Shinty round-up Saturday May 7

Charlie MacDonald, Inverness, on the ball against Lochaber’s Ronnie Fulford during Saturday’s Ferguson Shipping and Transport Balliemore Cup first round tie. Photograph: Donald Cameron.

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There was a mixture of league and cup action on Saturday May 7.

South shinty
Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup – quarter final

Glasgow Mid Argyll 10 Oban Celtic 0

Glasgow Mid Argyll reached the last-four of the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup with a 10-0 win over Oban Celtic in their 2pm throwup at Peterson Park.

It was a difficult afternoon for the Oban side but they held their own until 23 minutes when John McNulty scored.

The returning Ewen Fraser made it 2-0 on 40 minutes and he got his second a minute into the second half.

Oban Celtic suffered a collapse in the final half hour. Their former player Ally McKerracher made it 4-0 on 62 minutes, with Ewen Fraser completing his hat-trick a minute later.

Hamish Anderson added his name to the scoresheet on 70 minutes whilst Calum McLay grabbed a rapid hat-trick with efforts on 76, 80 and 84 minutes.

Ally McKerracher got his second to make it 10-0 on the stroke of full-time.

Oban Celtic host Cruachanside in the Ferguson Transport and Shipping Balliemore Cup first round on Saturday.

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 0 Kinlochshiel 3

An understrength Oban Camanachd side eventually went down 3-0 to Kinlochshiel in their 12.30pm throw-up at Mossfield.

The Oban side were missing Daniel Cameron, Malcolm Clark, Daniel Madej, David Cameron and Garry Lord.

Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae was Kinlochshiel’s only absentee so David Falconer started in his place.

In an even first half, Daniel MacVicar had the chance to give the hosts the lead around the half-hour when a re-bound off keeper Josh Grant came to him but he sent the ball agonisingly past the post.

At the other end, Cameron Sutherland saved well with his hand from Keith MacRae’s shot from the right, turning the ball away for a corner.

Jordan Fraser also passed up a couple of first half chances for the visitors.

Keith MacRae broke the deadlock on 65 minutes, taking the ball by keeper Cameron Sutherland before scoring from a tight angle.

David Falconer added a second on 81 minutes after Scott MacMillan missed a ball in the air and a great finish from substitute Archie MacRae on 87 minutes, sending the ball into the far corner of the goal, put gloss on the win.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘We were really short and I’m pleased it was a league match and not a cup tie.

‘There was plenty effort and the boys battled away. I thought we were competitive throughout.

‘We were in the game right up to the closing minutes when Kinlochshiel pulled away. Kinlochshiel probably shaded it, but the 3-0 margin was harsh on us.

‘I can’t fault the guys who came in. Scott Robertson did really well against Keith MacRae, especially in the first half. They have all given me plenty to think about when it comes to selecting the squad for the Kyles match at Tighnabruaich on Saturday.

‘It is the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup semi-final so there is a place in a final at stake. We have no fresh injuries from Saturday and we’ll have everyone back except Garry Lord. We are looking forward to it.’

Caberfeidh 2 Kyles Athletic 2

Caberfeidh and Kyles Athletic drew 2-2 at Castle Leod.

Caberfeidh were missing Kieran MacPherson whilst Robbie Macleod was back for Kyles.

Craig Morrison put the hosts ahead after six minutes, blasting the ball home from the left.

Scott MacDonald levelled with a low shot on 25 minutes but Craig Morrison got his and Caberfeidh’s second on 31 minutes when Kevin Bartlett allowed the ball to run to his strike partner and Morrison beat the full back before giving his side the interval advantage.

However with four minutes remaining, referee Deek Cameron awarded Kyles a penalty after a goalmouth scramble and Ross MacRae held his nerve to score from the spot.

Both keepers – Iain McCall for Caberfeidh and John Whyte for Kyles – made a number of excellent saves.

Caberfeidh keeper Iain McCall pulled off some great saves during the Mowi Premiership match against Kyles at the weekend. Photograph: Neil Paterson.
Scott Macdonald, Kyles, with Connor MacGregor, Caberfeidh. Photograph: Neil Paterson.
Ferguson Transport and Shipping Balliemore Cup – first round
Southern Section

Ballachulish 0 Col Glen 1

Col Glen edged out Ballachulish 1-0 at Jubilee Park.

Daniel MacDonald was the match winner, scoring on 31 minutes.

Bute 2 Aberdour 1

Bute beat Aberdour 2-1 in their 2pm throw-up at the Meadows.

This was the second meeting between the clubs over successive Saturdays with the islanders winning 5-0 at Silversands in the Artemis Macaulay Cup a week earlier.

Bute led though Scott Harvey on 15 minutes but Aberdour levelled though David MacKenzie on 22 minutes.

Bute’s Craig Fisher scored what proved to be the winner five minutes into the second half.

Mowi National Division

Inveraray P Beauly P

The game between title contenders Inveraray and Beauly at the Winterton will be rearranged.

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – second round
Section 4

Inveraray 1 Bute 0

The Inveraray juniors edged out the Bute juniors 1-0 in their noon throw-up at the Winterton.

The only goal of the game came on 55 minutes when substitute David MacPherson, who came on for Ryan Pugh at the break in the unfamiliar position of half forward, took a ball from Allan MacDonald before beating the keeper to send Inveraray through.

Kyles Athletic 0 Glasgow Mid Argyll 4

The Glasgow Mid Argyll second team scored twice in each half to beat the Kyles Athletic second team 4-0 at Tighnabruaich.

Iain Luke opened the scoring on 28 minutes, with Ross Brown adding a second on the score of half-time.

Nick Lavin made it 3-0 a minute after the restart and Iain Luke got his second on 63 minutes to round off a 4-0 victory.

Mowi South Division 1

Lochside Rovers 3 Cruachanside 1

Lochside Rovers recorded their second league win of the season by beating Cruachanside 3-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Mossfield.

Matthew Sloss, aged 14, gave Lochside the advantage with well-struck goals on 20 and 22 minutes, the second of which was fired into the top of the net from around 20 yards.

Innes Jackson added a third on 68 minutes, although Kyle MacFarlane gave Cruachanside some consolation in the final minute.

Lochside’s Calum MacMillan suffered a nasty cut to his shin which required the insertion of staples at hopsital.

Mowi South Division 2

Oban Celtic 2 Aberdour 0

The Oban Celtic colts scored a goal in each half to beat the Aberdour colts 2-0 at Ganavan.

Keegan MacPhee put Oban Celtic ahead on the stroke of half-time with James MacColl making it 2-0 on 84 minutes.

Strachur-Dunoon 3 Uddingston 1

Strachur-Dunoon beat bottom of the table Uddingston 3-1 in their noon throw-up at Strachurmore.

Uddingston took the lead through Chi-Kin Yip on 35 minutes and they stayed in front until the break.

However, Ross MacDonald’s quick-fire double on 52 and 56 minutes gave Strachur-Dunoon the advantage.

Andrew Rossi rounded off the 3-1 victory on 65 minutes.

Scotland Under 17 squad announced

After an absence of two years, Scotland’s under 17s will return to Ireland this season.

The annual tour, which has been taking place for more than 20 years, will this year see the country’s elite shinty players play shinty/hurling challenge matches against their Irish counterparts from Kildare and Dublin.

This year’s tour will once again be sponsored by Sitekit, a technology company with its headquarters on the Isle of Skye.

Sitekit founder Campbell Grant, a former shinty player with Glasgow University, Aberdeen Camanachd and Skye Camanachd in the 1980s, said: ‘As a business with roots in the Highlands and Islands, Sitekit is proud to support the under-17 national team once again and wish the squad well on its tour.’

Camanachd Association youth director Willie MacDonald added: ‘We are delighted to once again have the support of Sitekit for the under 17 tour of Ireland. This is an exciting and dynamic squad of players and for many this will be the first step on the journey to senior Scotland caps.’

Kilmallie’s Aidan Love said: ‘It was quite a buzz to get picked but I’m gutted for the guys who didn’t make it. After the Scotland under 17s, there is the Scotland under 21s and you have to always keep pushing and push each other to make these squads. You have to try your hardest to prove your worth whether you are playing for club or country and that is all anyone can ask.’

Scotland under-17 from:

Aiden Love, Kilmallie; Calum Nicolson, Skye; Cameron Stephen, Fort William; Coll MacKay, Inveraray; Craig MacDonald, Fort William; Euan MacCormick, Beauly; George Taylor Ramsay, Kingussie; Iain Fraser, Kingussie; Jack Nelson, Strathspey; Louie MacFarlane, Oban Camanachd; Sean MacLellan, Fort William; Taylor Matheson, Skye; Archie MacRae, Kinlochshiel; Brodie MacBean, Newtonmore; Finlay Fraser, Glengarry; Finlay Maclennan, Beauly; Marcus Planck, Bute; and Thomas MacKinnon, Beauly.

The squad travels to Dublin on Sunday July 24 and returns on Wednesday July 27.

North shinty
cottages.com MacTavish Cup – quarter final

Lovat 4 Kilmallie 1

Lovat and Kilmallie met for the second successive Saturday, this time at Balgate, and it was the hosts who set up a semi-final tie against Kingussie with a 4-1 victory.

Lewis Birrell gave Kilmallie the lead on 13 minutes with a great team goal. Kilmallie played nice one-touch shinty to get the ball up the park and Birrell finished well on his backhand, sending the ball high to the keeper’s right.

Lovat lost Lorne MacKay early in the match so Duncan Davidson came on at centre and he drew Lovat level on 26 minutes. Davidson took a short pass from Fraser Heath before striking a shot from distance high into the net.

Fraser Heath marked his return to the side with goals on 30 and 50 minutes. Greg Matheson was quickly in when the Kilmallie defence failed to clear Marc MacLachlan’s shot and Heath swept the ball home on his backhand to give Lovat a 2-1 interval lead.

Then Duncan Davidson and Marc MacLachlan combined to find Greg Matheson in a good position and he unselfishly touched the ball inside for Fraser Heath who rolled it into the net.

Davidson and MacLachlan were again involved for Lovat’s fourth before Lewis Tawse switched play to the Lovat left. Greg Matheson sent the ball low across goal and Callum Cruden smashed it into the net on his left side to make it 4-1 with 63 minutes on the clock.

Kilmallie boss Martin Stewart said: ‘It is a hard one to take. Our young boys dug in and 4-1 sounds worse than it was. Lovat have a good team but guys like 14-year-old Shane O’Rua did really well for us against a more experienced opponent. We just need to keep going and we’ll get our win eventually.’

Mowi Premiership

Kingussie 5 Fort William 0

Kingussie and Fort William met at the Dell for the second successive Saturday.

Roddy Young set up Savio Genini for the opener on 18 minutes and, thanks to great goalkeeping from Paul MacKay, this was the only goal of the first half.

Dylan Borthwick’s brace on 46 and 72 minutes made it 3-0 before a deflection saw Ruaridh Anderson’s effort loop into the net on 83 minutes.

Savio Genini got his second with a stunning 25 yard strike four minutes from time.

Oban Camanachd 0 Kinlochshiel 3

An understrength Oban Camanachd side eventually went down 3-0 to Kinlochshiel in their 12.30pm throw-up at Mossfield.

The Oban side were missing Daniel Cameron, Malcolm Clark, Daniel Madej, David Cameron and Garry Lord.

Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae was Kinlochshiel’s only absentee so David Falconer started in his place.

In an even first half, Daniel MacVicar had the chance to give the hosts the lead around the half-hour when a re-bound off keeper Josh Grant came to him but he sent the ball agonisingly past the post.

At the other end, Cameron Sutherland saved well with his hand from Keith MacRae’s shot from the right, turning the ball away for a corner.

Jordan Fraser also passed up a couple of first half chances for the visitors.

Keith MacRae broke the deadlock on 65 minutes, taking the ball by keeper Cameron Sutherland before scoring from a tight angle.

David Falconer added a second on 81 minutes after Scott MacMillan missed a ball in the air and a great finish from substitute Archie MacRae on 87 minutes, sending the ball into the far corner of the goal, put gloss on the win.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘We were really short and I’m pleased it was a league match and not a cup tie.

‘There was plenty effort and the boys battled away. I thought we were competitive throughout.

‘We were in the game right up to the closing minutes when Kinlochshiel pulled away. Kinlochshiel probably shaded it, but the 3-0 margin was harsh on us.

‘I can’t fault the guys who came in. Scott Robertson did really well against Keith MacRae, especially in the first half. They have all given me plenty to think about when it comes to selecting the squad for the Kyles match at Tighnabruaich on Saturday.

‘It is the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup semi-final so there is a place in a final at stake. We have no fresh injuries from Saturday and we’ll have everyone back except Garry Lord. We are looking forward to it.’

Caberfeidh 2 Kyles Athletic 2

Caberfeidh and Kyles Athletic drew 2-2 at Castle Leod.

Cabers were missing Kieran MacPherson whilst Robbie Macleod was back for Kyles.

Craig Morrison put the hosts ahead after six minutes, blasting the ball home from the left.

Scott MacDonald levelled with a low shot on 25 minutes but Craig Morrison got his and Caberfeidh’s second on 31 minutes when Kevin Bartlett allowed the ball to run to his strike partner and Morrison beat the full back before giving his side the interval advantage.

However with four minutes remaining, referee Deek Cameron awarded Kyles a penalty after a goalmouth scramble and Ross MacRae held his nerve to score from the spot.

Both keepers – Iain McCall for Caberfeidh and John Whyte for Kyles – made a number of excellent saves.

Ferguson Transport and Shipping Balliemore Cup – first round
Northern section

Glengarry P Skye Camanachd P

Holders Skye Camanachd were granted a postponement of their first round tie against Glengarry at Craigard following the passing of their Chieftain Donnie Martin 48 hours earlier in a road accident.

Inverness 4 Lochaber 2

Inverness beat Lochaber 4-2 at Bught Park.

Lochaber led through Ryan Toal on 12 minutes but James MacKenzie on 15 minutes, Steven Bellshaw on 42 minutes and Iain Hunter on 70 minutes turned the tie the way of the Highland Capital side.

Duncan MacKinnon made it 3-2 on 87 minutes but Steven Bellshaw got his second a couple of minutes later.

Charlie MacDonald, Inverness, on the ball against Lochaber’s Ronnie Fulford. Photograph: Donald Cameron.

Glenurquhart 0 Strathglass 3

Strathglass shocked Glenurquhart, winning 3-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Blairbeg.

Glenurquhart were 4-1 winners when the sides met at the same venue in the league a week earlier but they were understrength for this one.

Penri Jones took advantage with goals on two minutes and 28 minutes.

Scott Douglas added a third five minutes into the second half.

Mowi National Division

Inveraray P Beauly P

The game between title contenders Inveraray and Beauly at the Winterton will be rearranged.

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – Second Round
Section 1

Beauly 3 Aberdeen University 2

The Beauly seconds eventually fought off Aberdeen University to win 3-2 at Braeview Park.

Callum Flynn gave Beauly the lead on 15 minutes but Jamie Buchan levelled seconds before half-time.

Kieran Rennie put Lovat back in front on 67 minutes, only for Jamie Buchan to equalise for a second time on 71 minutes.

With only nine minutes remaining, Callum MacIver scored his second goal of the afternoon to give Beauly a 3-2 triumph.

Lewis Camanachd P Caberfeidh P

The match between Lewis Camanachd and the Caberfeidh second team at Shawbost was postponed as a result of travel problems.

Section 2

Kingussie w/o v Lochaber

The Kingussie juniors were given a walk-over into the next round when the Lochaber juniors were unable to field a team for their noon throw-up at the Dell.

Newtonmore 3 Kilmallie 1

The Newtonmore juniors overcame Kilmallie juniors 3-1 in their 1pm throw-up at the Eilan.

Craig MacLeod gave Newtonmore the lead on 18 minutes and Jamie Robinson added a second on 41 minutes.

Duncan MacDougall pulled a goal back on 58 minutes but Craig MacLeod’s second just 10 minutes from time sent the holders through to the next round.

Section 3

Strathglass 1 Lovat 6

The Lovat seconds were 6-1 winners against the Strathglass seconds in their 12.30pm throw-up at Cannich.

Lovat streaked ahead in the first half with Sam Stubbs on 15 minutes and Raymond Rennie on 22 minutes making it 2-0.

Two goals late in the first half left Lovat in control. Caley Matheson on 44 minutes and Jack Rennie three minutes into first half stoppage time made it 4-0 at the interval.

Sam Cummings pulled a goal back for Strathglass on 52 minutes but second goals from Caley Matheson on 61 minutes and Raymond Rennie on 69 minutes gave Lovat a 6-1 victory.

Glenurquhart P Skye Camanachd P

The tie between the Skye Camanachd colts and the Glenurquhart colts at Blairbeg will be rescheduled following the passing of Skye Chieftain Donnie Martin.

Mowi North Division 1

Kinlochshiel 1 Fort William 3

The Fort William reserves beat the Kinlochshiel reserves 3-0 at Rèaraig.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up to mark the passing of Skye Camanachd Chieftain Donnie Martin.

Mark Fraser almost got the visitors off to a great start after just 25 seconds. Lewis Murphy won possession from the centre and he pinged the ball forward to young Shaw on the left who found Fraser in space but his 20 yard shot was saved with his foot by Calum MacMillan, turning the ball away for a corner.

There was little further goalmouth action until the half hour when Lewis Murphy lobbed a good ball into the Kinlochshiel defence and Mark Fraser was quickest to react, finding space on the right before shooting inside keeper MacMillan’s post to make it 1-0.

Kinlochshiel made changes at the break and they levelled a minute after the restart. Zander MacRae got free of his marker and found Corin Jack on the right who struck the ball on the move and it flew past Fort keeper Stuart Disher.

The game became more open and it was Fort William who regained the lead on 72 minutes. A great move out of defence saw Shaw slip the ball by Martin MacRae on the Fort William left and he picked out Greig Kelly who was 30 yards from goal. Kelly hit a beautiful shot into the top corner of the goal to make it 2-1.

Kinlochshiel responded but couldn’t hit the target and Fort William sealed victory a couple of minutes from time. Shaw weaved by Martin MacRae before finding Gordon Stevenson, who started in defence but was moved up front after suffering an injury, and he lost his marker to score from the right.

Both teams played well but Fort William did enough to win with positive displays from Lewis Murphy at full centre and man of the match Mark Fraser up front.

Kinlochshiel’s Duncan MacMillan was very strong in the centre line.