The shinty round up – Saturday June 4, 2022

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League and cup matches took place in baking heat across the country on Saturday June 4.

South shinty

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup second round

Southern section

Kilmallie 2 Inveraray 4

Inveraray claimed the remaining place in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter finals when they beat Kilmallie 4-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Canal Parks.

Kilmallie showed their higher league status when an early double from Stuart Callison on 13 and 26 minutes, twice punishing the Inveraray defence for not clearing their lines, secured a 2-0 lead.

However, when referee Iain Kennedy awarded Inveraray a penalty on 28 minutes when Lewis Montgomery’s run forward was abruptly ended inside the ‘D’, Fraser Watt stepped up to score.

Lewis Montgomery levelled the tie on 39 minutes, with Fraser Watt providing a low cross, to make it 2-2 at the interval.

The second half was only a minute old when Fraser Watt got his second with a shot from distance to put Inveraray 3-2 ahead.

Kilmallie pressed hard for a leveller and the outcome remained in the balance until 88 minutes when Lewis Montgomery got his second goal of the afternoon with a low strike into the corner of the net to make it 4-2.

Just a minute after the goal, Kilmallie’s Sandy Corrigan was sent off.

Inveraray’s reward is a Tulloch Homes quarter final tie at Lovat.

Mowi Premiership

Kingussie 1 Oban Camanachd 0

Kingussie reached the mid-point of their Mowi Premiership campaign with their 100 per cent record still intact but they had to work hard to beat Oban Camanachd 1-0 in their 3pm throw-up at the Dell.

Iain Fraser joined Kingussie’s injury list, but James Falconer returned to start the home attack whilst Dylan Borthwick, also back, took a place on the bench.

Oban Camanachd were missing Scott McKillop so Louie MacFarlane played in defence where he did well. Daniel Sloss marked Kingussie danger man Ruaridh Anderson with Daniel MacVicar, Ross Campbell, Connor Howe and Daniel Madej making up the attack. Malcolm Clark started on the bench.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up at this game, and at others across the country, as the shinty world marked the passing through the week of popular Newtonmore player Andy MacKintosh.

Kingussie went close to taking the lead in the first half with James Falconer twice hitting the post in quick succession.

Oban Camanachd almost broke the deadlock on 76 minutes when Daniel MacVicar’s shot from a tight angle on the left went just the wrong side of the post.

The goal that made the difference came on 82 minutes when Oban Camanachd defender Craig Easton found himself facing two attackers and when the ball was played to James Falconer, he came away from goal to the side of the penalty spot. Falconer’s strike on his forehand was blocked by a defender’s leg but the ball came back to him on his backhand and he fired into the bottom corner of the net.

Oban Camanachd pushed Daniel Cameron up front during the closing stages but they couldn’t find a leveller.

Oban Camanachd keeper Cameron Sutherland made some good saves in the game and Kingussie did enough to record a ninth successive league victory.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘We had our moments and our two-two formation in attack gave them problems. The first goal was always going to be important.

‘We had some good performers including Louie MacFarlane who did well in defence. Louie played there at Lochside and he competed well, making some last-ditch tackles against the quick Kingussie forwards. His brother Blair MacFarlane was outstanding against the more experienced James Hutchison in the middle of the park, whilst Craig Easton was good too.

‘I thought Robert Mabon was excellent in the Kingussie defence. They did enough to win but we are not far away. We just need to score more goals against the big teams. I would also like to see us score first in these games.’

Oban Camanachd face Inveraray at Mossfield on Saturday in the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter finals. With Lochside Rovers also due to be at home, against Mowi South Division 1 league leaders Col Glen, the throw-up time is to be confirmed.

‘We will have a tough game against Inveraray,’ added Gareth. ‘They did well on Saturday with the win over Kilmallie. We need to start scoring goals.’

Kingussie now look forward to Saturday’s cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final against Caberfeidh at Bught Park, Inverness. Throw-up is at 4.05pm and Fort William referee Willie MacDonald takes charge. The match will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

Kinlochshiel 3 Kyles Athletic 0

Kinlochshiel won their sixth successive match, beating Kyles Athletic 3-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Rèaraig.

Both teams were without key players with Kinlochshiel missing Mark MacDonald and David Falconer whilst skipper Innes MacDonald and his brother Roddy MacDonald were unavailable for Kyles, as were Scott MacDonald and Martin MacRae.

Callum Millar, Cameron Jack, Sorley Thomson and Andy King made up the Kyles back line and Max Carr was their only substitute.

Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae cut his holiday abroad short to play for Kinlochshiel, starting in defence in place of Mark MacDonald.

Kinlochshiel went on the attack from the throw-up and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 14 minutes. Archie MacRae played the ball forward from midfield to John MacRae who held off Callum Millar. MacRae’s ball forward caught out the Kyles defence and Archie MacRae, who had continued his run forward, lost his marker before running in on goal. With keeper John Whyte coming off his line, MacRae knocked the ball to the keeper’s left before running round the opposite side and touching the ball into the net, one-handed, from a tight angle.

The home pressure continued and when John MacRae’s shot was saved by John Whyte on 20 minutes, Ali Nixon ran in from the left to send a low, crisp drive into the net on his backhand.

John MacRae added a third on 29 minutes with as bizarre a goal as you will see this season. Kinlochshiel had just replaced Archie MacRae, who was suffering with a back injury, with Rory Slaughter. Conor Cormack pitched an indirect free-hit into the goal area and John Whyte allowed the ball to run by him into the net as no other player had touched it. However, the ball took a bounce and came back off the post and the alert John MacRae ran in to force the rebound into the net.

Kyles came more into the game in the second half and forced a couple of late saves from home goalie Josh Grant. Kinlochshiel are without a game this Saturday as they cheer on their under 17 side in the MacTavish Juvenile Cup Final against Beauly’s under 17s at Bught Park, Inverness. Throw-up is at 1pm.

Fort William 3 Glasgow Mid Argyll 2

Fort William notched up their first league win of the season, beating Glasgow Mid Argyll 3-2 in their 3pm throw-up at An Aird to move out of the relegation zone.

Fort William included Bryan Simpson in their attack.

GMA travelled without their former Kinlochshiel contingent of John Don MacKenzie, Oliver MacRae and Jonnie MacAskill as well as Ryan Harrison.

The home side made a bright start, creating two chances in the first five minutes. The first saw Calum Shepherd play the ball on to Bryan Simpson, who fired narrowly wide of the keeper’s left post.

Then Arran MacPhee turned his marker but his shot from the penalty spot went over the bar.

It was against the run of play that GMA took the lead on eight minutes. Following a clearance out of defence, John McNulty turned Astie Cameron in midfield who found Ewen Fraser on the left. Fraser still had plenty to do but he ran past his opponent before sending a fierce shot inside keeper Paul MacKay’s left post.

The goal seemed to add to Fort William’s determination and they pulled level just a couple of minutes later. A good ball from Astie Cameron on the left came to Victor Smith who found Lewis Morrison on the right and his smooth strike went in at the keeper’s right post.

Both teams went after the next goal and it was the Glasgow side who regained the lead with a well-worked goal on the stroke of half-time. Buckshee forward Stewart Grant played the ball to Ewen Fraser who found John McNulty on the right. McNulty whipped a shot from a tight angle which hit the inside of the keeper’s right post before crossing the line for a fine goal.

Fort William made a good start to the second half and on 50 minutes, a good pass from Victor Smith on the right came to Ali MacRae who volleyed over the bar from 20 yards.

However, the equaliser was only delayed by three minutes as a half-clearance out of the GMA defence gave Bryan Simpson the chance to pounce and he beat keeper Jonathon Oates from 15 yards.

John McNulty and Ewen Fraser combined well for the visitors on the hour. Fraser peeled away from his marker but Paul MacKay saved his low shot before clearing the danger.

The winning goal came on 64 minutes when Victor Smith won possession on the left and sent a good shot goalwards. Jonathon Oates saved but the rebound fell to Bryan Simpson inside the box and he calmly slotted the ball home to make it 3-2.

Bryan Simpson put in a great shift up front and was arguably the best player on show. The home side were also well served by Mark Grant and Astie Cameron, who were both solid in defence, and Calum Shepherd who controlled the centre line at times.

John McNulty and Ewen Fraser were best for GMA.

Ferguson Transport and Shipping Balliemore Cup – quarter finals

Col Glen 2 Bute 1

Col Glen’s good start to the season continued as they beat Bute 2-1 at Glendaruel.

Scott MacVicar gave Col Glen the lead on 50 minutes but Iain McDonald equalised on 83 minutes.

However, when referee Lachie Wood awarded Col Glen a last minute penalty, Scott MacVicar held his nerve to score for the second time.

Col Glen await the winners of the tie between Beauly and Skye to learn their semi-final opponents.

Strathglass W/O v Oban Celtic

Oban Celtic were unable to raise a team for their tie against Strathglass at Cannich so Strathglass go through to the semi-finals against Inveraray.

Mowi South Division 1

Lochside Rovers 1 Ballachulish 1

Lochside Rovers and Ballachulish drew 1-1 at Mossfield.

Gavin Stobbart’s goal on 66 minutes looked as if it might be enough to give Lochside both points until Duncan MacDonald levelled a minute from time.

Cruachanside 4 Tayforth 0

Cruachanside secured their second league win of the season, beating bottom side Tayforth 4-0 at Taynuilt Sports Field.

Cruachanside settled first with George Reid putting them ahead on five minutes and Kyle MacFarlane doubling their advantage on the half-hour mark.

Steven Parr made it 3-0 on 42 minutes, with Iain Livingston rounding off the scoring six minutes from time.

Kyles Athletic 0 Glasgow Mid Argyll 5

The Glasgow Mid Argyll juniors were 5-0 victors against the Kyles Athletic juniors at Tighnabruaich.

Former Lochcarron player Ross Brown gave GMA the lead on 12 minutes with the only goal of the first half.

Seb MacMillan doubled their advantage a minute after the restart, with Cailean MacInnes making it 3-0 a minute later.

Nick Lavin and Seb MacMillan both scored around 15 minutes from time to make it 5-0 meaning the Glasgow side go second in the division.

Mowi South Division 2

Bute 1 Oban Celtic 1

Goals either side of half time meant the Bute seconds and the Oban Celtic seconds drew 1-1 in their 12.30pm throw-up at the Meadows.

Bute veteran Iain McDonald put the islanders ahead a minute before the break but Lance McCuish equalised a couple of minutes after the restart.

Kilmory 1 Aberdour 1

Kilmory and the Aberdour second team drew 1-1 at MacRae Park.

Both goals came late in the game with Nairn Jackson giving Kilmory the lead on 75 minutes only for Eoin Burns to level five minutes from time.

Inveraray 2 Strachur-Dunoon 0

The Inveraray juniors were 2-0 winners against Strachur-Dunoon at the Winterton.

Inveraray’s Nicholas Crawford was suspended but that didn’t hold the hosts back as Neil Campbell struck twice on 10 and 25 minutes to seal victory.

Ardnamurchan P Uddingston P

Uddingston were unable to raise a team for their game against Ardnamurchan at Strontian.

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

Andy MacKintosh, Newtonmore

The shinty world was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Newtonmore’s Andy MacKintosh, aged 31, on Wednesday June 1.

Andy MacKintosh was a Scottish international defender whose haul of medals and accolades with Newtonmore included captaining the side to Camanachd Cup success in 2018, beating Lovat in the final, whilst being awarded the coveted Albert Smith medal by Rene Smith following the 2016 Camanachd Cup win over Oban Camanachd.

International honours followed through the levels with Andy progressing to form part of a formidable Scotland defence which included teammates and good friends Rory Kennedy and Steven Macdonald.

A Newtonmore spokesperson said: ‘There literally aren’t any words to convey our feelings at the club today. Our love, prayers and every waking thought are with Megan, Marnie, Hadley, Iain, Christine, Alison, the MacKintosh family and all of Andy’s many, many friends. We send our deepest condolences to them all.

‘The darkest of shadows has been cast over us. Andy’s shining light has been taken from us, from the shinty world and from our community.’

Shinty historian Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan added: ‘I cannot recall the shinty community ever being tested like this in my lifetime. It is an apparently endless list of good people taken far too soon. There are no words that can comfort.’

Tributes and messages of condolences followed from shinty clubs across the country and following their match with Kingussie at the weekend, Gareth Evans and the Oban Camanachd squad, many of whom were good friends with Andy, stopped off at his parents’ house to pay their respects.

North Shinty

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – Second Round

Southern Section

Kilmallie 2 Inveraray 4

Inveraray claimed the remaining place in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter finals when they beat Kilmallie 4-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Canal Parks.

Kilmallie showed their higher league status when an early double from Stuart Callison on 13 and 26 minutes, twice punishing the Inveraray defence for not clearing their lines, secured a 2-0 lead.

However, when referee Iain Kennedy awarded Inveraray a penalty on 28 minutes when Lewis Montgomery’s run forward was abruptly ended inside the ‘D’, Fraser Watt stepped up to score.

Lewis Montgomery levelled the tie on 39 minutes, with Fraser Watt providing a low cross, to make it 2-2 at the interval.

The second half was only a minute old when Fraser Watt got his second with a shot from distance to put Inveraray 3-2 ahead.

Kilmallie pressed hard for a leveller and the outcome remained in the balance until 88 minutes when Lewis Montgomery got his second goal of the afternoon with a low strike into the corner of the net to make it 4-2.

Just a minute after the goal, Kilmallie’s Sandy Corrigan was sent off.

Inveraray’s reward is a Tulloch Homes quarter final tie at Lovat.

Mowi Premiership

Kingussie 1 Oban Camanachd 0

Kingussie reached the mid-point of their Mowi Premiership campaign with their 100 per cent record still intact but they had to work hard to beat Oban Camanachd 1-0 in their 3pm throw-up at the Dell.

Iain Fraser joined Kingussie’s injury list, but James Falconer returned to start the home attack whilst Dylan Borthwick, also back, took a place on the bench.

Oban Camanachd were missing Scott McKillop so Louie MacFarlane played in defence where he did well. Daniel Sloss marked Kingussie danger man Ruaridh Anderson with Daniel MacVicar, Ross Campbell, Connor Howe and Daniel Madej making up the attack. Malcolm Clark started on the bench.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up at this game, and at others across the country, as the shinty world marked the passing through the week of popular Newtonmore player Andy MacKintosh.

Kingussie went close to taking the lead in the first half with James Falconer twice hitting the post in quick succession.

Oban Camanachd almost broke the deadlock on 76 minutes when Daniel MacVicar’s shot from a tight angle on the left went just the wrong side of the post.

The goal that made the difference came on 82 minutes when Oban Camanachd defender Craig Easton found himself facing two attackers and when the ball was played to James Falconer, he came away from goal to the side of the penalty spot. Falconer’s strike on his forehand was blocked by a defender’s leg but the ball came back to him on his backhand and he fired into the bottom corner of the net.

Oban Camanachd pushed Daniel Cameron up front during the closing stages but they couldn’t find a leveller.

Oban Camanachd keeper Cameron Sutherland made some good saves in the game and Kingussie did enough to record a ninth successive league victory.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘We had our moments and our two-two formation in attack gave them problems. The first goal was always going to be important.

‘We had some good performers including Louie MacFarlane who did well in defence. Louie played there at Lochside and he competed well, making some last-ditch tackles against the quick Kingussie forwards. His brother Blair MacFarlane was outstanding against the more experienced James Hutchison in the middle of the park, whilst Craig Easton was good too.

‘I thought Robert Mabon was excellent in the Kingussie defence. They did enough to win but we are not far away. We just need to score more goals against the big teams. I would also like to see us score first in these games.’

Oban Camanachd face Inveraray at Mossfield on Saturday in the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter finals. With Lochside Rovers also due to be at home, against Mowi South Division 1 league leaders Col Glen, the throw-up time is to be confirmed.

‘We will have a tough game against Inveraray,’ added Gareth. ‘They did well on Saturday with the win over Kilmallie. We need to start scoring goals.’

Kingussie now look forward to Saturday’s cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final against Caberfeidh at Bught Park, Inverness. Throw-up is at 4.05pm and Fort William referee Willie MacDonald takes charge. The match will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

Kinlochshiel 3 Kyles Athletic 0

Kinlochshiel won their sixth successive match, beating Kyles Athletic 3-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Rèaraig.

Both teams were without key players with Kinlochshiel missing Mark MacDonald and David Falconer whilst skipper Innes MacDonald and his brother Roddy MacDonald were unavailable for Kyles, as were Scott MacDonald and Martin MacRae.

Callum Millar, Cameron Jack, Sorley Thomson and Andy King made up the Kyles back line and Max Carr was their only substitute.

Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae cut his holiday abroad short to play for Kinlochshiel, starting in defence in place of Mark MacDonald.

Kinlochshiel went on the attack from the throw-up and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 14 minutes. Archie MacRae played the ball forward from midfield to John MacRae who held off Callum Millar. MacRae’s ball forward caught out the Kyles defence and Archie MacRae, who had continued his run forward, lost his marker before running in on goal. With keeper John Whyte coming off his line, MacRae knocked the ball to the keeper’s left before running round the opposite side and touching the ball into the net, one-handed, from a tight angle.

The home pressure continued and when John MacRae’s shot was saved by John Whyte on 20 minutes, Ali Nixon ran in from the left to send a low, crisp drive into the net on his backhand.

John MacRae added a third on 29 minutes with as bizarre a goal as you will see this season. Kinlochshiel had just replaced Archie MacRae, who was suffering with a back injury, with Rory Slaughter. Conor Cormack pitched an indirect free-hit into the goal area and John Whyte allowed the ball to run by him into the net as no other player had touched it. However, the ball took a bounce and came back off the post and the alert John MacRae ran in to force the rebound into the net.

Kyles came more into the game in the second half and forced a couple of late saves from home goalie Josh Grant. Kinlochshiel are without a game this Saturday as they cheer on their under 17 side in the MacTavish Juvenile Cup Final against Beauly’s under 17s at Bught Park, Inverness. Throw-up is at 1pm.

Fort William 3 Glasgow Mid Argyll 2

Fort William notched up their first league win of the season, beating Glasgow Mid Argyll 3-2 in their 3pm throw-up at An Aird to move out of the relegation zone.

Fort William included Bryan Simpson in their attack.

GMA travelled without their former Kinlochshiel contingent of John Don MacKenzie, Oliver MacRae and Jonnie MacAskill as well as Ryan Harrison.

The home side made a bright start, creating two chances in the first five minutes. The first saw Calum Shepherd play the ball on to Bryan Simpson, who fired narrowly wide of the keeper’s left post.

Then Arran MacPhee turned his marker but his shot from the penalty spot went over the bar.

It was against the run of play that GMA took the lead on eight minutes. Following a clearance out of defence, John McNulty turned Astie Cameron in midfield who found Ewen Fraser on the left. Fraser still had plenty to do but he ran past his opponent before sending a fierce shot inside keeper Paul MacKay’s left post.

The goal seemed to add to Fort William’s determination and they pulled level just a couple of minutes later. A good ball from Astie Cameron on the left came to Victor Smith who found Lewis Morrison on the right and his smooth strike went in at the keeper’s right post.

Both teams went after the next goal and it was the Glasgow side who regained the lead with a well-worked goal on the stroke of half-time. Buckshee forward Stewart Grant played the ball to Ewen Fraser who found John McNulty on the right. McNulty whipped a shot from a tight angle which hit the inside of the keeper’s right post before crossing the line for a fine goal.

Fort William made a good start to the second half and on 50 minutes, a good pass from Victor Smith on the right came to Ali MacRae who volleyed over the bar from 20 yards.

However, the equaliser was only delayed by three minutes as a half-clearance out of the GMA defence gave Bryan Simpson the chance to pounce and he beat keeper Jonathon Oates from 15 yards.

John McNulty and Ewen Fraser combined well for the visitors on the hour. Fraser peeled away from his marker but Paul MacKay saved his low shot before clearing the danger.

The winning goal came on 64 minutes when Victor Smith won possession on the left and sent a good shot goalwards. Jonathon Oates saved but the rebound fell to Bryan Simpson inside the box and he calmly slotted the ball home to make it 3-2.

Bryan Simpson put in a great shift up front and was arguably the best player on show. The home side were also well served by Mark Grant and Astie Cameron, who were both solid in defence, and Calum Shepherd who controlled the centre line at times.

John McNulty and Ewen Fraser were best for GMA.

Lovat 3 Caberfeidh 1

Lovat continue to pick up points as they beat Caberfeidh 3-1 at Balgate.

Marc MacLachlan broke the deadlock on five minutes with Fraser Heath on 18 minutes, with a terrific 30 yard effort from wide on the right, and Marc MacLachlan from close range on 22 minutes earning a 3-0 interval lead.

Connor MacGregor netted 10 minutes from time with a shot from distance to give Caberfeidh some consolation.

Ferguson Transport and Shipping Balliemore Cup – first round

Northern section

Glengarry 2 Skye Camanachd 3

Skye Camanachd survived a late comeback to beat Glengarry 3-2 at Craigard. The islanders were 7-0 winners when the sides met in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup earlier in the season but this was a much closer affair.

Skye settled into the tie with two good finishes from Will Cowie on five and 28 minutes giving them a two-goal lead.

Taylor Matheson continued his scoring streak on 38 minutes and only some good goalkeeping and missed opportunities prevented the islanders from having a bigger lead at the break.

Skye took full back William MacKinnon off as a precautionary measure and moved Neil MacVicar from full centre to full back. Following the switch, Skye seemed to lose their way in the middle of the park and Glengarry went with a forward line of Rhuairaidh MacDonald, Nick Dalgety, Shaun Nicolson and Raymond Robertson for the last 20 minutes.

Glengarry pulled a goal back on 77 minutes when referee Martin MacLean penalised Skye defender Connor Gilpin for a ‘kick’ on the goal line with Skye claiming the ball came off his thigh with the defender’s foot still on the ground. Raymond Robertson was unfazed as he stepped up to score from the spot.

Then, just a couple of minutes later, Nick Dalgety sent a superb shot screaming into the net to make it 3-2.

Archie Millar made his first team debut during the second half and went close to scoring on a couple of occasions but there was no further scoring.

Skye travel to Beauly in the quarter finals this Saturday.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup – Quarter-Finals

Strathglass W/O v Oban Celtic

Oban Celtic were unable to raise a team for their tie against Strathglass at Cannich so Strathglass go through to the semi-finals where they will play Inveraray.

Mowi National Division

Glenurquhart 1 Beauly 6

Title hopefuls Beauly went five points clear at the top of the Mowi National Division after beating Glenurquhart 6-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Blairbeg.

Beauly’s Euan Maccormick made the difference with first half goals on 15 and 34 minutes.

Josh MacDonald Haig pulled a goal back a minute into the second half but when Euan Maccormick completed his hat-trick to make it 3-1 on 50 minutes, there was only going to be one winner.

Robbie Brindle added two more goals on 60 and 75 minutes, with David MacLean making it 6-0 on 79 minutes.

Mowi North Division 1

Fort William 2 Skye Camanachd 1

The Fort William seconds edged the Skye Camanachd seconds 2-1 in their noon throw-up at An Aird.

Skye almost went in front in the opening minutes when Charlie Latton on the right found Angus Gilpin and his lovely ball picked out Alastair Macleod. But his shot hit the side-netting.

At the other end, Lachie Shaw came close for Fort William when he found space 20 yards out but his shot went by the keeper’s left post.

Shaw went close again on 25 minutes, turning his marker. His strike was heading for the top corner of the net before Skye goalie Calum Nicolson raised his stick to save.

The game was flowing from end-to-end. Alastair Macleod’s 38th minute shot was well saved by Stuart Disher and the Fort William keeper cleared ahead of Skye’s Archie Millar who was looking to profit from any slip-up.

With a couple of first half minutes remaining, a Fort William corner found Rhys Kennedy outside the ‘D’ but his low shot towards the corner was saved with his foot by Calum Nicolson with the ball coming off the post before it was cleared.

Fort William went in front a minute into the second half. Padraig McNeil and Lachie Shaw were involved before Greig Kelly struck a good shot from the left which beat the keeper.

Skye created a chance to level when David MacInnes won possession in midfield before playing the ball to Ian MacPherson on the left. He passed to Angus Gilpin on the right but his shot went narrowly wide of the keeper’s right post.

Fort William increased their lead on 75 minutes when Greig Kelly won possession from John Angus MacInnes in the corner and he squared the ball, which bobbled past a defender, to an unmarked Cam Ross on the ‘D’ who tapped the ball home.

Skye didn’t let their heads drop and got their reward a minute later when a good ball from Allan MacLeod found Ian MacPherson who played in Angus Gilpin and although his shot was saved and the ball bounced outside the ‘D’, substitute Iain Murray produced a clinical finish.

Fort William had the chance to extend their lead on 80 minutes when referee John Angus Gillies awarded them a penalty, penalising a reckless swing from defender Allan MacLeod. However, Padraig McNeil sent the spot-hit past the keeper’s right post.

It mattered little though as Fort William held onto their 2-1 lead until the final whistle.

Fort William’s Padraig McNeil turned in a man of the match performance whilst Lachie Shaw was also excellent.

John Angus MacInnes did well for Skye in what was his first game of the season, whilst youngsters Archie Millar and Angus Gilpin linked up well in attack.

Glenurquhart 2 Inverness 3

The Inverness first team stay top of the division after Stephen Bellshaw’s hat-trick helped them beat the Glenurquhart second team 3-2 in their noon throw-up at Blairbeg.

Dael MacDonald Haig gave Glenurquhart the lead on three minutes, only for Steven Bellshaw to restore parity a couple of minutes after before he completed his hat-trick with efforts on 36 and 40 minutes.

Glenurquhart’s Lewis MacLennan made it 3-2 a minute from time but the visitors took the points.

Kingussie 2 Caberfeidh 0

The Kingussie colts scored a goal in each half to beat the Caberfeidh colts 2-0 in their noon throw-up at the Dell.

Kingussie’s Darren Hanlan broke the deadlock on 38 minutes and the outcome remained in the balance until a minute from time when referee John Matheson awarded the hosts a penalty and Taighan MacLeod stepped forward to score from the spot.

Kinlochshiel 7 Lovat 0

The Kinlochshiel juniors showed they are not out of the title race when they beat the Lovat juniors 7-0 in their noon throw-up at Rèaraig.

The closest to an early opener came when Kinlochshiel’s Rory Barclay saw his strike bounce back off the frame of the goal.

Duncan MacMillan gave Kinlochshiel the lead on 33 minutes with a low shot which went in off the keeper’s right post.

Despite their dominance, Kinlochshiel didn’t add a second until 61 minutes when substitute Rory Slaughter sent a cross from the right low into the net.

Kinlochshiel broke up the park on 66 minutes and Archie MacRae, another substitute, found space left of centre and sent a fine 25-yard shot high into the net.

Archie MacRae got his second to make it 5-0 on 69 minutes, this time turning back to make space before smashing a shot over the keeper’s right shoulder.

Ronan MacMillan in the Lovat goal made a great save to deny Duncan MacMillan, parrying the ball with his club high above his head.

Duncan MacMillan wasn’t to be denied, however, and he ran in from the left to add a sixth on 85 minutes before completing his hat-trick on 88 minutes with a strike from the right.

Lochcarron P Newtonmore P

The game between Lochcarron and the Newtonmore second team at Battery Park was postponed as Newtonmore ceased all shinty activity following the death of their well-respected player Andy MacKintosh.

Mowi North Division 2

Boleskine 1 Beauly 6

The Beauly second team returned to the top of the table on goal difference after beating Boleskine 6-1 at Braeview Park.

Calum MacIver on five minutes and Finlay MacLennan on 13 minutes had Beauly two up before strikes from Scott Cameron on 31 minutes and another from Finlay MacLennan on 37 minutes made it 4-0 at the break.

Calum Flynn added a fifth on the hour before Kyle MacDonald made it 6-0 on 71 minutes.

Scott Knox gave bottom side Boleskine some consolation when he pulled back a goal 10 minutes from time.

Lewis Camanachd 2 Lochaber 0

Lewis Camanachd collected a valuable two points when they beat the Lochaber second team 2-0 at Shawbost.

Ronan Sinclair got the opener on 34 minutes with his first goal for the club.

Ally Lamont clinched the points a couple of minutes from time, scoring for the fifth time in the last seven matches.

Kilmallie W/O v Inverness

The Kilmallie colts were given a walk-over when the Inverness colts were unable to raise a team for their trip to Canal Parks.

Strathglass W/O v Strathspey Camanachd

Strathspey Camanachd forfeited their game against the Strathglass seconds at Cannich.

This meant Strathglass saw both their first and second team games called off.

All throw-ups were are 2.30pm unless stated differently.

Andy MacKintosh, Newtonmore
The shinty world was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Newtonmore’s Andy MacKintosh, aged 31, on Wednesday June 1.

Andy MacKintosh was a Scottish international defender whose haul of medals and accolades with Newtonmore included captaining the side to Camanachd Cup success in 2018, beating Lovat in the final, whilst being awarded the coveted Albert Smith medal by Rene Smith following the 2016 Camanachd Cup win over Oban Camanachd.

International honours followed through the levels with Andy progressing to form part of a formidable Scotland defence which included teammates and good friends Rory Kennedy and Steven Macdonald.

A Newtonmore spokesperson said: ‘There literally aren’t any words to convey our feelings at the club today. Our love, prayers and every waking thought are with Megan, Marnie, Hadley, Iain, Christine, Alison, the MacKintosh family and all of Andy’s many, many friends. We send our deepest condolences to them all.

‘The darkest of shadows has been cast over us. Andy’s shining light has been taken from us, from the shinty world and from our community.’

Shinty historian Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan added: ‘I cannot recall the shinty community ever being tested like this in my lifetime. It is an apparently endless list of good people taken far too soon. There are no words that can comfort.’

Tributes and messages of condolences followed from shinty clubs across the country and following their match with Kingussie at the weekend, Gareth Evans and the Oban Camanachd squad, many of whom were good friends with Andy, stopped off at his parents’ house to pay their respects.