2021 Shinty Review of the Season – Part 3

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It’s time for the third and final part of our review of the 2021 shinty season.

September 2021
On The Field Action

Lovat and Kinlochshiel will contest the 2021 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final after the Balgate side overcame Kingussie 3-2 in their semi-final in Fort William. Fraser Heath scored twice for Lovat with Marc MacLachlan adding the other.

Elsewhere this weekend, Kinlochshiel reached the cottages.com MacTavish Cup semi-finals after winning 3-1 at Strathglass. Ali Nixon, Keith MacRae and Duncan Matheson sent ‘Shiel through.

Kyles Athletic reached the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup semi-finals, beating Aberdour 8-0. Robbie MacLeod, Conor Kennedy and Innes MacDonald all scored twice with Roddy MacDonald and Colin MacDonald also on target.

Skye Camanachd beat Inveraray 3-2 to claim a place in the Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final. Somhairle MacDonald’s brace and James Pringle’s goal cancelled out Campbell Watt’s double.

Glasgow Mid Argyll take a place in the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup semi-finals after beating Bute 8-0. Ewen Fraser’s four goals, Ally McKerracher’s double and strikes from Oliver MacRae and Brian Slattery were too much for the Islanders.

Inveraray also made the last-four, beating Oban Celtic 3-0 with Campbell Watt scoring twice and Ruaraidh Graham getting the other.

Lachie Shaw scored twice and Arran MacPhee, Lewis Morrison and Cam Stephen got the others as Fort William beat Skye Camanachd 5-2 in their MOWI League A clash. Somhairle MacDonald and Jordan Murchison countered for Skye.

Historic Camanachd Cup Win For Kinlochshiel

“I’m overwhelmed. This is just fantastic for the whole community and I think they were probably all here today to watch us.” That was the reaction from Kinlochshiel manager Johnston Gill who had just seen his side beat Lovat 3-1 at Mossfield to win the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup for the first time. Keith MacRae gave ‘Shiel the lead but Lovat levelled in first half stoppage-time with Greg Matheson scoring. ‘Shiel regained the advantage on the hour through Keith MacRae and MacRae completed his hat-trick in stoppage time. Kinlochshiel defender Conor Cormack was awarded the coveted Albert Smith medal as man of the match before Keith MacRae lifted the Camanachd Cup in front of the red and white army of ‘Shiel supporters.

Oban Camanachd Reach Celtic Society Final

Holders Oban Camanachd beat Inveraray 4-0 to win through to the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final. Malcolm Clark scored twice with Andrew MacCuish and Daniel Cameron getting the others.

Kyles Athletic ensured a repeat of last year’s final as doubles from Luke Thornton and Innes MacDonald and Rupert Williamson’s effort earned a 5-0 win at Glasgow Mid Argyll.

Elsewhere this weekend, Lachie Shaw’s hat-trick helped Fort William beat Glenurquhart 6-0 to reach the cottages.com MacTavish Cup semi-finals. Lewis Morrison, Victor Smith and Arran MacPhee got the others.

Robbie Brindle and Ross Forbes both bagged braces as Beauly beat Bute 7-0 to reach the Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup Final.

Kilmallie came from behind to beat Skye Camanachd 3-2 in MOWI League A. Goals from Martyn Cameron, Daniel Stewart and Stuart Callison wiped out efforts from Somhairle MacDonald and Taylor Matheson.

Oban Celtic won 8-0 at Aberdour in MOWI League C with Duncan MacDonald and Daniel MacMillan both grabbing hat-tricks.

October 2021
Skye Win The Balliemore

Skye Camanachd lifted the Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup for the third time following their 3-1 victory over Beauly at An Aird. Beauly led through Ross Forbes but James Pringle levelled. And it was James Pringle against shortly after to give Skye a 2-1 interval advantage before substitute Sam Macphee sealed the win and Skye captain Jordan Murchison stepped forward to raise the Alvance British Aluminium Balliemore Cup. Skye manager Kenny MacLeod said: “This could definitely be a springboard for the boys if they want it. They could go on and defend the Balliemore next year and get into the Premier League and then be in the mix for major honours.”

Elsewhere this weekend, John MacRae scored twice as Kinlochshiel beat Caberfeidh 2-1 to reach the cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final. Kevin Bartlett’s late reply gave Cabers hope but ‘Shiel held onto their lead.

Michael Rodger’s hat-trick helped Kilmallie beat Lochaber 3-2 in their MOWI League A derby. Ben Delaney and Conor Sweeney replied whilst Kilmallie’s Stuart Callison and Lochaber’s Barry MacDonald were sent off following a second half flashpoint.

Kyles Celtic Society Success

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 the Taynuilt Sports Field. The heavy rain led both clubs to agree that should the final be level at the end of 90 minutes, it would go straight to penalties rather than putting the pitch through an extra-time period. Roddy MacDonald gave Kyles the lead but Malcolm Clark ensured the sides would go into the break on level terms. 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 and skipper Roddy MacDonald scored the decisive penalty to give Kyles a 4-3 win in the shoot-out. Kyles Athletic boss Robert Baxter said: “Over the piece and this is me being honest, 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.”

Kings Reach MacTavish Final

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

Lachie Shaw put Fort William ahead but Dylan Borthwick levelled before doubles from James Falconer, Ruaridh Anderson and Roddy Young sent the Badenoch side through to the final.

Lovat Comeback Takes The Strathdearn

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 the Balgate.

Lovat player / manager Raymond Rennie converted the winning penalty.

Newtonmore Revenge In Sutherland Cup Final

The Newtonmore second team took the HIS Sutherland Cup, beating the Lovat second team 5-1 in the final at Blairbeg. Sorley Thomson put ‘More ahead before Raymond Rennie equalised but ‘More veteran Glen MacKintosh went on to score four times.

Holders Lochside Through To Bullough Final

A more experienced Lochside Rovers side proved too strong for the Oban Celtic second team, winning their Bullough Cup semi-final 10-0 at Mossfield. Oban Celtic held out for almost the first half-hour, proving stuffy opponents however Lewis Buchanan and Matthew Sloss grabbed hat-tricks with Michael MacQueen scoring twice and Innes MacMillan and Innes Jackson getting the others.

‘Shiel’s First MacTavish Triumph

Kinlochshiel won the cottages.com MacTavish Cup for the first time, coming from behind to beat Kingussie 3-2 at the Bught Park, Inverness. Jordan Fraser wiped out Ruaridh Anderson’s opener and with no further scoring, referee Des McNulty took the final into extra-time. John MacRae’s turn and shot put ‘Shiel ahead with Archie MacRae’s solo effort enough to negate Ryan Borthwick’s late effort. Speaking straight after the final whistle, a jubilant Kinlochshiel manager Johnston Gill said: “Making history, that’s what we are good at. Without a doubt, we are the best team in Scotland at the moment.”

Bullough Cup Win For Kyles

The Kyles Athletic second team came from behind three times to draw 3-3 before eventually beating Lochside Rovers 3-1 on penalties to lift the Bullough Cup at Tighnabruaich.

The venue was decided by a toss of a coin with Kyles winning home advantage.

Lochside led three times through Innes Jackson, David Cameron and Lewis Buchanan but Finan Kennedy (twice) and Luke Thornton hauled Kyles level each time. Rupert Williamson, Finan Kennedy and David Martin netted the penalties that gave Kyles victory. Lochside manager Gareth Evans said: “Usually you’d be a bit down after losing a cup final but my main thought is that it was a brilliant game; very entertaining indeed.”

Bute Take Ownership

Bute marked an historic day for the club with an exciting 3-2 derby win over Col Glen at the Meadows. It was the day Bute held a ceremony to officially mark the transfer of deeds for their pitch, the Meadows, gifted to them by the Mount Stuart Trust earlier this year. The Bute Shinty and Amateur Athletic Club Chairman Barry Martin said: “This gift of the Meadows pitches will have a huge impact for the Isle of Bute Shinty Club. We are very much a community club with our clubhouse used for a huge range of events.”

‘Shiel Seal MacTavish Final Spot

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup winners Kinlochshiel reached the cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final, defeating Caberfeidh 2-1 at Castle Leod.

John MacRae scored both ‘Shiel goals before Kevin Bartlett’s late reply.

November 2021
Stephen Sloss Steps Down As Oban Camanachd Boss

Stephen Sloss ended his 3-year reign as Oban Camanachd manager. He said: “I’ve enjoyed my time as manager and will always look back on the 2019 season as one where we could have done something special.” Oban Camanachd Vice-President Gareth Evans said: “Everyone at the club would like to thank Stephen for all his hard work and massive commitment, always at training twice a week and at games on a Saturday, especially tying it all in with his work commitments.”

Oban Youngsters Take The Honours

Oban Camanachd U14 won the South League Final; beating Aberdour U14 7-1 at the Lochaber High School Astro pitch. Matthew Sloss proved too hot to handle for the Aberdour defence, scoring four goals with Scott Campbell Daniel Duffy and Fraser MacMillan getting the others. Logan Adam countered for Aberdour. Camanachd Association Youth Director Willie MacDonald presented the South League Shield to Oban Camanachd captain Alexander MacDonald.

Donella Crawford Sixes

Oban Camanachd High School took part in the Donella Crawford Sixes at Ardnamurchan High School and they finished in a creditable third place in their group. Culloden were the eventual winners.

December 2021
Gareth Evans Is New Oban Camanachd Manager

Gareth Evans was voted in as the new Oban Camanachd manager at the club’s annual general meeting. “I’ve always had my eye on managing Oban Camanachd one day but the truth is I was very happy looking after Lochside Rovers and I thoroughly enjoyed doing that. This is a big step up from managing Lochside though and it will be strange to an extent given I’m friends with a few of the boys but I will put my all into this and I’m sure all the players will too.” There will be continuity at Lochside Rovers where Andrew Pearson, Iain MacMillan and Duncan MacMillan, who were all involved last season, now take on the running of the side.

2022 Artemis Macaulay Cup Draw

Oban Celtic and Oban Camanachd were both given home draws in the 2022 Artemis Macaulay Cup draw but both face tough ties. Oban Celtic play Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup winners Kyles Athletic whilst Oban Camanachd welcome fellow Mowi Premiership side Glasgow Mid Argyll. New Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: “It looks like we have four games to win at Mossfield if we want to lift the Macaulay. Now that is easier said than done but it is there for the players if they want it.” Fort William have a tricky trip to the Dell to play Kingussie whilst Kilmallie will test Lovat at the Canal Parks. The tie of the round is the meeting between Newtonmore and Kinlochshiel at the Eilan.

Oban Camanachd U17 12 Glasgow Mid Argyll U17 0 

Oban Camanachd U17 lifted the MacQuisten Cup, defeating Glasgow Mid Argyll U17
12-0 in the final at Mossfield. Ewen Campbell was top scorer with five goals whilst Louis MacFarlane scored four times. Two-goal Coll MacKay and Pearce MacBeth made up their count. Oban Camanachd captain Hannah MacDonald stepped forward to raise the 94-year-old MacQuisten Cup in front of her delighted teammates.