Shinty round-up Saturday June 25

The victorious Glasgow Mid Argyll squad celebrate winning the 117th Glasgow Celtic Society Cup after beating Kyles 1 -0 at Peterson Park, Yoker, on Saturday. Photograph: Aidan Woods Photography.

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Glasgow Mid Argyll lifted the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup on Saturday June 25.

South shinty

Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Celtic Cup Final

Glasgow Mid Argyll 1 Kyles Athletic 0

It was an historic day for Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) who won the 117th Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final, their first success in shinty’s oldest trophy since 1980, beating Kyles Athletic 1-0 at a blustery Peterson Park, Yoker.

The wind across the field offered no obvious advantage to either side but the extensive work on the pitch itself over recent weeks left it in fantastic condition.

GMA boss Alan MacRae was missing Hamish Anderson and Calum McLay who were on holiday, whilst Garry Luke’s ACL injury ruled him out. Defender Ryan Harrison and forward Ally McKerracher both had hamstring injuries. The former started and was to play a key role but the latter missed out.

Kyles Athletic manager Robert Baxter masterminded last year’s success but he was missing key players Roddy MacDonald and Andrew King who were on a pre-booked holiday which had already been cancelled twice because of covid. Rupert Williamson and George Thomson started in defence, with David Zavaroni in the forward line.

This 4.05pm throw-up was broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

Kyles started on the front foot and Jonathon Oates in the GMA goal made good early saves to deny Sorley Thomson following a free-hit and Robbie MacLeod after a sweeping move forward.

The Glasgow side settled into the game though and took the lead after 19 minutes following a free-hit in the middle of the park given when Jamie McFadyen was hauled back by George Thomson. John Sweeney sent the ball forward and Brian Slattery slipped a pass to John McNulty on the right and, with his back to goal, the former Glenorchy man turned and fired a glorious back-hand drive across the keeper with the head-height strike going inside John Whyte’s right post.

Kyles responded and Sorley Thomson made a great run across goal before seeing his low shot rebound off the base of the keeper’s left post whilst, at the other end, John Whyte saved low from John McNulty.

The first half finished with a flurry when first Brian Slattery ran through on goal after charging down Callum Millar’s clearance but Millar recovered well to help win back possession. Then Robbie MacLeod was lucky to get away with a booking for a late swipe at his opponent whilst David Zavaroni had to go off to get a hand injury treated with Liam Arnott coming on but it remained 1-0 until the break.

At half-time, the Glasgow Celtic Society once again honoured the winning team from 50 years ago when the surviving veterans from the 1972 Glasgow Mid Argyll side which beat Kyles Athletic 3-1 were introduced to the crowd.

Kyles Athletic pressed from the restart but the GMA defence of Ryan Harrison, John Don MacKenzie, Finlay MacMillan and Jonnie MacAskill restricted them to few opportunities with Liam Arnott firing wide just after the hour.

John Whyte saved from Ewen Fraser before clearing the ball under pressure following a rare Glasgow attack but most of the action remained at the other end.

There was a spate of bookings with GMA’s former Kinlochshiel trio of John Don MacKenzie, Jonnie MacAskill and Oliver MacRae all yellow carded within quick succession.

Kyles continued to attack and Jonathon Oates made the save of the match, palming away Conor Kennedy’s fierce back-hand strike from the right.

David Zavaroni was next into the book for having too much to say to the referee and Kyles rolled the dice for the final 10 minutes with Callum Millar going from full back to full forward.

It was a nervy wait for the GMA support but their side saw out the closing stages until Oban referee Alec MacVicar brought the final to a close and he was presented with the Jack Asher Memorial Whistle. The Donald J MacNiven Memorial Medal for man of the match was awarded to GMA full back Ryan Harrison who was outstanding throughout.

For GMA manager Alan MacRae, it was a notable success in this south showpiece event after twice winning the north equivalent, the MacTavish Cup, with Lovat.

All that was left was for Glasgow Mid Argyll captain John Don MacKenzie to raise the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup which now takes pride of place at the club after a 42-year wait.

Glasgow Mid Argyll captain John Don MacKenzie with the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup. Photograph: Aidan Woods Photography.
Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 3 Fort William 0

Oban Camanachd moved two points clear of Kyles Athletic to consolidate fifth place in shinty’s top flight after beating Fort William 3-0 at Mossfield.

Daniel Sloss, Blair MacFarlane and Ross Campbell all returned for Oban Camanachd who were at full strength for the first time this season. Malcolm Clark and his apprentice Louise MacFarlane were fielded at full forward, whilst Daniel Madej, Ross Campbell and Scott Robertson made up a strong bench.

Fort William were without Victor Smith and Alexander MacMillan with Greig Kelly and Mark Fraser held in reserve.

The pitch was in great condition but a swirling wind made it tricky for both sets of players.

Fort William made the better start without really troubling Cameron Sutherland in the Oban goal.

Connor Howe continued his good scoring run, giving Oban Camanachd the lead on 29 minutes with a special goal as his 30-yard strike from the right went into the far top corner of the net past a helpless Paul MacKay in the Fort William goal.

The home side doubled their lead five minutes later. Daniel Cameron’s ball forward invited Malcolm Clark to run off the circle to meet it. Clark juggled the ball before flicking it towards goal where Daniel MacVicar ran in to score.

With Daniel Sloss and Scott McKillop shining at the back, Oban Camanachd had a solid base to build on and they switched things about following Ross Campbell’s introduction. Blair MacFarlane was withdrawn, Scott MacMillan went to centre and Malcolm Clark went onto the wing. Campbell took over from Clark in attack where he played well.

Daniel Madej and Scott Robertson were given late outings from the bench.

With just a minute remaining, Evan MacLellan made a good run up the right and Louie MacFarlane peeled away from his marker before lashing MacLellan’s ball into the net to score a deserved goal.

Fort William defended well with Alexander Cameron excellent at the back but they will be concerned about a first half knee injury suffered by Arran MacPhee and he must be a doubt as the sides meet again in the league on Saturday, this time at An Aird. Oban Camanachd’s Daniel Madej misses out as he is on holiday.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘It was a slow start from us but I’m happy overall and I would certainly have taken 3-0 at the start of the game.

‘That’s ten league games played and we have won five and lost five so we are mid-table. We have some important cup-ties on the horizon but all focus will be on Fort William at An Aird this Saturday as we want to keep our run going.’

Mowi National Division

Aberdour 1 Glenurquhart 2

Glenurquhart came from behind to beat Aberdour 2-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Sliver Sands.

David MacDougall gave the hosts the lead on 27 minutes but James MacPherson’s double on 44 and 60 minutes gave Glenurquhart both points.

Inveraray 3 Lochaber 0

Inveraray returned to their winning ways, scoring three times in the second half to beat Lochaber 3-0 at the Winterton.

Lochaber opened with a strong wind in their favour but were unable to make their advantage count.

Lewis MacNicol broke the deadlock on 58 minutes with his first goal of the season with Campbell Watt making it 2-0 on 67 minutes just after Fraser Watt’s penalty had been saved.

Campbell Watt then turned provider, finding his brother Fraser at the front post from a corner who shot across the keeper to make it 3-0 on 76 minutes.

Mowi South Division 1

Ballachulish 1 Lochside Rovers 5

Lochside Rovers turned in a strong second half performance to beat Ballachulish 5-1 at  Jubilee Park.

Lochside benefited from Oban Camanachd having a full squad. David Cameron started with Brian MacCallum, who saved a penalty, in goal in place of Dougie MacDonald who was working.

Innes Jackson gave Lochside the lead in the opening minute with what proved to be the only goal of the first half.

The Oban side repeated the feat as Lewis Buchanan netted a minute after the re-start and although Mikey Donald made it 2-1 on 57 minutes, Matthew Sloss restored Lochside’s two-goal cushion a couple of minutes later.

Innes Jackson on 78 minutes and another from Lewis Buchanan three minutes from time made the final score 5-1.

Lochside travel to play Cruachanside this Saturday.

Mowi South Division 2

Aberdour 1 Inveraray 2

Ewan Donnan’s brace helped the Inveraray colts beat the Aberdour colts 2-0 in their noon throw-up at Sliver Sands.

The game was just seven minutes old when Ewan Donnan’s superb strike from distance gave Inveraray the lead.

Robin Bremner levelled from close range on 37 minutes but Ewan Donnan got the winner for second-placed Inveraray, capitalising on a defensive lapse and finishing calmly from inside the ‘D’ with just 10 minutes remaining.

Ardnamurchan 2 Kilmory 0

Ardnamurchan stay top of the league after goals early in each half saw them beat third- placed Kilmory 2-0 at Strontian.

Aaron Mellis got Ardnamurchan off to a great start with a goal after two minutes and the second half was just a couple of minutes old when Duncan Gorman doubled their advantage.

Boleskine P Inverness P

The clash between Boleskine and the Inverness seconds at Smith Park was a covid postponement.

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

Women’s Camanachd Association round-up

Women’s Camanachd Association national and regional fixtures took place on Sunday June 26.

Mowi National Division

Glasgow Mid Argyll 0 Badenoch 3

Kirsty Deans grabbed a second half hat-trick to give Badenoch a 3-0 win over Glasgow Mid Argyll in their 2pm throw-up at Yoker.

Lochaber 4 Aberdour 0

Lochaber beat Aberdour 4-0 in their noon throw-up at Spean Bridge.

Shannon Wilson scored twice, with Mairi Duncan and Katie Higgins getting the others.

Mowi South Division 2

Oban Lorn P Uddingston P

The clash between Oban Lorn and Uddingston at Mossfield has been rescheduled for Sunday August 28.

Glasgow Mid Argyll P B Tayforth P

The fixture between the Glasgow Mid Argyll second team and Tayforth will be rescheduled.

North shinty

Kingussie and Lovat reached the Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-finals following the shinty action on Saturday June 25.

Artemis Macaulay Cup – quarter finals

Kinlochshiel 2 Lovat 3, after extra time

It took extra time to separate Kinlochshiel and Lovat in their 3pm throw-up at Rèaraig.

Kinlochshiel fielded a strong side with David Falconer starting at wing centre in place of Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae, who was on the bench, whilst Lovat were missing Lorne MacKay and Callum Cruden.

Fraser Heath scored for the fourth successive match to give Lovat the lead on 26 minutes. With Greg Matheson and Marc MacLachlan involved in the build-up, Heath touched the ball away from Duncan Matheson to the Lovat left before crashing a magnificent shot high into the net to make it 1-0.

Kinlochshiel will feel they could not only have drawn level but got themselves in front before the interval other than for some inspired goalkeeping from Lovat custodian Stuart MacDonald who was on top form again.

There was just 11 minutes of regulation time left when Jordan Fraser found a way past the Scotland keeper. Duncan Matheson, who had been pushed forward into attack, rolled a free-hit back and Jordan Fraser’s low shot went into the corner of the goal, beating a diving MacDonald at his right post.

With no further scoring, referee Deek Cameron took this thrilling tie to extra time.

Fraser Heath scored again on 104 minutes with what was his eighth goal over the last four matches. Marc MacLachlan and Graeme MacMillan exchanged passes from a corner on the left and when MacMillan touched the ball to Heath, he swivelled and swept the ball past Josh Grant to the keeper’s left side.

Kinlochshiel fought back again, however, levelling for a second time six minutes later when Donald Nixon made a late run to the back post where he took one touch to take the ball into space on the right at the edge of the ‘D’, before smashing a shot by the keeper’s head into the far side of the net.

The winning goal came with just two minutes remaining. Greg Matheson won possession following a clearance out of the home defence and took the ball wide to the left. Meantime, Marc MacLachlan found space at the back post and was perfectly placed to drive Matheson’s cross home and send Lovat through to a semi-final meeting with Kingussie.

Give me my stick back: Kinlochshiel’s Duncan Matheson can’t challenge Fraser Heath, Lovat, without his caman during the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter final at Rearaig, Balmacara. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Caberfeidh 1 Kingussie 4

Caberfeidh took the lead against Kingussie for the third successive Saturday but Kingussie won again, this time 4-1 at Castle Leod.

Craig Morrison gave Caberfeidh the lead on five minutes, but Savio Genini levelled on 15 minutes.

Roddy Young scored twice against the same opponents last week and this time went one better with a hat-trick on 44, 45 and 50 minutes.

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 3 Fort William 0

Oban Camanachd moved two points clear of Kyles Athletic to consolidate fifth place in shinty’s top flight after beating Fort William 3-0 at Mossfield.

Daniel Sloss, Blair MacFarlane and Ross Campbell all returned for Oban Camanachd who were at full strength for the first time this season. Malcolm Clark and his apprentice Louise MacFarlane were fielded at full forward, whilst Daniel Madej, Ross Campbell and Scott Robertson made up a strong bench.

Fort William were without Victor Smith and Alexander MacMillan with Greig Kelly and Mark Fraser held in reserve.

The pitch was in great condition but a swirling wind made it tricky for both sets of players.

Fort William made the better start without really troubling Cameron Sutherland in the Oban goal.

Connor Howe continued his good scoring run, giving Oban Camanachd the lead on 29 minutes with a special goal as his 30-yard strike from the right went into the far top corner of the net past a helpless Paul MacKay in the Fort William goal.

The home side doubled their lead five minutes later. Daniel Cameron’s ball forward invited Malcolm Clark to run off the circle to meet it. Clark juggled the ball before flicking it towards goal where Daniel MacVicar ran in to score.

With Daniel Sloss and Scott McKillop shining at the back, Oban Camanachd had a solid base to build on and they switched things about following Ross Campbell’s introduction. Blair MacFarlane was withdrawn, Scott MacMillan went to centre and Malcolm Clark went onto the wing. Campbell took over from Clark in attack where he played well.

Daniel Madej and Scott Robertson were given late outings from the bench.

With just a minute remaining, Evan MacLellan made a good run up the right and Louie MacFarlane peeled away from his marker before lashing MacLellan’s ball into the net to score a deserved goal.

Fort William defended well with Alexander Cameron excellent at the back but they will be concerned about a first half knee injury suffered by Arran MacPhee and he must be a doubt as the sides meet again in the league on Saturday, this time at An Aird. Oban Camanachd’s Daniel Madej misses out as he is on holiday.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘It was a slow start from us but I’m happy overall and I would certainly have taken 3-0 at the start of the game.

‘That’s ten league games played and we have won five and lost five so we are mid-table. We have some important cup-ties on the horizon but all focus will be on Fort William at An Aird this Saturday as we want to keep our run going.’

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup – quarter final

Beauly P Skye Camanachd P

The Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup quarter final tie between Beauly and holders Skye Camanachd, a repeat of last year’s final, was postponed because of covid affecting the Beauly camp.

The postponement poses a fixture headache for the Camanachd Association. Skye have their designated ‘free Saturday’ this weekend and they host Kingussie in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter finals the week after. That leaves Saturday July 16 as the next free date for the quarter final between Skye and Beauly, with Col Glen awaiting the winners in the semi-final. The final is scheduled just seven days later on Saturday July 23.

Meantime Skye defender Neil MacVicar faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a broken jaw in the previous week’s league win over Lochaber and joins Martin Pringle, Ruaraidh MacLeod in the islanders’ injury list.

Mowi National Division

Aberdour 1 Glenurquhart 2

Glenurquhart came from behind to beat Aberdour 2-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Sliver Sands.

David MacDougall gave the hosts the lead on 27 minutes but James MacPherson’s double on 44 and 60 minutes gave Glenurquhart both points.

Inveraray 3 Lochaber 0

Inveraray returned to their winning ways, scoring three times in the second half to beat Lochaber 3-0 at the Winterton.

Lochaber opened with a strong wind in their favour but were unable to make their advantage count.

Lewis MacNicol broke the deadlock on 58 minutes with his first goal of the season with Campbell Watt making it 2-0 on 67 minutes just after Fraser Watt’s penalty had been saved.

Campbell Watt then turned provider, finding his brother Fraser at the front post from a corner who shot across the keeper to make it 3-0 on 76 minutes.

Mowi North Division 1

Glengarry 13 Caberfeidh 2

Glengarry rattled in 13 goals to crush the Caberfeidh colts 13-2 at Craigard.

Caberfeidh went in front through Ruairidh MacLeman on two minutes but Nick Dalgety on seven minutes, Shaun Nicolson on 11 minutes and Rhuairaidh MacDonald’s goal on 18 minutes saw Glengarry in control.

Shaun Nicolson completed his hat-trick with efforts on 20 and 23 minutes to make it 5-1 and Nick Dalgety got his second on 32 minutes.

A second from Rhuairaidh MacDonald on 37 minutes, Nick Dalgety’s hat-strike strike on 39 minutes and a fourth from Shaun Nicolson on 42 minutes made it 9-1 at the turnaround.

Shaun Nicolson got his fifth a minute into the second half, whilst youngster Jack West scored for the second successive Saturday on 57 minutes.

Ian MacDonald gave Caberfeidh some consolation on 68 minutes but Shaun Nicolson was running riot, completing a double-hat-trick on 73 minutes, whilst Nick Dalgety got his fourth on 81 minutes to make it 13-2.

With the Single Team Competition Cup Final against Col Glen on Saturday July 16, Glengarry, who go third in the league, are hitting form at the right time.

Kinlochshiel 2 Glenurquhart 0

The Kinlochshiel juniors beat the Glenurquhart juniors 2-0 in their noon throw-up at Rèaraig.

Kieran Martin put the hosts ahead a couple of minutes after the hour with a great back-hand shot and Duncan MacMillan sealed victory on 87 minutes with a brilliant strike from right of the penalty spot.

Fort William 4 Lochcarron 0

The Fort William second team beat Lochcarron 4-0 at An Aird.

Fort William’s David Wright was suspended for this one but a quick-fire double from Cam Ross on 13 minutes and Jack Kearney a minute later had the hosts two up, whilst a second from Jack Kearney on 35 minutes made it 3-0 at the break.

Cam Ross got his second on 55 minutes to make it 4-0.

Newtonmore P Lovat P

The clash between the Newtonmore reserves and the Lovat reserves at the Eilan was postponed when Lovat were unable to field a team.

Kingussie P Skye Camanachd P

The match between the Kingussie colts and the Skye Camanachd colts at the Dell was called off on Friday because of a covid outbreak affecting several Skye players.

Mowi North Division 2

Strathglass 1 Inverness 0

The Strathglass seconds and the Inverness seconds played a rearranged fixture at Cannich on Wednesday June 22.

Ally MacAdams gave Strathglass the lead on seven minutes with what proved to be the only goal of the game.

Lochaber 0 Kilmallie 1

There was a reserve team derby between Lochaber and Kilmallie at Spean Bridge on Friday June 24.

The only goal of this 6.30pm throw-up came when Martyn Cameron gave Kilmallie the lead on 26 minutes.

Lochaber’s Innes Whyte was sent off by referee John Matheson with 12 minutes remaining.

Lochaber’s David Langan makes one of many valiant attempts at goal which were parried by the Kilmallie defence or goalkeeper Alexander Macniven during the reserve team derby between Lochaber and Kilmallie at Spean Bridge on June 24. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

Beauly 12 Strathglass 2

The Beauly colts were too strong for the Strathglass colts, winning 12-2 in their noon throw-up at Braeview Park.

Beauly led through Finlay MacLennan on eight minutes and Fraser Cameron a couple of minutes later.

Scott Cameron on 21 minutes and Fraser Cameron’s second 60 seconds later made it 4-0.

Robbie Stokes pulled a goal back on 31 minutes, only for Finlay MacLennan to get his second on 43 minutes meaning Beauly led 5-1 at half-time.

Michael Stokes pulled another back for Strathglass on 52 minutes, however, straight from the restart, Kyle McDonald made it 6-2 and he got his second on 53 minutes.

The goals kept flowing and Fraser Cameron completed his hat-trick on 57 minutes followed by a quick double from Lee Dunbar on 65 minutes then Finlay MacLennan’s hat-trick clincher on 66 minutes.

Callum Flynn rounded off the scoring with a brace on 77 and 79 minutes.

Lewis Camanachd w/o v Strathspey Camanachd

Lewis Camanachd were awarded the points when Strathspey Camanachd were unable to raise a team for their game at Shawbost.

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

Women’s Camanachd round-up

There were Women’s Camanachd Association national and regional fixtures with most games taking place on Sunday June 26.

Mowi National Division

Glasgow Mid Argyll 0 Badenoch 3

Kirsty Deans grabbed a second half hat-trick to give Badenoch a 3-0 win over Glasgow Mid Argyll in their 2pm throw-up at Yoker.

Lochaber 4 Aberdour 0

Lochaber beat Aberdour 4-0 in their noon throw-up at Spean Bridge.

Shannon Wilson scored twice, with Mairi Duncan and Katie Higgins getting the others.

Skye Camanachd w/o v Inverness

Inverness were unable to field a team for their match against Skye Camanachd at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, so the islanders were awarded the points.

Mowi North Division 2

Skye Camanachd B 1 Kinlochshiel A 6

Kinlochshiel defeated the Skye Camanachd second team 6-1 in their 7pm throw-up at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Thursday June 23.

Catherine Robertson scored for Skye but hat-tricks from Lexie MacKenzie and Lorna MacRae gave Kinlochshiel the points.

Lovat 6 Glengarry 2

Lovat defeated Glengarry 6-2 in their 2pm throw-up at Balgate.

Badenoch B P Strathglass P

The 1pm throw-up between Badenoch B and Strathglass at the Dell was called off as Strathglass were unable to raise a team.