Lochside win Bullough Cup

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Bullough Cup final

Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Lochside Rovers 4

Lochside Rovers added the Bullough Cup to the HIS Sutherland Cup, won earlier in the season, when they beat the Glasgow Mid Argyll second team 4-1 in their 4pm throw up at Strachurmore.

The Glasgow side made the better start on the spongy surface and Lochside had to rely on a fine early double-stop from keeper Dougie MacDonald; first saving with his feet from John McNulty before keeping out Seb MacMillan’s effort from the rebound.

Lochside managed their first shot on target on 12 minutes with Lewis Buchanan’s effort down the middle saved by GMA goalie Jonathon Oates.

Oates again denied Buchanan on 20 minutes, this time stopping a low strike, before play switched to the other end and, on 29 minutes, John McNulty’s strike from wide out the left, from fully 30 yards range, went just over the far top corner of the goal.

However, Lochside went in front a minute later when Jamie MacGillivray played the ball from wide on the left to Lewis Buchanan, who lost his marker 30 yards out and he drifted the ball into the roof of the net to make it 1-0.

Referee Ewan MacDonald ruled out a Jamie MacGillivray effort on 36 minutes as Innes Jackson was in an offside position.

Lochside had the chance to double their lead on 41 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Ross Campbell was pushed in the back inside the D. Lewis Buchanan stepped up but his strike went wide of goal.

Lochside did get their second however just a couple of minutes later as Michael MacQueen, who had come on for youngster Innes Jackson, took a neatly slipped pass from Lewis Buchanan before hitting a good low drive from 20 yards to make it 2-0 with what was practically his first touch of the game.

The interval score was perhaps harsh on GMA who had the better of the first 30 minutes but Lochside never looked back after going in front.

Craig MacDougall made it 3-0 on 63 minutes when Michael MacQueen’s corner fell for him at the back post and his low shot deceived the keeper.

Lewis Buchanan got his second on 73 minutes to finish the tournament’s top scorer. Blair MacFarlane made a strong run forward from midfield and he touched the ball to Buchanan who ran away from his marker before shooting low into the net.

GMA finished strongly and when Nick Lavin found himself free to the left of the penalty spot on 88 minutes, he fired the ball into the top corner of the net.

Scott Robertson was Lochside’s top performer throughout and their captain Jordan Kerr stepped forward to collect the Bullough Cup from Jock Turner from the Camanachd Association.

Mowi Premiership

Kingussie 2

Newtonmore 2

Conor Jones scored late into stoppage time to earn Newtonmore an unlikely draw with neighbours Kingussie in their 6.30pm throw up at the Dell on Friday August 2.

It was confirmed ahead of throw up that Kingussie would host the 2020 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final and the Dell surface was in superb condition for this fourth Badenoch derby of the season which was broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

’More took the lead on 10 minutes. There seemed little danger when Fraser MacKintosh won the ball around 35 yards out but when he lofted the ball goalwards, keeper Rory MacGregor misjudged the flight of the ball in the bright sun and it dropped by his outstretched hand and into the net.

Kingussie were denied a leveller on 36 minutes. Ruaridh Anderson ran onto a superb diagonal ball from James Falconer and although he was fouled by Rory Kennedy, Anderson quickly got to his feet and darted into the D to score but referee Calum Girvan had already blown for a home free-hit.

Kingussie equalised on 56 minutes. Fraser Munro’s hit-in from the left went over Andy MacKintosh and fell for Ruaridh Anderson on the right of the D and his firm, low shot from the tightest angle beat keeper Kenny Ross to make it 1-1.

With 15 minutes remaining, Kingussie’s Robert Mabon held off Evan Menzies as he played a clearance out of defence. Ruaridh Anderson, the obvious choice as man of the match, took the ball down before picking out James Falconer on the right. Falconer allowed the ball to stop before sending a superb, swerving shot into the top corner of the net to make it 2-1. It was a great goal and no more than the Kings deserved.

With the derby three minutes into stoppage time, Kieran MacPherson was penalised for a push in the back on Ewen Fraser wide on the left of midfield. Iain Richardson’s quick free-hit found Jamie Robinson on the left. Robinson played the ball inside to Conor Jones who held off Rory MacKeachan before lifting the ball on his left side, over keeper MacGregor’s left shoulder, to make it 2-2 and snatch what could yet be a crucial point in this title race.

Referee Calum Girvan blew for time and then took the match to a penalty shoot-out to decide the Sir Tommy MacPherson Memorial Trophy.

The first round of penalties finished 3-3 so the players lined up once more in the same order and Alex Michie scored again to make it 4-3. Steven Macdonald, who converted earlier in the shoot-out and who also scored twice from the spot in the previous weekend’s Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final win over Caberfeidh, fired his penalty just over the bar to give Kingussie their first-ever Sir Tommy MacPherson Memorial Trophy success.

Kingussie captain Robert Mabon came forward to accept the prize but the Kingussie camp must have had in mind the point that got away.

Oban Camanachd 4

Kilmallie 0

Oban Camanachd showed no ill-effects from last week’s defeat to Kingussie as they beat Kilmallie 4-0 in their noon throw up at Mossfield.

The early throw up allowed the Oban players and committee members to make their way to Strachur afterwards for the Bullough Cup final between Lochside Rovers and the Glasgow Mid Argyll seconds.

Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss had Daniel MacCuish back from injury and he joined the attack. Keith MacMillan and Blair MacFarlane came in to take the wing centre positions whilst Garry Lord also returned. Scott MacMillan, who was a booking away from a two-match suspension, joined David Lafferty, Gary McKerracher, Willie Neilson and Aidan MacIntyre on a strong home bench.

Kilmallie’s Innes Blackhall was suspended whilst boss John Stewart was also without the services of Liam Cameron, Jordan MacPhee, Andrew Mcalister, Michael Rodger and Aaron Sandison.

Kilmallie started well, Liam MacDonald pulled an early chance wide of Cameron Sutherland’s post after a good lay off by Daniel Stewart.

Oban Camanachd took the lead on 19 minutes. Keith MacMillan’s initial corner was blocked but when he played the second corner in, Daniel MacCuish touched the ball down and Daniel Cameron sent a neat drive into the net to make it 1-0.

Kilmallie’s Ryan Stewart had to go off in the first half with a pulled hamstring and he was replaced with Lewis Birrell at wing centre.

Daniel Cameron’s strike was the only goal of the first half but Oban Camanachd doubled their lead six minutes into the second period. Andrew MacCuish saw a smart shot from the edge of the D well-saved with his feet by Kilmallie keeper Shane Gillies but Daniel MacVicar was quickly in, ghosting past his marker and flicking the ball high into the net.

The next goal was always going to be crucial and it came on the hour when Daniel MacCuish’s shot came back to Andrew MacCuish and he netted to make it 3-0.

Kilmallie wing back Cam Clark, who represented the Scotland U17s during the week, had to go off injured with 30 minutes to go and was replaced by Bryan MacKay who went on to wing forward with Iain MacIntyre to wing centre and Stephen Macalister to wing back.

Daniel Cameron and Blair MacFarlane came off for the hosts, with the latter dashing to Strachur to play for Lochside, in favour of Willie Neilson and Aidan MacIntyre.

Oban Camanachd showed good levels of fitness and they kept Kilmallie pinned back to the extent that they struggled to get up the park at times.

Aidan MacIntyre added a fourth with 20 minutes remaining, scoring the goal of the game. The hosts broke up a Kilmallie attack with Daniel MacCuish picking the ball up in the centre line and he played a one-two with Lorne Dickie and with forwards Andrew MacCuish, Willie Neilson and Daniel MacVicar all involved, the ball came back to Daniel MacCuish who sent it wide to Lorne Dickie and he picked out Aidan MacIntyre who unleashed a rocket-shot which flew into the net before bouncing back out; off the inside of the stanchion.

Gary McKerracher came on for the hosts late in the match and the win sets Oban Camanachd up nicely as they embark on a crucial double-header; against Kyles Athletic in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-finals at Strachurmore this coming Saturday and against Kingussie in the Artemis Macaulay Cup final at Mossfield a week later.

Oban Camanachd assistant manager Kenny Wotherspoon said afterwards: ‘Our defence was rarely troubled in the second half and it was good to bounce back from what wasn’t the best performance against Kingussie the previous week. We didn’t play well in that game but almost stole a draw so that shows what we have to offer.’

Turning his attentions to this coming Saturday’s Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final with Kyles Athletic at Strachurmore, Wotherspoon added: ‘It’s massive but we will just go about it like any other game. We’ll try and get our tactics right on the day and take it from there.’

Kinlochshiel 7

Caberfeidh 0

Kinlochshiel marked the opening of their new pitch at Reraig with a 7-0 victory over Caberfeidh.

Former Beauly keeper Josh Grant made his home debut for ’Shiel whilst both Finlay MacRae and Jordan Fraser returned to the starting line-up. However Duncan Matheson was unavailable. Cabers missed key players Craig Morrison, Blair Morrison and Kevin Bartlett, who were all at a family wedding.

Craig Morrison, with 26 goals already this season, was a particular loss having scored in his last 15 successive matches. Second team keeper Iain McCall started at full forward.

Not many supporters would have predicted Mark MacDonald to score Kinlochshiel’s first goal on their new pitch but, after just six minutes, MacDonald flew into a terrific blocking tackle wide on the right, just inside the Cabers half, and he launched the ball high on the Caberfeidh goal. Ewan Pilcher got his club to the dropping ball but couldn’t keep it out of the net.

There was no doubt about the second goal on 11 minutes which was a superb Donald Nixon finish, following a Jordan Fraser flick, fired shin-high across the keeper and into the corner of the net from the ’Shiel left.

John MacRae opened his account on 35 minutes, using his strength to hold off his marker before flicking Donald Nixon’s hit into the keeper’s left to make it 3-0.

It was John MacRae again just three minutes later, exchanging passes with Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae, who sent a bouncing shot home.

Ali Nixon added a fourth on 42 minutes when his low shot from John MacRae’s scooped pass deceived the keeper to make it 5-0 at half-time.

John MacRae completed his hat-trick four minutes into the second half with the goal of the match. David Falconer broke up a Caberfeidh attack on the right before finding Donald Nixon and he held off his marker before playing a one-two with Jordan Fraser. Nixon picked out John MacRae, who beat a couple of players before exchanging passes with substitute Martin MacRae and then slotting the ball low into the net.

Jordan Fraser rounded off the scoring on 74 minutes.

Conor Cormack, playing at full centre for ’Shiel, played the ball forward to man-of-the-match John MacRae whose perfectly weighted pass picked out Jordan Fraser’s run from left to right and Fraser smashed the ball into the net.

Inveraray 1

Kyles Athletic 5

Sixth-placed Kyles Athletic are six points off the top of the table with two games in hand after beating Inveraray 5-1 at the Winterton.

Inveraray had Lewis Montgomery free of his three-match ban but player/manager Ruaraidh Graham and Allan MacDonald were still banned.

Paul MacArthur was back for Kyles with Scott MacDonald making his return from the bench. Callum Millar, Donald Irvine and Grant Irvine remained out.

Robbie MacLeod broke the deadlock on 35 minutes. Paul MacArthur floated a free-hit, 10 yards from the corner flag on the left, across the penalty spot to Robbie MacLeod who scored.

Young Ruaraidh Graham was credited with Inveraray’s 51-minute leveller although the ball went in off Kyles wing back Innes Macdonald. Fraser Watt’s half-hit shot across goals from the left was diverted past John Whyte from the edge of the D by the unfortunate Macdonald to make it 1-1.

Robbie MacLeod got his second to put Kyles back in front just 10 minutes after the restart. Conor Kennedy played a cross-field pass and Robbie MacLeod turned the ball back from his right to his left before driving into the roof of the net from 15 yards range.

Ross MacRae made it 3-1 on 75 minutes, turning home a rebound following a Paul MacArthur shot and MacRae tapped the ball home from a Rupert Williamson corner just five minutes later to claim his second goal of the game.

Robbie MacLeod completed his hat-trick from the edge of the D a minute from time with Ross MacRae and Cairn Limbert involved in the lead-up play.

Kyles have a concern over Neil MacVicar, who came off midway through the second half, showing the ill-effects from an ankle injury picked up in the previous week’s defeat to Kinlochshiel.

Mowi National Division

Glasgow Mid Argyll 10

Bute 0

Glasgow Mid Argyll boosted their promotion chances when they beat bottom side Bute 10-0 in their noon throw up at Yoker.

Bute started brightly but they fell behind on four minutes when Duncan MacRae’s shot bounced in from a tight angle.

GMA, who were without Gary Luke, went on to score six more times before the break.

Calum McLay twice finished low into the net on six and seven minutes before referee Robert Baxter pointed to the spot on 10 minutes after Iain Luke was impeded.

Craig Anderson blasted to spot-hit into the roof of the net to make it 4-0.

Bute keeper Kevin Queen made good saves from Mark Bain and Iain Luke before Calum McLay finished high into the net to complete his hat-trick on 27 minutes and he added two more on 33 and 35 with smart finishing from the edge of the D to make it 7-0 at half-time.

GMA continued to attack from the restart and when an Oliver MacRae shot was saved by Queen on 47 minutes, Duncan MacRae turned the rebound inside to post for number eight.

Oliver MacRae had an effort ruled out for offside before Calum McLay rounded off a terrific individual performance with goals on 63 and 73 minutes to make it 10-0.

Next up for GMA is a meeting with Oban Celtic at Yoker this coming Saturday.

Mowi North Division 1

Glenurquhart 1

Fort William 0

The Glenurquhart seconds edged out the Fort William seconds with a 1-0 win at Blairbeg.

The only goal of the game came on the hour when James Hurwood lobbed a free-hit to Neale Reid, just further out from the penalty area and he controlled the ball before turning his marker and driving the ball low through the keeper.

Mowi South Division 1

Taynuilt 3

Inveraray 2

Taynuilt saw off a second half fight-back from the Inveraray second team to win 3-2 in a thrilling match at the Taynuilt Sports Field.

Taynuilt were five players short from the previous week’s team and, with both goalies unavailable, George Reid stepped in between the sticks.

Inveraray’s David MacPherson was unavailable through work commitments.

Both teams had chances early on but it was Taynuilt who took the lead in fortuitous circumstances on 15 minutes when a cross from the wide area deflected off Inveraray defender Donald Ferguson and ended up in the bottom corner of the net.

Taynuilt doubled their lead on 40 minutes after a superb run from Jamie MacFarlane saw him dribble from midfield to the Inveraray D before firing a waist-high shot to the keeper’s right to make it 2-0 at the break.

Inveraray pushed for the goal that would get them back into the game and Peter McIntyre and Kenny Kirkhope came close; both hitting the bar.

Inveraray eventually got their goal on 66 minutes when the ball broke out to Campbell Watt on the edge of the D and he fired a low, powerful strike into the bottom right corner to make the score 2-1.

Inveraray were level just a couple of minutes later when Peter McIntyre fired a shot into the top right corner from far out; giving the keeper no chance.

Both teams pushed for a winner and it was Taynuilt who grabbed both points with a goal just four minutes from time. Zander Kilmurray made the difference after turning his man before striking the ball knee-high across the keeper to make it 3-2.

There was late drama as Inveraray had a goal disallowed with a minute remaining. Following a goalmouth scrabble, an attempted clearance out of the Taynuilt defence deflected off Inveraray’s Peter McIntyre and ended up in the back of the net but was ruled out by referee Iain Kennedy for a ‘kick’.

The win lifts Taynuilt above Inveraray to seventh in the table and they have games in hand on most of the teams above them.

Col Glen 1

Tayforth 2

Tayforth scored twice in the last 20 minutes to win 2-1 against Col Glen at Glendaruel.

Mowi North Division 2

Kilmallie 5

Lewis Camanachd 0

The Kilmallie colts defeated Lewis Camanachd 5-0 at the Canal Parks.

Andrew Gibb on two minutes and Ross MacKenzie on six minutes got Kilmallie off to a great start.

Michael Rodger made it 3-0 on the half hour and the hosts took that advantage into the break.

Andrew Gibb got his second on 62 minutes with Ben MacKinnon rounding off the 5-0 win on 76 minutes.

Mowi South Division 2

Glenorchy 4

Aberdour 0

Glenorchy return to the top of the league on goal difference after they beat the Aberdour second team 4-0 at the Mart Park.

Conor Sartain put the hosts ahead on 44 minutes with Kieran McKay making it 2-0 on 61 minutes.

Conor Sartain got his second on 67 minutes with Kieran McKay doing like-wide three minutes from time.
Glenorchy now lead Kilmory on goal difference. Both sides have two matches remaining and they are due to meet at MacRae Park in the final match of the season.

Sitekit Scotland U17 Ireland Tour

Scotland U17 completed another successful Ireland tour, sponsored by Sitekit, recording wins against both Kildare U17 and Dublin U17 on their annual visit to the Emerald Isle.

The Scots opened by beating Kildare U17 (5-3-5) 26-7 (0-0-7) at the 6,200 capacity St Conleth’s Park, a home of County Kildare GAA.

Lachie Shaw grabbed a hat-trick whilst Liam Borthwick and Conor Kennedy also found the net.

Lachie Shaw took his tally to 11 points with a two-pointer whilst Ross Gordon and Calum Grover also converted two-points.

Conor Kennedy totalled four points with an effort over the bar. Lewis Clark, Kieran MacPherson and two singles from Duncan Matheson completed the Scotland scoring.

Next up was the annual meeting with Dublin U17 at Parnell Park the following day and Scotland U17 made it two wins out of two, winning (10-3-3) 39-6 (0-0-6).

The Scots were again cheered on from the stands by an impressive support and the large Dublin panel put up a strong fight throughout.

Ross Gordon grabbed a hat-trick whilst Duncan Matheson and Lachie Shaw both scored twice.

Martin Pringle and Kieran MacPherson and Liam Borthwick scored the other Scotland goals.

Lachie Shaw converted three two pointers taking his tally over the two matches to 23 points.

There were single point efforts from Martin Pringle, Ross Gordon, Cam Clark and Liam Borthwick.

The Dubs took much from the composite rules game with James O’Brien and Davie Keogh amongst their scorers.

As usual, the goalscorers grabbed the headlines but there were other fine performances throughout the squad with Daniel Sloss, William MacKinnon and Jamie Gillies worthy of special mention.

Scotland U17 squad: Calum Grover (Newton-more), Jamie Gillies (Skye Camanachd), Daniel Sloss, (Oban Camanachd), Cameron MacIntosh (Glenurquhart), Ryan Boyle (Fort William), Ryan Craig (Bute), William MacKinnon (Skye Camanachd), Kieran MacPherson (Kingussie), Cam Clark (Kilmallie), Lachie Shaw (Fort William), Conor Kennedy (Kyles Athletic), Duncan Matheson (Kinlochshiel), Liam Borthwick (Kingussie), Ross Gordon (Skye Camanachd), Martin Pringle (Skye Camanachd), Alistair MacRae (Fort William), Lewis Clark (Fort William).