor Smith gave the hosts the lead three minutes after the re-start.

Charlie MacDonald scored his fourth goal in two matches to draw Inverness level on 57 minutes, whilst Jack Craig netted what proved to be the winner on 65 minutes.

Inverness finished the match with 11 players as David Campbell was sent off by referee Alex MacVicar.

Mowi North Division 2
Kilmallie 3 Inverness 1

The Kilmallie colts came from a goal down to beat the Inverness colts 3-1 in their noon throw-up at the Canal Parks.

Finlay Calder gave Inverness the lead on four minutes with what was the only goal of the first half.

The second half was just a couple of minutes old when Ben MacKinnon levelled.

Iain MacIntyre on 52 minutes and Bryan MacKay on 61 minutes secured Kilmallie’s victory.

Mowi South Division 2

Glenorchy 3
Oban Celtic 1

Glenorchy maintained their 100 per cent start to the season, beating the Oban Celtic seconds 3-1 in a hard-fought encounter at Mart Park.

Lennan MacKechnie and Murray MacKay were both involved in the build up to Glenorchy’s opening goal on nine minutes, with Kieran McKay thumping Murray MacKay’s pass high into the net.

It was almost two 60 seconds later but Murray MacKay’s effort came back off the crossbar.

Oban Celtic equalised on 25 minutes with a fine individual goal from Daniel MacMillan who ran from the middle of the park before sending a low 25-yard shot past Andrew Smith in the home goal.

Kieran McKay got his second a couple of minutes into the second half with Murray MacKay again the supplier as he took Iain Livingston’s pass before beating his marker and picking out McKay who took a touch before sending a waist-high shot into the net.

Oban Celtic were in the game throughout, but Conor Sartain clinched Glenorchy’s fourth straight league win on 73 minutes when he gathered possession following Duncan McLaughlin’s hit-in and fired low and hard into the net from 20 yards.

Kilmory 5 Aberdour 2

Kilmory earned a hard fought 5-2 win over the Aberdour reserves in their 2pm throw up at MacRae Park.

Alister MacArthur on five minutes and Hal Jones on nine minutes gave the hosts an early cushion.

Roddy MacColl’s goal on the half-hour mark made it 2-1 at the break.
The Aberdour colts drew level 10 minutes after the re-start with Roddy MacColl getting his second.

A second from Alistair MacArthur on 70 minutes, a second from Hal Jones on 74 minutes and an Alex Cunningham strike with just 10 minutes remaining gave Kilmory a 5-2 victory.

WCA round-up

The Women’s Camanachd Association focus returned to top flight league action over the weekend.

Mowi National Division

Skye Camanachd 8
Lochaber 0

The league’s top two, Skye Camanachd and Lochaber, met at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye went into the game top of the table but only ahead of Lochaber and Badenoch on goal difference. And the islanders had played a game more.

Skye took the early initiative against an understrength Lochaber side and Sarah Corrigall and Lorna MacRae grabbed hat-tricks, with Jenna Beaton and Abby MacLean getting the others.

Aberdour 5
Glasgow MA 2

Aberdour defeated Glasgow Mid Argyll 5-2 in a match played at Silversands.

Ardnamurchan P
Strathspey P

The game between Ardnamurchan and Strathspey was postponed because of a bereavement.