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Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – semi-finals
Lochside Rovers 4
Lochside Rovers beat holders Newtonmore seconds 4-1 at Jubilee Park, Ballachulish, to reach the Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup Final.
With manager Brian MacCallum unavailable, George Easton took charge of the Oban side, assisted by Andy Pearson and Gareth Evans. Lochside Rovers were missing youngsters Ross Campbell and Gregor MacDonald, who were called up by Oban Camanachd, but Evan MacLellan continued his recovery from injury from the substitutes’ bench. Gavin Stobbart was in goal in place of the unavailable Dougie MacDonald.
Newtonmore have a more youthful look to their side this season but started Danny Macrae in attack, whilst Scott Campbell took a place on the bench.
Lochside struck early with Michael MacQueen scoring after two minutes. MacQueen was allowed time and space to lash a 30 yard shot into the roof of the net.
Newtonmore settled into the game though and enjoyed a period of pressure before the leveller came through Craig MacLeod on 27 minutes with a good finish from the left of the penalty spot, waist-high into the net.
Chrissie MacMillan and Danny Macrae were having a good physical battle, but Macrae was replaced at the interval by Scott Campbell.
Lochside replaced Callum Kirsop with Evan MacLellan at the interval and the midfield of man of the match Blair MacFarlane, flanked by wing centres MacLellan and Iain MacMillan took a grip of the tie.
Lewis Buchanan, who had been moved up front, gave Lochside a two-goal cushion with a quick-fire double on 54 and 56 minutes. One went into the top corner, with the other into the roof of the net.
Scott Robertson and Jamie MacGillivray were also effective for Lochside, particularly during the second half.
Michael MacQueen made it 4-1 on 67 minutes with a 20-yard shot from out on the right which flew across the keeper and into the net.
Ruaridh Horne came on for Lochside and held the ball up well to create two chances.
Newtonmore threw Danny Macrae back on with 15 minutes remaining but Lochside never looked like losing after their fine second half performance.
Ronnie Campbell was the match referee.
The Lovat seconds edged out the Glenurquhart seconds 4-3 in their noon throw-up at Bught Park. Glenurquhart’s Bradley Sneddon was suspended.
Finlay Ogilvie put Lovat ahead on 15 minutes and they stayed in front until five minutes into the second half when David MacLennan made it 1-1.
Raymond Rennie put Lovat back ahead on 69 minutes but Glenurquhart never gave up and David MacLennan got his second with just a couple of minutes remaining and referee John Wood took the tie into extra-time.
Jamie Matheson gave Lovat the edge for a third time on 101 minutes and, crucially, Ryan Ferguson made it 4-2 a minute later.
David MacLennan completed his hat-trick on 112 minutes to make it 4-3 but Lovat stayed in front to take a place in the final.
This was a terrific tie and the 2019 Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup Final between Lochside Rovers and the Lovat second team is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 20 with the venue yet to be confirmed.
Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – second round replay
Newtonmore are through to the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter finals after ousting Lovat 3-0 after extra-time in their second round replay at Balgate.
Lovat started well and Greg Matheson had a chance when he ran onto a through ball and tried to beat Newtonmore keeper Kenny Ross on his right side but the ball went just the wrong side of the post.
Marc MacLachlan’s rocket-shot from wide on the left on 26 minutes was well-saved with his hand by Kenny Ross.
At the other end, Iain Robinson had some strikes at goal without testing the keeper.
Drew MacDonald went close with his low shot from the right flying across goal and shaving the far post.
Lovat lost Craig Mainland on 65 minutes following what seemed an innocuous coming together with Newtonmore’s Drew MacDonald as they both went for a ball in the middle of the park. Mainland was taken to the side of the park to await an ambulance.
With no scoring, referee Andy MacLean took the tie into extra-time and Newtonmore broke the deadlock after ten minutes. Iain Robinson’s ball from the right was only cleared as far as Jamie Robinson who played the ball inside to Michael Russell. Russell’s chipped ball forward was collected by Ewen Fraser with his back to goal and Fraser brushed by Lewis Tawse as he moved the ball to his left before turning and shooting goalwards. His shot took a deflection off the caman of the unfortunate Graeme MacMillan, wrong-footing the keeper on its way into the goal.
The holders doubled their lead on 111 minutes. Duncan Gorman played a ball from the left of the Newtonmore midfield inside to Steven Macdonald.
Macdonald’s long diagonal pass forward picked out Ewen Fraser on the left. Fraser’s initial ball inside was blocked but, when the rebound came to him, Fraser ran at the Lovat defence, getting by Graeme MacMillan and Danny Kelly before his low shot beat Stuart MacDonald on his right side.
Fraser MacKintosh put gloss on the win on 117 minutes. Steven Macdonald sent a long ball forward following a Lovat hit-in on their left. The ball was played across goal from the right to Duncan Gorman who switched play wide to Ewen Fraser and his ball to the near post was won by Fraser MacKintosh, using his long reach, and he fired home to make it 3-0.
Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – second round
Glasgow Mid Argyll 2
Kinlochshiel also made the last-eight of shinty’s blue riband competition after they defeated Glasgow Mid Argyll 3-2 in a hard-fought 3pm throw-up at Yoker
John MacRae’s late winner earned the victory after Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae and Keith MacRae twice had Kinlochshiel in front but Iain Luke and Mark Bain levelled for the hosts. Kinlochshiel now host Oban Camanachd in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter finals, with the tie scheduled for Saturday July 13.
Oban Camanachd 2
Kyles Athletic 0
Oban Camanachd beat Kyles Athletic 2-0 for the second successive time at Mossfield.
The pitch was in great condition on a bright, sunny day. Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss was without Daniel MacCuish but Daniel Madej was fit enough to take a place on the bench where he was joined by Keith MacMillan and Gregor MacDonald. Fifteen-year-old year old Ross Campbell started in attack.
Kyles Athletic’s Robbie MacLeod began a two-game suspension following his red card in the 2-0 Artemis Macaulay Cup defeat to Oban Camanachd the previous week. Kyles manager Dunky Kerr started in attack as did Colin MacDonald and Roddy Macdonald.
Oban Camanachd’s Aidan MacIntyre had tweaked a calf muscle in training during the week and although he declared himself fit to start, he had to come off after just three minutes with Keith MacMillan taking over. Kyles made the better start and enjoyed the early pressure with Dunky Kerr sending a couple of snapshots wide of target.
Oban Camanachd were slow to get going and made a second change on 20 minutes when Daniel Madej replaced Gary McKerracher in defence.
Oban Camanachd took the lead on 23 minutes. A ball from midfield went through Callum Miller’s legs leaving Andrew MacCuish one-on-one with keeper John Whyte. MacCuish opted to cut back and although he scuffed his shot, Daniel Cameron ran in and dived full length, ahead of keeper Whyte, to divert the ball into the corner of the net to make it 1-0.
Oban Camanachd were boosted by the goal and there were some good battles all over the field, particularly between Ross Campbell and Scott MacDonald, Daniel Cameron and Andrew King and Andrew MacCuish and Callum Miller.
Paul MacArthur was also effective in midfield for Kyles, sending good balls forward.
Oban Camanachd added a second a minute before the break as Andrew MacCuish kept his good scoring run going. Daniel MacVicar’s shot was saved by John Whyte and as Daniel Cameron challenged the keeper for possession, both players ended up on the ground, leaving Andrew MacCuish with an empty net and he took advantage to make it 2-0.
The hosts made a good start to the second half with Daniel Cameron and Andrew MacCuish linking up well. Lorne Dickie and Scott MacMillan were good in the middle of the park. Oban Camanachd keeper Cameron Sutherland had to move smartly to scoop away a low, hard Conor Kennedy shot for a corner as Kyles responded. The game went flat for a period but the visitors pressed for the final 15 minutes without working the keeper.
The win means Oban Camanachd now only trail second-placed Newtonmore in the league on goal difference.
The sides renew rivalries for a third successive match this Saturday in the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final at Taynuilt Sports Field.
Oban Camanachd assistant manager Kenny Wotherspoon said: ‘We did enough in the first half to win the game and we’re delighted with another clean sheet.
‘Sixteen-year-old Daniel Sloss was outstanding for Oban Camanachd, keeping Roddy Macdonald quiet. We set out to win three out of the three successive matches against Kyles and that’s two out of three complete with a massive match coming up on Saturday.’
Kingussie stay out in front in the Mowi Premiership following their 4-1 win over Lochaber at Spean Bridge.
Savio Genini turned home a re-bound from the right of the goal following Ruaridh Anderson’s initial shot to put Kingussie ahead on 35 minutes.
However, Findlay MacDonald scored on 40 minutes to make it 1-1 at the break. MacDonald ran into the box following a shot from Lachlan Campbell which Craig Dawson saved. MacDonald nipped in to take the rebound away from the keeper’s feet before knocking the ball into the back of the net.
Kingussie regained the lead on 55 minutes when Calum Grant turned and played a diagonal ball out of defence to James Falconer in the wing forward position and he turned and hit a 30-yard shot into the net.
Kieran MacPherson on the hour and Ruaridh Anderson 10 minutes from time sealed the 4-1 win.
Inveraray picked up their first league points of the season, beating Kilmallie 3-2 in their noon throw-up at the Winterton.
This match brought together the division’s two most recently promoted sides.
Inveraray’s Robert Wood was free of his ban and started in defence.
Garry MacPherson scored to give Inveraray the lead on 15 minutes. The goal came after Lewis Montgomery’s shy landed at MacPherson’s feet and he turned his marker before scoring.
Daniel Stewart replied on 31 minutes to make it all-square at the break. Inveraray got their noses back in front when Allan MacDonald netted on 53 minutes. Lewis Montgomery won a 50-50 challenge and slipped the ball to MacDonald who scored.
Kilmallie levelled for a second time with 20 minutes remaining with the ball going into the net off Inveraray defender Robert Wood.
Lewis Montgomery got what proved to be the winner on 82 minutes. Allan MacDonald played a through-ball to edge of the ‘D’ where Montgomery tussled with an advancing keeper and a defender and got just enough of a connection on the ball to get it over the line.
Although Inveraray remain bottom of the table, they have games in hand on Kilmallie and Lochaber who are immediately above them.
Mowi National Division
Fort William 3
The top two sides in the National Division met at Blairbeg in one of the matches of the day. And it was league leaders Fort William who recorded an impressive eighth straight league victory, twice coming from behind to beat Glenurquhart 3-2.
Glenurquhart took the lead on 28 minutes when Ally MacKintosh found Neale Reid free on the left. Reid then slipped a great ball to Oliver Black on the left and his sweet shot flew past keeper Paul MacKay, beating him by his left post.
Fort William levelled with a well-worked goal on 36 minutes. Lewis Morrison and Arran MacPhee showed good movement with MacPhee finding the on-rushing Lachie Shaw who sent a back-hand shot screaming high into the net by the keeper’s left side.
Glenurquhart regained the lead a couple of minutes after half time. Calum Smith found Oliver Black on the right and went into a challenge, freeing up Ewan Brady on the left who fired a low shot past the keeper to make it 2-1.
Glenurquhart’s Connor Golabek was having a great battle with Fort William full back Mark Grant and he almost stretched his side’s lead on 52 minutes when he turned Grant but Paul MacKay saved his low drive with his stick, clearing for a corner.
Calum Shepherd won possession in the centre and played the ball forward to Alexander MacMillan who ran at the defence, past two defenders, and although John Barr clipped his heels, referee John Angus Gillies played advantage and MacMillan slipped the ball past the keeper to make it 2-2.
The winning goal came on 65 minutes with Fort William taking the lead for the first time in the match. Glenurquhart’s John Barr gained possession on the far right but instead of clearing the danger, he took on Arran MacPhee.
MacPhee challenged and pushed Barr away before running diagonally towards the goal and slamming the ball past the keeper to make it 3-2.
Fort William could have increased their lead on 72 minutes when they were awarded a penalty.
There was a scramble in the ‘D’ where a home defender on the ground prevented a visiting forward from scoring. Calum Shepherd stepped up but hit the penalty straight at keeper Stuart MacKintosh who saved.
Glenurquhart’s Connor Golabeck unleashed the final shot of the match, four minutes into stoppage time, but his effort went wide of target.
Elsewhere in the division, Skye beat Strathglass 7-0 and Beauly were 3-0 winners on Bute.
Mowi North Division 1
Skye Camanachd 0
Fort William 2
The Fort William reserves go second in the division after beating the Skye Camanachd reserves 2-0 in their noon throw-up at Pairc nan Laoch.
Neil Clark put Fort William ahead on five minutes when he rifled the ball home from the right of the ‘D’ with Hamish Shaw and Paul Paterson involved in the lead-up.
Cal Brown added a second on 19 minutes, punishing Skye for not clearing their lines after David Grant had saved with his feet. Fort William keeper Stuart Disher saved with his feet to deny Taylor Matheson late in the half.
Skye keeper David Grant stretched to make a terrific save with his caman, denying Cal Brown a third Fort William goal.
Glengarry kept their title push on track when they beat the Kingussie seconds 5-2 at the Dell.
Glengarry’s Finlay Nicolson started a three-game ban but that did not prevent Raymond Robertson on 18 minutes and Nick Dalgety on 26 minutes giving the visitors a 2-0 interval lead.
Raymond Robertson got his second a couple of minutes after the re-start although Kingussie youngster Michael Slimon pulled a goal back 60 seconds later.
Nick Dalgety got his second on 54 minutes and although Kingussie U17 skipper Joe Donald netted on 66 minutes, Finlay Fraser’s strike on 78 minutes sealed a 5-2 win which leaves Glengarry three points ahead of Fort William with a game in hand.
Champions Newtonmore seconds are six points adrift but have played four games fewer than Glengarry.
Aberdeen University 0
Inverness moved off the bottom of the table after beating Aberdeen University 7-0 at Balgownie.
Mowi South Division 1
Col Glen 0
Taynuilt had their first league home game for ten weeks when Col Glen visited Taynuilt Sports Field. The first chance fell for Col Glen after a couple of minutes but Neil McKirdy was crowded out by the Taynuilt full backs on the edge of the ‘D’.
Taynuilt took the lead with their first real attack on five minutes when Craig MacIntyre played a perfect cross to Mark Bergant who shot past keeper Harrison into the net.
The rest of the half was end-to-end with Col Glen probably the better team, but half time arrived with Taynuilt ahead.The second half was only five minutes old when Craig MacIntyre turned his marker and ran at the Col Glen defence who stood off him and, from 30 yards, he sent a rocket shot into the top corner of the goal. This seemed to knock Col Glen’s confidence and Taynuilt started to take control of the game. Taynuilt scored their third goal on 65 minutes when MacIntyre once again ran at the Col Glen defence before slipping the ball to Zander Kilmurray who shot low past the keeper.
Taynuilt hit the post later on through Billy Irving but there was no more scoring and Taynuilt ran out worthy winners.
Taynuilt have a free Saturday this weekend as they host the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Cup Final.
Glasgow Mid Argyll 1
Ballachulish came from behind to beat the Glasgow Mid Argyll colts 3-1 in their noon throw-up at Yoker.
Kyles Athletic 2
The Kyles Athletic colts go second in the table after collecting a valuable point against runaway leaders Aberdour, drawing 2-2 at Silversands.
Mowi North Division 2
The Kilmallie colts defeated the Inverness colts 9-1 at Bught Park to go fourth in the division.
Andrew Gibb was the day’s top scorer with six goals whilst Jordan Campbell, Khai Barr and Ben MacKinnon got the others. Jaidon Campbell bagged a consolation goal for Inverness.
Elsewhere in the division, Strathspey defeated Boleskine 7-4 and Lewis beat Strathglass 4-1.
Mowi South Division 2
Oban Celtic 1
Scott Turnbull’s goal a minute from time gave the Oban Celtic colts a 1-1 draw with the Aberdour colts in their noon throw-up at Silversands.
The Oban side fielded Peter Currie against Aberdour player/manager and danger man Roddy MacColl.
Both keepers were on form during a goalless first half.
Aberdour took the lead on 53 minutes with Roddy MacColl scoring after good lead-up play from Harry Simpkins. Rebecca MacPhee in the Celtic goals made some good saves to prevent the hosts adding to their lead.
Oban Celtic were never out of it though and Scott Turnbull lost his marker to score following a corner to make it 1-1.
Mowi National Division
Skye Camanachd 11
Skye Camanachd beat Ardnamurchan 11-0 in their noon throw-up at Spean Bridge.
Jenna Beaton and Lorna MacRae both scored four times, Molly MacKinnon netted twice with Ilana Paterson getting the other.
Strathspey beat Glenurquhart 4-0 in their 1pm throw-up with Katy Minard scoring twice and Jade Callum and Stacey Hutton also netting.
Fort William W/O
Fort William were awarded the points from their midweek match against Lochaber.