Shinty round-up Saturday June 12

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There were goals galore on the second weekend of the shinty season on Saturday June 12.

South shinty

Mowi Senior League C

Oban Camanachd 13 Aberdour 0

Oban Camanachd returned to Mossfield after a long absence and proved too strong for Aberdour, winning 13-0.

Aberdour travelled west in the knowledge this 1.30pm throw-up was always going to be a tough encounter for the side promoted to the National Division for the first time at the end of the 2019 shinty season.

Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss had Scott MacMillan back and he started on the bench. Garry Lord was unavailable.

Kieran Pritchard debuted on the wing for Aberdour, the 15-year-old having never even featured for the Aberdour second team.

Oban Camanachd, who struggled to breakdown a stubborn Glasgow Mid Argyll side a week earlier, were clinical in front of goal and took the lead in the opening minute when Daniel MacCuish scored after a good passing move.

Connor Howe added a second a couple of minutes later before Daniel MacVicar displayed good finishing to net on 11, 24, 29 and 41 minutes, including a couple of shots from distance, to make it 6-0 at the interval.

Craig Callaghan in the Aberdour goal made some great reaction saves to restrict the deficit at the break.

The second half continued in the same vein as the Aberdour defence worked tirelessly under constant pressure.

Substitute Scott MacMillan came off the bench to score on 51 minutes and Lewis Buchanan, four minutes later, continued the goal deluge.

Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss was rotating his forward line and Daniel Madej bagged a brace on 68 and 71 minutes to make it double figures.

Daniel Sloss made the most of a rare chance up front when he scored on 74 minutes and Connor Howe took his account to four goals with efforts on 77 and 86 minutes to make it 13-0.

Aberdour did create occasional opportunities and battled to the end.

Speaking afterwards, Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss said: ‘It’s difficult to take much from such a one-sided game. We rotated the boys for most of the match to get players on the ball.

‘I felt for Aberdour. They were playing South 1 shinty in 2019 before reaching the national so this was a big step up but they never gave up. It’s just the way the leagues are at the moment.

‘We needed to score goals after drawing a blank against GMA the week before. They were all decent goals too, quite a variety, and they needed to be to get past their keeper who was outstanding.

“It was also good to have Scott MacMillan back. He’s a very talented player but just needs to catch up on his fitness.’

Oban Camanachd and Lochside Rovers don’t have games this Saturday as this is their designated ‘free’ weekend.

Kyles Athletic 3 Glasgow Mid Argyll 2

Kyles Athletic beat Glasgow Mid Argyll 3-2 at the Playing Fields, Tighnabruaich.

Former Skye player Stewart Grant put GMA ahead on six minutes when a ball over the top caught out the home defence.

However, Ross Macrae equalised from the re-start and it remained 1-1 until the break.

Ross Macrae got his second seven minutes into the second half and Innes MacDonald made it 3-1 with a good shot from a tight angle on 66 minutes.

Craig Anderson made it 3-2 four minutes from time, but Kyles stayed in front to take the points.

Inveraray P Oban Celtic P

Inveraray and Oban Celtic agreed to reschedule their match at the Winterton to Tuesday June 15 with a 7pm throw-up.

Mowi South League A

Ballachulish 1 Lochside Rovers 2

Lochside Rovers came from a goal down to beat Ballachulish 2-1 at Jubilee Park.

Ballachulish were along usual lines with their five substitutes including former Scotland player John MacDonald.

Lochside had keeper Dougie MacDonald back in goal. Chrissie MacMillan started at full forward, joined in attack by David Cameron who made a return to shinty after a spell playing rugby.

Lochside started with the wind in their favour but were unable to find a way past Ballachulish keeper Kenny Michie who made a number of fine stops including stretching his right foot out to turn Chrissie MacMillan’s 20-yard effort from the right around the post.

Ballachulish introduced John MacDonald before the mid-point of the first half and young Lochside defender Louis MacFarlane did really well against his more experienced opponent.

Lochside suffered a blow on the half-hour mark when Chrissie MacMillan was forced off with what looked like a back problem. Fourteen-year-old Alexander MacDonald came on in his place, making only his second Lochside appearance.

Ballachulish made a good start to the second half, with John MacDonald now more influential. They took the lead on 55 minutes when Lewis Bryson struck the ball across a helpless keeper and into the net from outside the ‘D’.

Lochside levelled on the hour when substitute Alexander MacDonald fired a ball from the left into the opposite top corner of the net for what was a brilliant finish.

Lochside were boosted by the goal and took the lead three minutes later when Ross Campbell, who had a terrific battle in midfield with Cain MacPhee, sent the ball forward. It broke to Robbie Brown on the left and his shot deceived the keeper to make it 2-1.

Lochside almost extended their advantage but Callum Kirsop’s 30-yard effort was tipped over the bar by Kenny Michie.

Ballachulish finished strongly, but the Lochside backline of Scott Robertson and Jordan Kerr, alongside youngsters Callum MacMillan and Louis MacFarlane, were in no mood to let the Oban side’s lead slip.

Lochside Rovers manager Gareth Evans was delighted and said: ‘This was one of the best performances I’ve seen from a Lochside team over the six or seven years I’ve managed the side. I’m so pleased with the way the players stood up to the challenge and three points from two tough opening games is more than we could have expected.’

Col Glen 3 Inveraray 2

Col Glen came from two goals down to beat Inveraray’s second team 3-2 at Glendaruel.

Inveraray raced into a two-goal lead with Steven Cameron on 10 minutes and Campbell Watt on 15 minutes scoring.

Chris Blair pulled a goal back on the half-hour so the visitors took a 2-1 advantage into the break.

Sandy Paterson turned the match Col Glen’s way with a brace on 65 and 75 minutes to give the home side a 3-2 victory.

Bute P Taynuilt P

The match between Bute and Taynuilt at the Meadows was postponed because of travel restrictions.

Mowi South League B

Aberdour 0 Bute 7

The Bute seconds won 7-0 against the Aberdour seconds in their 2pm throw-up at Silversands.

Leon MacMillan scored twice with Marcus Plank on target five times.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Kyles Athletic 0

The Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) colts defeated the Kyles Athletic colts 2-0 at Peterson Park.

Duncan Mitchell scored the only goal of the first half on 35 minutes and Iain Luke doubled GMA’s advantage on 65 minutes.

Tayforth were the free team in this five-team division.

Mowi Central League

Oban Celtic 4 Lochaber 6

There was late heartbreak for the Oban Celtic seconds as three goals in the final three  minutes meant they lost 6-4 to the Lochaber second team at Ganavan.

Lochaber’s David Langan scored on 11 and 13 minutes, but Keegan MacPhee on 28 minutes and Joe MacVicar on 38 minutes made it 2-2 at the break.

David Langan completed his hat-trick three minutes after the re-start but Andrew MacDonald’s quick-fire brace on 69 and 71 minutes had Oban Celtic ahead for the first time in the match.

It stayed that way until late in the match with David Langan getting his fourth goal of the afternoon on 88 minutes to make it 4-4.

There was worse to follow for the Oban side as Neil MacDonald on 89 minutes and Rolands Frieman on the stroke of full time sealed a 6-4 victory.

Kilmory P Glenorchy P

Kilmory were unable to raise a team for the second successive Saturday, this time their 2pm throw-up against Glenorchy at MacRae Park.

Ardnamurchan P – P Kilmallie

The meeting between Ardnamurchan and the Kilmallie seconds was postponed due to ongoing covid restrictions in Lochaber.

All throw-ups were at 2.30pm unless the match report states differently.

North shinty

Mowi Senior League A

Kinlochshiel 3 Glenurquhart 1

Kinlochshiel lead Mowi Senior League A after beating Glenurquhart 3-1 at Rèaraig.

Jordan Fraser gave Kinlochshiel the lead on five minutes with what was the only goal of the first half.

Duncan Matheson, who featured in defence for Kinlochshiel in recent weeks, added two more goals on 51 and 62 minutes.

Glenurquhart Jed Stoddart pulled a goal back a couple of minutes later but it was Kinlochshiel’s day.

Lochaber P Skye Camanachd P

The meeting between Lochaber and Skye Camanachd was postponed due to ongoing covid restrictions in Lochaber.

Kilmallie P Fort William P

The meeting between Kilmallie and Fort William was postponed due to ongoing covid restrictions in Lochaber.

Mowi Senior League B

Caberfeidh 0 Kingussie 13

Kingussie turned on the style as they beat Caberfeidh 13-0 at Castle Leod.

Caberfeidh boss Jodi Gorski was missing the injured Blair Morrison as well as Kevin Bartlett whilst Craig Morrison, who was unwell in the lead up to the game, started on the bench.

Kingussie manager John Gibson also had a number of absentees including Roddy Young, who has a pulled hamstring, Rory MacKeachan, Lee Bain, Fraser Munro and James Hutchison. Ryan Borthwick returned at wing back whilst youngster Iain Fraser and boss John Gibson were on the bench.

James Falconer opened the scoring on four minutes with a backhand shot from around the penalty spot which went into the corner of the net.

Dylan Borthwick made it 3-0 with goals on 8 and 12 minutes and Savio Genini grabbed a hat-trick with goals on 15, 21 and 27 minutes.

James Falconer got his second from near the penalty spot on the half-hour, this time on his forehand, and Falconer completed his hat-trick eight minutes later when he ran from the middle of the park, before darting past the full back and the keeper to make it 8-0.

Kingussie youngster Iain Fraser came off the bench to score on 41 and 46 minutes as the Kings made it 10-0.

Savio Genini got his fourth goal of the afternoon on 65 minutes, whilst Iain Fraser completed his hat-trick on 68 minutes.

A fourth goal from James Falconer completed the scoring on 72 minutes when he went on a mazy run by his marker then the full back before tucking the ball past the keeper to make it 13-0.

Lovat 3 Beauly 2

A stoppage time goal from Lewis Tawse gave Lovat a 3-2 victory over neighbours Beauly at Balgate.

Beauly took the early initiative with Ross Forbes scoring on eight and 19 minutes. The Beauly full forward opened the scoring when he cut in from the left before slotting the ball past Stuart MacDonald in the Lovat goal.

Forbes then found space before blasting a great drive home to make it 2-0.

It stayed that way until 20 minutes from time when Fraser Heath, who came off the bench at half time, pulled a goal back from close range.

With just 10 minutes remaining, Fraser Heath got his second with a brilliant strike into the top corner of the net to make it 2-2 and his goal looked to have rescued a point for Lovat.

However, as the match moved a couple of minutes into stoppage time, Lewis Tawse surged forward from midfield and found the net to give Lovat a 3-2 victory.

One concern for Lovat is the hand injury suffered by Martin Mainland which looks likely to keep him sidelined for several weeks.

Newtonmore 5 Strathglass 1

Newtonmore staged a second half comeback to defeat Strathglass 5-1 at the Eilan.

Newtonmore played with the elements in the first half but Strathglass keeper Adam Todd was equal to their efforts.

Strathglass took a shock lead on 39 minutes when Ruairidh Strachan found space in front of goal to turn home a rebound following Owen Fraser’s save.

Referee Willie MacDonald awarded the hosts a penalty a minute into the second half after Michael Russell was up-ended inside the box and Steven Macdonald fired the ball low past the keeper.

Iain Robinson added a second on 52 minutes with a turn and shot following Steven Macdonald’s free-hit from inside his own half.

Michael Russell cut in from the right on 63 minutes to score a fine individual goal from inside the ‘D’.

Drew MacDonald made it 4-1 from a tight angle on the left on 71 minutes when Strathglass failed to clear their lines.

Max Campbell rounded off the scoring on 76 minutes, finishing off a good move which saw Steven Macdonald turn defence into attack and Craig Macleod running down the left before finding Campbell and the edge of the ‘D’ and his rising shot beat the keeper.

Mowi North League A

Fort William 0 Glengarry 3

Glengarry are the team to beat in Mowi North League A as they defeated the Fort William second team 3-0 at An Aird.

Fort William won the toss and opted to start with the wind in their favour, towards the Caol end of the ground.

Both teams started well, but Glengarry looked the more threatening in front of goal.

On 19 minutes, a good Rhuairaidh MacDonald hit-in from the right found Nick Dalgety on the left but instead of shooting on his backhand, Dalgety tried to switch the ball onto his forehand giving a Fort defender the chance to block the shot and the ball went out for a corner.

Dalgety made amends a couple of minutes later, however, when a lovely flick from Raymond Robertson found him 20 yards from goal and he blasted the ball past a helpless keeper.

Fort William’s Mark Fraser pulled the trigger on 24 minutes from around 23 yards on the left but Glengarry keeper Gordon MacDonald calmly saved with his stick before clearing the ball to safety.

Glengarry extended their lead on 28 minutes when veteran Steven Cameron sent a lovely ball into the Fort defence where Raymond Robertson took it down 15 yards from goal, turned on his backhand and fired the ball into the corner of the net.

A couple of minutes later, Shaun Nicolson’s 20-yard shot was well saved by Stuart Disher but with the rebound still in the ‘D’, a defender accidently kicked the ball out for a corner and referee John Angus Gillies pointed to the penalty spot. However, Nick Dalgety spurned the opportunity as Stuart Disher saved the spot-hit. The ball came out of the ‘D’ and Dalgety scored from the re-bound but Matthew Ross had remained inside the ‘D’ and the effort was chalked off for offside.

Matthew Ross found space 20 yards out on 38 minutes, but Stuart Disher brilliantly turned his piledriver away with his stick.

Glengarry scored the goal of the match on 53 minutes with a passing move that started with Rhuairaidh MacDonald on the right before the ball was played to Matthew Ross who played it across to Raymond Robertson who found Shaun Nicolson who sent a 15-yard shot screaming into the roof of the net to make it 3-0.

The game went flat for a time but picked up in the final third. Stuart Disher made a tremendous save with his right foot to deny Raymond Robertson who was free on the right and the keeper cleared the ball for a corner.

This was a good, clean contest with no bookings.

Glengarry looked strong in all areas of the park. Keeper Gordon MacDonald made several amazing saves, full back John MacKinnon had a great tussle with Mark Fraser and was the man of the match. Steven Cameron led the centre line Nick Dalgety was creative in attack.

Fort William should take encouragement from their performance. Mark Fraser created plenty up front and 16-year-old Craig MacDonald was excellent in defence with keeper Stuart Disher their top performer.

Skye Camanachd 7 Lochcarron 4

The Skye Camanachd second team came from 3-1 down to beat Lochcarron 7-4 in an exciting contest at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Iain MacLellan gave Skye the lead on 10 minutes but Calum Dean Morris levelled four  minutes later.

Niall Arnott put Lochcarron, who travelled with just 12 players, in front on 17 minutes and another from Calum Dean Morris on 25 minutes made it 3-1.

A second from Iain MacLellan on 40 minutes cut Lochcarron’s lead to 3-2 at the break.

Skye made a great start to the second half with Taylor Matheson levelling the contest with a smart shot.

A superb strike from wide on the left on 62 minutes from skipper Ian MacPherson extended Skye’s lead before Daniel Morrison’s goal a couple of minutes later, a firm strike from outside the ‘D’ on the right, made it 5-3.

Lochcarron fought back and Peter MacKenzie hammered home a fierce strike on 86 minutes to make it 5-4.

Skye added two more goals at the death as James Robertson finished well on 88 minutes, with Iain MacLellan completing his hat-trick a minute later to make the final score 7-4.

The Kinlochshiel seconds were the ‘free’ team in this five-team division.

Mowi North League B

Kingussie 6 Caberfeidh 1

The Kingussie seconds notched a five-goal winning margin for the second successive Saturday when they defeated the Caberfeidh seconds 6-1 at the Dell.

Martin Dallas put Kingussie ahead on five minutes and Michael Slimon on 23 minutes and another from Martin Dallas on the half-hour made it 3-0 at half time.

Ewan Baker added a fourth on 58 minutes and although Cameron Grant pulled a goal back minute later, Ewan Baker got his second on 67 minutes to make it 5-1.

Kingussie’s Taighan MacLeod rounded off the scoring when he found the net on 83 minutes.

Inverness 2 Newtonmore 3

The Newtonmore second team beat the Inverness first team 3-2 at the Bught Park.

Struan Ross gave Newtonmore the lead on seven minutes with what was to be the only goal of the first half.

Arran MacMaster levelled a couple of minutes after the re-start only for Newtonmore to hit a quick-fire double through another from Struan Ross on 57 minutes and Brodie MacBean on 59 minutes to make it 3-1.

Charlie MacDonald netted on 81 minutes to make it 3-2 but Newtonmore stayed in front to record their second league win of the season.

Glenurquhart 0 Lovat 2

The Lovat reserves scored twice in three first half minutes to beat the Glenurquhart reserves 2-0 at Blairbeg.

Gary Marshall got the opener on 36 minutes, with Ryan Ferguson making it 2-0 on 38 minutes.

Mowi North League C

Strathglass 4 Aberdeen University 1

The Strathglass second team overcame Aberdeen University 4-1 at Cannich.

It was an even first half, although Strathglass led 2-0 at the break with goals from Darren Reid on 19 minutes and Sam Cumming on 32 minutes.

James Ross made it 3-0 on 56 minutes and although Donnie MacRae pulled a goal back on 82 minutes, a second from Sam Cumming on 88 minutes made the final score 4-1.

Beauly 10 Inverness 0

The Beauly colts were too strong for the Inverness colts, winning 10-0 in their 2pm throw-up at Braeview Park.

Kyle MacDonald grabbed a first half hat-trick with goals on 6, 36 and 38 minutes, with Callum Flynn netting on 32 minutes, to make it 4-0. Calum MacVicar added a fifth on 41 minutes.

Callum Flynn got his second on 52 minutes, before Rory Tuach made it 7-0 three  minutes later.

Torrin Cairns added his name to the scoresheet on 61 minutes, whilst Calum MacIver completed his hat-trick when he found the net on 72 and 82 minutes to make it 10-0.

Boleskine P Strathspey Camanachd P

Boleskine were unable to field a team for their meeting with Strathspey Camanachd at Smith Park. Boleskine later confirmed their withdrawal from all fixtures this season due to covid restraints, including the associated costs, as well as player issues.

Beauly P – P Lewis Camanachd

The meeting between the Beauly second team and Lewis Camanachd was postponed due to ongoing travel restrictions.

Mowi Central League

Oban Celtic 4 Lochaber 6

There was late heartbreak for the Oban Celtic seconds as three goals in the final 3 minutes meant they lost 6-4 to the Lochaber second team at Ganavan.

Lochaber’s David Langan scored on 11 and 13 minutes but Keegan MacPhee on 28 minutes and Joe MacVicar on 38 minutes made it 2-2 at the break.

David Langan completed his hat-trick 3 minutes after the restart but Andrew MacDonald’s quick-fire brace on 69 and 71 minutes had Oban Celtic ahead for the first time in the match.

And it stayed that way until late in the match with David Langan getting his fourth goal of the afternoon on 88 minutes to make it 4-4.

There was worse to follow for the Oban side as Neil MacDonald on 89 minutes and Rolands Frieman on the stroke of full time sealed a 6-4 victory.

Kilmory P Glenorchy P

Kilmory were unable to raise a team for the second successive Saturday; this time their 2pm throw up against Glenorchy at MacRae Park.

Ardnamurchan P – P Kilmallie

The meeting between Ardnamurchan and the Kilmallie seconds was postponed due to ongoing covid restrictions in Lochaber.

All throw-ups were at 2.30pm unless the match report states differently.