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Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – quarter finals
Oban Camanachd 2
Oban Camanachd extended their winning run to a remarkable 11 matches – 12 including their cup walk-over against Col Glen – as they won through to the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-finals after beating Kinlochshiel 2-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Kirkton.
Oban Camanachd opened the scoring on 14 minutes. Full centre Lorne Dickie came deep to win the ball in the defensive corner area and sent the ball forward to Scott MacMillan who was fouled in midfield. MacMillan picked himself up to take the free-hit, launching the ball to Andrew MacCuish who tussled with Paul MacRae. MacCuish took a couple of swings at the ball and as he turned, the ball fell kindly for him and from point-black range he beat the keeper to make it 1-0.
There was a worry in the Oban camp when Daniel Cameron suffered an accidental knee injury mid-way through the half. He was able to continue but went to full forward, with Andrew MacCuish dropping back to half forward.
Oban Camanachd claimed for a penalty on 26 minutes. Lorne Dickie found Willie Neilson who knocked the ball on to Daniel Cameron who evaded a tackle but, as he was falling, he sent the ball goalwards with pace. Scott Kennedy got a foot to the ball and the goal judge flagged for a ‘kick’. Referee Calum Girvan stopped play but, after a discussion between the officials, play restarted with a throw-up outside the ‘D’.
Duncan Matheson’s pace was causing the Oban defence problems and Finlay MacRae hit a great drive from distance which dipped just over the bar.
Scott MacMillan was carrying on where he left off with his man of the match performance from the Celtic Society Final and had a great battle with Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae. MacMillan, aided by Lorne Dickie and Keith MacMillan, started to control the midfield, ensuring the Oban forward line had plenty possession.
A strong Daniel MacVicar run just before half-time saw him find Daniel Cameron and his cut-back found Andrew MacCuish who hit the ball wide of the keeper’s right post.
The red and blacks came close to extending their lead on 48 minutes. Good play from Daniel MacVicar and Daniel Cameron saw the ball spread to Andrew MacCuish and his cut-back came to Willie Neilson whose shot rebounded from the keeper’s right post before being scrambled clear. The ball was played straight back into the danger area and there was a nasty collision between Andrew MacCuish and Scott Kennedy at the edge of the ‘D’. There was a three-minute break in play to allow keeper Kennedy to receive treatment.
Keith MacMillan played the resultant corner to the back post where Andrew MacCuish took the ball down and shifted it to his left side around 18 yards out and, with Paul MacRae racing out to block, MacCuish delivered a devastating drive into the top corner of the net to make it 2-0 with 51 minutes played.
Kinlochshiel picked themselves up and a shot at goal took a wicked deflection, almost wrong-footing Oban Camanachd keeper Cameron Sutherland but he readjusted and kept the ball out with his chest.
Kinlochshiel kept pressing and although the visiting defenders were clearing their lines, the ball kept coming back at them.
One such clearance came to Donald Nixon on 62 minutes and his superb 25-yard shot went through a crowded goal area and dipped past the unsighted keeper, going high into the net to make it 2-1.
Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss brought Chrissie MacMillan on for Willie Neilson and put him up against Conor Cormack.
Chrissie MacMillan played the ball out wide to Andrew MacCuish who returned the possession to MacMillan but he didn’t strike the ball cleanly and the chance was gone.
Lorne Dickie then played the ball wide to Daniel MacVicar. Andrew MacCuish dummied MacVicar’s pass and the ball came to Chrissie MacMillan on the angle at the back post but his half-swing went wide of target.
The Oban Camanachd defence of Daniel Madej, Daniel Sloss, Malcolm Clark and Garry Lord dealt very well with the Kinlochshiel attacks but they had to rely on keeper Cameron Sutherland when Ali Nixon ran onto a ball into the goal area and his shot on the run was saved with his feet and turned away for a corner by Sutherland.
Andrew MacCuish continued to prove his worth and went on a mazy run, beating Paul MacRae and getting past keeper Scott Kennedy but, just as he was about to finish, keeper Kennedy stretched in to touch the ball out for a corner.
The final whistle saw Oban Camanachd progress as they continue to contest all competitions this season.
Oban Camanachd now play Glasgow Mid Argyll in the Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-finals at Mossfield this Saturday. GMA have agreed to a noon throw-up so the Oban squad can head for the Sutherland Cup Final between Lochside Rovers and the Lovat second team at Canal Parks which throws up at 4pm.
Newtonmore meet Kingussie in the other semi-final at Braeview Park, Beauly.
After the match, Oban Camanachd assistant manager Kenny Wother-spoon said: ‘We’re delighted with how the squad has remained focussed after the Celtic Society Cup win and then the free week. We’ve kept this good run going.
‘Kirkton is a hard place to come and secure such a confident win and we had to adjust our game with the tight pitch.
‘It’s GMA next in the Macaulay semi-finals. We’ll need to assess injuries to Daniel Cameron, Willie Neilson and Aidan MacIntyre through the week.’
Kyles Athletic 2
Kingussie 2 After extra-time
Kyles won 4-3 on penalties
Kyles Athletic eventually saw off Kingussie on penalties following their 2-2 draw in their Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-final replay at Tighnabruaich.
Savio Genini’s late leveller cancelled out Colin MacDonald’s opener as the sides drew 1-1 at the Dell a week earlier.
Kingussie suffered an early blow when James Hutchison had to leave the field on eight minutes with a suspected broken finger.
Just as he did a week earlier, Kyles captain Colin MacDonald gave his side the lead. The ball came in from the Kyles’ right and was missed at the edge of the ‘D’ by the Kingussie defence and MacDonald stole in, losing his marker, and poked the ball over the line to make it 1-0 after 12 minutes.
Kyles player/manager Dunky Kerr made it 2-0 on 24 minutes when he got on the end of Robbie MacLeod’s hit-in to the back post and flicked the ball into the net.
Kingussie introduced forward Roddy Young early in the second half as they tried to get back in the tie.
Both sides hit the frame of the goal over the course of the match. Ross MacRae hit the post for Kyles, whilst Kingussie’s Roddy Young struck the bar, but it remained 2-0 until four minutes from time.
Savio Genini got his side back into it as he got onto a ball played through from the centre line and rounded his marker to go one-on-one with keeper John Whyte and slipped the ball home.
Kingussie threw everything at Kyles and found the leveller on 88 minutes. The ball was played down the left side where Ruaridh Anderson let it run by him down the line. Roddy Young went out wide to collect possession and squared the ball to Savio Genini who held it up as Ruaridh Anderson ran across the pitch to the back post. Genini found Anderson who took the ball first time, connecting well on his forearm from around 13 yards, and the ball went into the top left corner of the net to make it 2-2.
Extra-time failed to separate the sides so, with no further scoring, referee Lachie Wood took the tie to a penalty shoot-out. Grant Irvine, Paul MacArthur and Roddy Macdonald all converted for Kyles, with home keeper John Whyte twice saving from the spot, before Robbie MacLeod kept his nerve to score from the fifth penalty. Kyles will now play Oban Camanachd in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-finals with the tie scheduled for Saturday August 10.
Reigning champions Newtonmore missed the chance to move up to second place in the division when they drew 1-1 with Lovat at the Eilan.
Lovat threatened on seven minutes but Newtonmore keeper Kenny Ross dived in as Calum MacAulay looked set to score. Ross blocked the ball, forcing MacAulay to run away from goal to retrieve the rebound and his effort went past the post.
Lovat keeper Stuart MacDonald seemed uncomfortable with what looked like a back problem and Daniel Grieve took over with goal-hitting duties.
Newtonmore won possession in midfield following one hit-out and Newtonmore won possession in midfield following one hit-out and the ball was delivered to Glen MacKintosh who saw his powerful shot saved with his legs by Stuart MacDonald.
Ewen Fraser and Iain Robinson both raced in on the rebound with Fraser scoring to make it 1-0 with 14 minutes on the clock.
Newtonmore went on to enjoy a period of pressure where they could have added to their score on three occasions.
Daniel Grieve tried to cut out Iain Robinson’s ball to Glen MacKintosh on 18 minutes and MacKintosh’s rocket-shot clattered off the outside of the post.
Conor Jones, who had been pushed up front, and Ewen Fraser both passed up chances as Newtonmore finished the half the better team.
Lovat brought former Ballachulish player Lewis Bryson on for Chris Johnston at the interval. Bryson joined the attack, with Duncan Davidson going to wing centre.
Lovat fielded Greg Matheson in the other wing centre position, where he was very effective, and Matheson made it 1-1 on 55 minutes. Calum MacAulay’s ball from the right was only cleared as far as Matheson and his shot from more than 30 yards out beat the keeper although he did get a hand to the ball.
Newtonmore had introduced David MacLean in midfield, whilst Andy MacKintosh came on for Owen Fraser to try and nullify Greg Matheson’s threat.
Both managers continued to make changes throughout the half as they tried to give their respective sides the edge.
Jamie Robinson replaced a limping Glen MacKintosh at full forward and he hit the bar with six minutes remaining.
Caberfeidh pulled away from the relegation zone as they scored three times in each half to beat bottom side Inveraray 6-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Castle Leod.
Two goals in two minutes gave the home support plenty to cheer as Craig Morrison netted on 12 minutes, with Jamie MacKintosh scoring straight after.
Kevin Bartlett added a third on 22 minutes and it remained that way until the break.
Jamie MacKintosh got his second on 55 minutes, whilst Craig Morrison completed his hat-trick with strikes on 60 and 64 minutes.
Inveraray’s Ruaraidh Graham was sent off by referee Andy MacLean.
Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup – semi-finals
Fort William 4
Fort William reached the Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final after coming from behind to beat Glenurquhart 4-1 at Spean Bridge.
Glenurquhart struck first as Ewan Brady gave them the lead on 24 minutes with what was to be the only goal of the first half.
Fort William equalised four minutes into the second half. The ball was played across the ‘D’ and a defensive mistake resulted in the ball being flicked up into the air. Lachie Shaw was first to react with a volley which went into the bottom corner of the net.
Shaw completed his hat-trick with goals on 61 and 63 minutes. First, Fort William won a free hit 20 yards back from the penalty spot. Jack Fraser played the ball to the left side of the ‘D’ and Lachie Shaw struck a back-hand shot which went through the keeper’s legs.
Then, a low ball in from a Padraig McNeil corner was stopped at the penalty spot by Shaw and, with his back to goal, he turned and fired into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Padraig McNeil rounded off the 4-1 win a minute from time. Victor Smith’s shot was well saved by Glenurquhart keeper Stuart MacKintosh but McNeil was first to react to the loose ball, slotting it home from inside the ‘D’.
Glasgow Mid Argyll 3
Glasgow Mid Argyll scored three times in the first third of their match against Strathglass to win 3-0 at the Dell.
GMA did the damage early in this game with Iain Luke scoring on 12 and 14 minutes and Calum McLay making it 3-0 on 32 minutes.
Referee Graham Cameron sent off Strathglass player Scott Douglas.
The 2019 Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final between Fort William and Glasgow Mid Argyll takes place at An Aird on Saturday August 24.
Mowi National Division
Skye Camanachd 4
Two of shinty’s island sides, Skye Camanachd and Bute, clashed at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, with the hosts winning 4-0.
Skye made the breakthrough on 14 minutes following some lovely one-touch shinty down the left wing when Daniel Morrison exchanged passes with Iain MacLellan before flicking the ball low into the net.
Skye scored a second a couple of minutes later. Sam MacPhee found Daniel Morrison on the right and played in Ross Gordon whose shot went in off the leg of the unsighted keeper.
Jordan Murchison darted into the ‘D’ to get on the end of Daniel Morrison’s cut-back from the right but his lofted effort came off the keeper’s left post.
Skye added a third on 19 minutes when Iain MacLellan took Ross Gordon’s pass and beat the keeper with a fierce waist-high shot which went in on the goalie’s left side.
Skye made it 4-0 with 10 minutes remaining as Iain MacLellan grabbed his second goal of the game. Martin Pringle won the ball in midfield, holding off a couple of challenges, to set up the move and when Ross Gordon juggled a ball from Jordan Murchison into MacLellan’s path, he drove home.
Mowi North Division 1
League leaders Glengarry came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with third-placed Lovat seconds at Craigard.
The hosts fell behind to a Raymond Rennie goal on 10 minutes.
Dylan MacCulloch added a second five minutes after the re-start.
Nick Dalgety pulled a goal back on 55 minutes and the former Lochcarron player got his second to make it 2-2 with 15 minutes remaining.
Glengarry’s Shaun Sloggie was sent off by referee John Barr.
Fort William 5
Skye Camanachd 0
The Fort William colts stay second, now only behind Glengarry on goal difference, after beating the Skye Camanachd colts 5-0 at An Aird.
Grant Disher gave Fort William the lead on seven minutes and it was an advantage they doubled through Dean Williamson on the stroke of half-time.
Grant Disher got his second on 70 minutes and late goals from Alan Knox on 85 minutes and a third from Grant Disher on 90 minutes put gloss on the win.
Elsewhere in the division, the Caberfeidh reserves saw off a fight back from the Kingussie reserves to win 3-2 at Castle Leod and Craig MacLeod scored four times as the Newtonmore second team were 6-1 victors over the Kinlochshiel second team in at Kirkton. The game between the Glenurquhart colts and Aberdeen University at Blairbeg will be rescheduled.
Mowi South Division 1
Glasgow Mid Argyll 0
Lochside Rovers 6
Lochside Rovers turned in another sparkling first half performance to beat the Glasgow Mid Argyll second team 6-0 in their noon throw-up at Yoker.
Lochside have been starting matches impressively for some time and they did so once more as Ross Campbell on five minutes and Jamie MacGillivray a minute later had them 2-0 ahead.
Jamie MacGillivray, who shows great commitment travelling from Mull for games, got his second on 25 minutes, whilst Michael MacQueen made it 4-0 on 39 minutes.
Fourteen-year-old Innes Jackson, making his first Lochside start, made it 5-0 a couple of minutes before the break.
Lochside gave another 14-year-old, Louis MacFarlane, his first experience of second team shinty and he didn’t look out of place. Ross Campbell rounded off a good team performance when he made it 6-0 four minutes from time.
Tayforth came from behind to beat Taynuilt 3-2 at Peffermill.
Tayforth’s Niall MacPhee and Taynuilt’s Sandy Leiper sat this one out through suspension but Jamie MacFarlane was free of his ban for the visitors.
After a scoreless first half, Zander Kilmurray put Taynuilt ahead a couple of minutes into the second half.
Neil Arnott made it 1-1 on 53 minutes and Donnie Forbes put the home side ahead for the first time on 58 minutes.
Neil Arnott got his second on 64 minutes and although Zander Kilmurray got his second five minutes later, Tayforth stayed in front to take the points.
Elsewhere in the division, Col Glen drew 1-1 with the Kyles Athletic reserves at Glendaruel, whilst league leaders Aberdour suffered their first league defeat of the season, going down 7-2 to the Inveraray seconds at the Winterton.
Mowi North Division 2
Lewis Camanachd 0
The Kilmallie reserves returned from Shawbost with both points after beating Lewis Camanachd 6-0.
Kilmallie had Michael Rodger in their side and he opened the scoring on five minutes.
A quick-fire Kilmallie double from Andrew Gibb on 16 minutes and Brian MacKinnon on 17 minutes made it 3-0 before Michael Rodger got his second on 20 minutes to make it 4-0 at the break.
Andrew Gibb got his second on 62 minutes, whilst Ross MacKenzie rounded off the 7-0 victory on 71 minutes.
The win lifts Kilmallie to third in the table, two points behind second-placed Strathspey with a game in hand.
Elsewhere in the division, league leaders Lochcarron beat the Beauly second team 5-0 at Braeview Park, Strathspey Camanachd saw off the Inverness seconds 4-1 at Grantown Grammar School and Boleskine came from behind to defeat the Strathglass colts 2-0 at Smith Park.
Mowi South Division 2
The match between Ardnamurchan and Kilmory will be rescheduled.