The Shinty Round Up – Saturday October 9

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Kyles Athletic are this year’s winners of the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup after beating Oban Camanachd on Saturday October 9.

Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Celtic Cup Final

Kyles Athletic 1 Oban Camanachd 1

Kyles Athletic won 4-3 on penalties

Kyles Athletic lifted the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup for the first time since 2017 when they beat Oban Camanachd 4-3 on penalties following their 1-1 draw at Taynuilt Sports Field.

Kyles Athletic manager Robert Baxter didn’t have his problems to seek ahead of this 2pm throw-up. Injury had ruled out Thomas Whyte, Scott MacDonald and George Thomson, whilst Andrew King also failed to make it after picking up a shoulder injury against Glasgow Mid Argyll. Sandy MacKenzie hadn’t properly recovered from an achilles problem suffered against Beauly earlier in the season so was also out. Donald Irvine started in defence.

Oban Camanachd boss Stephen Sloss was missing Craig Easton and Chrissie MacMillan. Daniel Cameron handed the captaincy for the final to Keith MacMillan who is retiring at the end of the season.

Heavy rain in the lead-up to the final led to an 8am Saturday morning pitch inspection. Whilst the field was ruled playable, it was heavy and both clubs agreed that should the final be level at the end of 90 minutes, it would go straight to penalties rather than playing extra-time.

Roddy MacDonald gave Kyles the lead on 35 minutes. Robbie Macleod’s hit in from the right was swept low across the goal by Conor Kennedy and MacDonald hit the ball first time on his left side and it went low across keeper Cammy Sutherland and into the net.

Malcolm Clark, however, ensured the sides would go into the break level when he equalised on 42 minutes. Garry Lord won possession in midfield and spread play wide on the Oban Camanachd right. Andrew MacCuish ran out to the wing to gather the ball before cutting in towards goal, first beating Callum Millar, then evading Neil MacVicar’s challenge inside the ‘D’. MacCuish picked out an unmarked Malcolm Clark at the back post and Clark gleefully swept the ball past keeper John Whyte on the goalie’s right side to make it 1-1.

The closest to a second half goal was an Andrew MacCuish shot through a ruck of players which was superbly saved and cleared in the same movement by John Whyte.

Whyte also saved well to deny Connor Howe a late winner. Howe ran into the ‘D’ and tried to flick the ball home but the keeper saved.

With no further scoring, and the pitch cutting up as the final went on, match referee Iain Kennedy took the contest to a penalty shoot-out.

Oban Camanachd went first with Scott MacMillan scoring low into the net but Robbie Macleod did likewise to make it 1-1.

Oban Camanachd’s Daniel Cameron sent his penalty over John Whyte’s left shoulder but Kyles Athletic’s Callum Millar drove his spot-hit past Cammy Sutherland’s out-stretched left foot to make it 2-2.

The tension heightened as Daniel MacVicar and Luke Thornton both failed to convert. MacVicar’s strike was saved with his feet by John Whyte, whilst the unfortunate Thornton ‘topped’ his penalty with the ball barely moving from the spot.

Garry Lord and Ross MacRae both scored to make it 3-3 and the shoot-out was effectively now at sudden death.

Oban Camanachd’s Andrew MacCuish, who has such a good scoring record against Kyles, smashed his penalty wide of John Whyte’s left post giving Roddy MacDonald the chance to win it for Kyles. The Kyles Athletic captain held his nerve to thump his penalty to the keeper’s left before stepping forward to be presented with the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup by the sponsors.

Callum Millar, Neil MacVicar and Ross MacRae all stood out for Kyles.

It was a first trophy success for Kyles Athletic boss Robert Baxter in his maiden season in charge. Baxter said: ‘We are absolutely over the moon. This is testament to the efforts of the whole squad. I’m just a wee calming influence on the boys and whilst I might load the gun, they are the ones who fire it. The guys have worked so hard all season and with all our injuries, we have dug deep and come out on top.

‘Oban Camanachd probably did enough to edge it and it took a fantastic John Whyte save in the second half to keep us on level terms. We are all in it together though and I’m just so happy for the club.

‘I’d like to thank Davie Thomson and his people for all their hard work which allowed the final to go ahead.

‘We’ll re-group now and look to add some fresh faces for next season. Former Lochcarron player Liam Arnott will join us and some of our younger players are not far away.’

Match winner Roddy MacDonald added: ‘It was a really tough game and these were tough conditions for both teams to play in. We fought as hard as we could and it is a big achievement to win the trophy with everything that’s going on just now.’

Mowi Senior League C

Oban Celtic P Aberdour P

The match between Oban Celtic and Aberdour at Mossfield was postponed earlier in the week with Aberdour unable to fulfil the fixture.

Glasgow Mid Argyll P Inveraray P

Glasgow Mid Argyll were unable to raise a team for Inveraray’s visit to Peterson Park.

Mowi South League A

Bute P Col Glen P

Bute and Col Glen were to meet for the second successive Saturday, this time in a 3pm throw-up at the Meadows.

However, the sides agreed to reschedule the match to Saturday October 30.

Mowi South League B

Tayforth 5 Aberdour 2

Tayforth were 5-2 winners against the Aberdour second team at Peffermill.

There was a Lochcarron flavour to Tayforth’s first half performance with three of the west coast side’s former players to the fore.

Niall Arnott’s brace on seven and 33 minutes, either side of efforts from Ross Brown on 22 minutes and Finlay Stark a couple of minutes later, had the hosts 4-0 ahead at the break.

Aodan Burns on 57 minutes and David MacKenzie on 78 minutes cut the deficit before Euan Gilmour made it 5-2 a minute from time.

Bute P Glasgow Mid Argyll P

The noon throw-up between the Bute seconds and the Glasgow Mid Argyll seconds at the Meadows was postponed because of covid restrictions.

Mowi Central League

Kilmory 2 Kilmallie 6

The Kilmallie reserves were 6-2 winners in their 2pm throw-up against Kilmory at MacRae Park.

Kilmallie Under 14 player Shane O’Rua showed he’d benefited from his recent involvement with the first team when he gave Kilmallie the lead on four minutes.

Ben MacKinnon, another youngster with first team experience, made it 2-0 three minutes later.

Euan Gilmour pulled a goal back on 34 minutes, but Michael Rodger restored Kilmallie’s two-goal cushion a minute after.

Kilmory’s Jamie Baxter, brother of Kyles Athletic boss Robert Baxter, made it 3-2 on 40 minutes and it stayed that way until the break.

The second half belonged to Michael Rodger as he took his tally to four goals with strikes on 46, 54 and 70 minutes to make the final score 6-2.

Lochaber P Oban Celtic P

The Oban Celtic colts were in their mini-bus ready to leave Oban on Saturday morning when a call came through confirming their noon throw-up against the Lochaber colts couldn’t go ahead. The Spean Bridge pitch couldn’t take two games, with the Lochaber and Kinlochshiel senior sides scheduled to meet later in the afternoon.

Oban shinty this weekend

Oban Camanachd and Lochside Rovers are scheduled to meet their Oban Celtic counterparts this Saturday, October 16.

Oban Camanachd and Oban Celtic are due to meet in Mowi Senior League C, whilst Lochside Rovers and the Oban Celtic second team clash in the Bullough Cup semi-finals with a place in the final against the Kyles Athletic second team at stake.

North shinty

Kingussie reached the cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final and the Lovat second team claimed the Strathdearn Cup following the shinty action on Saturday October 9.

cottages.com MacTavish Cup – semi final

Fort William 1

Kingussie 7

Kingussie will play Kinlochshiel in this year’s cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final following Kingussie’s 7-1 victory over Fort William at An Aird.

With all the recent rain, there was relief as the Fort William pitch passed a Saturday morning inspection.

Fort William opened with a wind advantage and shocked their more fancied opponents by taking the lead on eight minutes. In a move started by Alexander Cameron, a long ball to the back post was taken down by Calum Shepherd whose shot was saved with his chest by Kingussie keeper Rory MacGregor. But the ball fell inside the ‘D’ and Lachie Shaw was quickly onto it and flicked the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0.

Rory MacGregor made a great save with his feet to prevent Fort William from extending their lead and that proved crucial as Dylan Borthwick drew Kingussie level on 28 minutes. Borthwick’s snap-shot from near the penalty spot flew past Paul MacKay in the home goal.

James Falconer put Kingussie in front on 32 minutes, striking Dylan Borthwick’s low ball from the wing first-time across the keeper and into the net from around the penalty spot.

Ruaridh Anderson scored a crucial third goal on 52 minutes. The goal came from a corner with Roddy Young running towards the front post to get onto James Falconer’s low ball. Young’s skewed shot came to Ruaridh Anderson and his first-time shot across the keeper bulleted into the corner of the net.

James Falconer got his second on 67 minutes, running onto a Roddy Young ball from the centre forward position which went straight down the middle and past Falconer’s marker. Falconer ran onto the ball before going round the keeper to score his 20th goal of the season.

Roddy Young was involved in most things for Kingussie and got the goal his play deserved on 68 minutes.

A second from Ruaridh Anderson made it 6-1 on 72 minutes. Roddy Young sent the ball wide to substitute Savio Genini whose cut-back across goal found Ruaridh Anderson who edged ahead of his marker and touched the ball by the keeper MacKay, who was racing off his line, before knocking it home.

It was Roddy Young’s turn to get his second goal on 77 minutes to make the final score 7-1.

Martin MacLean was the match referee.

The cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final between Kingussie and Kinlochshiel takes place at the Bught Park, Inverness, on Saturday October 23.

Fort William co-manager Victor Smith said: ‘We were good for the first quarter of the tie but lost a bit of belief after that. Maybe 1-1 at half-time would have been fairer but we were defending for our lives at times and you just can’t do that for the whole game without something giving.

‘Kingussie played some good shinty though and there was a 10-minute spell late in the game where they just destroyed us.’

Kingussie manager John Gibson added: ‘It was equal for the first 20 minutes or so and it took a good save from Rory MacGregor to stop Fort William going 2-0 ahead. I felt our third goal just after half-time was crucial. It settled us down and we scored some good goals.’

Mowi Senior League A

Lochaber 1 Kinlochshiel 1

Match abandoned

Lochaber and Kinlochshiel were drawing 1-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Spean Bridge when the match was abandoned.

Cam White for Lochaber and Kinlochshiel’s Zander MacRae got the goals.

Kinlochshiel’s Paul MacRae suffered a serious knee injury and there was a long break in play before an ambulance was able to take him away for treatment.

Glenurquhart P Skye Camanachd P

Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup winners Skye Camanachd were unable to field a team for the trip to play Glenurquhart at Blairbeg.

Mowi Senior League B

Beauly P Caberfeidh P

Beauly were unable to field a team for their match with Caberfeidh at Braeview Park.

Strathdearn Cup Final

Lovat 4 Newtonmore 4

Lovat won 3-2 on penalties after extra-time

The Lovat seconds beat the Newtonmore seconds 3-2 on penalties following an epic 4-4 draw to win an extraordinary Strathdearn Cup Final at Balgate.

If Lovat edged the first half, Newtonmore, with Duncan Macpherson impressing, created the better chances in the second half.

At the end of the entertaining but scoreless 90 minutes, referee Willie MacDonald took the final into what would prove to be memorable extra-time.

Newtonmore’s Tristan Ross broke the deadlock four minutes into extra-time and Sorley Thomson added a second on 97 minutes. Tristan Ross got his second a minute later and when Brodie MacBean made it 4-0 on 101 minutes, it seemed certain the trophy would head for the Eilan.

Lovat had other ideas though and Cammy MacMillan on 110 minutes and Jamie Matheson a minute later halved the deficit.

Cammy MacMillan got his second on 114 minutes and referee Willie MacDonald, positioned around the penalty spot, awarded Lovat a 119 minute penalty when Raymond Rennie was upended in the ‘D’ whilst attempting to push the ball home. Jamie Matheson kept his nerve to score from the spot to make it 4-4.

It was now going to take penalties to decide the outcome. Cameron McNiven put Newtonmore ahead with Lovat Fraser Gallacher seeing his effort saved by Jason MacDonald.

Glen MacKintosh got a second for Newtonmore before Jamie Matheson opened Lovat’s account.

Craig Macleod and Cammy MacMillan both saw their efforts saved and when Martin Bell saved from Fraser MacKintosh, Ryan Ferguson took the chance to level the shoot-out at 2-2.

Sorley Thomson became the third Newtonmore player to see his spot-hit saved before Raymond Rennie made no mistake to give Lovat victory.

Camanachd Association regional development officer Paul MacArthur conducted the after-match presentation with Lovat skipper Cammy MacMillan raising the trophy.

The sides also meet in the HIS Sutherland Cup Final at Blairbeg this Saturday.

Mowi North League A

Kinlochshiel P Fort William P

The Fort William reserves were unable to field a team for their meeting with the Kinlochshiel reserves at Rèaraig.

Glengarry P Skye Camanachd P

The Skye Camanachd second team were unable to raise a team for their trip to Craigard to face Glengarry.

Mowi North League B

Kingussie 3 Glenurquhart 4

It was a tale of two goalscorers as the Glenurquhart colts eventually saw off the Kingussie colts 4-3 at the Dell.

Early strikes on two and four minutes from Glenurquhart’s James MacPherson had the hosts ahead.

Martin Dallas pulled a goal back on 17 minutes, only for James MacPherson to complete his hat-trick on 24 minutes to give the visitors a 3-1 lead at the break.

Martin Dallas cut the deficit to a single goal a couple of minutes after the restart and completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes to make it 3-3.

James MacPherson was to have the final say, however, as he scored his fourth goal of the afternoon on 65 minutes to give Glenurquhart a 4-3 victory.

Mowi North League C

Strathglass P Strathspey Camanachd P

The Strathglass second team were unable to fulfil their match against Strathspey Camanachd at Cannich with the club involved in the Mòd Cup match at the Bught Park.

Mowi Central League

Kilmory 2 Kilmallie 6

The Kilmallie reserves were 6-2 winners in their 2pm throw-up against Kilmory at MacRae Park.

Kilmallie Under 14 player Shane O’Rua showed he’d benefited from his recent involvement with the first team when he gave Kilmallie the lead on four minutes.

Ben MacKinnon, another youngster with first team experience, made it 2-0 three minutes later.

Euan Gilmour pulled a goal back on 34 minutes, but Michael Rodger restored Kilmallie’s two-goal cushion a minute after.

Kilmory’s Jamie Baxter, brother of Kyles Athletic boss Robert Baxter, made it 3-2 on 40 minutes and it stayed that way until the break.

The second half belonged to Michael Rodger as he took his tally to four goals with strikes on 46, 54 and 70 minutes to make the final score 6-2.

Lochaber P Oban Celtic P

The Oban Celtic colts were in their mini-bus ready to leave Oban on Saturday morning when a call came through confirming their noon throw-up against the Lochaber colts couldn’t go ahead. The Spean Bridge pitch couldn’t take two games, with the Lochaber and Kinlochshiel senior sides scheduled to meet later in the afternoon.

Mòd Cup Final

Inverness 2 Strathglass 2

Inverness won 2-1 on penalties

Inverness won the Mòd Cup, beating Strathglass 2-1 on penalties after the side had drawn 2-2 the Bught Park.

Inverness twice came from behind as Penri Jones gave Strathglass the lead on 15 minutes, before Steven Bellshaw levelled on 29 minutes.

Penri Jones got his second on 69 minutes, but Ruairidh Hughes made it 2-2 on 74 minutes to take the final to a penalty shoot-out which Inverness won 2-1.

Women’s Learn Gaelic Challenge Mòd Cup

Inverness 0 Alba 0

Inverness won 4-3 on penalties

Inverness won the Women’s Learn Gaelic Challenge Mòd Cup, beating an Alba side 4-3 on penalties following a goal-less draw in their 12.30pm throw-up in Inverness.