Shinty round-up – Saturday June 11

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Oban Camanachd and Kyles Athletic reached the Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-finals following the shinty action on Saturday June 11.

South shinty

Artemis Macaulay Cup – quarter finals, south

Oban Camanachd 9 Inveraray 0

Almost everything Oban Camanachd touched turned to goals as they beat Inveraray 9-0 in their 12.30pm throw-up at Mossfield.

Visitors Inveraray travelled without former Oban Celtic player Ross MacMillan, whilst Lewis MacNicol, Allan MacDonald and player/manager Ruaraidh Graham made up their bench.

Scott McKillop returned to the Oban Camanachd defence where Louie MacFarlane continued following his fine performance against Kingussie a week earlier.

With Daniel Cameron unavailable, defender Daniel Sloss captained the side for the first time and got off to a good start by winning the toss and opting to play with the wind, allowing his side to build a sizable interval lead.

Oban Camanachd’s opener on 20 minutes was a candidate for goal of the match as Malcolm Clark’s ball from a short corner was fired into the opposite top corner of the net from a tight angle by Connor Howe.

Oban Camanachd hemmed Inveraray in and the impressive Connor Howe got his second on 29 minutes with Daniel Madej making it 3-0 a couple of minutes later before Connor Howe completed his hat-trick on 34 minutes.

The goals kept flowing as Ross Campbell made it 5-0 straight from the restart and Connor Howe got his fourth on 41 minutes to make it 6-0 at half-time.

Oban Camanachd introduced Innes Jackson and David Cameron at the break and the second half was just a minute old when Daniel MacVicar netted a seventh from close range.

Inveraray now had the elements and it was 10 minutes from time before Ross Campbell got his second and Connor Howe rounded off a wonderful individual display with his fifth goal of the afternoon a minute later to make it 9-0.

Inveraray keeper Scott MacLachlan made some fine saves including one from Ross Campbell’s thunderbolt as Oban Camanachd claimed their semi-final spot.

Speaking after the final whistle, Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘I asked the guys for more goals and we got them today. I’ve said for a while that someone was going to get it when we got it all together and it happened this afternoon.

‘The most pleasing thing was they were all really well worked goals. Their keeper Scott MacLachlan played well. He made some good saves, but couldn’t do anything about the goals we scored against him.

‘Connor Howe deserves a special mention too. That’s the best he has played for us.’

Oban Camanachd welcome Glasgow Mid Argyll to Mossfield this Saturday.

Kyles Athletic 4 Bute 3, after extra-time

Kyles Athletic had to twice come from behind during the regulation 90 minutes before eventually beating Bute 4-3 after extra-time at Tighnabruaich.

The first half ended goalless as Bute showed they were not overawed by their higher league opponents and, with a bit of luck, they might have been ahead at this stage.

They did go in front on 56 minutes when Scott Harvey scored but this prompted Kyles manager Robert Baxter to switch Roddy MacDonald from defence to attack with Callum Millar going in the opposite direction. This paid dividends on 62 minutes when Roddy MacDonald levelled.

Bute showed their mettle, however, by regaining the lead through Robin MacAlister on 75 minutes.

With just five minutes remaining, and a shock on the cards, Roddy Macdonald went on a run into the ‘D’ where he was upended and referee Alec MacVicar pointed to the spot. Ross MacRae did his usual efficient job to take the tie to extra time.

Extra time was just a minute old when Roddy MacDonald put Kyles ahead for the first time in the tie, only for Iain McDonald to make it 3-3 a couple of minutes later.

Another mazy run from Roddy MacDonald on 112 minutes made the difference as he completed his hat-trick with the goal of the game. MacDonald waltzed through the Bute defence before scoring on the angle to send Kyles into the semi-finals where they will play Oban Camanachd.

The outcome was tough on Bute who matched their premiership opponents throughout.

Kyles Athletic manager Robert Baxter said: ‘It was a typical local derby with the young boys all up for it. We are pleased to win but this was Bute’s cup final and they gave us a fright, well they certainly gave me a fright, and their future is bright if they keep this going.’

Mowi National Division

Aberdour 2 Strathglass 4

Strathglass secured their second league win of the season as four-goal Scott Douglas helped them beat bottom side Aberdour 4-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Silversands.

Scott Douglass put Strathglass ahead after three minutes and he added his and his side’s second goal on the half-hour mark before completing his hat-trick a minute before the break.

Aberdour fought back in the second half with David MacDougall scoring on 47 minutes.

It was Scott Douglas again with his fourth of the afternoon on 55 minutes before Aberdour’s Angus Thorburn netted on 81 minutes to make the final score 4-2.

Mowi South Division 1

Glasgow Mid Argyll 4 Tayforth 0

There was a re-arranged meeting between Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) juniors and Tayforth at Peterson Park on Wednesday June 8.

Ross Brown continued his good scoring run when he gave GMA the lead on 11 minutes before completing his hat-trick with goals on 41 and 61 minutes.

Cailean MacInnes rounded off the scoring on 79 minutes to give GMA a 4-0 win which took them temporarily to the top of the table.

Lochside Rovers 2 Col Glen 4

Col Glen regained their league leader status when they beat a young Lochside Rovers side 4-2 at Ganavan.

Innes MacMillan and Matthew Sloss scored for Lochside.

Daniel MacDonald, who has been in good form up front for Col Glen, grabbed a hat-trick and when referee Rab MacAskill awarded the visitors a penalty, Scott MacVicar scored from the spot.

Tayforth 0 Cruachanside 0

Both goalkeepers were on top form as Tayforth and Cruachanside drew 0-0 in their 2.30pm throw-up at Peffermill.

Ballachulish P Glasgow Mid Argyll P

The match between Ballachulish and Glasgow Mid Argyll juniors at Jubilee Park was postponed on Saturday morning because of an unplayable field.

Mowi South Division 2

Aberdour 0 Oban Celtic 4

The Oban Celtic colts were away-day winners as they beat the Aberdour colts 4-0 in their noon throw-up at Silversands.

All the goals came in the first half, with Gabriel Tidsar’s brace on 22 and 26 minutes giving Oban Celtic a two-goal cushion.

Lennon Campbell on 33 minutes and Joe MacVicar on 40 minutes made it 4-0.

Inveraray 3 Ardnamurchan 5

Ardnamurchan’s good season continues as they leap-frogged the Inveraray second team to top Mowi South Division 2, beating their rivals 5-3 at the Winterton.

Ardnamurchan started well and Neil Mellis scored on the angle to give them the lead on 10 minutes.

Ewan Donnan levelled on 21 minutes with his seventh goal of the season but Herbie Patterson netted on 34 minutes to put Ardnamurchan back ahead.

Inveraray’s Neil Campbell blasted home on 37 minutes making it 2-2 at the break.

A fine 54th minute strike from 14-year-old Kris MacKenzie on his debut and Murray MacGregor, with his first goal of the season on 61 minutes, put Ardnamurchan 4-2 up and although David Robertson cut the deficit on 77 minutes, Herbie Patterson got his second on 84 minutes to make it 5-3.

Kilmory 3 Strachur-Dunoon 0

Kilmory were 3-0 winners against Strachur-Dunoon at MacRae Park.

Liam Jackson on five minutes and Euan Gilmore on 37 minutes gave the hosts a 2-0 interval lead. Alex Cunningham added a third on the stroke of full-time.

Uddingston P Bute P

Uddingston’s match against the Bute second team will be rescheduled due to pitch availability.

All throw-ups were at 2pm unless the match report states differently.

WCA round-up

Most of the scheduled regional league matches took place on Sunday June 12.

Mowi South Division 2

Ardnamurchan B 11 Glasgow Mid Argyll B 0

Ardnamurchan B beat Glasgow Mid Argyll B 11-0 in their 2.30pm throw-up at Strontian.

Sally Patterson struck four times, with Hannah MacDonald grabbing a hat-trick. Roslyn Ritchie, Mya Carmichael, Aine O’Rua and a debut goal for Emma Mellis completed the scoring.

Dunadd 16 Uddingston 0

Dunadd won again, beating the newly-formed Uddingston 16-0.

Eilidh Cameron scored nine times with Grace Drummond adding another four goals. Anna Airlie, Alice Adair and Kyra Robertson’s first goal of the season made up their tally.

Oban Lorn v Tayforth W/O

Oban Lorn were unable to raise a team so Tayforth were given a walk-over.

Single Team Club Competition

The semi-finals for the Camanachd Association’s new Single Team Club Competition take place this Saturday.

The tournament is being trialled this season but has arguably already proven its worth with all but one of the ties from the first round onwards going ahead.

A north versus south final is guaranteed as Mowi South Division 1 leaders Col Glen play bottom of the table Tayforth at Glendaruel in one of the semi-finals, whilst the other brings together Boleskine, who are bottom of Mowi North Division 2, with Glengarry, who occupy fourth spot in Mowi North Division 1, at Smith Park.

The Camanachd Association Single Team Club Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 16 at a venue still to be announced.

North shinty

Kingussie won the cottages.com MacTavish Cup and Newtonmore reclaimed second place in the Mowi Premiership following the shinty action on Saturday June 11.

cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final

Caberfeidh 2 Kingussie 5

Kingussie collected the first silverware of the 2022 shinty season when they came from two goals down to beat Caberfeidh 5-2 at the Bught Park, Inverness.

Caberfeidh were missing Ben MacDonald and with Kieran MacPherson recently returning to Kingussie, boss Jodi Gorski brought back Ally MacLennan whose appearance against Lovat the previous weekend was his first since 2019. MacLennan started in attack, with Kevin Bartlett going to full centre.

Kingussie manager John Gibson recalled skipper Savio Genini to his starting line-up with James Falconer playing despite still having stitches in a knee injury.

Match referee Willie MacDonald from Fort William got this 4.05pm throw-up under way.

Kingussie won the toss of the coin but opted to play into a strong wind. Caberfeidh  made the most of the elements with a bright start and Ally MacLennan’s turn and shot on 6 minutes sent their support into raptures.

Both teams had chances before Caberfeidh doubled their lead on 35 minutes. Gavin Mclauchlan’s long hit-in from the left was expertly taken down by Craig Morrison who whipped the ball home.

However, there was a calamitous final three minutes to the half for Caberfeidh. First Savio Genini prodded the ball home, punishing hesitancy from Caberfeidh keeper Iain McCall on 42 minutes and, a couple of minutes later, Genini hammered the ball home from the edge of the ‘D’ making it all square at half time.

Kingussie were relentless in the second half but Caberfeidh held out until 12 minutes from time when Roddy Young raced onto Savio Genini’s free-hit to score from the left on his backhand.

A couple of minutes later, substitute Dylan Borthwick found space in front of goal to score with his first touch and when Ruaridh Anderson ran onto another Genini free-hit on 86 minutes, he made the final score 5-2.

Referee Willie MacDonald was hardly noticed during the 90 minutes which is the biggest compliment a referee can receive.

There was some consolation for Caberfeidh captain Blair Morrison who was awarded the Tom MacKenzie Medal as man of the match before Kingussie skipper Savio Genini was presented with the trophy by the sponsors.

Kingussie manager John Gibson said: ‘It was a bit of a rough ride and the wind played its part to make it a game of two halves. We always knew Caberfeidh were capable of scoring but we had goals in us and the two before the break settled us.

‘We let ourselves down in last year’s final when we lost to Kinlochshiel, so it was nice to put that to bed.’

Mowi Premiership

Kilmallie 1 Newtonmore 2

The clash between Kilmallie and Newtonmore at Canal Parks was brought forward to Friday June 10 with a 7pm throw-up.

Martin Stewart stepped down as Kilmallie first team manager at the start of the week. His side had just lost to lower league Inveraray in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup and Stewart said: ‘I just felt I wasn’t getting the best out of the players. It’s about what’s best for the club, that’s the most important thing. I hope someone else can come in and get the full squad together and help them reach their potential.’

Liam Cameron, the injured Calum MacDougall and Ryan Stewart took charge of the side for Newtonmore’s visit and they were without Stephen McAlister and Jay MacLeod as well as the suspended Sandy Corrigan. Innes Blackhall was at half back with Michael Rodger at full centre.

Newtonmore were missing the suspended Max Campbell but Owen Fraser returned in goal.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up as both sides remembered Newtonmore’s Andy MacKintosh in what was the club’s first game since his passing.

Newtonmore went in front on five minutes when Fraser MacKintosh held off Robbie MacFadyen before sinking a low shot from around the penalty spot.

Conor Jones made it 2-0 on 74 minutes when his speculative effort went over Kilmallie keeper Kevin Toye into the net.

A brilliant strike from Daniel Stewart on 78 minutes, which flew into the top corner of the net, got Kilmallie back into it but, with Rory Kennedy, Steven Macdonald and Craig Ritchie strong in the Newtonmore defence, they couldn’t force a leveller.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup – quarter finals

Beauly P Skye Camanachd P

The noon throw-up between Beauly and Skye Camanachd at Braeview Park was postponed following a covid outbreak affecting the islanders.

The tie has been rescheduled for Saturday June 25.

Mowi National Division

Aberdour 2 Strathglass 4

Strathglass secured their second league win of the season as four-goal Scott Douglas helped them beat bottom side Aberdour 4-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Silversands.

Scott Douglass put Strathglass ahead after just three minutes and added his and his side’s second goal on the half-hour mark before completing his hat-trick a minute before the break.

Aberdour fought back in the second half with David MacDougall scoring on 47 minutes.

It was Scott Douglas again with his fourth of the afternoon on 55 minutes before Aberdour’s Angus Thorburn netted on 81 minutes to make the final score 4-2.

Mowi North Division 1

Skye Camanachd 0 Glengarry 5

Glengarry beat the Skye Camanachd second team 5-0 in their 12.30pm throw-up at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

It was a wet and wild summer’s day with the constant wind and rain making it difficult for both sets of players.

Skye Camanachd captain Ian MacPherson won the toss of the coin and opted to play with the wind in the first half.

Glengarry went ahead on four minutes with a well-constructed goal. Shaun Nicolson went by his marker and found Nick Dalgety in space on the right and, from 25 yards, powered a shot into the roof of the net.

Glengarry doubled their lead on eight minutes when a ball floated from midfield found Raymond Robertson on the left who turned his marker and slipped a nice ball to Rhuairaidh MacDonald who fired low inside keeper Calum Nicolson’s right hand post.

Skye had chances but couldn’t hit the target. The closest they came was Archie Millar’s 15-yard strike which went wide of the upright so it remained 2-0 at the turnaround.

The visitors, now with the elements, made a bright start to the second half and on 48 minutes, when Skye substitute Allan MacLeod mis-hit a clearance, the ball came to Nick Dalgety who still had plenty to do but he sent the ball screaming into the top right hand corner of the net.

Glengarry scored again on 72 minutes when a ball looped into the ‘D’ wasn’t dealt with by the home defence. Young Jack West flicked the ball past Skye keeper Calum Nicolson and Nick Dalgety was free to tap the ball over the line to complete his hat-trick.

Four minutes later, Rhuairaidh MacDonald won the ball following a poor clearance out of the Skye defence and, from 15 yards out on the right, he jabbed the ball forward and it bobbled by the keeper, inside his left post.

The final 15 minutes were closer but, in the end, Glengarry more than deserved the win.

Young Skye defender William James Sutherland played well against Rhuairaidh MacDonald who was a handful, whilst the Glengarry forward line were strong with Nick Dalgety deserving the man of the match tag for his hat-trick and overall performance.

The pitch held out well considering the weather and the victory keeps Glengarry in the title race.

Glenurquhart 0 Fort William 0

The Glenurquhart seconds and the Fort William seconds shared the points following a goalless draw in their 1pm throw-up at Blairbeg.

Referee John Matheson sent off Glenurquhart’s James Keating and Fort William’s David Wright.

Newtonmore 5 Lochcarron 0

The Newtonmore seconds beat Lochcarron 5-0 in their 2.30pm throw-up at Battery Park.

The first half looked as if it might end goal-less until referee David Mitchell awarded Newtonmore a penalty on 43 minutes with Glen MacKintosh scoring from the spot.

Glen MacIntosh got his second on 52 minutes with Evan Menzies, on his return to shinty, adding two more on 63 and 80 minutes, either side of Arron MacBean’s 77th  minute strike.

Mowi North Division 2

Inverness 0 Beauly 8

The meeting between the Inverness reserves and the Beauly reserves was rearranged for the Bught Park, Inverness, on Wednesday June 8.

Finlay MacLennan gave Beauly the early initiative in this 7pm throw-up with a goal on seven minutes.

Fraser Cameron on 18 minutes and Jack MacDonald on 29 minutes made it 3-0.

Inverness found Finlay MacLennan a constant threat and he went on to score on 36, 64 and 81 minutes to make it 6-0.

There was still time for Jack MacDonald to get his second on 85 minutes, with Finlay MacLennan rounding off an impressive evening with his fifth goal of the game a minute from time.

Lewis Camanachd P Boleskine P

Boleskine were unable to field a team for their trip to Shawbost to play Lewis Camanachd so the home side were awarded the points.

All throw-ups were at 2pm unless the match report states differently.

WCA round-up

Most of the scheduled regional league matches took place on Sunday June 12.

Mowi North Division 2

Lovat 4 Glenurquhart 9

Glenurquhart beat Glenurquhart 9-4 in their 6.45pm throw-up at Balgate on Thursday June 9.

Laura Gallagher scored all four Lovat goals but six-goal Hazel Hunter, Kirsty Smith’s double and Rosia Brown gave Glenurquhart victory.

Glengarry 7 Skye Camanachd B 0

Glengarry beat a young Skye Camanachd B side 7-0 in their 2.30pm throw-up at Craigard.

Lexie Cameron scored four times with Isla Mackay, Leona Falconer and Erin McLean also on target.

Inverness B P Strathglass P

The meeting between Inverness B and Strathglass has been rescheduled for Thursday June 16 due to pitch availability.

Youth shinty

Newtonmore 9 Muirtown 0

Newtonmore Primary School retained the MacKay Cup with a 9-0 win over Muirtown primary in their 11am throw-up at the Bught Park on Saturday June 11.

Newtonmore captain James Coyle scored six times, earning him the coveted Anne Cameron Quaich, whilst Logan Foster, Max Rodger and Tyler Chisholm got the others.

Beauly 3 Kinlochshiel 1

Beauly’s under 17s lifted the cottages.com MacTavish Juvenile Cup after coming from behind to beat Kinlochshiel’s under 17s 3-1 in the final at the Bught Park on Saturday June 11.

Archie MacRae put Kinlochshiel ahead nine minutes into this 1pm throw-up, turning home a rebound off the keeper.

However, Scott Cameron scored twice, either side of a goal from Torrin Cairns, to give Beauly victory and their captain Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan raised the trophy and collected the Sandy MacKay Medal as man of the match.

Single Team Club Competition

The semi finals of the Camanachd Association’s new Single Team Club Competition take place this Saturday.

The tournament is being trialled this season but has arguably already proven its worth with all but one of the ties from the first round onwards going ahead.

A north versus south final is guaranteed as Mowi South Division 1 leaders Col Glen play bottom of the table Tayforth at Glendaruel in one of the semi-finals, whilst the other brings together Boleskine, who are bottom of Mowi North Division 2, with Glengarry, who occupy fourth spot in Mowi North Division 1, at Smith Park.

The Camanachd Association Single Team Club Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 16 at a venue still to be announced.