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Oban Camanachd 4 Caberfeidh 3
Oban Camanachd notched up their second league win of the season, eventually seeing off Caberfeidh 4-3 at Mossfield.
This was a game of two halves with the hosts dominating the first 45 minutes.
Daniel Cameron broke the deadlock on 26 minutes. Keith MacMillan launched a hit-in from the hill-side and Daniel Cameron faked to shoot with his right side before turning to his left to score at the Golf course end.
Oban Camanachd added a second on 37 minutes. Andrew MacCuish played the ball from wide to Daniel MacCuish who ran on before whipping the ball home.
Daniel MacCuish got his second and Oban Camanachd’s third with a fine individual effort a couple of minutes before the break. MacCuish went on a mazy run from midfield before slotting the ball past the advancing keeper and the hosts looked good for both points.
Caberfeidh brought Kevin Bartlett back to full centre from the start of the second half which gave them more impetuous and they scored two quick goals to get back into the contest as Robbie Brindle on 48 minutes and Jamie MacKintosh on 51 minutes made it 3-2.
Oban Camanachd needed a response and Andrew MacCuish scored what was to prove to be the game’s decisive goal on 53 minutes. MacCuish’s knee-high shot from the right beat the keeper on his left side.
Caberfeidh were not for conceding the match though and, on 63 minutes, Kenneth MacKenzie rocketed a powerful shot through an attempted blocking challenge to make it 4-3.
Oban Camanachd gave a debut to Blair MacFarlane with around 15 minutes remaining. He came on in place of Scott MacMillan, taking up the half forward position with Daniel MacCuish moving onto the wing.
A tense closing period followed but Oban Camanachd claimed the win.
Oban Camanachd remain in sixth place in the league whilst Caberfeidh remain in the relegation zone, although they do have games in hand on the teams above them.
After the match, Oban Camanachd assistant manager Kenny Wotherspoon said: ‘It is frustrating how we can be so comfortable in the first half yet make it so nervy for ourselves after the break. It was a case of getting over the finishing line in the end and it shouldn’t have been that way. It was a win but we made hard work of it in the second half.
‘We are looking forward to Inveraray in the Celtic Society semi final this Saturday. Oban Camanachd are the holders and we were pleased to win the toss of the coin so the match will be at Mossfield.’
Kyles Athletic 3
Kyles Athletic maintained their unbeaten run in shinty’s top flight after twice coming from behind to beat previous league leaders Lovat 3-2 at Balgate.
There was an intense opening to the match and although Kyles were up for the game, it was first blood to Lovat. Thomas Fraser’s sweet strike on 10 minutes cracked back off the crossbar and Greg Matheson was quickly in to turn home the rebound. Kyles drew level four minutes before the break. A high ball from Robbie MacLeod went over the Lovat defence and Grant Irvine ran forward and stretched high to take the ball down with his stick before scoring.
Lovat regained the lead on 66 minutes. Duncan Davidson’s hit-in from the right dropped into the danger area. John Whyte came off his line but missed the ball leaving Lewis Tawse to tap home on the angle from a yard out.
The Tighnabruaich men levelled for a second time on 69 minutes. Lovat keeper Stuart MacDonald came off his line to meet a Thomas Whyte shot, but the ball deflected off a caman and into the net to make it 2-2.
The winning goal came with eight minutes remaining when a ball from the corner wasn’t cleared by the Lovat defence and Robbie MacLeod scored.
Kingussie took advantage of Lovat’s defeat when they beat Kilmallie 4-1 at the Dell to return to the top of the table.
Kingussie took the lead when Savio Genini played in a ball from out wide and James Falconer ran to the front post where he stopped the ball with his feet and turned onto his back-hand before lashing the ball into the top corner of the net.
Kilmallie came back into it though and Innes Blackhall scored to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Kingussie’s forward play clicked in the second half and Roddy Young put them back in front. Savio Genini’s effort was going wide before Young prevented the ball going out and turned his man before driving the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Ruaridh Anderson made it 3-1. The ball was taken down the right side by Ryan MacWilliam who dribbled before squaring to James Falconer who got in front of his marker. Falconer took a heavy touch and Ruaridh Anderson’s marker ran towards the ball and collided with Falconer. The ball broke to Anderson near the penalty spot where he hit it on his back-hand into the roof of the net.
Savio Genini put the result beyond doubt when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the box and his fore-hand on the turn went into the top left corner of the net to make it 4-1.
Kinlochshiel turned in a devastating first half performance to beat Lochaber 8-2 at Kirkton.
Kinlochshiel started the match playing up the slope and went in front within 30 seconds of the throw up. Donald Nixon won the centre and John MacRae found Duncan Matheson on the right and his lofted pass picked out Ali Nixon at the back post. Nixon chested the ball down then slipped it past keeper Callum MacDonald from close range.
Kinlochshiel’s John MacRae looks to have put his hamstring problems behind him and he made it 2-0 on 15 minutes. Iain Fyfe was penalised for heading the ball on the right outside the ‘D’. Duncan Matheson played the free-hit inside and John MacRae ran after it, tucking a shot inside the post, low past the keeper’s out-stretched right foot. Stuart Callison gave Lochaber hope when he pulled a goal back on 19 minutes. Ben Delaney picked out Callison in space on the Lochaber right and he drove the ball high over the keeper to make it 2-1.
The hosts went back on the attack and Conor Cormack’s long ball into the heart of the Lochaber defence on 21 minutes was knocked down by John MacRae to Duncan Matheson who was 22 yards out, left of centre. Matheson shot through a cluster of players, beating the keeper on his right side.
Keith MacRae added a fourth on 24 minutes. Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae’s lofted ball forward from a central position spun to the right and Keith MacRae produced a spectacular finish as he took the ball on the volley, hammering a shot across the keeper with the ball going in off both the far post and then the near post.
John MacRae got his second with a shot out of nothing on 35 minutes with his strike from the right going across the keeper and in off the post.
John MacRae completed his hat-trick after great one-touch shinty a minute later. John MacRae took Ali Nixon’s pass and exchanged passes with Keith MacRae, cutting open the visiting defence, and MacRae controlled the ball on the forehand before flicking home with his back-hand to make it 6-1.
John MacRae got his fourth with the last hit of the first half. Donald Nixon’s ball forward deflected to Keith MacRae who found John MacRae in space with a reverse pass and, from the edge of the ‘D’, he blasted an unsaveable shot over the keeper’s left shoulder to make it 7-1 at half-time. Lochaber pulled a goal back on 57 minutes. Colin MacDiarmid was penalised for a challenge on Ben Delaney. Delaney’s free-hit was knocked down but not cleared by the home defence and Findlay MacDonald scored to make it 7-2.
Despite claims for offside, the referee awarded the goal after consulting the goal judge.
Kinlochshiel had the final say as Keith MacRae thumped a 79th minute shot from the right high into the net. Donald Nixon collected a clearance out of the Lochaber defence and surged forward, beating two players before finding John MacRae who pushed the ball on to Keith MacRae who finished well.
Newtonmore extended their winning run to six matches but they had to work hard to beat bottom side Inveraray 2-1 at the Winterton.
Michael Russell gave Newtonmore the lead on six minutes after a well-hit shot on the run saw the ball flying straight into the top corner of the net from 25 yards. Garry MacPherson equalised four minutes before the break as he finished off a well-worked move, sending the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
The goal jarred Newtonmore and, with a minute of the first half remaining, skipper Evan Menzies put them back in front. Menzies was facing away from Lewis Montgomery but he turned and hit the ball on the back-hand into the roof of the net.
Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – first round
Oban Celtic 6
Oban Celtic take their place in the Tulloch Homes second round draw after beating Strathglass 6-3 in their 3pm throw-up at Cannich.
The Oban side made a good start to the game, putting the hosts on the back-foot from the throw-up and they took the lead on 10 minutes. Craig MacMillan played a corner to Ross MacMillan who juggled the ball by his marker before squaring to Ally McKerracher who slammed the ball home.
Referee Deek Cameron awarded Strathglass a disputed penalty on 18 minutes as Scott Douglas and Peter Currie tangled and Douglas converted to level the match.
It took Oban Celtic time to settle from the loss of that goal but they went back in front on 35 minutes. A long ball forward was taken by Ally McKerracher who found Ross MacMillan and he darted between a couple of players before playing a return pass to McKerracher who slotted the ball home for his second.
Oban Celtic went ahead for a third time on 45 minutes. Ross MacMillan beat his man and pushed forward before playing a great, square pass to Andy MacDonald who had darted forward to the back post and MacDonald finished to make it 3-1 at half-time.
Strathglass showed they weren’t out of it as they pulled a goal back four minutes into the second half. Scott Douglas gathered a ball forward and got a yard on his marker before sending a shot high into the net to make it 3-2.
Oban Celtic’s response was instant though as Ally McKerracher completed his hat-trick a minute later. George MacMillan played a great ball up the line to Andy MacDonald who knocked the ball across first time to McKerracher who took the chance to make it 4-2.
With Michael MacKinnon looking back to his old self in defence, Ross MacMillan went on to score twice to seal Oban Celtic’s place in the next round.
First, on 53 minutes, Craig MacMillan won the ball on the wing and he went on a 20-yard run before picking out Ally McKerracher who turned his man before spotting Ross MacMillan who beat the keeper.
Then, on 62 minutes, Andy MacDonald won the ball in midfield and found Ally McKerracher who again beat his marker and as Ross MacMillan’s marker came forward to try and clear the danger, McKerracher found an unmarked MacMillan who turned the ball home.
Oban Celtic withdrew Neil Carmichael, who had been nursing a groin injury, for Scott Turnbull.
John Douglas and Innes MacDonald, both aged 14, also came on and young MacDonald went close to scoring. Andy MacDonald was another of the players withdrawn after suffering a cut eye.
Steven Hyslop pulled a goal back to make it 6-3 on 82 minutes but Oban Celtic progress and they will look to use the win as a springboard ahead of Beauly’s league visit to Oban this Saturday.
Oban Celtic assistant manager Les Kinvig, who took the team in Dougie MacIntyre’s absence, was pleased with the win: ‘I never felt we were in danger of losing the game,’ he said.
‘We were always comfortable and although Scott Douglas is a good player, he was well-marshalled by Peter Currie who is getting stronger and sharper each game he plays.’
Fort William 5
Fort William scored three times in the last 15 minutes to beat Ballachulish 5-1 at Jubilee Park.
Arran MacPhee got Fort William off to a great start with his goal following a couple of nice passes from Jack Fraser before MacPhee ran onto the ball, hitting it low into the corner of the net.
Lorne Brown drew Ballachulish level on 33 minutes but Fort William regained the lead a couple of minutes before the break following a mazy dribble and fine finish from Calum Shepherd.
The visitors added a third 15 minutes from time. A powerful shot from Lachie Shaw was going wide before Arran MacPhee stopped the ball and fired it home from the edge of the box.
There was still time for the An Aird side to score twice more. On 85 minutes, Victor Smith played a quick, clever free-hit which put Calum Shepherd one-on-one with the keeper and he finished well with the ball going in off the inside of the post.
Fort William’s fifth goal came a minute from time with a brilliant bit of individual skill from Lachie Shaw which saw him round the last defender before slotting the ball past the keeper from inside the box.
Glasgow Mid Argyll 2
Craig Anderson’s last minute penalty earned Glasgow Mid Argyll a replay against Bute as the sides drew 2-2 in their 3pm throw-up at the Meadows.
Beauly reached the second round with a 3-1 win over Inverness at Braeview Park.
Skye Camanachd w/o
Skye Camanachd were given a walk-over when Taynuilt were unable to raise a team for their match in Portree.
Sutherland Cup – second round
Strathspey Camanachd 5
Kyles Athletic 4
Strathspey Camanachd recorded one of their best results as they defeated the Kyles Athletic second team 5-4 at Grantown Grammar School.
Mowi North Division 1
Glengarry climb to second in the division after overcoming Kingussie’s second team 5-1 at Craigard.
Raymond Robertson gave Glengarry the lead on 19 minutes and the hosts added two more goals late in the first half with Steven Cameron on 39 minutes and Nick Dalgety on 42 minutes making it 3-0.
Jordan Reid gave Kingussie hope when he pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time.
Glengarry were in no mood to lose their grip on the match though and Nick Dalgety got his second on 49 minutes, whilst Ruthven Goudie Hamilton made it 5-1 on 73 minutes.
Elsewhere in the league, the Caberfeidh colts beat the Newtonmore colts 3-1 at the Eilan.
The Lovat seconds defeated the Fort William seconds 2-1 at An Aird.
Aberdeen University overcame the Kinlochshiel seconds 3-1 at Balgownie.
The Glenurquhart reserves had a 2-1 win over the Skye Camanachd reserves at Blairbeg.
Mowi South Division 1
Lochside Rovers 4
Lochside Rovers beat Inveraray’s second team 4-1 in a re-arranged ficture at Ganavan.
Lochside got off to a great start as Niall MacFarlane gave them the lead on 13 minutes. MacFarlane pulled down a pass from midfield before turning Andrew McMurdo and smashing the ball into the net from 25 yards out.
The ground was fiery and both teams struggled to cope with the bounce of the ball.
Niall MacFarlane was again involved on 27 minutes when he was fouled inside the box and referee Ewan MacDonald pointed to the spot. The penalty was struck well by Michael MacQueen, leaving the keeper no chance, and the Oban side led 2-0 at the break.
Kieran Lopez added a third a couple of minutes into the second half when he latched onto a Callum Kirsop hit-in which landed inside the ‘D’ before slipping the ball into the net from close range.
Lewis Buchanan made it 4-0 on 53 minutes when he followed up a strike from distance and bundled the ball into the net.
Craig Taylor got a consultation goal for Inveraray on the hour mark with a good, low strike from distance which went under keeper Dougie MacDonald’s feet.
The win lifts Lochside to fourth in the division.
Col Glen 0
League leaders Aberdour were 4-0 winners against Col Glen at Glendaruel.
Mowi North Division 2
The Kilmallie seconds inflicted league leaders Lochcarron’s first defeat of the season, winning 2-1 at Canal Parks.
After a goal-less first half, Andrew Gibb gave the hosts the lead on 55 minutes.
Cam Ross doubled Kilmallie’s advantage on the hour and although Crisdean Finlayson’s strike on the hour made it 2-1, Kilmallie took the points.
Elsewhere in the league, Lewis Camanachd returned to Shawbost for the first time this season and were edged out 3-2 by Boleskine.
The Strathglass reserves beat Inverness reserves 4-0 at Cannich.
Mowi North Division 2
Oban Celtic 4
The match between the Aberdour and Oban Celtic second teams was reversed to Ganavan with a noon start.
Scott Burnett scored on three and eight minutes to get the Oban side off to a great start.
Tom Bowerman pulled a goal back on 28 minutes and Mack Mckean made it 2-2 a couple of minutes into the second half.
Oban Celtic regained the lead through Calum MacDonald on 52 minutes, only for Roddy MacColl to make it 3-3 60 seconds later.
It was Oban Celtic who would go on to seal their second league win of the season, with Alex Galbraith netting on 68 minutes.
ain MacKechnie’s experience was a big help for this young Oban Celtic side with keeper Rebecca MacPhee and Hannah MacDonald doing well and 12-year-old Duncan MacEwan on the bench again.
Glenorchy made it five league wins out of five when they beat the Bute seconds 6-0 in their noon throw-up at the Meadows.
The visitors started with wind advantage and they took the lead on 20 minutes. Murray MacKay, Graeme MacKechnie and Andy MacLean were all involved in the build-up, with MacKechnie rattling the ball home from 20 yards out.
Murray MacKay went on to give the visitors a 3-0 interval lead with strikes on 26 and 32 minutes. First, Conor Sartain gathered Duncan McLaughlin’s hit-in before finding MacKay who rounded the keeper before scoring.
MacKay then found the net from 15 yards to give the islanders an uphill task.
Conor Sartain added his name to the list of scorers, blasting home a shot from the right 10 minutes into the second half.
Andy MacLean finished off a great move by Glenorchy on the left, which stretched the length of the field, to make it 5-0 on 68 minutes.
Conor Sartain got his second with 15 minutes remaining to round off the win.
Kilmory only trail leaders Glenorchy on goal difference after beating Ardnamurchan 3-0 at MacRae Park.
Kilmory took the lead five minutes before the break with Alister MacArthur scoring.
MacArthur got his second seven minutes after the re-start and completed his hat-trick on the hour.