Shinty round-up Saturday June 18

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It was a busy day in the Mowi Premiership on Saturday June 18 with wins for Kyles Athletic and Oban Camanachd.

South shinty

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 3

Glasgow Mid Argyll 0

Oban Camanachd beat Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup finalists Glasgow Mid Argyll 3-0 at Mossfield.

Oban Camanachd were missing Daniel Sloss, Blair MacFarlane, Ross Campbell and David Cameron but Daniel Cameron and Scott MacMillan returned to the side.

The hosts opened with the wind in their favour and took the lead after 10 minutes. Scott Robertson sent the ball down the wing to Louie MacFarlane, relieved of his defensive duties to start at full forward with Daniel Madej, and he ran out to gather possession. Daniel MacVicar met MacFarlane’s cross, just to the left of centre, and he had time for a full swing which sent the ball chest high past a helpless keeper.

Oban Camanachd doubled their lead on 26 minutes. Daniel Cameron’s ball into the goal area invited Daniel Madej and Louie MacFarlane to battle for possession with their markers. When the ball broke, Connor Howe called for it and Daniel Madej left it for his strike partner to run onto and score.

GMA defended well for the remainder of the half with Ryan Harrison and John Don MacKenzie effective.

The next goal was always going to be important and Louie MacFarlane clinched victory on 68 minutes. The excellent Daniel MacVicar came deep to gather the ball wide on the right and he spun his marker before running at the GMA defence, to the edge of the box, where he squared the ball to Louie MacFarlane who fired low into the net.

Innes Jackson came on for the final 15 minutes and almost scored with a rasping shot which went just over the bar. Gregor MacDonald, aged 18, came on to play his second game for the seniors, whilst Oban Camanachd gave one of their promising youngsters, Matthew Sloss, 14, his first team debut during the closing stages of the game.

GMA manager Alan MacRae has a couple of fresh worries ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final against Kyles Athletic at Peterson Park as defender Ryan Harrison and forward Ally McKerracher both went off with hamstring injuries. Harrison’s tightening of the hamstring may just have been caught in time but McKerracher looked in some discomfort when he left the field near the end of the game and must be a major doubt for south shinty’s showpiece game.

Speaking after the game, Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘We knew it would be a tough game as it always is against GMA but we had the majority of the first half with the wind. We needed the third goal to be sure and we had some very good performances. Daniel MacVicar was the best player on the park. Daniel Cameron was superb at the back whilst Scott MacMillan, Malcolm Clark and Evan MacLellan in midfield kept winning possession and playing the balls up the side.

GMA are a much better side than their league position suggests and they forced Cammy Sutherland into two or three good saves.’

Oban Camanachd welcome Fort William to Mossfield this Saturday in the Mowi Premiership. Gareth Evans added: ‘Last Saturday against GMA was one of our best performances of the season, everyone chipped in, and we want more of the same against Fort William.’

Kyles Athletic 4 Fort William 2

Roddy MacDonald’s second half double gave Kyles Athletic a 4-2 win against Fort William at Tighnabruaich.

Kyles broke the deadlock through Robbie MacLeod on 17 minutes but Victor Smith found the net on 31 minutes to make it 1-1.

It was Robbie MacLeod again for Kyles on 33 minutes before Bryan Simpson made it 2-2 on 42 minutes.

Roddy MacDonald, as he has often done, pulled Kyles through with goals on 62 and 78 minutes.

Mowi National Division

Glenurquhart 1 Oban Celtic 2

Oban Celtic recorded a morale-boosting first league win of the season when they beat Glenurquhart 2-1 in their noon throw-up at Blairbeg.

Celtic looked solid in defence and midfield and took the lead on 33 minutes when Lennon Campbell slotted the ball home following a goalmouth melee.

Scott Dempster doubled the Oban side’s lead a minute before the break with a terrific 20-yard shot into the top corner of the net.

Dougie MacIntyre was forced to change his team around when defender Lewis Mcphee suffered a blow to the knee. The injury required a hospital visit and looks set to sideline Mcphee for a period of time. Youngster Finlay Cameron came on and played well.

The home side pulled a goal back on 74 minutes when Connor Golabek burst into the ‘D’ and looked set to score before being bundled down by Ewen Campbell. Golabek picked himself up to score from the spot.

Glenurquhart’s Connor Golabek turned from saint to sinner as he was sent off by referee Graham Cameron a couple of minutes from time for elbowing Oban Celtic’s Robert MacIntyre.

Oban Celtic are without a fixture this Saturday.

Inveraray 1 Beauly 3

Title hopefuls Inveraray and Beauly met in a 3pm throw-up at the Winterton and it was the league leaders who returned home with both points after coming from behind to win 3-1.

Inveraray got off to a great start with Campbell Watt scoring on four minutes. They only stayed in front for five minutes though before David MacLean brought Beauly level.

Robbie Brindle scored the goals that made the difference on 25 and 35 minutes to make it 3-1.

There was no scoring in the second half and the win means Beauly go seven points clear at the top of the table, although they have played more games than their rivals.

Single Team Club Competition – semi finals

Col-Glen 6 Tayforth 0

The length of the Mowi South Division 1 table separates leaders Col Glen and bottom side Tayforth so it was no surprise when the home side ran out 6-0 winners at Glendaruel.

Scott MacVicar on 12 minutes and Andrew MacVicar on 15 minutes gave Col Glen an early advantage.

Former Skye player Daniel MacDonald continued his good scoring run with goals on 25 and 34 minutes to make it 4-0.

Auryn Kerr finished well on 56 minutes and a second from Andrew MacVicar on 61 minutes made the final score 6-0.

The 2022 Single Team Cup Competition final between Glengarry and Col Glen is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 16. The venue is to be confirmed.

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – quarter finals

Inveraray 2 Glasgow Mid Argyll 4, after extra time

It took extra time to separate the Inveraray and Glasgow Mid Argyll seconds at the Winterton.

Inveraray took the lead in this noon throw-up through Ewan Donnan on 10 minutes.

Former Lochcarron player Matthew Young equalised for GMA on 25 minutes but John MacKenzie put Inveraray back in front three minutes before half-time.

And that’s the way it stayed until three minutes from time when Matthew Young got his second to make it 2-2.

Referee Craig Scott took the tie into extra time and GMA’s Matthew Young completed his hat-trick on 96 minutes.

There was a strong Lochcarron flavour to the Glasgow side’s win against their lower league opponents as another of their former payers, Ross Brown, made it 4-2 a couple of minutes later.

Mowi South Division 1

Bute P Lochside Rovers P

The fixture between the Bute juniors and Lochside Rovers at the Meadows was postponed on Friday afternoon because of an unplayable field.

Lochside Rovers are away to Ballachulish in the league on Saturday.

Ballachulish P Cruachanside P

The meeting between Ballachulish and Cruachanside will be rescheduled.

Mowi South Division 2

Oban Celtic 3 Kilmory 4

The game between the Oban Celtic second team and Kilmory at Ganavan was brought forward 24 hours to Friday June 17 with a 7pm throw-up.

Oban Celtic started well so when Kilmory took the lead through Alex Cunningham on seven minutes, it was against the run of play.

Keegan MacPhee equalised on 12 minutes but Alex Cunningham completed his hat-trick with goals on 20 and 64 minutes with Sandy Leiper making it 4-1, also on 64 minutes.

The Oban side fought back, however, with Joe MacVicar on 71 minutes and a second from Keegan MacPhee on 86 minutes making the final score 4-3.

Had it not been for some great goalkeeping from Steven Gilmour in the Kilmory goal, Oban Celtic might have taken something from the match.

The win takes Kilmory to second in the division.

Strachur-Dunoon 2 Ardnamurchan 4

Ardnamurchan stay top of the league after beating Strachur-Dunoon 4-2 at Strachur Sports Centre.

Ardnamurchan led though Alan Paterson’s own goal on nine minutes but Connor MacIntyre drew Strachur-Dunoon level on 29 minutes and it stayed that way until the break.

The second half was only a minute old when Hamish Kennedy put the visitors back in front and Kris MacKenzie made it 3-1 on 83 minutes.

Goals in the final minute from Calum Ruairidh Foxley and another from Connor MacIntyre made the final score 4-2.

Uddingston v Aberdour W/O

Uddingston’s match with the Aberdour second team at St Andrew’s High School was postponed just ahead of throw-up because of an unplayable field.

The points were awarded to Aberdour.

All throw ups were at 2.30pm unless the match report states differently.

WCA round up

As Aberdour and Badenoch received byes into the semi-finals, just two Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup quarter final ties took place over the weekend.

Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup – quarter finals

Skye Camanachd 14 Ardnamurchan 0

Skye Camanachd were too strong for Ardnamurchan, winning 14-0 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Saturday June 18.

Caitlin MacLean gave Skye the lead on three minutes from close range after the islanders forced a series of early corners. Donna MacKenzie played a one-two with Jenna Beaton before making it 2-0 on nine minutes.

Caitlin MacLean and Donna MacKenzie both got second goals to make it 4-0.

Donna MacKenzie completed her hat-trick before Jenna Beaton and a Megan Campbell brace made it 8-0.

Catherine Robertson had a goal ruled out for offside before Jenna Beaton came back on as a rolling substitute, scoring with her first touch to make it 9-0.

Catherine Robertson got the goal she deserved with a shot into the roof of the net on 35 minutes to make it 10-0 at half-time.

The second half was just a couple of minutes old when Skye substitute Teri MacLeod stopped Ilana Paterson’s corner from the right with her feet before scoring.

Six minutes later, Lexie MacLeod’s shot on her left side bounced by the keeper and Teri MacLeod scored again on 51 minutes to make it 13-0.

Megan Campbell completed her hat-trick to make the final score 14-0.

The final scoreline was harsh on Ardnamurchan who competed well but they came up against a Skye side who were ruthless in front of goal.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Lochaber 0

Glasgow Mid Argyll beat Lochaber 2-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Yoker.

Kirsty Rodger and Kirsty Gray scored their goals.

Mowi Challenge Cup

Glasgow Mid Argyll B 2 Glengarry 4

Glengarry grabbed their place in the next round with a 4-2 victory at Glasgow Mid Argyll B in their 1pm throw-up at Yoker.

Joan Nicholson scored both GMA goals but Isla Mackay’s hat-trick and Emily Gordon’s strike sent Glengarry through.

Tayforth 0 Lovat 5

Lovat reached the semi finals with a 5-0 win against Tayforth in their 1pm throw-up at Peffermill. Evie Stubbs, Chloe MacMillan, Ruby Fraser, Jennifer Mair and Holly Cameron were all on target.

Ardnamurchan 5 English Shinty Association 1

Ardnamurchan defeated the English Shinty Association 5-1 in their 11am throw-up at Strontian.

Ellen Munro grabbed a hat-trick and Sally Paterson a brace with Melissa Charlton countering.

North shinty

It was a busy day in the Mowi Premiership with wins for Kingussie, Kyles Athletic, Lovat and Oban Camanachd following the shinty action on Saturday June 18.

Mowi Premiership

Lovat 4 Kilmallie 3

The meeting between Lovat and Kilmallie was reversed to Canal Parks and brought forward to Wednesday June 15 at Lovat’s request.

Kilmallie were still without the suspended Sandy Corrigan who served the second game of a three-match suspension and they fell behind after three minutes when Greg Matheson scored. Fraser Heath doubled Lovat’s lead with five first half minutes remaining.

Just as they had done in the first half, Lovat scored three minutes after the re-start with Fraser Heath getting his second goal to make it 3-0.

Greg Matheson got his second a couple of minutes past the hour and there only looked to be one winner.

However Kilmallie’s Daniel Stewart scored for the second successive Saturday with 15 minutes remaining to make it 4-1 and the fight-back was on.

It was Daniel Stewart again on 80 minutes and when, with just five minutes remaining, Stuart Callison made it 4-3, it made for an uncomfortable final few minutes for Lovat but they stayed in front to take the points.

Caberfeidh 2 Kingussie 3

Caberfeidh led twice against league leaders Kingussie before eventually going down 3-2 at Castle Leod.

This was the second meeting between the sides on successive Saturdays following Kingussie’s 5-2 cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final win the previous weekend.

Just as they did the previous week, Caberfeidh took the lead with Craig Morrison scoring after three minutes.

Roddy Young found the net on 13 minutes to make it 1-1 but Kevin Bartlett scored on 30 minutes to Caberfeidh the lead at the interval.

The pacey Roddy Young scored again to make it 2-2 on 58 minutes and he completed his hat-trick a couple of minutes later to give Kingussie another league win.

The sides meet again this Saturday, also at Castle Leod, in the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter finals.

Kyles Athletic 4 Fort William 2

Roddy MacDonald’s second half double gave Kyles Athletic a 4-2 win against Fort William at Tighnabruaich.

Kyles broke the deadlock through Robbie MacLeod on 17 minutes but Victor Smith found the net on 31 minutes to make it 1-1.

It was Robbie MacLeod again for Kyles on 33 minutes before Bryan Simpson made it 2-2 on 42 minutes.

Roddy MacDonald, as he has often done, pulled Kyles through with goals on 62 and 78 minutes.

Newtonmore P Kinlochshiel P

Newtonmore’s 3pm throw-up against Kinlochshiel at the Eilan was a covid related postponement.

Mowi National Division

Skye Camanachd 3 Lochaber 0

Skye Camanachd go third in the Mowi National Division after beating Lochaber 3-0 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye defender John Gillies made an earlier than expected return from injury but William MacKinnon and Ross MacKinnon joined Martin Pringle and Somhairle MacDonald on the absentee list.

Lochaber were missing Connor Sweeney, Martin Johnstone and Ryan Johnstone, whilst Ronnie Fulford has left to join the RAF.

Lochaber keeper Ally MacDonald spread himself to thwart Jordan Murchison after 8 minutes whilst Murchison went close again after the Lochaber keeper chested down Taylor Matheson’s strike with Murchison’s effort going over the bar.

Skye had to re-jig their defence midway through the first half when Neil MacVicar had to go off with a face injury. John Gillies went from buckshee back to full back and Jamie Gillies came off the bench.

Ally MacDonald stretched to save well after Taylor Matheson and James Pringle combined whilst, at the other end, Iain Fyfe shot wide of the post after getting by Connor Gilpin.

Skye manager Kenny Macleod asked his players for more in the second half and they responded five minutes after the restart when Ross Gordon steered the ball low into the net, 10 yards out to the left of the penalty spot.

Lochaber’s David Langan spurned a chance to level when the ball broke to him in the penalty area but it was Skye who increased their lead on 74 minutes. Good play from Ross Gordon on the right saw him find James Pringle who sent the ball into the roof of the net from the penalty spot.

Skye substitute Archie Millar made a good run before being brought down just outside the ‘D’ before Taylor Matheson made it 3-0 with 10 minutes remaining. The goal came following a corner when Matheson sent the ball low by the keeper on his left side.

Archie Millar sent a shot a foot past the post in the final minute. Whilst Skye took the points, they will be concerned about the extent of Neil MacVicar’s injury.

The sides also contested the Thomas Ferguson Memorial Cup, 50 years on from when it was first played between Skye and Newtonmore in 1972, and surviving Skye players from that match and family representatives from others were invited along as special guests. The trophy was presented to Skye skipper Ally ‘Cleodi’ MacLeod by Thomas’s sister Margaret.

Defender John Gillies was Lochaber’s choice as Skye’s best player on the day and he received the Glasgow Mid Argyll Shield.

Glenurquhart 1 Oban Celtic 2

Oban Celtic recorded a morale-boosting first league win of the season when they beat Glenurquhart 2-1 in their noon throw-up at Blairbeg.

Celtic looked solid in defence and midfield and took the lead on 33 minutes when Lennon Campbell slotted the ball home following a goalmouth melee.

Scott Dempster doubled the Oban side’s lead a minute before the break with a terrific 20-yard shot into the top corner of the net.

Dougie MacIntyre was forced to change his team around when defender Lewis Mcphee suffered a blow to the knee. The injury required a hospital visit and looks set to sideline Mcphee for a period of time. Youngster Finlay Cameron came on and played well.

The home side pulled a goal back on 74 minutes when Connor Golabek burst into the ‘D’ and looked set to score before being bundled down by Ewen Campbell. Golabek picked himself up to score from the spot.

Glenurquhart’s Connor Golabek turned from saint to sinner as he was sent off by referee Graham Cameron a couple of minutes from time for elbowing Oban Celtic’s Robert MacIntyre.

Oban Celtic are without a fixture this Saturday.

Inveraray 1 Beauly 3

Title hopefuls Inveraray and Beauly met in a 3pm throw-up at the Winterton and it was the league leaders who returned home with both points after coming from behind to win 3-1.

Inveraray got off to a great start with Campbell Watt scoring on four minutes.

They only stayed in front for five minutes though before David MacLean brought Beauly level.

Robbie Brindle scored the goals that made the difference on 25 and 35 minutes to make it 3-1.

There was no scoring in the second half and the win means Beauly go seven points clear at the top of the table although they have played more games than their rivals.

Single Team Club Competition – semi finals

Boleskine 0 Glengarry 7

Glengarry, fourth in Mowi Division 1, beat Boleskine, bottom of Mowi North Division 2, 7-0 in their semi-final at Smith Park.

Boleskine started with the wind in their favour and they went close on a couple of occasions but Gordon MacDonald in the Glengarry goal was on his toes.

Glengarry took the lead through Ruaraidh MacDonald on eight minutes and his strike partner Nick Dalgety made it 2-0 on 14 minutes.

Jack West on the half-hour and another from Nick Dalgety on 43 minutes made it 4-0 at the turnaround.

John MacKinnon added two more on 61 and 70 minutes with Nick Dalgety completing his hat-trick 10 minutes from time.

The 2022 Single Team Cup Competition Final between Glengarry and Col Glen is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 16. The venue is to be confirmed.

Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup – quarter finals

Newtonmore 12 Beauly 1

The Newtonmore reserves looked fearsome in attack as they swept aside the Beauly reserves 12-1 in their noon throw-up at the Eilan.

Newtonmore’s Daniel Craven served the second of his two-game ban.

Craig MacIsaac gave Newtonmore the lead straight from the throw-up with Craig MacLeod adding a second on five minutes.

Glen MacKintosh played Evan Menzies through to make it 3-0 on 14 minutes and Craig MacLeod got his second on 25 minutes.

Glen MacKintosh’s 34th minute effort made it 5-0 at half-time and Craig MacIsaac got his second a couple of minutes into the second half.

Another from Glen MacKintosh on 49 minutes took Newtonmore’s tally to seven before Beauly’s Fraser Cameron pulled a goal back on 55 minutes.

Craig MacIsaac completed his hat-trick on 62 minutes with Craig MacLeod doing like-wise on 65 minutes to make it 9-1.

Glen MacKintosh took his tally to four goals with efforts on 66 and 80 minutes whilst Euan Dingwall made it 12-1 five minutes from time.

Glenurquhart 4 Caberfeidh 1

The Glenurquhart second team ran out 4-1 winners against the Caberfeidh second team at Blairbeg.

Glenurquhart’s James Keating was suspended for this one as the home side ran up a two-goal lead through James MacPherson on 25 minutes and David MacLennan five  minutes later.

Rhys Houston pulled a goal back on 32 minutes but David MacLennan and James MacPherson scored their second goals on 40 minutes and 70 minutes respectively.

Lovat P Kingussie P

The tie between the Lovat colts and the Kingussie colts at Balgate will be rescheduled due to covid.

Mowi North Division 1

Kinlochshiel 1 Skye Camanachd 1

Kinlochshiel and Skye Camanachd drew 1-1 in the west coast reserve team derby at Rèaraig.

Skye skipper Ian MacPherson put his side ahead on 33 minutes but Kieran Martin levelled on 69 minutes.

Inverness P Fort William P

The match between the Inverness first team and the Fort William second team at the Bught Park was a covid postponement.

Mowi North Division 2

Aberdeen University 0 Strathspey Camanachd 2

Strathspey Camanachd go third in the table after beating second place Aberdeen University 2-0 at Woodside Sports Complex.

Lawrence Bellini gave the visitors the lead on the half-hour mark with Liam Tinney sealing victory three minutes from time.

Strathglass P Inverness P

The Strathglass seconds and the Inverness seconds agreed to reschedule their match at Cannich to Wednesday June 22.

All throw ups were at 2.30pm unless the match report states differently.

WCA Round Up

As Aberdour and Badenoch received byes into the semi-finals, just two Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup quarter final ties took place over the weekend.

Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup – quarter finals

Skye Camanachd 14 Ardnamurchan 0

Skye Camanachd were too strong for Ardnamurchan, winning 14-0 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Saturday June 18.

Caitlin MacLean gave Skye the lead on three minutes from close range after the islanders forced a series of early corners. Donna MacKenzie played a one-two with Jenna Beaton before making it 2-0 on nine minutes.

Caitlin MacLean and Donna MacKenzie both got second goals to make it 4-0.

Donna MacKenzie completed her hat-trick before Jenna Beaton and a Megan Campbell brace made it 8-0.

Catherine Robertson had a goal ruled out for offside before Jenna Beaton came back on as a rolling substitute, scoring with her first touch to make it 9-0.

Catherine Robertson got the goal she deserved with a shot into the roof of the net on 35 minutes to make it 10-0 at half-time.

The second half was just a couple of minutes old when Skye substitute Teri MacLeod stopped Ilana Paterson’s corner from the right with her feet before scoring.

Six minutes later, Lexie MacLeod’s shot on her left side bounced by the keeper and Teri MacLeod scored again on 51 minutes to make it 13-0.

Megan Campbell completed her hat-trick to make the final score 14-0.

The final scoreline was harsh on Ardnamurchan who competed well but they came up against a Skye side who were ruthless in front of goal.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Lochaber 0

Glasgow Mid Argyll beat Lochaber 2-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Yoker.

Kirsty Rodger and Kirsty Gray scored their goals.

Mowi Challenge Cup

Kinlochshiel 6 Glenurquhart 1

Kinlochshiel beat Glenurquhart 6-1 in their 2pm throw-up at Rèaraig.

Glenurquhart took the lead through Hazel Hunter before former Skye player Lorna MacRae grabbed a hat-trick whilst Lexie MacKenzie scored twice and Laura MacLeod got the other.

Glasgow Mid Argyll B 2 Glengarry 4

Glengarry grabbed their place in the next round with a 4-2 victory at Glasgow Mid Argyll B in their 1pm throw-up at Yoker.

Joan Nicholson scored both GMA goals but Isla Mackay’s hat-trick and Emily Gordon’s strike sent Glengarry through.

Tayforth 0 Lovat 5

Lovat reached the semi-finals with a 5-0 win against Tayforth in their 1pm throw-up at Peffermill.

Evie Stubbs, Chloe MacMillan, Ruby Fraser, Jennifer Mair and Holly Cameron were all on target.