Shinty round-up – 9.9.21

Lovat’s second goal was scored by Marc MacLachlan. Lovat v Kingussie in the semi final of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup, played at An Aird in Fort William. Photograph: Neil Paterson

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Lovat will meet Kinlochshiel in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final following the shinty action on Saturday September 4.

South Shinty

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – Semi Final
Kingussie 2 Lovat 3

Lovat will meet Kinlochshiel in the 2021 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final after defeating Kingussie 3-2 in their 4.10pm throw up at An Aird.

The team news saw Kieran MacPherson sufficiently fit to take a place on the Kingussie bench so Liam Borthwick started at wing centre. Callum Cruden was at full centre for Lovat with Lewis Tawse in the forward line.

Lovat were quick out of the blocks and Robert Mabon’s perfect block prevented Fraser Heath shooting goalwards, while Kingussie keeper Rory MacGregor used his feet to save Greg Matheson’s shot.

Play switched to the other end and Stuart MacDonald made the first in a series of fine first half stops when he used his hand to parry James Falconer’s backhand shot from the right.

However it was Lovat who broke the deadlock on 10 minutes. Fraser Heath jockeyed with Robert Mabon 25 yards from goal after controlling Lorne MacKay’s free-hit. Heath made enough space to turn and send a dipping shot into the keeper’s top right corner of the net to claim a spectacular opener.

Kingussie now laid siege on the Lovat goal and Stuart MacDonald saved with his feet after Roddy Young had taken James Falconer’s pass and Savio Genini’s free-hit from the left started a goalmouth scramble before Lovat cleared their lines.

When James Hutchison’s free-hit found Savio Genini, the Kingussie full forward turned Daniel Grieve on the left but was denied by Stuart MacDonald who stretched to make a diving save with his left foot.

Roddy Young’s shot flashed wide after he took down Liam Borthwick’s ball from the right and, following some great movement from the Kings’ forwards; Stuart MacDonald thwarted Liam Borthwick before diving to his right soon after to keep out Roddy Young’s shot from a central position.

MacDonald was then quickly off his line to clear before Savio Genini could get to a James Falconer shot which had been deflected out to the left.

A rare Lovat attack ended with Rory MacGregor stopping Marc MacLachlan’s shot with his feet and Greg Matheson needed treatment to a cut below the eye suffered in the build-up.

Stuart MacDonald’s final act of a pulsating first half was to save with his feet from Kingussie top scorer James Falconer.

Kingussie finished the half on the attack but they couldn’t get the goal they craved so Lovat led 1-0 at half-time.

Kingussie were forced into an interval change with defender Ryan Borthwick, who had been troubled by a heavy cold, replaced by Calum Grant.

Kingussie attacked straight from the restart and James Falconer’s shot from the left went across keeper MacDonald but came off his left post and Ruaridh Anderson shot wide from the rebound.

Despite all Kingussie’s pressure they fell two goals behind as Lovat went straight up the park on 47 minutes. A Lewis Tawse free-hit picked out Marc MacLachlan in a central position and he fired goalwards. Keeper Rory MacGregor left the ball as he thought it was going wide but, to his horror, it sneaked just inside his right post.

Lovat were forced into a double substitution when Marc MacLachlan limped off with a hamstring issue whilst Scott MacKenzie was hit on the knuckle. Bailey MacKay came on in place of MacLachlan and Graeme MacMillan replaced MacKenzie.

Kingussie took time to settle after the loss of the second goal until Roddy Young’s run down the left ended with a shot which went wide of target.

Ruaridh Anderson then raced down the opposite flank but the Lovat back-line cleared the ball to safety.

Iain Nicolson came on for Lovat but Kingussie continued to attack and Savio Genini shot over the top from the left.

Kingussie got the goal their play deserved on 73 minutes and it was a Savio Genini special. Genini took down Fraser Munro’s free-hit from wide on the left of the Kingussie midfield before turning quickly and firing across keeper MacDonald with the ball going just inside the keeper’s right post.

It only took Lovat a minute to dent any hopes of a Kingussie comeback. Greg Matheson played the ball back low across the goal from the right and Fraser Heath took a touch inside and his low shot on his left side went in off the keeper’s feet.

The tie was turning into an epic and Savio Genini scored a second on 75 minutes serving up the game’s third goal in a breath-taking three minute spell. Genini brought down Roddy Young’s corner from the left before smashing the ball home on his left side from the edge of the D.

It was now 3-2 although, not surprisingly, the pace dropped during the final 15 minutes.

There were a spate of late yellow cards issued by referee Deek Cameron to Robert Mabon for hauling back Fraser Heath, Callum Cruden for catching Fraser Munro in the face with his club and Calum Grant following a spat with Graeme MacMillan.

In-between times, Ruaridh Anderson sent a swerving shot wide of the keeper’s right post.

Kingussie replaced Roddy Young with Dylan Borthwick with the substitute forcing a Stuart MacDonald save with his hand by his left post.

Late shots from Dylan Borthwick and Ruaridh Anderson weren’t enough as Lovat saw out the closing minutes and they will now play Kinlochshiel in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final at Mossfield on Saturday September 18.

Lovat will be formidable opponent, making their fourth appearance in the final over the last six years.

Fraser Heath was named man of the match by BBC ALBA pundit Katie Drain with Stuart MacDonald perhaps a close second.

Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup – Quarter Finals
Inveraray P Oban Celtic P

The tie between Inveraray and Oban Celtic at the Winterton has been rescheduled for Saturday September 11.

Aberdour 0 Kyles Athletic 8 

Kyles Athletic were too strong for Aberdour, winning 8-0 at Silver Sands.

Roddy MacDonald got the opener on 24 minutes with Robbie MacLeod finding the net just four minutes later.

Kyles took control, scoring three goals in four minutes. Conor Kennedy scored on 32 and 36 minutes, either side of Innes MacDonald’s 34 minute effort to make it 5-0 at half-time.

Colin MacDonald added a sixth on 69 minutes with Conor Kennedy completing has hat-trick on 82 minutes.

Robbie MacLeod got his second three minutes from time to round off the win.

Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup – Semi Finals
Skye Camanachd 3 Inveraray 2

Skye Camanachd reached the Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final after edging out Inveraray 3-2 in their noon throw up at Jubilee Park.

Skipper Jordan Murchison returned for Skye following a hamstring problem but John Gillies was out with concussion so William MacKinnon took over at full back. Gilleasbuig MacDonald started in midfield whilst Will Cowie and Ross Gordon remained on the injury list.

Garry MacPherson started for Inveraray whist Ruaraidh Graham and Robert Wood were on a strong five-player bench.

Skye took the lead on 25 minutes. Ross MacKinnon’s hit-in from the left was taken down by Inveraray defender Hamish MacLennan but Somhairle MacDonald positioned himself well to intercept the clearance and MacDonald’s shot from the left flew into the top corner of the net on the keeper’s right side.

Inveraray levelled with just five first half minutes remaining. Lewis MacNicol’s free-hit from inside his own half on the right allowed Allan MacDonald to run onto the ball on the Inveraray left and his low ball across goal was turned home by Campbell Watt on the right, beating the keeper from a tight angle at his near post.

James Pringle put Skye back in front a minute short of the hour. Martin Pringle’s ball out of defence was played on by Jordan Murchison. Hamish MacLennan was unable to clear Murchison’s ball to the left and James Pringle cracked a great shot high into the net on his left side.

Somhairle MacDonald got his second and Skye’s third on 63 minutes. Jordan Murchison ran back into the centre circle to play the ball up-field, wide on the Skye right where James Pringle played a great ball across the face of the goal. Somhairle MacDonald cut inside from the left and he expertly controlled the ball before slotting it past keeper Scott MacLachlan to make it 3-1.

Campbell Watt got his second seven minutes from time with a shot from distance into the roof of the net to make it 3-2 but Skye saw out the final stages to seal a place in the Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final on Saturday October 2, where they will play either Beauly or Bute.

Beauly P Bute P

The semi-final between Beauly and Bute at the Jubilee Park was a Covid postponement so will be rescheduled.

Beauly host Camanachd Cup finalists Lovat this weekend whilst Bute are in Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup quarter-final action against Glasgow Mid Argyll.

The Camanachd Association has confirmed that the Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final has been put back to Saturday October 2.

Mowi Senior League C

Oban Camanachd P Glasgow Mid Argyll P

Oban Camanachd’s encounter with Glasgow Mid Argyll at Mossfield was called off as the Glasgow side were unable to travel north.

Oban Camanachd are scheduled to travel to Aberdour in the league on Saturday.

HIS Sutherland Cup – Quarter-Finals

Lochside Rovers 2 Kinlochshiel 1

Holders Lochside Rovers saw off the Kinlochshiel second team 2-1 in their 3pm throw up at Mossfield.

Lochside manager Gareth Evans was without the services of the injured Innes Jackson and Robbie Brown who was working. Kenny Wotherspoon started in attack alongside Lewis Buchanan, David Cameron and 14-year-old Alexander MacDonald.

Kinlochshiel boss Willie MacRae was missing Archie MacRae and Campbell Lamont who were both on first team duty but Stuart MacRae came into the squad.

‘Shiel started with the wind in their favour but Lochside created chances with Kenny Wotherspoon and Lewis Buchanan going close.

It took a brilliant save from young ‘Shiel keeper Calum MacMillan to deny Lewis Buchanan.

However Buchanan did get his goal on 39 minutes as he ran away from goal, out to the left, before turning and lashed the ball into the far top corner of the net from a tight angle.

Alexander MacDonald got what proved to be a crucial second goal just three minutes from half-time. Lewis Buchanan’s shot was saved and a goalmouth scramble ensued with MacDonald running in to force the ball over the line to make it 2-0 at the break.

Lochside introduced youngsters Matthew Sloss and Daniel Pearson from the bench and the Oban side knew a third goal would seal it.

However ‘Shiel pulled a goal back on 74 minutes when Stuart MacRae sent a 20-yard strike high into the net.

Lochside saw out the closing stages though to go through to the HIS Sutherland Cup semi-finals where they will play the Lovat second team at Spean Bridge this Saturday.

This was the last match to be played on Mossfield ahead of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final on Saturday September 18.

Speaking afterwards, Gareth Evans said: ‘We didn’t perform as we can but we’re pleased to be in the semi-finals. We’ll certainly have to step it up against Lovat on Saturday. We were missing one or two and will hopefully have them back for Saturday. Kenny (Wotherspoon) picked up and ankle injury so we’ll have to check on him too.

‘A few of the boys weren’t fully fit against Kinlochshiel but played to help us out and they put in a tremendous shift. The tie was played in good spirit and I thought Callum Kirsop was excellent for us; he was the best player out there.’

Bullough Cup – Semi Final

Kyles Athletic P Kilmory P

The tie between the Kyles Athletic second team and Kilmory at the Sports Field, Tighnabruaich has been rescheduled for Saturday September 11.

Mowi South League A

Taynuilt P Inveraray P

Taynuilt’s game against the Inveraray second team at the Taynuilt Sports Field was a Covid postponement.

Mowi South League B

Tayforth 2 Glasgow Mid Argyll 6

The Glasgow Mid Argyll second team were 6-2 winners against Tayforth at Peffermill.

Matthew Young, back after a short stint with Lochcarron, put the Glasgow side ahead on 13 minutes and Iain Luke made it 2-0 just six minutes later.

Jamie MacLeod on 24 minutes and John Sweeney on 35 minutes made it 4-0 at the break.

Cailean MacInnes on 67 minutes and a second from Matthew Young on 72 minutes made it 6-0.

Tayforth finished with a flourish with Donald MacInnes on 86 minutes and Neil Shearer on 90 minutes making the final score 6-2.

Bute P Aberdour P

The meeting between the Bute colts and the Aberdour colts at the Meadows was called off on Friday as Aberdour were unable to travel.

Mowi Central League

Glenorchy 3 Lochaber 2

Glenorchy saw off a comeback from the Lochaber second team to win 3-2 at Mart Park.

Stewart Twort on 34 minutes and Arik MacKechnie on 43 minutes had the hosts 2-0 ahead at the break.

However Martin Patterson on 51 minutes and Dillon Brockie on 70 minutes drew the sides level.

Glenorchy’s Conor Sartain grabbed the winner seven minutes from time to give Glenorchy the points.

Oban Celtic P Ardnamurchan P

The noon throw up between the Oban Celtic second team and Ardnamurchan at Ganavan was postponed because of Covid restrictions.