Shinty round-up, Saturday March 26 2022

Inveraray shinty team after they beat Oban Celtic 3 - 0. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

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South shinty

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 5 Caberfeidh 1

Oban Camanachd bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to Kinlochshiel by beating Caberfeidh 5-1 at Mossfield.

Garry Lord returned for the Oban side. Scott McKillop and Scott MacMillan were back too and both started on the bench.

Suspended pair Craig Morrison and Ryan Symonds missed out for Caberfeidh who continued with Blair Morrison in attack following his hat-trick against Glasgow Mid Argyll.

That proved a good call by boss Jodi Gorski as there were only six seconds on the clock when Caberfeidh won the centre and Kevin Bartlett’s ball from the right found Blair Morrison around the penalty spot who turned before sending the ball low into the net.

Oban defender Daniel Cameron had been carrying a rib injury ahead of the game and swapped positions with Daniel Sloss, the latter going in at full back.

Oban Camanachd settled into the game and were awarded a penalty when referee Iain Kennedy penalised a rash swing on Louie MacFarlane. Daniel Cameron struck the penalty well enough, down the middle, but Caberfeidh Iain McCall saved. Connor Howe regained possession and Daniel Madej flicked the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-1 with half an hour played.

Oban Camanachd switched to a two-two in attack, with Louie MacFarlane and Daniel Madej up top and they caused the visiting defence all sorts of problems.

Daniel Madej got his and Oban Camanachd’s second goal on 41 minutes when he chested down Craig Easton’s long ball from the right before netting from around the penalty spot.

The second half was just a couple of minutes old when Louie MacFarlane went on a zig-zag run through the visiting defence before scoring a fine individual goal.

Then, on 50 minutes, Daniel MacVicar beat two players before firing home on his backhand.

Louie MacFarlane got his second with a tap-in on the hour after another Craig Easton ball out of defence caused Caberfeidh concern.

Daniel Sloss and Evan MacLellan were excellent for the hosts, with Blair MacFarlane also starring.

Scott MacMillan got some game time for the first time this season with Scott McKillop also introduced.

Next up for Oban Camanachd is a trip to Balgate to play unbeaten Lovat on Saturday.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘We could have and should have scored more goals but it was still a solid win. We pushed Caberfeidh high up the park and caused them problems. We had some very good performers and I don’t think there is a better defender in shinty at the moment than Daniel Sloss.

‘We now have a tough game at Lovat on Saturday. We are without Daniel Sloss and Daniel Cameron for that one, which isn’t ideal. That’s why it was important Scott MacMillan and Scott McKillop got game time against Caberfeidh and Scott Robertson got 90 minutes for Lochside. We’ll need all three on Saturday.’

Kingussie 2 Kyles Athletic 0

Kingussie scored a goal in each half to beat Kyles Athletic 2-0 at the Dell, meaning they return to the top of the Mowi Premiership.

Rory Mackeachan and Fraser Munro made timely returns for Kingussie with Ryan Borthwick and Liam Borthwick both missing.

Kyles were without Colin MacDonald and Conor Kennedy, but Innes MacDonald returned to the side.

Kingussie took the lead on 14 minutes. Ruaridh Anderson played in a corner and Savio Genini got to the ball ahead of Callum Millar, before producing a great finish from the back of the ‘D’.

Kyles passed up a chance to level three minutes later when referee John Angus Gillies penalised home full back Robert Mabon for falling on top of the ball. Ross MacRae sent the spot-hit towards the keeper’s top left corner, but Rory MacGregor produced a fantastic save to keep his side in front.

Kingussie doubled their lead three minutes into the second half when Dylan Borthwick went on a great run from the right before passing the ball by keeper John Whyte by his left post to make it 2-0.

Mowi National Division

Oban Celtic 0 Inveraray 3

All the goals came in the second half as Inveraray beat Oban Celtic 3-0 at Ganavan.

Craig Taylor put Inveraray ahead on 50 minutes, with Lewis Montgomery adding a double on 60 and 70 minutes.

Mowi South Division 1

Col Glen 3 Lochside Rovers 1

Col Glen are early league leaders after running out 3-1 winners against Lochside Rovers at Glendaruel.

Lochside featured father and son Stephen Sloss and Matthew Sloss in a largely youthful side.

A late first half brace from Daniel MacDonald on 35 minutes and 40 minutes gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.

Innes Jackson pulled a goal back on 43 minutes to make it 2-1 at the break.

When referee Des McNulty awarded Col Glen a penalty 18 minutes from time, Scott MacVicar scored from the spot to seal a 3-1 victory.

Cruachanside P Tayforth P

Cruachanside’s encounter with Tayforth at Taynuilt Sports Field will be rescheduled due to covid restrictions.

Glasgow Mid Argyll P Ballachulish P

The clash between the Glasgow Mid Argyll colts and Ballachulish at Peterson Park was a covid related postponement.

Bute P Kyles Athletic P

There was disappointment for Bute and the Kyles Athletic juniors as their derby at the Meadows was postponed because of covid restrictions.

Mowi South Division 2

Kilmory 4 Oban Celtic 0

Kilmory ran out 4-0 winners against a young Oban Celtic second team in their 2pm throw-up at MacRae Park.

Sandy Leiper on 33 minutes and Alex Cunningham on 37 minutes made it 2-0 at the break with the prolific Alex Cunningham going on to complete his hat-trick with efforts on 50 and 80 minutes.

Inveraray 2 Bute 2

The Inveraray colts and the Bute colts drew 2-2 at the Winterton.

Craig Speirs gave the islanders the lead on six minutes but Neil Campbell levelled a couple of minutes later.

Bute regained the advantage through Aiden MacGregor on 15 minutes, only for Neil Campbell to level for a second time on 74 minutes.

Aberdour 4 Uddingston 0

The Aberdour seconds beat Uddingston 4-0 at Silversands.

Fourteen-year-old Logan Adam broke the deadlock on 33 minutes, with Ciaràn Burns, 13, adding a second on 43 minutes.

A debut goal from Ally Chamberlain on 67 minutes and Logan Adam’s second on 86 minutes rounded off Aberdour’s win.

Ardnamurchan P Strachur-Dunoon P

The match between Ardnamurchan and Strachur-Dunoon at Strontian was postponed due to covid restrictions.

Strachur-Dunoon arranged an open training session at Strachurmore instead.

WCA round-up

A number of national and regional Women’s Camanachd Association fixtures took place on Sunday March 27.

Mowi National Division

Skye Camanachd P Aberdour P

The Skye Camanachd A team’s match with Aberdour at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Saturday March 26 was postponed due to covid restrictions.

Glasgow Mid Argyll P Ardnamurchan P

Glasgow Mid Argyll’s clash with Ardnamurchan at Yoker was calld off due to covid restrictions.

Mowi South Division 2

Uddingston 1 Dunadd 6

Dunadd scored three goals in each half to defeat Uddingston at St Ambrose High School.

Christie Robertson netted for the hosts but Eilidh Cameron’s treble, Rhian McCuig’s double and Nicola Smyth’s goal counted for Dunadd.

Tayforth P Oban Lorn P

Tayforth’s meeting with Dunadd was postponed and will be rescheduled.

Glasgow Mid Argyll P Ardnamurchan P

The second team match between Glasgow Mid Argyll and Ardnamurchan was also a covid related postponement.

North shinty

cottages.com MacTavish Cup – first round

Kinlochshiel 0 Lovat 3

cottages.com MacTavish Cup holders Kinlochshiel crashed out of this year’s competition in the opening round, losing 3-0 to Lovat at Rèaraig.

John MacRae returned to the Kinlochshiel starting line-up after missing the previous week’s win over Oban Camanachd. Zander MacRae was also back and he started on the bench. Finlay MacRae came off late in the Oban match as a precautionary measure after feeling a tight hamstring and he was injury-free to take his usual role at full back. Youngster Archie MacRae was ruled out after taking a knock to the knee.

Danny Kelly returned for Lovat but Callum Cruden was again ruled out through suspension. Joe Embleton started as did Greg Matheson, with the latter nursing a hamstring problem.

Lovat started well before Kinlochshiel began to dominate, so much so that when Lewis Tawse gave Lovat the lead on 26 minutes, the goal came against the run of play.

Fraser Heath intercepted Finlay MacRae’s clearance out of defence and when Heath played the ball forward, Lewis Tawse struck a brilliant first time volley past a helpless Josh Grant, beating the keeper on his left side.

The closest Lovat came to a first half goal was when John MacRae cleverly turned his marker to run onto a great ball forward from Ali Nixon, but MacRae shot wide of target from the left.

Josh Grant got his body behind a Lewis Tawse shot from the left after the re-start before Stuart MacDonald showed his class as the Lovat and Scotland keeper saved brilliantly, parrying Keith MacRae’s 18-yard drive.

Lewis Tawse got his second goal of the game to make it 2-0 on 68 minutes. A high ball from Fraser Heath from wide on the left was palmed away by Josh Grant but Tawse was in the right place to expertly knock the dropping ball into the net.

At the other end, Donald Nixon picked out Keith MacRae on the left and cut in before playing the ball across goal to Jordan Fraser, but Stuart MacDonald spread himself to save.

When the Kinlochshiel defence didn’t deal with substitute Chris Johnston’s ball into the ‘D’ from the Lovat right on 75 minutes, Greg Matheson swept the ball home to the delight of the visiting support.

There was a late Lovat claim for a penalty when Fraser Heath was tripped just on the ‘D’. Referee Graham Cameron consulted with goal judge Roddy Gillies before awarding a free-hit just outside the ‘D’ with match footage proving the decision to be correct.

Kilmallie 3 Inverness 2

Kilmallie weren’t at their best but they still did enough to beat a well-organised Inverness side 3-2 at Canal Parks.

Innes Blackhall and Michael Rodger served the final games of their suspensions for the hosts with Lewis Birrell, Jay MacLeod, Aidan Love and Cam Clark also unavailable. Stuart Callison returned from his ban.

Dougie Rankin continued in goal for Inverness, with Arran MacMaster and Adam MacMaster in defence.

Inverness took the lead on 17 minutes when Kilmallie keeper Kevin Toye and defender Stephen McAlister went for the same ball which McAlister turned into the net.

Kilmallie levelled straight from the re-start, however. There was a scramble around the penalty spot and when the ball was pushed forward, Shane O’Rua, who made his first start at Skye last season, got to the ball just ahead of team-mate Ryan Stewart and tucked the ball into the net.

Stuart Callison gave Kilmallie the lead on 27 minutes and they stayed in front until the break.

Shane O’Rua got his second on 58 minutes with the goal of the match. A low corner was missed at the front post and O’Rua ran in to crack a low, controlled first time finish into the corner of the net, giving keeper Dougie Rankin no chance.

Inverness stuck to the task though and were rewarded through Steven Bellshaw’s 72 minute goal which left the outcome in the balance until then end.

Kilmallie gave debuts from the bench to Seumas MacFarlane, 14, Lewis Cameron and Ryan MacLeod.

Kilmallie manager Martin Stewart said: ‘The win is always welcome but we didn’t really get going in the game nor apply ourselves as we can. We may have underestimated Inverness and there was a bit of role reversal from the previous week when we were underdogs against Kingussie. Inverness battled all through the game. They play just how Drew Mcneil wants them to.

‘We gave three boys their debuts from the bench and that is 18 guys who have made their first team debut for the Kilmallie first team in less than a year.

‘Age is no barrier either and Shane O’Rua proved that. He’s only 14, but he was terrific. He didn’t back out of any challenge and took his goals really well.

‘We are without a game on Saturday but that is not bad thing. We now have Innes Blackhall and Michael Rodger available again so we can regroup before we play GMA.’

Adam McMaster, Inverness, under pressure from Kilmallie’s Daniel Stewart, left, and Ryan Stewart in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup, played at Canal Parks, Caol. Photograph: Neil Paterson.
Sandy Corrigan, Kilmallie, and Lorn Hughes, Inverness. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Strathglass 0 Fort William 3

Fort William, cottages.com MacTavish Cup semi-finalists last season, are through to this year’s quarter finals after beating Strathglass 3-0 at Cannich.

Calum Shepherd got the opener on 36 minutes, with two goals in three minutes sealing the win as Ali MacRae netted on 67 minutes and Lewis Morrison on 70 minutes.

Newtonmore 3 Lochaber 0

Newtonmore have won four of the last cottages.com MacTavish Cup Finals and they beat Lochaber 3-0 in their 2pm throw-up at the Eilan.

Injured trio Darrin Fowler, Iain Robinson and Drew MacDonald all missed out for Newtonmore, whilst Lochaber’s Barry MacDonald was suspended.

Struan Ross got the opener on four minutes with another promising youngster, Max Campbell, scoring against his former club on 18 minutes.

Struan Ross got his second on 74 minutes to send Newtonmore into the quarter final draw.

Glengarry 0 Skye Camanachd 7

Mowi National Division side Skye Camanachd proved too strong for Glengarry from Mowi North Division 1, winning 7-0 at Craigard.

Glengarry were missing Nick Dalgety, whilst Skye had Danny Morrison and Jordan Murchison back with the latter starting on the bench.

Skye started well, creating four early chances, but it was Glengarry who went closest with a shot off the post.

Skye went on to dominate but despite some nice shinty between their forwards, they only had an Iain MacLellan goal to show for their efforts after 35 minutes of play so boss Kenny MacLeod made a double switch with Danny Morrison and Iain MacLellan withdrawn in favour of Somhairle MacDonald and Jordan Murchison.

The moves paid immediate dividends with Somhairle MacDonald scoring with his first touch and adding another five minutes later.

The islanders’ centre line were dominant, especially Ross MacKinnon who played his best game in a Skye shirt, and it was no surprise when Somhairle MacDonald completed his hat-trick to make it 4-0.

John Gillies added another for Skye whilst Jordan Murchison looked back to his old self with two goals and two assists. And he was unlucky not to get a hat-trick, bringing out a good save from Glengarry keeper Gordon MacDonald before just missing with a powerful shot late on.

This was a very good Skye performance with James Pringle causing problems throughout with his running and set-up play.

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 5 Caberfeidh 1

Oban Camanachd bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to Kinlochshiel by beating Caberfeidh 5-1 at Mossfield.

Garry Lord returned for the Oban side. Scott McKillop and Scott MacMillan were back too and both started on the bench.

Suspended pair Craig Morrison and Ryan Symonds missed out for Caberfeidh who continued with Blair Morrison in attack following his hat-trick against Glasgow Mid Argyll.

That proved a good call by boss Jodi Gorski as there were only six seconds on the clock when Caberfeidh won the centre and Kevin Bartlett’s ball from the right found Blair Morrison around the penalty spot who turned before sending the ball low into the net.

Oban defender Daniel Cameron had been carrying a rib injury ahead of the game and swapped positions with Daniel Sloss, the latter going in at full back.

Oban Camanachd settled into the game and were awarded a penalty when referee Iain Kennedy penalised a rash swing on Louie MacFarlane. Daniel Cameron struck the penalty well enough, down the middle, but Caberfeidh Iain McCall saved. Connor Howe regained possession and Daniel Madej flicked the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-1 with half an hour played.

Oban Camanachd switched to a two-two in attack, with Louie MacFarlane and Daniel Madej up top and they caused the visiting defence all sorts of problems.

Daniel Madej got his and Oban Camanachd’s second goal on 41 minutes when he chested down Craig Easton’s long ball from the right before netting from around the penalty spot.

The second half was just a couple of minutes old when Louie MacFarlane went on a zig-zag run through the visiting defence before scoring a fine individual goal.

Then, on 50 minutes, Daniel MacVicar beat two players before firing home on his backhand.

Louie MacFarlane got his second with a tap-in on the hour after another Craig Easton ball out of defence caused Caberfeidh concern.

Daniel Sloss and Evan MacLellan were excellent for the hosts, with Blair MacFarlane also starring.

Scott MacMillan got some game time for the first time this season with Scott McKillop also introduced.

Next up for Oban Camanachd is a trip to Balgate to play unbeaten Lovat on Saturday.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘We could have and should have scored more goals but it was still a solid win. We pushed Caberfeidh high up the park and caused them problems. We had some very good performers and I don’t think there is a better defender in shinty at the moment than Daniel Sloss.

‘We now have a tough game at Lovat on Saturday. We are without Daniel Sloss and Daniel Cameron for that one, which isn’t ideal. That’s why it was important Scott MacMillan and Scott McKillop got game time against Caberfeidh and Scott Robertson got 90 minutes for Lochside. We’ll need all three on Saturday.’

Kingussie 2 Kyles Athletic 0

Kingussie scored a goal in each half to beat Kyles Athletic 2-0 at the Dell, meaning they return to the top of the Mowi Premiership.

Rory Mackeachan and Fraser Munro made timely returns for Kingussie with Ryan Borthwick and Liam Borthwick both missing.

Kyles were without Colin MacDonald and Conor Kennedy, but Innes MacDonald returned to the side.

Kingussie took the lead on 14 minutes. Ruaridh Anderson played in a corner and Savio Genini got to the ball ahead of Callum Millar, before producing a great finish from the back of the ‘D’.

Kyles passed up a chance to level three minutes later when referee John Angus Gillies penalised home full back Robert Mabon for falling on top of the ball. Ross MacRae sent the spot-hit towards the keeper’s top left corner, but Rory MacGregor produced a fantastic save to keep his side in front.

Kingussie doubled their lead three minutes into the second half when Dylan Borthwick went on a great run from the right before passing the ball by keeper John Whyte by his left post to make it 2-0.

Glenurquhart had their designated ‘free Saturday’.

Strathdearn Cup Preliminary Round

Beauly 8 Lochaber 2

The Beauly second team were too strong for the Lochaber second team, winning 8-2 in their Strathdearn Cup preliminary round tie at Braeview Park.

Kyle MacDonald on 15 minutes and Lee Dunbar on 22 minutes got Beauly off to a solid start.

Finlay MacLennan notched a third on 23 minutes and a fourth on 28 minutes.

Jack MacDonald added his name to the scoresheet an 38 minutes and Beauly led 5-0 at the break.

David Langan pulled a goal back on 55 minutes but Kyle MacDonald went on to complete his hat-trick with goals on 61 and 64 minutes to make it 7-1.

David Langan got his second on 80 minutes and Torrin Cairns scored on the stroke of full time to make the final score 8-2.

Mowi North Division 1

Fort William 1 Kingussie 2

The Kingussie colts go top of Mowi North Division 1 after beating the Fort William colts 2-1 at An Aird.

Rhys Kennedy was suspended for Fort William whilst, with Lee Bain on first team duty, Ronald Ross played at full back for an understrength Kingussie side.

Miko Berowski struck on five minutes to give Kingussie an early advantage with Robert Shiells adding a second a couple of minutes before the break.

Cam Ross halved the deficit on 83 minutes but Kingussie took the points.

Caberfeidh 1 Lochcarron 2

Lochcarron recorded their first league win of the season, beating the Caberfeidh second team 2-1 at Castle Leod.

Gregor Cushnie gave Lochcarron the lead a minute before the break, punishing some defensive slackness before beating John Ritchie in the home goal.

Colin MacLennan was credited with the leveller a minute after the re-start when his corner went by visiting keeper Peter MacKenzie off Ross Mathieson.

Caberfeidh attacked, but Peter MacKenzie was equal to their efforts.

Lochcarron’s Ross Mathieson made amends as he scored what proved to be the winner for Murdo John Fraser’s side 15 minutes from time.

Newtonmore P Glenurquhart P

The noon throw-up between the Newtonmore juniors and the Glenurquhart juniors was scheduled to take place at Kincraig but the match was postponed because of covid restrictions.

Skye Camanachd P Lovat P

The Skye Camanachd second team’s noon throw-up against the Lovat second team at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, was postponed.

Lovat were unable to raise a team so the game will be rescheduled. Lovat were docked two points.

The Kinlochshiel second team did not have an allocated fixture.

Mowi North Division 2

Strathspey Camanachd 3 Kilmallie 2

Strathspey Camanachd survived a late scare to defeat the Kilmallie reserves 3-2 at Grantown Grammar School.

Strathspey’s Euan Dingwall scored the only goal of the first half on nine minutes.

Alfie Roberts on 68 minutes and Matthew Davies on 78 minutes gave the home side what looked to be a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Jack Campbell on 87 minutes and a stoppage time strike from Bryan MacKay cut the deficit to a single goal, but Strathspey took the points to top the table.

The match was refereed by Glenurquhart player James MacPherson.

Boleskine P Strathglass P

Boleskine were scheduled to play their first match at Smith Park in two years with the Strathglass second team providing the opposition.

However, covid affecting the visitors meant the game was postponed.

Aberdeen University P Inverness P

Aberdeen University’s match against the Inverness second string at Balgownie will be rescheduled due to covid restrictions.

Lewis Camanachd were without a fixture.

WCA round-up

A number of national and regional Women’s Camanachd Association fixtures took place at the weekend.

Mowi National Division

Lochaber 0 Badenoch 6

Kirsty Deans scored five times as Badenoch beat Lochaber 6-0 at Spean Bridge.

Zoe Reid got the other for the league leaders.

Skye Camanachd P Aberdour P

The Skye Camanachd A team’s match with Aberdour at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Saturday March 26 was postponed due to covid restrictions.

Mowi North Division 2

Badenoch 0 Glengarry 5

Glengarry took the points, beating the Badenoch second team 5-0 at the Market Stance.

Elaine Cameron grabbed a Glengarry hat-trick with Emily Gordon and Leona Falconer getting the others.

Inverness 0 Kinlochshiel 8

Lorna MacRae grabbed a hat-trick as Kinlochshiel won 8-0 against Inverness at Bught Park.

Beth Murphy scored twice with Lexi Mackenzie, Alaina Maclennan and Sandra MacRae also on target.

Lovat P Glenurquhart P

The game between Lovat and Glenurquhart at Balgate was a covid postponement.

Strathspey P Strathglass P

Strathglass were unable to field a team for their trip to Strathspey so the game will be rescheduled.