Shinty round-up – Saturday July 3

Left: Lewis Buchanan who scored four goals in Lochside Rovers 5-1 victory over Lochaber in the HIS Sutherland Cup first round tie on Saturday.

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South shinty

Covid restrictions continued to dominate the shinty programme on Saturday July 3.

Ahead of the fixtures, Camanachd Association chief executive officer Derek Keir said: ‘I’d like to thank everyone involved in the re-start of shinty. The continued efforts to re-start our sport are evident at every level whether it is a parent managing drop off or a coach delivering sessions we appreciate it. From all of us at the Camanachd Association, a massive thank you.

‘We appreciate the re-start of shinty has not been without its challenges and some games have succumbed to local outbreaks. However, the mitigations clubs have put in place have ensured a safe return to regular competitive shinty. The Camanachd Association continues to work with Scottish Government, via sportscotland, and we met again earlier this week to ensure our guidance is up-to-date with current government guidelines and the pathway to level zero and beyond.

‘Shinty and other outdoor sport continue to be permitted in our current level and the next step in the government road map out of lockdown is due to take place on Monday July 19.

‘One of the most exciting impacts of the return to participation was the opportunity for youths to play shinty regularly. The recent MacKay Cup Final between Newtonmore and Kingussie on Friday June 18 was the culmination of efforts from volunteers in schools and clubs across the country providing a vital opportunity to take part in our sport. More opportunities to participate and to compete regularly are going to be vital as we progress towards level zero and this is something we are fully focused on supporting in clubs and communities throughout the summer.

‘Our development team has been liaising with Active Schools to organise summer shinty camps in a variety of locations. Please contact your regional development officer for more information.

‘Good luck to all clubs with fixtures in the coming weeks. In spite of the challenges, it is so positive to have shinty back in our lives.

‘Please continue to remain vigilant in your efforts to implement government guidance. The Camanachd Association is working to support all clubs and communities and will be as flexible as possible as we navigate the challenges ahead to ensure regular and meaningful competition opportunities are available for everyone.’

Artemis Macaulay Cup – first round

Oban Camanachd P Bute P

Oban Camanachd’s 3pm throw-up against Bute at Mossfield has been re-scheduled for this Saturday, July 10, because of travel restrictions affecting the islanders.

Throw-up will be at 3pm.

Oban Celtic P Ballachulish P

Oban Celtic’s noon throw-up with Ballachulish at Mossfield was also put back a week to this Saturday because of covid restrictions affecting the visitors. Throw-up will be at noon.

Oban Celtic assistant manager Les Kinvig is hopeful the tie will go ahead. He said: ‘We are clear just now as far as covid is concerned so hopefully Ballachulish will be the same and we can get going again.’

Mowi Senior League C

Inveraray 0 Oban Camanachd 4

Following the cancellation of Oban Camanachd’s Artemis Macaulay Cup first round tie against Bute and Inveraray’s league meeting with Glasgow Mid Argyll, both clubs agreed to a hastily re-arranged fixture at the Winterton with a 1.30pm throw-up.

Oban Camanachd had Garry Lord back for the first time this season and he started at full centre. Keith MacMillan was a late call-off so Evan MacLellan was the only visiting substitute.

Inveraray manager Ruaraidh Graham was five players short including Lewis Montgomery.

Daniel Madej opened the scoring from close range on 17 minutes. Connor Howe made it 2-0 on 37 minutes when he spun his marker before beating the keeper around the penalty spot with a well struck shot.

Daniel MacVicar gave his side a comfortable cushion when he added a third goal five minutes into the second half and he got his second and Oban Camanachd’s fourth goal 10 minutes from time when he turned his marker 20 yards out before finishing well.

Inveraray had periods of pressure but the Oban Camanachd defence restricted their opportunities on goal with Cameron Sutherland only having a couple of saves of note to make.

Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss said: ‘Inveraray are a good team and gave us a hard match, which was just what we needed. They are like us in they just want to play shinty and we might look into having midweek friendlies with them as the season goes on. The pitch was in great condition and the boys were happy to get a game.

‘We ended up with Evan MacLellan as our only substitute. I could have taken Lewis Buchanan and Ross Campbell to give more depth. However, they might have only got 20 minutes whilst you can see how well they both did starting for Lochside and that will do them more good in the long run.’

Glasgow Mid Argyll P Inveraray P

The 3pm throw-up between Glasgow Mid Argyll and Inveraray at Peterson Park was a covid postponement at GMA’s request.

Aberdour P Kyles Athletic P

Aberdour’s meeting with Kyles Athletic at Silversands was postponed because of covid related issues at the Tighnabruaich-based club.

HIS Sutherland Cup – first round

Lochside Rovers 5 Lochaber 1

The tie between HIS Sutherland Cup holders Lochside Rovers and the Lochaber second team was switched to Mossfield following the postponement of the Oban Celtic and Oban Camanachd fixtures.

Lochside manager Gareth Evans fielded a forward line of Lewis Buchanan, Innes Jackson, Alexander MacDonald and David Cameron, whilst the Lochaber seconds travelled with James MacRae and Calum MacDonald in defence, Neil MacDonald at centre and Donald MacRae in attack.

Lewis Buchanan put the hosts in front on 11 minutes. Jamie Anderson played the ball up the line to Buchanan on the right and his 27-yard shot, from a wide angle, flew across the keeper and into the far top corner of the net giving keeper Martin Paterson no chance.

Lochside spurned several opportunities to increase their lead with some formation changes in attack perhaps interrupting their rhythm.

They added a second a couple of minutes before the break when Innes Jackson was bundled down as he broke into the ‘D’ and referee Deek Cameron pointed to the spot. Lewis Buchanan sent a shoulder-high spot-hit to the keeper’s left to make it 2-0 at half-time.

Lewis Buchanan completed his hat-trick a couple of minutes after the re-start with a low drive from around the penalty spot.

Lewis Buchanan got his and Lochside’s fourth goal a couple of minutes before the hour which was the cue for Lochside substitutions with the introduction of 14-year-old Daniel Pearson and Mathew Sloss, 13. Both young players did well.

Ross Campbell, who had a great battle in the middle of the park with Lochaber veteran Neil MacDonald, scored on 61 minutes. A corner from the right came across to the Lochside left where Campbell hammered the ball home to make it 5-0.

Innes MacMillan, aged 17, came on for his Lochside debut with 20 minutes remaining.

There was some consolation for Lochaber a minute from time when Ryan Gunn pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. Home keeper Dougie MacDonald made a save but was penalised for falling on the ball as he tried to clear the danger. Gunn shot a shoulder-high penalty into the net to make the final score 5-1.

Lochside manager Gareth Evans said: ‘There was a lot to be pleased about and if you had offered us 5-1 at the start, we’d have taken it. I was pleased with our fitness on a big pitch. It was good to get the young substitutes on and they did well. There were also good performances from Jamie Anderson and Scott Robertson, who mopped everything up at full back, as well as four-goal Lewis Buchanan obviously.

‘The Sutherland Cup is an important competition to us and I’m sure Fort William will be a step up in the next round.’

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Bute 1

The Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) seconds edged out Bute’s seconds 2-1 in their noon throw-up at Peterson Park.

All the goals came in the second half with Iain Luke putting GMA ahead a minute after the re-start.

James Dunn pulled Bute level on 69 minutes but Neil Robertson got the winner on 77 minutes to send GMA through.

GMA await the winners of the tie between the Kyles Athletic second team and Glenorchy.

Kyles Athletic P Glenorchy P

The clash between the Kyles Athletic reserves and Glenorchy at the Playing Field, Tighnabruaich, was called off because of covid restrictions.

Mowi South League A

Inveraray P Taynuilt P

The match between the Inveraray second team and Taynuilt at the Winterton will be re-scheduled because of covid restrictions.

Mowi South League B

There were no fixtures in this division.

Mowi Central League

Ardnamurchan P Kilmory P

Travel restrictions prevented a young Kilmory squad from fulfilling their match against Ardnamurchan at Strontian.

WCA take two-week break

The Women’s Camanachd Association (WCA) has suspended all competitions for two weeks.

In a statement, the WCA said that following consultation with clubs and committee members, and in the interests of safety in shinty communities, it had decided to take a two-week break.

The statement said the decision came on the back of a spike in the number of positive covid cases and people having to self isolate.

The WCA hope to re-start fixtures over the weekend of Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18.

North shinty

Covid restrictions continued to dominate the shinty programme on Saturday 3 July 2021.

Ahead of the fixtures, Camanachd Association chief executive officer Derek Kier said: ‘I’d like to thank everyone involved in the re-start of shinty. The continued efforts to re-start our sport are evident at every level whether it is a parent managing drop off or a coach delivering sessions we appreciate it. From all of us at the Camanachd Association, a massive thank you.

‘We appreciate the re-start of shinty has not been without its challenges and some games have succumbed to local outbreaks. However, the mitigations clubs have put in place have ensured a safe return to regular competitive shinty. The Camanachd Association continues to work with Scottish Government, via sportscotland, and we met again earlier this week to ensure our guidance is up-to-date with current government guidelines and the pathway to level zero and beyond.

‘Shinty and other outdoor sport continue to be permitted in our current level and the next step in the government road map out of lockdown is due to take place on Monday July 19.

‘One of the most exciting impacts of the return to participation was the opportunity for youths to play shinty regularly. The recent MacKay Cup Final between Newtonmore and Kingussie on Friday June 18 was the culmination of efforts from volunteers in schools and clubs across the country providing a vital opportunity to take part in our sport. More opportunities to participate and to compete regularly are going to be vital as we progress towards level zero and this is something we are fully focused on supporting in clubs and communities throughout the summer.

‘Our development team has been liaising with Active Schools to organise summer shinty camps in a variety of locations. Please contact your regional development officer for more information.

‘Good luck to all clubs with fixtures in the coming weeks. In spite of the challenges, it is so positive to have shinty back in our lives.

‘Please continue to remain vigilant in your efforts to implement government guidance. The Camanachd Association is working to support all clubs and communities and will be as flexible as possible as we navigate the challenges ahead to ensure regular and meaningful competition opportunities are available for everyone.’

Artemis Macaulay Cup – first round

Lochaber v Newtonmore – walkover

Lochaber were unable to field a team for their tie against Newtonmore at Spean Bridge so Newtonmore were given a walk-over into the quarter finals. Lochaber are the only side still to play this season, mainly because of covid issues.

A bonus for Newtonmore is that this walkover will count as one game of Steven Macdonald’s two-match suspension.

cottages.com MacTavish Cup – first round

Fort William 6 Kilmallie 1

Fort William were always in control against neighbours Kilmallie, winning 6-1 in their 3pm throw-up at An Aird.

This was Kilmallie’s first match of the season and Fort William, who started with the wind at their backs, didn’t give them time to settle with Arran MacPhee giving his side the lead after five minutes.

The goal followed a flowing counter-attack out of defence. Victor Smith played the ball across goal from the left and although Lachie Shaw’s initial shot from wide on the right was saved with his legs by Shane Gillies, MacPhee was in the right place to turn home the re-bound from close range.

Alexander MacMillan added a second on 11 minutes. Victor Smith’s strong challenge held off Kilmallie defender Robbie MacFadyen and MacMillan took advantage to sweep the ball into the net from distance with his effort deceiving the keeper.

Straight from the re-start, won by Calum Shepherd, Lachie Shaw juggled the ball forward before shooting low to the keeper’s left and into the net.

Lachie Shaw scored a wonderful goal on 33 minutes. Alexander MacMillan flicked the ball past his marker in front of the main stand before playing a long cross-field ball from the left to Lachie Shaw who crashed a magnificent volley past the keeper from the right of the ‘D’ to make it 4-0.

Fort William were relentless and when Alexander MacMillan and Victor Smith combined down the left, Smith played the ball across the goal to Lachie Shaw on the right and his pass was hit first time into the net by Arran MacPhee. His second goal of the afternoon made it 5-0 with 36 minutes played.

Kilmallie rallied though and Ryan Stewart pulled a goal back on 42 minutes with a superb volley from the right following a long Craig MacIsaac hit-in on the left.

The goal rush died down in the second half, with Kilmallie having more pressure, but the Fort William defence coped well.

Fort William’s Lewis Morrison was the only second half scorer with his goal on 70 minutes. Fort William’s Calum Shepherd played a ball forward from midfield to Hamish Shaw. He immediately swept the ball to the right to the onrushing Lewis Morrison who held off his marker before tucking the ball past the keeper to make it 6-1.

Fort William will be looking for a repeat performance at home to Skye Camanachd in the league this Saturday.

Fort William co-manager Victor Smith said: ‘It was a really good performance. The players did as we asked by keeping the ball moving and keeping it wide.

‘We were missing Ryan Boyle, who has a long-term injury, and Sean Cruickshank who was working. Lewis Murphy played for the seconds but there is still real competition for places, which is great. We have good options with players like Arran MacPhee and Lachie Shaw who played up front but can fulfil other roles in the team.

‘It’s coming together and we want everyone to continue working hard.’

Speaking after the match, a disappointed Kilmallie boss Martin Stewart said: ‘We didn’t turn up in the first half. We competed better in the second half, but we are not fit enough at the moment so there are no excuses.

‘We’ll have to re-group for this Saturday as we have another tough game, a derby against Lochaber.

‘It’s been almost 18 months since our last proper game but training has to get better and we need to get more from the boys individually. Of the 16 players we have, there are only about four or five who are at peak fitness, so we have to work on that.’

Kingussie 4 Skye Camanachd 0

Kingussie scored twice in each half to beat Skye Camanachd 4-0 in their 3pm throw-up at the Dell.

This was shinty’s first ticketed match of the covid period, giving supporters from both clubs the first chance to attend a match since March 2020.

Skye defended well throughout the contest, with keeper Ryan Morrison making some excellent saves, and it took Kingussie 31 minutes to break the deadlock with Savio Genini scoring.

Thomas Borthwick made it 2-0 three minutes later and it stayed that way until the break.

Whilst Kingussie had most of the pressure, Skye created chances with Ross Gordon hitting the post and the same player forcing a fine Rory MacGregor save.

Kingussie finished strongly, however, with James Falconer making it 3-0 on 80 minutes and Thomas Borthwick getting his second five minutes from time.

Lovat P Glenurquhart P

The tie between Lovat and Glenurquhart at Balgate was postponed because of covid restrictions.

Lovat announced on Friday they had become aware of a covid case within their club leading to a decision to suspend all club activities for two weeks. Lovat hope to resume club activities during the week commencing July 19.

Glenurquhart confirmed earlier in the week they had decided to suspend all training and games up to and including Saturday July 10 following 27 covid cases in the area, including two club members.

Mowi Senior League A

There were no fixtures in this division.

Mowi Senior League B

Beauly P Caberfeidh P

The game between Beauly and Caberfeidh at Braeview Park was postponed because of covid restrictions.

HIS Sutherland Cup – first round

Strathspey Camanachd 1 Beauly 8

The Beauly second team cantered into the second round, beating Strathspey Camanachd 8-1 at Grantown Grammar School.

Beauly started well with Sean Stewart scoring on 14 minutes and again on 21 minutes to give his side a 2-0 win.

Finlay MacLennan added a double either side of half time, with his goals coming on 40 and 51 minutes.

Strathspey’s Donald Colville pulled a goal back following a good passing move on the hour.

Beauly were not finished though and the impressive Calum MacIver added two more goals on 66 and 70 minutes to make it 6-1.

Kyle MacDonald on 80 minutes and a hat-trick goal from Sean Stewart three minutes later rounded off the win.

Strathspey put more into the game than the score suggests with Beauly keeper Lennox Stewart making some impressive stops.

The Beauly seconds travel to face forces side SCOTS Camanachd in the next round.

Caberfeidh walkover v Boleskine

The Caberfeidh second team were given a walkover into the next round as Boleskine have withdrawn from competitive shinty this season.

The Caberfeidh seconds now have home advantage against Aberdeen University.

Fort William 3 Kilmallie 1

The Fort William second team won through to the next round following a 3-1 victory over the Kilmallie second team in their noon throw-up at An Aird.

The Fort, with Lewis Murphy covering every blade of grass from the outset, started well against their neighbours with Alan Knox opening the scoring after five minutes.

Cameron Stephen made it 2-0 on 14 minutes and Rhys Kennedy continued to display his prowess in front of goal when he found the net on the half-hour.

Shane O’Rua pulled a goal back for Kilmallie on 65 minutes but it is Fort William who go through to the next round.

The Fort William seconds are away to Oban’s Lochside Rovers in the second round.

Glenurquhart P Skye Camanachd P

The tie between the Glenurquhart and Skye Camanachd second teams was postponed when Glenurquhart announced a covid-related suspension of all activities for two weeks up to and including Saturday July 10.

The winners are away to Kinlochshiel in round two.

Inverness P Strathglass P

Strathglass suspended all shinty activity for a minimum of two weeks because of covid issues.

This led to the postponement of the HIS Sutherland Cup first round tie between the Inverness colts and the Strathglass colts.

Strathglass will review the position on Tuesday July 13.

Whoever wins this tie has home advantage against the Lovat second team in the next round.

Mowi North League A

Lochcarron P Kinlochshiel P

The west coast derby between Lochcarron and the Kinlochshiel second team at Battery Park was called off because of covid restrictions.

Mowi North League B

Kingussie 4 Inverness 0

The Kingussie second team turned in another impressive performance, beating the Inverness first team 4-0 in their noon throw-up at the Dell.

Kingussie weren’t able to break the deadlock until Taighan MacLeod scored five minutes before the break.

However, there was still time for Martin Dallas to net on 44 minutes before the half-time whistle sounded.

Michael Slimon got Kingussie’s third four minutes into the second half and the evergreen Craig Dawson made it 4-0 on 78 minutes.

Newtonmore P Lovat P

The game between the Newtonmore colts and the Lovat colts at the Eilan was called off because of covid restrictions.

Lovat P Caberfeidh P

The match between the Lovat seconds and the Caberfeidh seconds at Balgate had been  re-arranged for Tuesday June 29 with a 7pm throw-up but didn’t go ahead given covid restrictions.

Mowi North League C

There were no fixtures in this division.

WCA take two-week break

The Women’s Camanachd Association (WCA) has suspended all competitions for two weeks.

In a statement, the WCA said that following consultation with clubs and committee members, and in the interests of safety in shinty communities, it had decided to take a two-week break.

The statement said the decision came on the back of a spike in the number of positive covid cases and people having to self isolate.

The WCA hope to re-start fixtures over the weekend of Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18.