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Newtonmore’s Ewan Fraser claims the scrambled goal that made the game 6-5 in extra time. Newtonmore v Caberfeidh in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi final, played at The Bught, Inverness.

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Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup

Newtonmore 4
Caberfeidh 4
Newtonmore won 7-5 after extra time

Newtonmore reached the 2019 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final after beating Caberfeidh 7-5 after extra time in their 4.05pm throw-up at the Bught Park, Inverness.

Newtonmore took an early grip of the tie when they netted twice in four minutes. Iain Robinson got the opener on 14 minutes when Jamie Robinson’s shot following a free-hit was saved by Caberfeidh keeper Ewan Pilcher and, not for the first time this season, Robinson was quickly in to stroke the rebound home.

On 17 minutes, Craig Ritchie won possession in the middle of the park and David MacLean sent it long. Jamie Robinson got the ball under control to the right of the ‘D’ before slipping it inside to the on-rushing Drew MacDonald who swept the ball into the net to make it 2-0.

Caberfeidh captain Craig Morrison responded by pulling a goal back on 38 minutes. Kevin Bartlett knocked a corner down and Morrison produced a great finish to make it 2-1.

The second half was only a couple of minutes old when Caberfeidh drew level. There seemed little danger when Craig Morrison played the ball to Jamie MacKintosh on the right but his shot deceived Kenny Ross and ended up in the net to make it 2-2.

Newtonmore rallied on 54 minutes as Iain Robinson played the ball in from the left to David MacLean whose measured shot through a crowded goal area evaded the diving Ewan Pilcher in goal.

Owen Fraser replaced an injured Conor Jones for Newtonmore on the hour.
Craig Morrison was denied by a good Andy MacKintosh challenge before Caberfeidh’s top scorer flashed a shot wide and then saw a shot saved with his feet by Kenny Ross.

Evan Menzies came off the Newtonmore bench for a limping Ewen Fraser with 20 minutes to go and he forced a Pilcher save with his first touch.
Jamie Robinson’s then tested the Caberfeidh custodian who also blocked an Evan Menzies attempt from the rebound.

Caberfeidh tied the match once more on 81 minutes. Ally MacLennan gathered possession in space in the middle of the park and launched the ball forward to Craig Morrison who allowed the ball to run by him as he turned Rory Kennedy. Kenny Ross came off his line but keeper and full back collided leaving Morrison with an empty net to make it 3-3.

There was more drama four minutes from time as Evan Menzies broke inside to the right of the ‘D’. Picher came off his line and brought the forward down. Referee Ross Brown consulted goal judge Bryan MacKay before awarding a penalty. Steven Macdonald sent the penalty low to the keeper’s left to make it 4-3 and Newtonmore led again.

With seconds of this breathless match remaining, Craig Morrison played a free-hit to the right to Ryan MacKay and his shot swerved high into the net to make it 4-4 and referee Ross Brown signalled for extra time.

Caberfeidh’s Ryan Mackay scores to take the game into extra time.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

The Castle Leod side suffered the loss of a second penalty on 97 minutes. Drew MacDonald played in Jamie Robinson who rounded the keeper but, just as he was about the to steer the ball home, keeper Ewan Pilcher threw his stick at the ball and the shot came off the post. Referee Ross Brown had no alternative but to point to the spot and Steven Macdonald again finished low into the net to the keeper’s left to make it 5-4.

Caberfeidh refused to give up though and were level for a fourth time three minutes later. Ally MacLennan played a free-hit from the right which Kevin Bartlett flicked on to Craig Morrison and he squeezed a shot inside the keeper’s right post to make it 5-5.

Newtonmore got themselves back in front on 107 minutes as Ewen Fraser, back on the field, scrambled the ball over the line after Evan Menzies had shown great persistence as he cut into the ‘D’ from the left although the ball may well have gone over the line off Caberfeidh substitute James MacLeod.
Newtonmore sealed the win on 114 minutes. Evan Menzies was again in the thick of it as he got away from his marker on the right before cutting inside and picking out Jamie Robinson at the back post who turned the ball home to make it 7-5.

Both teams deserve credit for serving up such an entertaining tie but holders Newtonmore now look forward to appearing in this year’s Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final at An Aird, Fort William, on Saturday September 14.

The second semi-final between Oban Camanachd and Kyles Athletic takes place on Saturday August 10.

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 2
Kingussie 3

It was unlucky 13 for Oban Camanachd as they lost 3-2 to Kingussie at Mossfield.

The Oban side have been building momentum in recent weeks and went into the match with confidence on the back of a 12-match winning run.

Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss had no new injury concerns but was without defender Garry Lord who was at a wedding, so Chrissie MacMillan came into the side.

Kingussie boss John Gibson listed the injured James Hutchison as a substitute.

Kingussie made a good start and home keeper Cameron Sutherland was forced into two great saves in the opening couple of minutes.

Sutherland first turned a James Falconer shot away for a corner following a Kingussie hit-in. Then Sutherland did well to keep out Savio Genini’s effort from the resultant corner.

This set the tone for the match, although Aidan MacIntyre had a chance on six minutes when he got onto a ball to the back post but he sent his shot over from a tight angle.

Kingussie’s Liam Borthwick celebrated his call-up to the Scotland U17 squad when he gave Kingussie the lead on 14 minutes. Ruaridh Anderson’s initial shot was saved with his foot by Cameron Sutherland but Borthwick got on the rebound at the edge of the ‘D’ and struck the ball at the second attempt, low into the corner of the net.

Kingussie looked the hungrier side and Ruaridh Anderson fired wide on 31 minutes but made no mistake a minute before the break. Cameron Sutherland was again in action, making a double save off Ruaridh Anderson. From the resulting corner, however, Ruaridh Anderson ran across his marker before sending a low shot into the corner of the net.

Kingussie were playing nice shinty, using the Mossfield pitch to good effect by playing the ball into spaces and they took their two-goal lead into the break.

Whatever was said in the Oban Camanachd dressing room at the interval sparked a response and, with the second half just a minute old, Scott MacMillan played the ball wide to Andrew MacCuish and his knock-down found Daniel Cameron on the run and he stretched to score.

Their joy was short-lived though as Ruaridh Anderson got his second on 48 minutes to restore Kingussie’s two-goal advantage. A needless free-hit allowed the excellent Kieran MacPherson to launch the ball forward to Ruaridh Anderson in a wide position. Anderson played the ball into the danger area where substitute Roddy Young, who replaced James Falconer, ran across his marker before striking a low, hard shot into the net for what was a superb finish.

The game became a bit scrappy for a spell and Oban Camanachd brought David Lafferty and Ross Campbell on for Aidan MacIntyre and Daniel MacVicar.

With 10 minutes remaining, Gary McKerracher came on up front and the switch paid immediate dividends as, three minutes later, McKerracher played the ball off beautifully to Andrew MacCuish whose shot was saved by Kingussie keeper Rory MacGregor but Scott MacMillan turned the rebound home.

It was now all Oban Camanachd and they almost snatched a point when Scott MacMillan had time to unleash a 25-yarder which was heading for the top corner, but Rory MacGregor made an outstanding save with his stick.
Kingussie deserved the win and it is up to Oban Camanachd to respond when the sides meet in the Artemis Macaulay Cup Final.

Lovat 3
Lochaber 0

Lovat stay second after beating Lochaber 3-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Balgate.

Lovat’s Lorne MacKay was suspended, whilst Martin Mainland was still ruled out through injury. Craig Mainland was named as a substitute, joined on the bench by Drew Howie and Cameron MacMillan. Former Ballachulish player Lewis Bryson started in attack.

Lochaber’s Barry MacDonald was free of suspension, whilst Donald MacRae also returned. Martin Johnstone, Shaun Nicholson and Ally MacDonald remained out.

Lovat took the lead in the second minute when Fraser Heath dispossessed Iain Fyfe at the edge of the box before scoring from close in.

Heath scored again on 24 minutes to make it 2-0. Lochaber keeper Calum MacDonald saved from Greg Matheson but the Lochaber defence hesitated and both Matheson and Heath ran in on the keeper with Heath touching the ball under him and into the net.

Craig Mainland made his Lovat return in the second half and his first involvement was a powerful shot from distance which Calum MacDonald saved with his legs but the ball bounced out to Greg Matheson who scored from near the penalty spot to make it 3-0 with 51 minutes on the clock.
This match never hit the heights, but the win keeps Lovat four points behind league leaders Kingussie but they have played two games more.

Kilmallie 1
Inveraray 0

Kilmallie moved two points away from the relegation zone after beating bottom side Inveraray 1-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Canal Parks.
Kilmallie’s Innes Blackhall missed out through suspension but Michael Rodger returned to the squad.

Inveraray were badly hit by suspension. Lewis Montgomery served the final match of a three-match ban. Player/manager Ruaraidh Graham and Allan MacDonald were also banned.

Kilmallie’s Craig MacIsaac and Inveraray’s Allan Cameron battle the rain as well as each other. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

The only goal of this tense encounter came on 74 minutes when Kilmallie skipper Liam MacDonald struck a superb back-hand shot from the wing which rose into the top corner of the net.

The hosts had to rely on an excellent Shane Gillies save to take both points. The keeper did well to turn away Fraser Watt’s effort from a free-hit.
The results mean Inveraray remain at the bottom of the table with six points from 13 games, Lochaber have seven points from 14 matches with Kilmallie on nine points from their 13 fixtures to date.

Kilmallie’s Craig MacIsaac gets a tackle in on Inveraray’s Fraser Watt during last weekend’s Mowi Premiership match at Canal Parks which the home team won by the only goal of the game. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

Kyles Athletic 1
Kinlochshiel 4

Kinlochshiel go third in the table after beating Kyles Athletic 4-1 at Tighnabruaich.

John MacRae scored twice with Duncan Matheson and a Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae penalty also counting. George Thomson countered.

Mowi National Division

Oban Celtic 2
Fort William 5

League leaders Fort William maintained their 100 per cent record in the league and are on the brink of clinching promotion, following their 5-2 win over Oban Celtic 5-2 at Ganavan.

Oban Celtic’s Craig MacMillan started a five-match suspension, whilst Fort William’s Lewis Morrison served a one-match ban for passing through the disciplinary points threshold.

The opening five minutes had a huge influence on the final outcome of this game and, unfortunately for Oban Celtic, they just didn’t start.

With the game barely a minute old, a ball out of the Fort William defence found Lachie Shaw free of his marker and he shot goalwards. The keeper slipped as he came out to save and the ball ended up in the net.

A couple of minutes later, two home defenders went for a ball played into the heart of the Celtic defence. The players collide and the ball fell for Arran MacPhee who ran it in from the left, past a defender, before beating the keeper to make it 2-0.

Fort William went 3-0 up when a shy out on the left was picked up by Arran MacPhee who turned his man, cut in and shot from 20 yards. The Celtic back five were at sixes and sevens at this stage with the contest only five minutes in.

Oban Celtic settled into the game though and there were a couple of chances at both ends before, on 20 minutes, George MacMillan’s shy on Celtic’s left found Lennon Campbell who held the ball up before playing Ross MacMillan through and he netted with a 20-yard shot.

This spurred Celtic on and Lennon Campbell, Ross MacMillan and Daniel MacMillan all came close to scoring before the Fort struck again.
This time Jack Fraser did the damage with a well-struck half-volley from the edge of the D which made it 4-1 with 34 minutes played.

Celtic again went close four minutes later. Ross MacMillan was fouled 25 yards out on the right. Andy MacDonald found Lennon Campbell from the free-hit and he drove just over the bar from 20 yards on the right.

The second half was only three minutes old when Arran MacPhee completed his hat-trick. MacPhee collected a long ball before neatly turning his man and placing a shot across the keeper into the corner of net.

Celtic still created good chances. Daniel MacMillan ran through, beating two defenders to go one-on-one with the keeper but shot narrowly wide and, minutes later, Ross MacMillan turned his man from a precise Jamie Anderson pass, gaining a couple of yards 25 yards out, but he fired his effort over the bar.

Midway through the second half, Neil Carmichael found Ross MacMillan who tormented two Fort defenders before picking a pass to Lennon Campbell but his strike was well-saved in the air by keeper Paul MacKay.

The rebound came out to Ross MacMillan who volleyed the ball home to make it 5-2 with 65 minutes gone.

Celtic were now a vastly different team to the one that started, limiting Fort William to few opportunities.

The home midfield trio of Neil Carmichael, George MacMillan and Jamie Anderson were tireless.

Anderson and Andy MacDonald were replaced with 10 minutes left by Scott Mossman and John Douglas, but Celtic could not add to their tally.

The nearest they came was another one-on-one between Lennon Campbell and keeper MacKay as well as narrow misses for Ross Campbell and Daniel MacMillan.

Fort William’s remarkable winning league run is now 11 matches. They are hot favourites for the title with three matches remaining and a win at home to Glenurquhart on Saturday August 10 will guarantee promotion to the Mowi Premiership.

Oban Celtic’s Neil Carmichael controls the ball during the Mowi National League game against Fort William which the Lochaber side won 5-2. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

Glenurquhart 0
Glasgow Mid Argyll 2

Glenurquhart and Glasgow Mid Argyll look sure to battle it out until the end of the season for a promotion spot as GMA took the spoils with a 2-0 victory from their 3pm throw-up at Blairbeg.

The sides were separated by a goal in each half from Calum McLay.
Elsewhere in the division, Beauly beat Strathglass 5-3 at Braeview Park.

Mowi North Division 1

Glenurquhart 1
Glengarry 2

Glengarry stay top of the division after coming from behind to defeat the Glenurquhart second team 2-1 in their noon throw up at Blairbeg.

Glenurquhart had David MacLennan back in their side whilst Glengarry’s Finlay Nicolson was free of suspension. Shaun Sloggie was banned.

David MacLennan gave Glenurquhart the lead on 16 minutes but second half goals from Ruthven Goudie-Hamilton on 49 minutes and Nick Dalgety on 78 minutes gave Glengarry victory.

Elsewhere in the division, Skye Camanachd beat Aberdeen University 3-0 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, the Lovat colts beat the Newtonmore colts 6-3 at Balgate, the Inverness first team beat the Kingussie seconds 6-1 and the Caberfeidh colts defeated the Kinlochshiel colts 8-0 at Castle Leod.

Mowi South Division 1

Inveraray 1
Lochside Rovers 5

Lochside Rovers go third in the division after beating the Inveraray second team 5-1 in their 1pm throw-up at the Winterton.

The hosts went into the match on the back of good wins against Aberdour and the Kyles reserves. However, they were without young keeper Gregor Mather so outfield player John MacKenzie deputised. Donald Ferguson started his first game of the season at half back and Steven Cameron returned, starting at full forward.

Lochside Rovers were missing Evan MacLellan who suffered a nasty hand injury in the previous weekend’s HIS Sutherland Cup Final win over the Lovat second team.

Gavin Stobbart and captain Jordan Kerr provided experience in defence.
John Mackenzie was called into action in the first minute when he tipped over a fierce drive from Lewis Buchanan.

It wasn’t long before Lochside took the lead when Ruaraidh Horne hit a looping shot that deceived the Inveraray keeper to make it 1-0 on 12 minutes.

Inveraray got themselves back into the match on 19 minutes when Euan McMurdo set up Campbell Watt who fired the ball past Lochside keeper Dougie MacDonald.

Lochside regained the lead on 23 minutes when Innes Jackson, free at the back post, had time to pick his spot.

Young Kory Kirkhope had a glorious chance to equalise just before half-time but his shot from inside the ‘D’ went inches wide.
Lochside started the second half the quicker and scored through Lewis Buchanan on 48 minutes to make it 3-1.

Inveraray upped their game and enjoyed a period of possession but a combination of great saves and wasted chances prevented them from scoring.

Euan McMurdo went closest as he brought out an unbelievable save from Dougie MacDonald as the goalie tipped the ball over following a well-worked free hit.

Lochside were clinical though and took their chances with Lewis Buchanan getting his second on 67 minutes following a set-piece.

Lewis Buchanan completed his hat-trick with three minutes remaining with a great 30-yard shot after he was allowed too much time.

Lewis Buchanan up front caused the Inveraray defence problems all day, whilst Lochside’s Blair MacFarlane had a great battle in the middle of the pitch with Kenny Kirkhope.

Taynuilt 5
Ballachulish 0

Taynuilt beat Ballachulish 5-0 at Taynuilt Sports Field.

Taynuilt’s Sandy Leiper served the last game of his suspension, whilst Billy Irving and Fraser MacMillan returned to the side after missing out through work commitments. Ballachulish’s Cain MacPhee was banned.

Both teams went into the match with contrasting fortunes. Ballachulish’s last game was a 7-2 victory over Tayforth, while Taynuilt’s previous outing was a 3-2 defeat to Tayforth.

Billy Irving and Fraser MacMillan combined in the opening minute with Irving laying the ball off to MacMillan who shot low past the keeper to give the hosts a great start.

Play settled down and Lorne Brown had a couple of long range shots which failed to hit the target.

Taynuilt increased their lead after 35 minutes when Craig MacIntyre ran into the box before slipping the ball to Fraser MacMillan to score his second.
Billy Irving scored a third for Taynuilt on the stroke of half-time after a goal mouth scramble and the interval arrived with the hosts three goals up.

The second half was evenly matched with Ballachulish unable to find the target with the chances they created.

Billy Irving showed them how to do it with a snap-shot after 57 minutes to make it 4-0.

This finished the game as a contest and both teams introducing young substitutes for some valuable game time.

The scoring was completed on 87 minutes when Jamie MacFarlane netted from close in to make the final score 5-0 to Taynuilt.

Best for the hosts were Irving, MacMillan and Higgins, whilst Steven Parr had an outstanding game marking Ballachulish danger man Lorne Brown.
Ballachulish gave a below-par performance but retain second spot in the league.

Elsewhere in the division, Tayforth saw off the Glasgow Mid Argyll second team 3-2 at Yoker.

Mowi North Division 2

Kilmallie 1
Strathglass 1

The Kilmallie reserves drew 1-1 with the Strathglass reserves in their noon throw-up at Canal Parks.

Ben MacKinnon put the hosts ahead on the hour, with James Ross equalising on 73 minutes.

Lochcarron stay out in front after defeating Boleskine 5-0 at Battery Park; Strathspey Camanachd were 2-0 winners against Lewis Camanachd at Shawbost and the Beauly seconds beat the Inverness seconds 5-1.