Shinty round-up – Saturday April 9

Kilmallie's Jay MacLeod tries to find a way through the Glasgow Mid Argyll defence. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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South shinty

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 2 Kyles Athletic 6

‘It was a reality check for us all,’ was Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans’ reaction after watching his side go down 6-2 to Kyles Athletic at Mossfield.

‘I hope it’s just a freak result as it was a strange game where both sides created chances but whilst Kyles took all of theirs, we missed the target with most of ours.

‘We weren’t great but I was impressed with Kyles. They still have the core of their good youth team from several years back and they were really fast. They are a team to reckon with.’

Daniel Cameron and Daniel Sloss returned to the Oban Camanachd defence after missing the Lovat defeat, but Garry Lord looks set to be sidelined for a while with a knee injury. Scott MacMillan was unavailable.

Kyles Athletic were still minus Colin MacDonald and a bizarre leg injury whilst playing shinty with his young daughter ruled out Kyles Athletic defender Andrew King.

Roddy MacDonald got in front of his marker at the back post to slam home the opener on 11 minutes then his looping 35-yard effort from wide on the left deceived Oban keeper Cameron Sutherland on 19 minutes.

Connor Howe pulled a goal back on 27 minutes, striking the ball well from a tight angle on the right, but Kyles continued to be the more efficient in front of goal.

Somhairle Thomson is settling in nicely at the higher level after joining from the Newtonmore second team during the close season and he restored the visitors’ two-goal cushion on 32 minutes.

Roddy MacDonald completed his hat-trick on 36 minutes with Scott MacDonald’s 39th  minute goal giving Kyles a 5-1 lead at half-time.

Oban Camanachd defender Daniel Sloss had been unwell during the week and had to succumb soon after the restart, with Connor Howe also withdrawn. Ross Campbell and David Cameron came on in their place.

Somhairle Thomson got his second on 67 minutes to make it 6-1.

Oban Camanachd played better in the second half but only had Daniel Cameron’s 77th  minute goal to show for their efforts.

Kyles’ Roddy MacDonald looked back to his best, whilst Ross MacRae continues to earn rave reviews at full centre.

Brothers Blair MacFarlane and Louie MacFarlane and Daniel Cameron got pass marks for Oban Camanachd.

Oban Camanachd must now refocus for their Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Celtic Cup quarter-final tie against Bute at the Meadows on Saturday.

Gareth Evans added: ‘I’ll make changes for the Bute tie. We have gone with largely the same starting side so far this season so it is time to freshen things up.’

Bute have only played twice this season but have won on both occasions.

Hat-trick hero Roddy MacDonald, Kyles, clashes with Cameron Sutherland, Oban Camanachd’s keeper, at Mossfield on Saturday. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

Kilmallie 1 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Innes Blackhall marked his return from suspension with an equaliser five minutes from time as Kilmallie drew 1-1 with Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) at Canal Parks.

Kilmallie manager Martin Stewart had Innes Blackhall and Michael Rodger free of their suspensions, but injury ruled out Ben MacDonald.

GMA’s Ally McKerracher served the second game of his two-match suspension.

Ewen Fraser was free of injury and opened the scoring on 35 minutes but Innes Blackhall earned Kilmallie a point with his 85th minute goal.

Kilmallie now look forward to a cottages.com MacTavish Cup quarter-final against Lovat at Balgate.

Mowi National Division

Aberdour 1 Oban Celtic 1

Aberdour and Oban Celtic drew 1-1 in their 1pm throw-up at Silversands.

Aodan Burns started at wing centre for Aberdour with 14-year-old Tom Shenfield and newcomer Jack Campbell both debuting from the bench.

Oban Celtic boss Dougie MacIntyre missed the game as he was stateside to support son Bob MacIntyre at the US golf Masters.

Oban Celtic played down the slope with wind advantage in the first half but it was Aberdour who took the lead on 12 minutes when a great ball from Aodan Burns found full forward Tom Bowerman. He showed great composure as he drew the keeper before slotting the ball home.

Both teams created chances but there was no further scoring by half-time.

Oban Celtic restored parity on 58 minutes when Andy MacDonald punished a defensive lapse to score.

The draw meant both teams picked up their first points of the season.

Oban Celtic now travel to face Glasgow Mid Argyll in the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Celtic Cup quarter finals on Saturday.

Strathglass 1 Inveraray 2

Inveraray beat Strathglass 2-1 at Cannich.

The home side almost took the lead on five minutes when Seth Jones found young Rhu Strachan on the left who turned before firing a rocket-shot goalwards which Inveraray keeper Scott MacLachlan appeared to know little about until it crashed back off his faceguard.

Inveraray took the lead on 37 minutes after Lewis Montgomery’s ball to the left came to Fraser Watt who shot goalwards. Home keeper Adam Todd saved, but the onrushing Campbell Watt poked the ball into the net from close range.

There was a great battle in the middle of the park for the remainder of the first half but very few scoring chances were created.

Inveraray began to press the Strathglass defence after the re-start and got their reward on 51 minutes when a looping ball from Ruaraidh Graham landed in the ‘D’ where keeper Adam Todd tried to clear.

However, with John Kennedy challenging, Todd was penalised for a double swing and referee John Angus Gillies had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Fraser Watt did his usual efficient job, drilling the penalty to the keeper’s left side.

Strathglass responded and enjoyed a period of pressure, twice going close within minutes as Michael Stokes found space but he fired over the bar on both occasions.

Strathglass did get a goal back on 71 minutes when a clearance came to Penri Jones on the right and his shot went through a ruck of players and into the net.

Both teams continued to play good shinty but Inveraray stayed in front to take the points.

Seth Jones stood out for a youthful Strathglass side, whilst Inveraray buckshee back Ross MacMillan turned in a man-of-the-match performance on his debut.

Mowi South Division 1

Kyles Athletic 0 Col Glen 3

Col Glen made the short distance to Tighnabruaich to play the Kyles Athletic juniors and returned with both points following a 3-0 win.

Andrew MacVicar scored the only goal of the first half on the half-hour with Jamie MacVicar adding a brace on 51 and 70 minutes meaning Col Glen stay top of the league.

Ballachulish 3 Tayforth 2

Ballachulish go second in Mowi South 1 after beating bottom side Tayforth 3-2 at  Jubilee Park.

David Grant put Ballachullish ahead on 15 minutes but Brendan Duggan equalised a minute later.

Jack MacLean put Ballachulish back in front on 20 minutes but Michael MacLeod drew Tayforth level for a second time, making it 2-2 on the hour.

It began to look as if it might just end that way until David Grant got his second goal of the game a minute from time to give Ballachulish victory.

Bute 8 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Bute were too strong for the Glasgow Mid Argyll colts, winning 8-1 at the Meadows.

Both clubs fielded two teams on the Saturday, with both GMA fixtures away from home, so resources were stretched and the visitors travelled with just 12 players whilst the islanders were only able to name one substitute.

Bute created a couple of opportunities but there was a touch of fortune about Robin MacAlister’s opener on five minutes.

GMA struck back, against the run of play, with Neil Robertson’s effort on 20 minutes making it 1-1.

A GMA player was injured meaning they had to play more than half the match with 11 players.

Bute continued to press and Leon MacMillan put them back in front a minute before half time.

Scott Harvey made it 3-1 on 50 minutes with Ryan Craig adding a brace on 55 and 60 minutes as the pressure began to tell on GMA.

Three goals in the final third put gloss on the win. Josh Cowan added a sixth on 65 minutes and Scott Harvey completed his hat-trick with efforts on 77 and 87 minutes.

Bute go third in the division, despite having played the fewest matches.

Mowi South Division 2

Oban Celtic 3 Uddingston 0

The Oban Celtic colts recorded their first league win of the season, beating Uddingston 3-0 in their noon throw-up at Ganavan.

Duncan MacEwan, who played when he came off the bench for the seniors the previous week, opened the scoring on 22 minutes with Scott Burnett adding a second on the half hour. Alan Mackie rounded off the win on 63 minutes.

Kilmory 2 Ardnamurchan 2

Kilmory hauled back a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Ardnamurchan at MacRae Park.

Stuart MacLachlan on two minutes and Steven Gilmour’s own goal on 53 minutes gave Ardnamurchan a deserved advantage.

However, Alec Cunningham on 78 minutes and Jamie Baxter a couple of minutes from time ensured Kilmory got a share of the points.

Strachur-Dunoon 2 Bute 3

The Bute second team came from two goals down to beat Strachur-Dunoon 3-2 at Strachurmore.

Andrew Wilson got the hosts off to a great start with goals on six and seven minutes but Bute’s Ian McDonald pulled a goal back a couple of minutes later.

Bute turned the match on its head when William Boag equalised on 61 minutes and Ian McDonald got his second just 60 seconds later with what proved to be the winner.

Inveraray P Aberdour P

The Aberdour seconds were unable to raise a team for their game against the Inveraray seconds at the Winterton so the hosts have been awarded the points.

All throw-ups were at 2.30pm unless stated otherwise.

Women’s Camanachd Association round-up

A number of national and regional Women’s Camanachd Association fixtures took place over the weekend with most games scheduled for Sunday April 10.

Mowi National Division

Skye Camanachd 4 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Skye Camanachd A were 4-1 winners against Glasgow Mid Argyll A in their WCA Mowi National Division fixture at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Saturday April 9. Caitlin Maclean scored twice for Skye with Megan Campbell and Jenna Beaton getting the others. Kayleigh Doran countered for GMA.

Aberdour 0 Badenoch 15

Badenoch were convincing 15-0 winners over Aberdour in their 1pm throw-up at Silversands.

Kirsty Deans led the way with nine goals, whilst Zoe Reid and Jeanette McGregor both bagged braces. Eilidh Ross and Rhona McIntyre got the others.

Ardnamurchan A 0 Inverness 7

Katie McMillan scored all seven goals as Inverness beat Ardnamurchan 7-0 in their 12.30pm throw-up at Strontian.

Mowi South Division 2

Ardnamurchan P Dunadd P

Ardnamurchan B and Dunadd will have their match at Strontian rescheduled due to covid.

Tayforth v Glasgow Mid Argyll B W/O

Glasgow Mid Argyll B were awarded the points when Tayforth were unable to raise team for their league meeting.

Uddingston W/O v Oban

Oban were unable to field a team for their meeting with Uddingston so the hosts get the points.

North shinty

cottages.com MacTavish Cup – first round

Caberfeidh 7 Glenurquhart 4

Caberfeidh secured the final cottages.com MacTavish Cup quarter final spot with a 7-4 victory over Glenurquhart in an enthralling tie at Castle Leod.

Glenurquhart got off to a great start with Dave MacLennan scoring in the opening minute.

However Caberfeidh’s Craig Morrison celebrated his return from a three-match suspension with goals on 14 and 19 minutes to put the hosts in front.

Glenurquhart regained the lead through Angus MacCallum on 44 minutes and Josh MacDonald-Haig on 48 minutes, only for Taylor Condon to make it 3-3 on 54 minutes.

Blair Morrison put Caberfeidh back ahead once more on 57 minutes but a second from Dave MacLennan 10 minutes later left this breathless tie level at 4-4.

Caberfeidh turned the screw late in the tie though as Craig Morrison completed his hat-trick with strikes on 73 and 80 minutes, the first time either team had led by more than one goal, before Kevin Bartlett sealed the 7-4 win three minutes from time.

Caberfeidh’s reward is a quarter final tie against Fort William at An Aird on Saturday.

Mowi Premiership

Kilmallie 1 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Innes Blackhall marked his return from suspension with an equaliser five minutes from time as Kilmallie drew 1-1 with Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) at Canal Parks.

Kilmallie manager Martin Stewart had Innes Blackhall and Michael Rodger free of their suspensions, but injury ruled out Ben MacDonald.

GMA’s Ally McKerracher served the second game of his two-match suspension.

Ewen Fraser was free of injury and opened the scoring on 35 minutes but Innes Blackhall earned Kilmallie a point with his 85th minute goal.

Kilmallie now look forward to a cottages.com MacTavish Cup quarter-final against Lovat at Balgate.

 

Back playing shinty after a spell in London, Kilmallie’s Stevie Stewart homes in on Jonnie MacAskilll. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
Innes Blackhall tackles Chris Holleysong to deflect action away from the Kilmallie goal. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
Innes Blackhall races to take control of the ball. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

Newtonmore 0 Kingussie 1

Kingussie extended their lead at the top of the Mowi Premiership, beating neighbours Newtonmore 1-0 in a close encounter at the Eilan.

With Darrin Fowler and Drew MacDonald still injured, Newtonmore welcomed Iain Robinson back following his dislocated shoulder and he started on the bench.

Fraser Munro, Ryan Borthwick and Liam Borthwick were still out for Kingussie but James Hutchison took a place on the bench.

The only goal of the game came on 33 minutes. Louis Munro’s ball down the right was taken on by Dylan Borthwick who beat his marker before picking out Roddy Young at the edge of the ‘D’. Young spun as Craig Ritchie challenged before knocking the ball low past Newtonmore keeper Owen Fraser.

Newtonmore had chances and they threw Steven MacDonald forward during the closing stages, whilst Iain Robinson also made a late appearance from the bench but Roddy Young’s goal extends Kingussie’s lead at the top of the table to three points.

The sides meet again at the same venue this Saturday, this time in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup quarter finals.

Roddy Young celebrates his goal for Kingussie against Newtonmore in the MOWI Premiership, played at The Eilan, Newtonmore. Photograph: Neil Paterson.
Newtonmore keeper Owen Fraser makes a save in the first half. Photograph: Neil Paterson.
Rory Kennedy, Newtonmore, with Savio Genini, Kingussie. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Lovat had their designated ‘free’ Saturday so Kinlochshiel were without a fixture.

Mowi National Division

Beauly 6 Lochaber 0

Beauly are four points clear at the top of the Mowi National Division after a 6-0 victory over Lochaber in their 3pm throw-up at Braeview Park.

During the week, Lochaber announced its continued first team sponsorship from Caley Timber, a loyal club sponsor for a number of years.

Finlay MacLennan and Sean Stewart were given starting roles for Beauly after being substitutes against Skye the previous week and they justified the selection with MacLennan netting on seven minutes and Stewart doing likewise on 13 minutes.

Finlay MacLennan got his second to make it 3-0 on 19 minutes, whilst a Ross Forbes effort on 26 minutes made it 4-0 at the break.

Conor Ross on 49 minutes and a second from Ross Forbes on 80 minutes completed the scoring.

Strathglass 1 Inveraray 2

Inveraray beat Strathglass 2-1 at Cannich.

The home side almost took the lead on five minutes when Seth Jones found young Rhu Strachan on the left who turned before firing a rocket-shot goalwards which Inveraray keeper Scott MacLachlan appeared to know little about until it crashed back off his faceguard.

Inveraray took the lead on 37 minutes after Lewis Montgomery’s ball to the left came to Fraser Watt who shot goalwards. Home keeper Adam Todd saved, but the onrushing Campbell Watt poked the ball into the net from close range.

There was a great battle in the middle of the park for the remainder of the first half but very few scoring chances were created.

Inveraray began to press the Strathglass defence after the re-start and got their reward on 51 minutes when a looping ball from Ruaraidh Graham landed in the ‘D’ where keeper Adam Todd tried to clear.

However, with John Kennedy challenging, Todd was penalised for a double swing and referee John Angus Gillies had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Fraser Watt did his usual efficient job, drilling the penalty to the keeper’s left side.

Strathglass responded and enjoyed a period of pressure, twice going close within minutes as Michael Stokes found space but he fired over the bar on both occasions.

Strathglass did get a goal back on 71 minutes when a clearance came to Penri Jones on the right and his shot went through a ruck of players and into the net.

Both teams continued to play good shinty but Inveraray stayed in front to take the points.

Seth Jones stood out for a youthful Strathglass side, whilst Inveraray buckshee back Ross MacMillan turned in a man-of-the-match performance on his debut.

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – first round

Section 1

Aberdeen University W/O v Strathspey Camanachd

Aberdeen University were given a walk-over when Strathspey Camanachd were unable to raise a team for their match at Balgownie.

Section 2

Lochside Rovers 1 Newtonmore 4

The Newtonmore second team came from a goal down to beat Lochside Rovers 4-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Ganavan.

Lochside had Scott Robertson in defence and Gavin Stobbart at centre whilst Newtonmore were missing Glen MacKintosh.

Lochside led through Innes Jackson’s goal on 15 minutes but a double late in the first half from Cameron McNiven on 39 and 45 minutes turned the tie Newtonmore’s way.

Xander Ross made it 3-1 on 50 minutes and Craig Macleod added a fourth on 58 minutes.

Lochside travel to play the Kyles Athletic juniors on Saturday.

Section 3

Skye Camanachd 3 Kinlochshiel 1, after extra-time

Skye Camanachd were 3-1 winners against Kinlochshiel in their second team derby, a 3pm throw-up at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Neither Skye nor Kinlochshiel had a first team fixture and a good-sized crowd gathered on a bright but cold afternoon.

Skye were along usual lines with the exception of defender Allan MacLeod who was unavailable, whilst Ruaraidh MacLeod returned after a period playing football. Jamie Gillies played for the first time this season.

Kinlochshiel had a strong core to their side with Duncan Matheson at buckshee back, Rowen Myers at centre and Archie MacRae at buckshee forward.

The closest Kinlochshiel came to a first half goal was a swerving Archie MacRae shot which was brilliantly saved with his stick by Skye goalie Calum Nicolson.

Kinlochshiel took the lead from the penalty spot on 56 minutes. Referee John Matheson penalised a kick after consulting his goal judge.

Skye levelled on 63 minutes through Archie Millar. Again the offence was a kick and again the goal judge was consulted.

Skye got stronger as the tie went on but it remained 1-1 at 90 minutes so extra-time was played.

A good strike into the corner of the net through a ruck of players from substitute Angus Gilpin gave Skye the lead on the 101st minute.

Skye sealed their place in the next round on 108 minutes. Angus Gilpin flashed a shot goalwards from the edge of the ‘D’ following a ball from the left. Kinlochshiel keeper Calum MacMillan made an outstanding reflex save above his head with his stick but when the ball dropped, Gilpin made sure it went over the line for his second goal of the game.

Mowi North Division 1

Lochcarron 2 Glengarry 4

Glengarry bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to Inverness when they beat Lochcarron 4-2 at Battery Park.

Lochcarron led through Sean McCuish’s ninth minute opener, but Raymond Robertson levelled on 14 minutes.

Gregor Cushnie put Lochcarron back in front three minutes later only for Raymond Robertson to equalise for a second time a couple of minutes before half-time.

David Rodgers hit a second half double on 68 and 80 minutes to give Glengarry both points.

Inverness 1 Kingussie 0

Charlie MacDonald scored the only goal of the game after 16 minutes as the Inverness first team beat the Kingussie second team 1-0 in their 12.30pm throw-up at the Bught Park.

Glenurquhart 1 Lovat 4

The Lovat seconds enjoyed a 4-1 triumph over the Glenurquhart seconds at Blairbeg.

Lovat, unable to include Duncan Davidson for the first time this season, got off to a flying start with Lewis Bryson netting in the opening minute and Jack Rennie making it 2-0 a minute later.

Glenurquhart’s James MacPherson halved the deficit 10 minutes into the second half but goals from Mitchell Leslie on 75 minutes and Raymond Rennie on 80 minutes made the final score 4-1.

Glenurquhart’s James MacPherson was sent off by referee Caitlin Mutch on 81 minutes.

Fort William P v Caberfeidh P

The match between the Fort William colts and the Caberfeidh colts at An Aird will be rescheduled as Caberfeidh were unable to raise a team.

Caberfeidh will also be deducted two points.

Mowi North Division 2

Boleskine 1 Kilmallie 2

Martyn Cameron scored twice as the Kilmallie second team defeated Boleskine 2-1 at Smith Park.

All the goals came in the first half. Martyn Cameron gave Kilmallie the lead on seven minutes and although Liam Girvan levelled on 35 minutes, Martyn Cameron’s second five minutes later was enough to win both points.

Beauly 5 Lewis Camanachd 1

A delayed ferry meant the meeting between the Beauly colts and Lewis Camanachd was switched from Braeview Park to Balgate with throw-up put off until 1.45pm.

Beauly, with Callum MacVicar catching the eye, ran up a 3-0 interval lead through Lee Dunbar on 19 minutes, Gary Marshall on 23 minutes and Lee Dunbar again on 39 minutes.

Kyle MacDonald added a fourth on 55 minutes and although Ally Lamont pulled a goal back a minute short of the hour, Lee Dunbar completed his hat-trick on 73 minutes.

Inverness 1 Strathglass 0

The Inverness reserves edged out the Strathglass reserves 1-0 in their 3pm throw-up at the Bught Park. Finlay Calder scored the only goal of the game on 34 minutes.

Women’s Camanachd Associaiton round-up

A number of national and regional Women’s Camanachd Association fixtures took place over the weekend, with most games scheduled for Sunday April 10.

Mowi National Division

Skye Camanachd 4 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Skye Camanachd A were 4-1 winners against Glasgow Mid Argyll A in their WCA Mowi National Division fixture at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Saturday April 9. Caitlin Maclean scored twice for Skye with Megan Campbell and Jenna Beaton getting the others. Kayleigh Doran countered for GMA.

Aberdour 0 Badenoch 15

Badenoch were convincing 15-0 winners over Aberdour in their 1pm throw-up at Silversands.

Kirsty Deans led the way with nine goals, whilst Zoe Reid and Jeanette McGregor both bagged braces. Eilidh Ross and Rhona McIntyre got the others.

Ardnamurchan A 0 Inverness 7

Katie McMillan scored all seven goals as Inverness beat Ardnamurchan 7-0 in their 12.30pm throw-up at Strontian.

Mowi North Division 2

Glengarry 3 Lovat 0

Glengarry were 3-0 winners against Lovat in their 2pm throw-up at Craigard.

All the goals came in the second half, with Leona Falconer getting the opener and Nikki Grant adding two more.

Kinlochshiel 8 Skye Camanachd B 0

Kinlochshiel beat the Skye Camanachd second team 8-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Rèaraig.

Former Skye player Lorna MacRae scored five times for Kinlochshiel with Lexie MacKenzie netting twice and Alaina MacLennan getting the other.

Strathglass P Badenoch P

The match between Strathglass and the Badenoch second team at Cannich was postponed. A new date will be confirmed.

Glenurquhart P Inverness P

The meeting between Glenurquhart and Inverness at Blairbeg on Saturday April 9 was postponed and will be rearranged.