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Oban Camanachd 5
Oban Camanachd recorded a stunning 5-1 victory over Newtonmore in their noon throw-up at the Eilan only seven days after losing by the same scoreline to their opponents in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final.
This was the third meeting between the sides over successive Saturdays.
Newtonmore manager Paul John MacKintosh was forced to make three changes from the previous week with Iain Richardson and Ewen Fraser unavailable and Steven MacDonald suffering a shoulder injury. Iain Robinson was still out with a broken thumb but Glen MacKintosh was able to play. Owen Fraser, Duncan Gorman and David Fraser made up the bench.
Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss revamped his starting line-up with Daniel Cameron going to full back and Andrew MacCuish on the wing behind a speedy forward line of Daniel Sloss, Daniel MacVicar, Daniel MacCuish and Malcolm Clark. Craig Easton and Chrissie MacMillan came into the side. Sloss was again without the injured Willie Neilson and the suspended Scott MacMillan, whilst Gary McKerracher and Aidan MacIntyre were also missing.
The red and blacks got off to a great start when Lorne Dickie gave them the lead within the opening minute. Andrew MacCuish stepped into the centre for the throw-up and when the ball broke out to Lorne Dickie on the wing, he floated the ball in on goal and it deceived Newtonmore keeper Kenny Ross and ended up in the net.
Camanachd hit their hosts with a goal blitz late in the first half. They doubled their lead on 38 minutes when the excellent Lorne Dickie played a high ball forward and Chrissie MacMillan let it drop for Daniel MacVicar whose shot went low and hard into the goal.
Clever play from Daniel MacCuish on the left created Oban Camanachd’s third goal on 42 minutes and Chrissie MacMillan lashed the ball goalwards with his effort beating the keeper at his near post.
A couple of minutes later, the ball was played up to Daniel MacVicar who cut back to Malcolm Clark and his powerful low shot made it 4-0 at the interval.
Newtonmore’s Drew MacDonald pulled a goal back on 75 minutes but it was only to be a consolation effort.
Daniel MacVicar went on a mazy run with a minute remaining and although he was initially dispossessed, the Newtonmore defender slipped and MacVicar reacted first to score.
Newtonmore keeper Kenny Ross made a number of terrific saves in the match, keeping out a good strike from Daniel MacCuish, tipping a top corner effort from Daniel MacVicar over the bar and stopping another from Daniel Madej who had by this time been pushed up front.
The result means Oban Camanachd now trail leaders Kingussie by seven points, but they have played two games fewer.
The Oban side are back in action this Saturday. They will be without the suspended Daniel Cameron when Inveraray visit Mossfield, whilst Newtonmore host Kyles Athletic.
Speaking after the match, Oban Camanachd assistant manager Kenny Wotherspoon said: ‘It’s been a tough week for the club but the boys responded well. Not many teams will go to the Eilan and score five goals against Newtonmore.
‘We could have frozen against a side pushing for the league but we scored four goals without reply in the first half. We went for a speedy forward line and it paid off. The result means we’ve taken away a bit of the soreness from the previous week and we’ll keep going.
‘People will ask why we couldn’t have done this last week and it was important for us to bounce back and we’ll learn from the few games that have gone against us this season.
‘We’ve won the Celtic Society Cup, reached all the other finals, getting the better of Kyles who were the dominant team in the south, and still have five games to play, so it’s been a positive season.
‘We might have fallen short in a couple of matches but we got a great reaction from all the boys today and Stephen and I are proud of every single one of them.
‘We still have a glimmer of hope in the league, although we need Kingussie to slip up and they probably have the easier run in.’
Kingussie took a giant step towards a first Mowi Premiership success since 2009 when they beat Caberfeidh 5-4 at Castle Leod.
Craig Morrison continued his prolific scoring run on nine minutes as he netted for the 21st successive match this season. Kevin Bartlett picked out Morrison who turned and hit the ball first time. Kingussie keeper Rory MacGregor tried to keep the ball out with his foot but it went in.
Referee Graham Cameron awarded Kingussie a penalty on 19 minutes when
Iain McCall brought down Roddy Young and Kieran MacPherson made it 1-1 from the spot.
Roddy Young scored the goal of the match on 23 minutes. Fraser Munro and Ruaridh Anderson were involved in great build-up play and Young finished well to put Kingussie in front.
Savio Genini fired home a great shot from distance, after running onto Ruaridh Anderson’s pass to the right, to make it 3-1 on 26 minutes.
When Kevin Bartlett turned his man and saw his shot come back off the post, Craig Morrison got to the re-bound to make it 3-2 on the half hour mark and, following a first half during which they had the better chances, Kingussie had to settle for a one-goal cushion at the break.
Caberfeidh came much more into it in the second half and Craig Morrison pulled them level straight from the re-start. Caberfeidh won the throw-up and Kevin Bartlett passed the possession on to Craig Morrison who tried to dummy it and the ball bounced in his favour and the Premiership’s top scorer slotted the ball home.
Kingussie made changes at the back with Calum Grant now marking Craig Morrison and Robert Mabon moving to pick up Kevin Bartlett.
Savio Genini got his second on 65 minutes, finishing well after a mazy dribble forward from Roddy Young. Savio Genini completed his hat-trick five minutes later with another fine strike, thumping the ball past the keeper on his forehand, and the ball went into the top left corner of the net.
Craig Morrison took his tally to 36 goals this season when he made it 5-4 with 10 minutes remaining. Blair Morrison lofted a trademark free-hit forward. There was a bit of a melee around the ‘D’ but Craig Morrison kept his composure to tap the ball home.
Kingussie had chances to extend their lead but Caberfeidh keeper Iain McCall made a number of good saves in the game.
Mowi National Division
Oban Celtic 3
Oban Celtic signed off for the season with a creditable 3-3 draw with Glenurquhart at Mossfield.
Oban Celtic were quicker out of the traps and Daniel MacMillan opened the scoring after just three minutes. Neil Carmichael played the ball wide to half forward Jamie Anderson who carried possession 20 yards upfield before finding Daniel MacMillan whose pace took him away from his marker and MacMillan sent a 25-yard shot low into the corner of the net from the angle on the right.
Referee Archie Ritchie awarded Oban Celtic a penalty on eight minutes. Dylan Cooke played in Daniel MacMillan who found Ross MacMillan and he got past his marker but was brought down just inside the ‘D’. Ross MacMillan picked himself up to make it 2-0 with a clean, knee-high strike into the side of the net from the spot.
Oban Celtic’s Daniel MacMillan went off felling unwell on 15 minutes.
The lively Ross MacMillan ran through and rattled the post on 21 minutes before Lennon Campbell made it 3-0 three minutes later. Ross MacMillan was taken down 25 yards out on the left. Jamie Anderson took the free-hit and Lennon Campbell made a great run round the back of the defence before firing the ball into the roof of the net from 25 yards.
Neale Reid pulled a goal back on the half-hour from a twice taken free-hit. Celtic keeper Iain MacFarlane saved from the initial take, putting the ball out for a corner, but referee Archie Ritchie ordered a retake as players weren’t five yards back. This time Neale Reid made a clever run and hit the ball first-time into the side of the net on the angle.
Oban Celtic’s Neil Carmichael took a heavy knock on 40 minutes and although he continued, he had to succumb to injury 10 minutes into the second half. This prompted a major reshuffle with Scott Mossman coming to full centre, Lennon Campbell moving deeper and Keegan McPhee introduced at full forward.
Glenurquhart’s Cameron Bremner was sent off on 65 minutes for flicking his caman at Ross MacMillan, catching the Oban Celtic attacker on the visor.
Oban Celtic played their spare man at the back but despite being a man down, Glenurquhart pressed hard during the closing third of the match, showing good movement and clever play.
They got their reward when Neale Reid took a long ball forward to the side and scored from 25 yards on the angle to make it 3-2 with 10 minutes remaining.
Glenurquhart went all out for a leveller and Ali MacKintosh salvaged a point with a goal a minute from time. Iain MacFarlane saved a rasping Neale Reid shot with his feet and a melee on the goal-line followed with Ali MacKintosh eventually forcing the ball over the line to make it 3-3.
There was a late chance for Oban Celtic to win it but Ross MacMillan blazed an effort over the bar with Daniel MacMillan, now back on the field, in space at the front of the ‘D’.
Oban Celtic had John Hill back in defence and he made a big impact, turning in a very solid performance in what was only his second match of the season.
The draw completes Oban Celtic’s season and they finish fifth in the league.
Glenurquhart are on the road for a third successive Saturday, this time heading for Bute.
Speaking after the game, Oban Celtic assistant manager Les Kinvig said: ‘Glenurquhart are a good team and we just wanted to give them a game after taking a beating against them earlier in the season. We scored some good goals but Glenurquhart finished the match strongly. Their experience and fitness showed and we were under the cosh during the last 15 minutes. We set out to finish above Bute, Strathglass and Beauly this season, and not only have we achieved that but we have secured a point more than last season.’
Glasgow Mid Argyll 3
Glasgow Mid Argyll moved into the division’s second promotion spot after beating Strathglass 3-0 at Cannich.
GMA took the lead through Iain Luke on eight minutes.
Jamie McFadyen added a second on 11 minutes and Calum McLay made it 3-0 on 17 minutes.
Mowi North Division 1
Skye Camanachd 3
League leaders Glengarry’s title chances suffered a blow when they surrendered a two-goal lead to go down 3-2 to the Skye Camanachd second team at Craigard.
John MacKinnon put Glengarry ahead on eight minutes and Steven Cameron made it 2-0 on 32 minutes.
A quick-fire double from Skye’s Iain Nicolson on 63 and 66 minutes brought the score back to 2-2 and Skye’s Ross Gordon grabbed the winner with 15 minutes remaining.
Glengarry now face the Newtonmore seconds home and away in their final two league fixtures, with the first of these at Craigard this Saturday.
Newtonmore trail Glengarry by seven points but have five games in hand.
But Glengarry know they will take the title if they win their final two games.
Raymond Rennie scored five times and Jamie Matheson grabbed a hat-trick as the Lovat second team came from two goals down at the interval to beat the Inverness first team 8-2 at Balgate.
Duncan Matheson grabbed a hat-trick as the Kinlochshiel colts beat the Glenurquhart colts 5-2 at a Reraig.
Mowi South Division 1
Kyles Athletic 3
Lochside Rovers 0
Lochside Rovers were back in action after an absence of four weeks, losing 3-0 against the Kyles Athletic first team at Tighnabruaich.
George Easton took charge of Lochside Rovers and whilst he was without the suspended Scott Robertson, Blair MacFarlane and Ross Campbell played and Easton gave valuable game time to 13- year-old Calum MacMillan, 14-year-old Louis MacFarlane and 14- year-old Innes Jackson who all gathered great experience ahead of next season. They all played very well but Louis MacFarlane at half back was probably Lochside’s top performer.
The match had an end of season feel to it. Kyles took the lead on 15 minutes when a defensive slip allowed former Skye Camanachd player Stewart Taylor a shot on the angle from the right and he made no mistake.
Luke Thornton made it 2-0 on 40 minutes when he slipped his marker and with Lochside keeper Brian MacCallum coming out to narrow the angle, Thornton tucked the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
David MacMillan turned the clock back as he replaced his son Calum MacMillan for the final third of the match.
Ewen Mitchell turned his marker to add a third on 65 minutes, slotting the ball low to the keeper’s right.
The match marked a final game in charge for one of shinty’s top Grade 1 referees, Lachie Wood, who hasn’t claimed a match fee for the last three seasons.
Both sides thanked him for his dedication to the game of shinty at the end of the match.
Glasgow Mid Argyll 1
Taynuilt go sixth in the division after beating the Glasgow Mid Argyll colts 5-1 on a heavy Taynuilt Sports Field.
GMA made the journey north by train which was a throw-back to the past.
Taynuilt welcomed back Billy Irving and it only took him five minutes to open the scoring.
A quick double from Zander Kilmurray on 10 and 20 minutes had the hosts 3-0 ahead, although veteran Angus MacInnes reduced the deficit on 25 minutes.
Taynuilt took a deserved 3-1 lead into the break but the next goal was always going to be important and it was the home team who got it thanks to a long-range strike from David Campbell with 15 minutes remaining.
Taynuilt’s Ali Cameron rounded off the scoring with an effort a minute from time.
GMA put up a spirited showing, with Jamie Macleod catching the eye.
Taynuilt’s final match is at Lochside Rovers this Saturday.
Mowi North Division 2
The Beauly reserves go second in North 2 after beating the Kilmallie reserves 3-0 at Braeview Park.
Finlay MacLennan put the hosts ahead on 15 minutes with what would be the only goal of the first half.
Duncan Anderson made it 2-0 on the hour whilst he got his second and Beauly’s third a minute from time.