Shinty round up – Saturday April 2 2022

Strachur-Dunoon. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

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There was a minute’s silence ahead of all weekend games to allow the shinty world to show their respects to Donald Skinner, former President and Chieftain of the Camanachd Association, who died recently.

South shinty
Mowi Premiership

Lovat 1 Oban Camanachd 0

Graeme MacMillan’s goal on nine minutes was just enough to separate Lovat and Oban Camanachd in their 3pm throw-up at Balgate.

Callum Cruden returned to Lovat’s starting line-up after serving a three-match suspension dating back to last season. A family wedding ruled out Greg Matheson and Danny Kelly. Joe Embleton dropped back into defence, with Chris Johnston starting in midfield. Sam Stubbs took a place on the bench after scoring a hat-trick for the Lovat seconds earlier in the day, whilst Martin Mainland and Bailey MacKay both returned to join him.

Daniel Cameron and Daniel Sloss were unavailable for Oban Camanachd so Scott McKillop and Scott Robertson, for his first senior start, lined up alongside Garry Lord and Craig Easton in defence. Scott MacMillan was held in reserve with David Cameron and Ross Campbell.

The Balgate surface was bobbly and it took time for both teams to adapt to the conditions.

Fraser Heath came close to giving Lovat the lead on four minutes, peeling away from his marker on the right before firing the ball into the side-netting.

The hosts got themselves in front on nine minutes. A clearance out of defence sent Lovat upfield and Chris Johnston’s perfect ball from the left wing went over the visiting defence to an unmarked Graeme MacMillan who ran a few yards forward before sending a 20-yard shot looping over Cameron Sutherland on the keeper’s left side.

A good passing move on 16 minutes created a chance for Daniel MacVicar, but he shot past the keeper’s left post.

Lovat suffered a blow just after the half hour when they lost Fraser Heath with what looked like a hamstring injury.

There were few first half chances after that with a similar pattern of play unfolding in the second half.

Daniel Madej came close to pulling Oban Camanachd level on 65 minutes when he ran clear from his marker but his shot shaved the woodwork. Evan MacLellan also shot wide for the Oban side.

Both defences were strong with Drew Howie and Daniel Grieve impressing for Lovat,  whilst Scott Robertson shone for Oban Camanachd. There was also a good tussle between Oban Camanachd defender Scott McKillop and Lovat’s Marc MacLachlan.

There were good midfield battles but the lack of punch up front left both keepers largely untroubled in the second half.

Graeme MacMillan worked tirelessly for Lovat with his overall contribution of man-of-the-match proportions.

Blair MacFarlane was again excellent in the Oban Camanachd midfield.

Speaking after the match, Oban Camanachd boss Gareth Evans said: ‘We had a lot of the ball in their half without getting anywhere near enough shots on target.

‘It was in the same in the second half where we had the possession. Connor Howe, Daniel MacVicar and Daniel Madej were all excellent. I couldn’t fault any of our players, but we missed that one important ingredient – putting the ball in the net. I thought we deserved at least a point though and that was arguably without our two best players. We put so much into the game so to come away with nothing was devastating for the boys.

‘Lovat are a good side, a fit team, and they will be challenging for honours this season. They are a physical team but we out-muscled them for long periods.’

One concern for Oban Camanachd is a knee injury suffered by Garry Lord. Daniel Evans added: ‘The pitch was rutted and Garry let out a yelp of pain as he jarred his knee. He came off straight away. We missed his experienced head but he was able to put some weight on his knee later which is hopefully a good sign but it is still a worry.

‘The other results today mean we actually go up a place to third in the table. We are a young team and we want to be challenging in the league although some may think our best opportunities will come in the cups.’

This Saturday, Oban Camanachd play Kyles Athletic at Mossfield. Daniel Cameron and Daniel Sloss should return for that one.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 1 Kyles Athletic 1

Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) picked up their first point of the season, drawing 1-1 with Kyles Athletic in their 3pm throw-up at Peterson Park.

GMA’s Ally McKerracher began a two-match suspension, whilst Craig Anderson joined Ewen Fraser, Calum McLay and Garry Luke on the injury list. They included former Kingussie player Chris Holley-song.

Conor Kennedy returned for Kyles but Colin MacDonald was still missing.

Both goals came in a five-minute spell towards the end of the first half with Oliver MacRae giving Kinlochshiel the lead on 40 minutes as his shot went through the keeper’s legs.

However, a brilliant leveller from Roddy MacDonald on the stroke of half-time made it 1-1. MacDonald caught a high ball forward on the drop before striking the ball on the turn into the top corner of the net.

GMA’s John Don MacKenzie was solid in defence, whilst Kyles had keeper John Whyte to thank for a great double save a couple of minutes from time.

Mowi National Division

Strathglass 9 Oban Celtic 0

Strathglass left Oban Celtic still looking for their first points of the season with a comfortable 9-0 win their 3pm throw-up at Cannich.

Strathglass played well in the game although Oban Celtic travelled light with their absentees including Lewis Mcphee, Michael MacKinnon, Duncan MacDonald, Jamie Forgrieve, Scott Dempster, George MacMillan and Lennon Campbell only able to take a place on the bench where he was an unused substitute.

In an ominous sign of things to come, Strathglass had the ball in the net within seconds of throw-up but the effort was ruled out for offside.

The home side took early control of the game though with Penri Jones scoring on three  minutes and 13 minutes, either side of Steven Hyslop’s tenth minute strike.

Penri Jones was striking the ball well and completed his hat-trick on 32 minutes with Michael Stokes opening his account three minutes later to make it 5-0 at the break.

Michael Stokes and Steven Hyslop both got their second goals on 52 minutes and 58 minutes respectively to make it 7-0.

When a strike from distance deflected off Dylan Cooke’s club into the Oban Celtic net on 65 minutes, it pretty much summed up Oban Celtic’s day.

Michael Stokes rounded off the scoring, completing his hat-trick on 82 minutes to make the final score 9-0.

Oban Celtic’s Les Kinvig said: ‘It was a poor, poor performance. We were just so disjointed. You don’t get away with it in the National Division if you don’t perform.

‘We were missing seven players. The only positives to take were the game time from the bench given to 15-year-old Duncan MacEwan and young Joe MacVicar and the fact Neil Carmichael got 90 minutes under his belt.

‘It’s now a case of regrouping for the trip to Aberdour on Saturday with some big cup ties to follow.’

Lewis Mcphee’s ankle fracture will keep him out of the Aberdour match, whilst Jordan Kerr picked up a thumb injury against Strathglass.

Lochaber P Aberdour P

Lochaber’s clash with Aberdour at Spean Bridge was a covid-related postponement.

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – first round

Section 2

Lochside Rovers P Newtonmore P

The much-anticipated tie between the competition’s two most recent winners, Lochside Rovers and the Newtonmore second team, was postponed because of covid restrictions.

It is hoped to play the match this Saturday.

Section 4

Glasgow Mid Argyll 4 Kilmory 0

The Glasgow Mid Argyll reserves ran out 4-0 victors against Kilmory in their noon throw-up at Peterson Park.

Ross Brown netted on 17 minutes and 24 minutes, with Nick Lavin adding another on 36 minutes to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Former Oban Celtic player Mark Bain made it 4-0 on 62 minutes.

Inveraray 3 Strachur-Dunoon 2, after extra time

It took extra time before Inveraray edged out Strachur-Dunoon 3-2 at the Winterton.

Inveraray were 4-0 winners when the sides met in the league on the second day of the new shinty season, but this was a much closer affair.

Inveraray took the lead on 10 minutes through Ewan Donnan, but it was no surprise when Steven Turner shot past young Inveraray keeper Dillon Conn to level on 35 minutes.

Graham Love put Strachur-Dunoon ahead when he sent the ball high into the net with 20 minutes remaining but a second from Ewan Donnan, finishing off a good passing move four minutes later, made it 2-2.

With no further scoring, referee Ewan MacDonald took the tie to extra time and Allan MacDonald got the goal that made the difference four minutes ahead of the dreaded penalty shoot-out. The goal came following a short corner as MacDonald bulleted the ball into the net at the second attempt.

Mowi South Division 1

Cruachanside 4 Kyles Athletic 0

Cruachanside collected their first points of the season, beating the Kyles Athletic juniors at 4-0 at Taynuilt Sports Field.

Kyles were missing the suspended David Zavaroni and fell behind to Kyle MacFarlane’s goal on 16 minutes.

Conor Sartain found the net on 20 and 35 minutes to make it 3-0, with Craig MacIntyre adding a fourth on 72 minutes.

Roan MacVicar, Kyles, battles with Saul Ormiston, Cruachanside. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

Ballachulish 0 Col Glen 0

Ballachulish and Col Glen shared the points in a goalless draw at Jubilee Park.

Col Glen had the better of the game but just couldn’t find the net.

Bute P Tayforth P

Tayforth were unable to raise a team for their match against Bute at the Meadows.

Tayforth have had two points deducted and the game will be rescheduled.

Mowi South Division 2

Bute 4 Aberdour 2

The Bute seconds were 4-2 winners against the Aberdour seconds in their 12.30pm throw-up at the Meadows.

Veteran Iain McDonald gave the islanders the lead on eight minutes, with Craig Speirs adding a second on 15 minutes.

With Rory McDonald on 25 minutes and Neil McKirdy on 34 minutes, Bute looked out of sight.

Aberdour rallied though and Logan Adam struck twice on 39 and 62 minutes to make the final score 4-2.

North Shinty
cottages.com MacTavish Cup – first round

Caberfeidh P Glenurquhart P

The cottages.com MacTavish Cup first round tie between Caberfeidh and Glenurquhart at Castle Leod was delayed a week because of Glenurquhart’s free Saturday and it will now take place this Saturday due to covid restrictions.

The winners will play Fort William at An Aird in the quarter finals.

Mowi Premiership

Lovat 1 Oban Camanachd 0

Graeme MacMillan’s goal on nine minutes was just enough to separate Lovat and Oban Camanachd in their 3pm throw-up at Balgate.

Callum Cruden returned to Lovat’s starting line-up after serving a three-match suspension dating back to last season. A family wedding ruled out Greg Matheson and Danny Kelly. Joe Embleton dropped back into defence, with Chris Johnston starting in midfield. Sam Stubbs took a place on the bench after scoring a hat-trick for the Lovat seconds earlier in the day, whilst Martin Mainland and Bailey MacKay both returned to join him.

Daniel Cameron and Daniel Sloss were unavailable for Oban Camanachd so Scott McKillop and Scott Robertson, for his first senior start, lined up alongside Garry Lord and Craig Easton in defence. Scott MacMillan was held in reserve with David Cameron and Ross Campbell.

The Balgate surface was bobbly and it took time for both teams to adapt to the conditions.

Fraser Heath came close to giving Lovat the lead on four minutes, peeling away from his marker on the right before firing the ball into the side-netting.

The hosts got themselves in front on nine minutes. A clearance out of defence sent Lovat upfield and Chris Johnston’s perfect ball from the left wing went over the visiting defence to an unmarked Graeme MacMillan who ran a few yards forward before sending a 20-yard shot looping over Cameron Sutherland on the keeper’s left side.

A good passing move on 16 minutes created a chance for Daniel MacVicar, but he shot past the keeper’s left post.

Lovat suffered a blow just after the half hour when they lost Fraser Heath with what looked like a hamstring injury.

There were few first half chances after that with a similar pattern of play unfolding in the second half.

Daniel Madej came close to pulling Oban Camanachd level on 65 minutes when he ran clear from his marker but his shot shaved the woodwork. Evan MacLellan also shot wide for the Oban side.

Both defences were strong with Drew Howie and Daniel Grieve impressing for Lovat,  whilst Scott Robertson shone for Oban Camanachd. There was also a good tussle between Oban Camanachd defender Scott McKillop and Lovat’s Marc MacLachlan.

There were good midfield battles but the lack of punch up front left both keepers largely untroubled in the second half.

Graeme MacMillan worked tirelessly for Lovat with his overall contribution of man-of-the-match proportions.

Blair MacFarlane was again excellent in the Oban Camanachd midfield.

Speaking after the match, Oban Camanachd boss Gareth Evans said: ‘We had a lot of the ball in their half without getting anywhere near enough shots on target.

‘It was in the same in the second half where we had the possession. Connor Howe, Daniel MacVicar and Daniel Madej were all excellent. I couldn’t fault any of our players, but we missed that one important ingredient – putting the ball in the net. I thought we deserved at least a point though and that was arguably without our two best players. We put so much into the game so to come away with nothing was devastating for the boys.

‘Lovat are a good side, a fit team, and they will be challenging for honours this season. They are a physical team but we out-muscled them for long periods.’

One concern for Oban Camanachd is a knee injury suffered by Garry Lord. Daniel Evans added: ‘The pitch was rutted and Garry let out a yelp of pain as he jarred his knee. He came off straight away. We missed his experienced head but he was able to put some weight on his knee later which is hopefully a good sign but it is still a worry.

‘The other results today mean we actually go up a place to third in the table. We are a young team and we want to be challenging in the league although some may think our best opportunities will come in the cups.’

This Saturday, Oban Camanachd play Kyles Athletic at Mossfield. Daniel Cameron and Daniel Sloss should return for that one.

Kingussie 2 Kinlochshiel 1

Kingussie stay top of the Mowi Premiership after beating Kinlochshiel 2-1 at the Dell.

It didn’t take Kingussie long to settle as Roddy Young gave them the lead on five minutes. Ruaridh Anderson’s attempted shot following Savio Genini’s free-hit broke to Young in a central position and he hit the ball high into the net on his backhand.

John MacRae got Kinlochshiel back on level terms five minutes into the second half. Keith MacRae stretched to flick on Donald Nixon’s hit-in from the right and although keeper Rory MacGregor came off his line, he couldn’t get the ball away and John MacRae forced it low into the net from a tight angle on the right.

However, Ruaridh Anderson scored what proved to be the winner five minutes later. Rory MacGregor cleared up-field following a Kinlochshiel short corner on the left and Roddy Young showed a wonderful touch to turn Mark MacDonald before racing up the Kingussie left. Just as it looked as if MacDonald may have made a recovering challenge, Young battled to touch the ball inside to Ruaridh Anderson and his first time shot on his backhand from the right of the ‘D’ went across keeper Josh Grant and into the net.

Newtonmore 3 Fort William 1

Newtonmore remain second in the table after they came from behind to beat Fort William 3-1 at the Eilan.

Lewis Morrison gave Fort William the lead on seven minutes but Duncan MacPherson turned the game Newtonmore’s way with a quick-fire double on 30 and 32 minutes.

Fort William suffered a further blow when referee Martin MacLean sent off Arran MacPhee on 34 minutes.

Conor Jones extended Newtonmore’s lead on 42 minutes.

Mowi National Division

Strathglass 9 Oban Celtic 0

Strathglass left Oban Celtic still looking for their first points of the season with a comfortable 9-0 win their 3pm throw-up at Cannich.

Strathglass played well in the game although Oban Celtic travelled light with their absentees including Lewis Mcphee, Michael MacKinnon, Duncan MacDonald, Jamie Forgrieve, Scott Dempster, George MacMillan and Lennon Campbell only able to take a place on the bench where he was an unused substitute.

In an ominous sign of things to come, Strathglass had the ball in the net within seconds of throw-up but the effort was ruled out for offside.

The home side took early control of the game though with Penri Jones scoring on three  minutes and 13 minutes, either side of Steven Hyslop’s tenth minute strike.

Penri Jones was striking the ball well and completed his hat-trick on 32 minutes with Michael Stokes opening his account three minutes later to make it 5-0 at the break.

Michael Stokes and Steven Hyslop both got their second goals on 52 minutes and 58 minutes respectively to make it 7-0.

When a strike from distance deflected off Dylan Cooke’s club into the Oban Celtic net on 65 minutes, it pretty much summed up Oban Celtic’s day.

Michael Stokes rounded off the scoring, completing his hat-trick on 82 minutes to make the final score 9-0.

Oban Celtic’s Les Kinvig said: ‘It was a poor, poor performance. We were just so disjointed. You don’t get away with it in the National Division if you don’t perform.

‘We were missing seven players. The only positives to take were the game time from the bench given to 15-year-old Duncan MacEwan and young Joe MacVicar and the fact Neil Carmichael got 90 minutes under his belt.

‘It’s now a case of regrouping for the trip to Aberdour on Saturday with some big cup ties to follow.’

Lewis Mcphee’s ankle fracture will keep him out of the Aberdour match, whilst Jordan Kerr picked up a thumb injury against Strathglass.

Skye Camanachd 2 Beauly 2

Title contenders Skye Camanachd and Beauly drew 2-2 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

After four years with Kyles Athletic, Neil MacVicar has returned to Skye and he started on the bench. Somhairle MacDonald and Taylor Matheson were missing.

Beauly opted to play top scorer Ryan MacKay at buckshee back to help snuff out Skye’s attacking threat.

Skye were out of the blocks quickly and took the lead with just over a minute on the clock. Jordan Murchison drew three Beauly defenders and appeared to be impeded but still managed to force the ball towards the ‘D’ where Danny Morrison beat keeper MacKay Murray to make it 1-0.

Euan MacCormick’s equaliser on 31 minutes came against the run of play with the youngster’s low shot bouncing over home keeper Murphy Henderson’s foot.

Beauly took the lead a couple of minutes later. David MacLean got past his marker and although Murphy Henderson saved MacLean’s shot, the rebound rose into the air and Conor Ross got to the ball to score.

Skye made changes at the interval with Neil MacVicar coming on at full centre and with Ross Gordon and Iain MacLellan involved in the move, James Pringle ran in to make it 2-2 on 70 minutes.

Both sides had chances to win during the final 20 minutes with Iain MacLellan spurning an opportunity for Skye and Sean Stewart shooting just wide at the death for Beauly.

The sides meet again at the same venue in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup quarter finals on Saturday April 16.

Lochaber P Aberdour P

Lochaber’s clash with Aberdour at Spean Bridge was a covid-related postponement.

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – first round

Section 1

Lewis Camanachd 2 Boleskine 2. Lewis won 2-0 on penalties.

Shinty returned to Farr as Boleskine and Lewis Camanachd clashed in a 1pm throw-up at Smith Park.

This was Lewis Camanachd’s home tie but travel difficulties saw the venue rearranged.

Neil Hope got Boleskine off to a great start with a goal in the opening minute. The hosts worked the ball from one end of the pitch to the other with Hope’s backhand strike from wide on the left going across the keeper.

Callum Muir made it 2-0 on 25 minutes, firing home from the right off the ‘D’ after a nice lay-off.

Ali Lamont got Lewis back into it on 50 minutes, turning home Donald Lamont’s cut-back from the right.

When referee John Matheson awarded Lewis a penalty with 15 minutes remaining, Scott MacLeod, who missed from the spot during the first half, held his nerve to send the ball into the top corner of the net to the keeper’s left to make it 2-2.

There were chances at both ends with Stuart Campbell magnificent in the Lewis goal,  whilst Donald Lamont hit the post and the crossbar for the islanders.

With no further scoring, this thrilling match went to a penalty shoot-out. Lewis keeper Stuart Campbell saved four spot-hits with the islanders scoring twice through Scott MacLeod and Paddy Sinclair to secure Lewis Camanachd’s first cup tie success.

Aberdeen University P Strathspey Camanachd P

Aberdeen University’s meeting with Strathspey Camanachd at Balgownie was a covid postponement.

Section 2

Fort William 0 Kingussie 2

The Kingussie colts beat the Fort William colts for the second successive Saturday, winning 2-0 at An Aird.

Goals from Robert Shiells on seven minutes and Russell Menzies on 33 minutes saw Kingussie through to the second round.

Lochside Rovers P Newtonmore P

The much-anticipated tie between the competition’s two most recent winners, Lochside Rovers and the Newtonmore second team, was postponed because of covid restrictions.

It is hoped to play the match this Saturday.

Section 3

Glenurquhart 6 Inverness 0

The Glenurquhart seconds were too strong for the Inverness seconds, winning 6-0 at Blairbeg.

James MacPherson hit an early double with goals on two and five minutes and Angus MacCallum made it 3-0 on nine minutes.

James MacPherson completed his hat-trick on 21 minutes, with Charlie MacLeod scoring a minute later.

James MacPherson got his fourth goal of the afternoon on 27 minutes.

Skye Camanachd P Kinlochshiel P

The noon throw-up between the Skye Camanachd and Kinlochshiel second teams at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, was postponed because of covid restrictions affecting the visitors.

The tie will now take place this Saturday.

Mowi North Division 1

Glengarry 0 Inverness 1

The Inverness first team edged out Glengarry 1-0 at Craigard.

Ruaraidh Hughes scored the only goal of the game on 13 minutes to give Inverness their first league win of the season.

Lovat 6 Caberfeidh 0

The Lovat seconds scored four second half goals to beat the Caberfeidh seconds 6-0 in their noon throw-up at Balgate.

Sam Stubbs on 15 minutes and a goal from player/manager Raymond Rennie on 40 minutes gave the hosts a 2-0 interval lead.

Sam Stubbs got his second a minute after the re-start, with Lewis Bryson adding a fourth on 63 minutes.

Sam Stubbs, who got some first team action in Lovat’s win over Kinlochshiel last weekend, completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes, with Caley Matheson adding his name to the scoresheet 10 minutes from time.

Mowi North Division 2

Kilmallie 2 Lochaber 2

The Kilmallie second team and the Lochaber second team drew 2-2 in their derby at the Canal Parks.

Martyn Cameron gave the home side the lead on two minutes with Duncan MacDougall adding a second on 17 minutes. It remained 2-0 until half-time.

Kilmallie looked in control but Ryan Gunn pulled a goal back on 68 minutes and Lochaber earned a point when Innes Whyte netted on 90 minutes.

Lochaber’s Ben MacDonald was on the touchline cheering his team on after recently going through an operation after suffering a serious head injury playing for the side.

Strathglass 2 Beauly 4

Jack MacDonald’s treble helped the Beauly colts defeat the Strathglass colts 4-2 in their noon throw-up at Cannich.

Strathglass led through Ali MacAdam’s goal on 15 minutes but Jack MacDonald pulled the sides level on 41 minutes.

However, there was still time for Sam Cumming to score on the stroke of half-time to give the hosts a 2-1 interval advantage.

Beauly made changes at the interval and the second half was just a minute old when Jack MacDonald got his second with Kyle MacDonald giving Beauly the lead for the first time in the match on 50 minutes.

Jack MacDonald completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes to make the final score 4-2.