The Shinty Round Up – Saturday July 2

Oban Camanachd's Malcom Clark gets past Fort William's Astie Cameron. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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There were important league wins for Glasgow Mid Argyll, Oban Camanachd and Kyles Athletic, whilst Inveraray reached the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup Final following the shinty action on Saturday July 2.

South shinty

Mowi Premiership

Fort William 0 Oban Camanachd 1

Daniel MacVicar’s goal after five minutes was enough to give Oban Camanachd a 1-0 win against Fort William as the sides met in the league for the second successive Saturday, this time in a 3pm throw-up at An Aird.

Arran MacPhee missed out for Fort William with a knee injury but Victor Smith returned to take a place on the bench. Alexander MacMillan was also missing.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans made one change to the starting 12 which beat Fort William 3-0 the previous week with Scott Robertson listed in place of Scott MacMillan who was on the bench along with Innes Jackson and David Cameron. Daniel Madej was on holiday.

There was a minute’s silence before referee Des McNulty got the match under way as those present marked the passing of Charlie Smith.

The An Aird pitch was in great condition but rain during the early stages made the surface slippery for the players.

The Oban side started well and Daniel MacVicar gave them the lead after five minutes. Evan MacLellan launched a hit-in from the right and Johnny Forster was penalised as he challenged Daniel MacVicar for the high ball. Malcolm Clark played a short free-hit back to Daniel MacVicar who swept the ball into the net, just inside keeper Paul MacKay’s right post. It was another important goal from MacVicar who is in a rich vein of form, scoring in five of Oban Camanachd’s last six matches.

The rain eased but the surface was left splashy in places and despite some marauding runs down the right wing by Evan MacLellan, Oban Camanachd were unable to add a second goal.

There were late chances at both ends and Fort William might have snatched a point at the end when Scott McKillop, who had a good game throughout, slipped on the greasy surface so Lewis Morrison’s ball forward found Victor Smith but his strike was saved with his feet and cleared by Cammy Sutherland.

Oban Camanachd finished on the attack and following a pacey Connor Howe run forward, it took a fine Ali MacRae block to prevent a shot goalwards as substitutes David Cameron and Innes Jackson combined.

The match was tousy and referee Des McNulty had his work cut out at times but he kept proceedings under control.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘The game turned into a bit of a battle. We weren’t at our best and we huffed and puffed at times, especially in the first half.

‘The goal was pleasing as it was a rehearsed move which Fraser Inglis works on with the boys at training.’

Next up for Oban Camanachd is a Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-final tie against Kinlochshiel at Rèaraig on Saturday. ‘It is a huge game,’ added Gareth. ‘Daniel Sloss and Evan MacLellan picked up foot injuries on Saturday but they should both be okay. Daniel MacVicar, Daniel Madej and Ross Campbell are all away on holiday. They are a huge loss but we go into the tie knowing what we are capable of.’

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Newtonmore 0

Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup winners Glasgow Mid Argyll moved out of the relegation zone, securing their first league win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Newtonmore in their noon throw-up at Peterson Park, Yoker.

GMA were without Oliver MacRae whilst Ewen Fraser and Ally McKerracher were both injured.

Newtonmore’s Max Campbell was banned.

John McNulty, who scored the cup final winner the previous week, made the difference once again with goals on 23 and 84 minutes.

His first came when he lost his marker and tucked the ball low in the corner of the net. Then the former Glenorchy man slipped the ball by Newtonmore keeper Kenny Ross following a good Brian Slattery run.

Kyles Athletic 2 Kilmallie 0

Kyles Athletic moved clear of the four teams battling relegation when they beat Kilmallie 2-0 at Tighnabruaich.

Roddy MacDonald and Andrew King returned for Kyles after missing the previous week’s Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final defeat to Glasgow Mid Argyll. However, manager Robert Baxter only had 12 available players so he listed himself as their only substitute.

Kilmallie were missing the suspended Sandy Corrigan and travelled without regulars Robbie McFadyen, Innes Blackhall, Stuart Callison, Ben MacKinnon, Aidan Love and Jay MacLeod. Calum MacDougall made a welcome return from injury.

Robbie MacLeod gave Kyles the lead on seven minutes, turning home a rebound after Kevin Toye had saved with his feet.

Finan Kennedy made it 2-0 on 65 minutes. There was a scramble around the penalty spot and Sorley Thomson slipped the ball wide where Finan Kennedy sent it goalwards. The ball seemed to get stuck between the keeper’s legs before spinning into the net.

Robert Baxter came off the bench to make a cameo appearance for the final 15 minutes, taking over from Sorley Thomson who suffered a painful injury.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup – Semi Final

Inveraray 3 Strathglass 2

Inveraray won through to the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup Final after beating Strathglass 3-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Jubilee Park, Ballachulish.

Allan MacDonald played in Fraser Watt to give Inveraray the lead on seven minutes with a quick-fire double from Lewis MacNicol on 36 minutes and another from Fraser Watt 60 seconds later making it 3-0.

Allan MacDonald was again the supplier for MacNicol’s goal, whilst Watt’s second was an effort from distance.

Strathglass fought back after the re-start, a brilliant volley from Ruaraidh Strachan making it 3-1 on 54 minutes, with Penri Jones cutting the deficit to a single goal with 15 minutes remaining.

Inveraray stayed in front though and now sit tight to find out their final opponents with Beauly and Skye scheduled to meet in the quarter-finals on Saturday July 16 and Col Glen awaiting the winners in the other semi-finals.

The final was scheduled to take place on Saturday July 23 but will be delayed.

Mowi South Division 1

Ballachulish 5 Cruachanside 2

Ballachulish beat Cruachanside for the third time this season, winning 5-2 at Jubilee Park on Wednesday June 29.

Cruachanside included new signings Scott Livingstone, Robbie Brown and 41-year old Gary Innes with Camanachd Cup winner Innes scoring twice from the full forward position.

Ballachullish were missing John MacDonald but they had Lorne Brown back and David Grant’s double and a hat-trick from the impressive Pat MacLean gave them victory.

Speaking afterwards, Gary Innes said: ‘It is the first time I’ve played a game of shinty since 2014 when I played with Fort William. I moved to Taynuilt a couple of years ago so it was nice to help out as the boys were short for tonight’s game. I can play again on Saturday, if selected, but musical commitments with Manran will keep me busy for the rest of the season. I really enjoyed playing again but whether my body will be okay tomorrow is another thing.’

Col Glen 5 Kyles Athletic 0

Col Glen remain top of the division after defeating the Kyles Athletic juniors 5-0 in their derby at Glendaruel.

Andrew MacVicar broke the deadlock on 33 minutes and the hosts put themselves in a match-winning position late in the half.

First, on 43 minutes, referee Craig Scott awarded Col Glen a penalty and Christopher Blair stepped up to score from the spot against his former club. A minute later, Christopher Blair got his second goal of the game to make it 3-1 at the break.

Neily McNaughton on 67 minutes and Sandy Paterson on 76 minutes made the final score 5-0.

Cruachanside 4 Lochside Rovers 4

Cruachanside and Lochside Rovers enjoyed a ding-dong battle before eventually sharing the points in a 4-4 draw at Taynuilt Sports Field.

Gary Innes showed no ill-effects from his outing earlier in the week when he gave Cruachanside the lead on three minutes but Lewis Buchanan is proving a real asset to Lochside Rovers since his return from football and he levelled a couple of minutes later.

Jordan Kerr put Lochside ahead on 20 minutes but Gary Innes notched his second on 28 minutes to make it 2-2. Conor Sartain scored on 41 minutes to give Cruachanside a 3-2 advantage at half-time.

Lochside drew level for a second time though Lewis Buchanan a minute after the re-start and Buchanan completed his hat-trick to put the Oban side back in front on 52 minutes.

The end-to-end nature of the contest continued as Conor Sartain got his second three minutes later to make it 4-4 but there was no further scoring during the final 35 minutes.

Gary Innes, right, back playing shinty after eight-years, lined up for Cruachanside against Lochside on Saturday at Taynuilt. Camanachd Cup winner Gary, pictured with David Lafferty of Lochside, scored two goals in the match which finished 4-4. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Bute 2

The Glasgow Mid Argyll second team and the Bute first team drew 2-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Peterson Park.

The islanders took the lead through Josh Cowan on eight minutes but Ross Brown on 37 minutes and Cailean MacInnes on 41 minutes turned the game GMA’s way.

Bute’s Marcus Planck made it 2-2 on 61 minutes and that’s the way it stayed until referee Alex MacVicar blew for time.

GMA stay second in the league, two points ahead of the islanders who have three games in hand.

Mowi South Division 2

Oban Celtic 5 Inveraray 1

The Oban Celtic second team were 5-1 winners in their match against the Inveraray second team at Mossfield on Thursday June 30.

The 7pm throw-up was just a couple of minutes old when Lennon Campbell scored from 10 yards to give the hosts the lead.

Pearce MacBeth added a second on seven minutes and Oban Celtic’s quick passing continued to create chances with Lennon Campbell completing his hat-trick with efforts on 11 and 32 minutes.

Inveraray’s Euan Donnan scored his fifth goal in four matches on 67 minutes but Joe MacVicar’s deflected effort three minutes from time made the final score 5-1.

Bute 2 Strachur-Dunoon 1

The Bute juniors came from behind to beat Strachur-Dunoon 2-1 at the Meadows.

Ian McLennan netted on 19 minutes to put Strachur-Dunoon ahead but goals before the break from Neil McKirdy on 39 minutes and William Boag a couple of minutes later mean the islanders stay fourth in the league.

Uddingston P Oban Celtic P

Uddingston’s match with the Oban Celtic second team will be rescheduled.

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

Women’s Camanachd Association round up

The Women’s Camanachd Association three-day residential shinty camp took place at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, last weekend so there were no league or cup fixtures.

North shinty

There were important league wins for Kingussie and Kinlochshiel, whilst Inveraray reached the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup Final following the shinty action on Saturday July 2.

Mowi Premiership

Fort William 0 Oban Camanachd 1

Daniel MacVicar’s goal after five minutes was enough to give Oban Camanachd a 1-0 win against Fort William as the sides met in the league for the second successive Saturday, this time in a 3pm throw-up at An Aird.

Arran MacPhee missed out for Fort William with a knee injury but Victor Smith returned to take a place on the bench. Alexander MacMillan was also missing.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans made one change to the starting 12 which beat Fort William 3-0 the previous week with Scott Robertson listed in place of Scott MacMillan who was on the bench along with Innes Jackson and David Cameron. Daniel Madej was on holiday.

There was a minute’s silence before referee Des McNulty got the match under way as those present marked the passing of Charlie Smith.

The An Aird pitch was in great condition but rain during the early stages made the surface slippery for the players.

The Oban side started well and Daniel MacVicar gave them the lead after five minutes. Evan MacLellan launched a hit-in from the right and Johnny Forster was penalised as he challenged Daniel MacVicar for the high ball. Malcolm Clark played a short free-hit back to Daniel MacVicar who swept the ball into the net, just inside keeper Paul MacKay’s right post. It was another important goal from MacVicar who is in a rich vein of form, scoring in five of Oban Camanachd’s last six matches.

The rain eased but the surface was left splashy in places and despite some marauding runs down the right wing by Evan MacLellan, Oban Camanachd were unable to add a second goal.

There were late chances at both ends and Fort William might have snatched a point at the end when Scott McKillop, who had a good game throughout, slipped on the greasy surface so Lewis Morrison’s ball forward found Victor Smith but his strike was saved with his feet and cleared by Cammy Sutherland.

Oban Camanachd finished on the attack and following a pacey Connor Howe run forward, it took a fine Ali MacRae block to prevent a shot goalwards as substitutes David Cameron and Innes Jackson combined.

The match was tousy and referee Des McNulty had his work cut out at times but he kept proceedings under control.

Fort William captain Calum Shepherd said: ‘It was another defeat which we can’t be too happy with but considering the way the season has gone, with bad luck, injuries and players missing, we had to pick ourselves up and put out the best performance we could. We really did that and fought all the way and could have nicked a draw at the end.’

Fort William president James Tangney added: ‘It’s disappointing not to get a result, but we can’t fault the boys’ effort. It was tough in the wind and rain in the first half, but they stuck with it after conceding the early goal so there are lots of positives to take from the game.’

Kinlochshiel 4 Caberfeidh 0

Kinlochshiel scored twice in each half to see off Caberfeidh 4-0 in their noon throw-up at Rèaraig.

Archie MacRae’s back injury was Kinlochshiel’s only significant absentee. Caberfeidh’s Kevin Bartlett returned to the starting line-up but work commitments ruled out Ben MacDonald.

Kinlochshiel, playing towards the Kyle end of the ground, attacked from the throw-up but Caberfeidh created a great chance when Craig Morrison’s ball from the left was played on by Ally MacLennan to Kevin Bartlett, who lost his marker on the right, but Bartlett got under the ball and sent his shot over the bar.

A dangerous ball from Mark MacDonald, who took time off from marking Craig Morrison, dropped into the ‘D’ but Caberfeidh keeper Iain McCall stretched low to sweep the ball away with his hand away for a corner.

Another Caberfeidh attack saw Craig Morrison blast a ball from the right goalwards but Josh Grant saved well.

Kinlochshiel hit the front on 25 minutes when a wonderful diagonal pass from John MacRae picked out Jordan Fraser’s run at the heart of the defence and he lifted the ball by the keeper to make it 1-0.

The home side doubled their lead a couple of minutes later. This time Keith MacRae sent John MacRae bursting goalwards and when keeper McCall came off his line, he missed the chance to clear allowing John MacRae to roll the ball into the net.

The home side almost added a third when Ali Nixon won possession from Blair Morrison on the right and he fed Jordan Fraser but Iain McCall made a great save, turning the ball away for a corner.

Iain McCall then made a great diving save to his right to foil John MacRae before getting in the way to thwart Ali Nixon from the rebound so it remained 2-0 at the break.

Kinlochshiel, with full centre Donald Nixon excellent throughout, got the third goal they craved on 62 minutes when Jordan Fraser swept a ball from the right into the net from the front of the ‘D’.

Caberfeidh were forced into a reshuffle when full back Ryan Symonds limped off injured.

Iain McCall was again in action when he blocked a point-blank effort from substitute David Falconer, who had replaced Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae from the start of the second half.

On 71 minutes, Iain McCall made a good stop by his left post to keep out Jordan Fraser’s shot but John MacRae finished well to make it 4-0.

There was a flashpoint for referee Calum Girvan to deal with when John MacRae appeared to swipe towards a grounded Connor MacGregor. MacRae escaped with a yellow card and was substituted shortly after.

Caberfeidh had their moments in the game but showed a reluctance to shoot at times. They also found the Kinlochshiel backline at the top of their game.

Kingussie 6 Lovat 3

Kingussie displayed their title credentials when a powerful first half performance sent them on the way to a 6-3 victory over fellow title challengers Lovat at the Dell.

A devastating first half performance blew Lovat away with Ruairidh Anderson opening the scoring after four minutes with a turn and shot high into the net.

Roddy Young added a second on 11 minutes, rounding keeper Stuart MacDonald to score. It got even better for the home support on 18 minutes when James Falconer made it 3-0 after dispossessing Drew Howie.

Lovat just couldn’t cope with Kingussie’s movement in attack and Ruairidh Anderson made a deep run to apply the finishing touch to James Falconer’s pass on 28 minutes.

Fraser Heath pulled a goal back on the half-hour but, three minutes later, Roddy Young got his second as he turned home a rebound after Savio Genini had hit the post.

Kingussie led 5-1 at the turnaround and the final outcome was already beyond Lovat.

Greg Matheson struck on 73 and 84 minutes to make it 5-3 but there was still time for Roddy Young to clinch his third hat-trick in successive matches, scoring from a tight angle to make it 6-3 on 87 minutes.

Although they have some tricky games to come, few would now bet against Kingussie retaining their Mowi Premiership title in this form.

Lee Riddoch, Kingussie, left, and Bailey MacKay, Lovat. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Newtonmore 0

Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup winners Glasgow Mid Argyll moved out of the relegation zone, securing their first league win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Newtonmore in their noon throw-up at Peterson Park, Yoker.

GMA were without Oliver MacRae whilst Ewen Fraser and Ally McKerracher were both injured.

Newtonmore’s Max Campbell was banned.

John McNulty, who scored the cup final winner the previous week, made the difference once again with goals on 23 and 84 minutes.

His first came when he lost his marker and tucked the ball low in the corner of the net. Then the former Glenorchy man slipped the ball by Newtonmore keeper Kenny Ross following a good Brian Slattery run.

Kyles Athletic 2 Kilmallie 0

Kyles Athletic moved clear of the four teams battling relegation when they beat Kilmallie 2-0 at Tighnabruaich.

Roddy MacDonald and Andrew King returned for Kyles after missing the previous week’s Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final defeat to Glasgow Mid Argyll. However, manager Robert Baxter only had 12 available players so he listed himself as their only substitute.

Kilmallie were missing the suspended Sandy Corrigan and travelled without regulars Robbie McFadyen, Innes Blackhall, Stuart Callison, Ben MacKinnon, Aidan Love and Jay MacLeod. Calum MacDougall made a welcome return from injury.

Robbie MacLeod gave Kyles the lead on seven minutes, turning home a rebound after Kevin Toye had saved with his feet.

Finan Kennedy made it 2-0 on 65 minutes. There was a scramble around the penalty spot and Sorley Thomson slipped the ball wide where Finan Kennedy sent it goalwards. The ball seemed to get stuck between the keeper’s legs before spinning into the net.

Robert Baxter came off the bench to make a cameo appearance for the final 15 minutes, taking over from Sorley Thomson who suffered a painful injury.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup – semi final

Inveraray 3 Strathglass 2

Inveraray won through to the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup Final after beating Strathglass 3-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Jubilee Park, Ballachulish.

Allan MacDonald played in Fraser Watt to give Inveraray the lead on seven minutes with a quick-fire double from Lewis MacNicol on 36 minutes and another from Fraser Watt 60 seconds later making it 3-0.

Allan MacDonald was again the supplier for MacNicol’s goal, whilst Watt’s second was an effort from distance.

Strathglass fought back after the re-start, a brilliant volley from Ruaraidh Strachan making it 3-1 on 54 minutes, with Penri Jones cutting the deficit to a single goal with 15 minutes remaining.

Inveraray stayed in front though and now sit tight to find out their final opponents with Beauly and Skye scheduled to meet in the quarter-finals on Saturday July 16 and Col Glen awaiting the winners in the other semi-finals.

The final was scheduled to take place on Saturday July 23 but will be delayed.

Mowi North Division 1

Kinlochshiel 3 Glengarry 2

The Kinlochshiel second team climbed above Glengarry into second place in the table after beating the Craigard side 3-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Rèaraig.

There were some good match-ups all over the pitch as Kinlochshiel deployed Duncan Matheson, who played for the seniors earlier in the day, directly against Glengarry danger man Shaun Nicolson. Arran Jack picked up Rhuairaidh MacDonald whilst Colin MacDiarmid and Steven Cameron clashed in a no-holds-barred tussle in the middle of the park.

Glengarry keeper Gordon MacDonald was unavailable so Martin Cameron took over in goal.

Glengarry started well and Kinlochshiel keeper Calum MacMillan saved well from Rhuaridh MacDonald at the expense of a corner.

It was then Kinlochshiel’s turn to attack and some good goalkeeping from Martin Cameron kept them at bay until 16 minutes when Iain MacDonald scored with a low effort from outside the ‘D’ on the right following a corner from the left.

Glengarry levelled on 27 minutes as Nick Dalgety’s 20-yard shot from the right seemed to take a deflection on the way into the net.

Glengarry continued to press but when Kinlochshiel broke forward on 37 minutes, they regained the lead and it was Iain MacDonald who struck again, relishing in his role in attack. MacDonald finished with a turn and shot, low into the far corner of the goal from the left of the ‘D’ following a move down the left wing.

Straight from the restart, Kinlochshiel went back on the attack and Iain MacDonald completed his hat-trick to make it 3-1 at the turnaround.

Nick Dalgety notched his second seven minutes from time but Kinlochshiel stayed in front to take the points.

Lochcarron 3 Caberfeidh 0

Father and son combo Gregor Cushnie and Kenny Cushnie made the difference once again as Lochcarron beat Caberfeidh’s second team 3-0 in their 2pm throw-up at Battery Park.

Gregor Cushnie scored on 10 minutes and again on the hour, either side of a Kenny Cushnie effort on the half-hour.

Lovat 1 Skye Camanachd 6

The Skye Camanachd colts leapfrog the Lovat colts in the table after winning 6-1 in their clash at Balgate.

Cameron MacMillan scored for the home side but a hat-trick from Angus Gilpin and efforts from Archie Millar, Alastair Macleod and Connor Gilpin gave Skye both points.

Glenurquhart P Newtonmore P

Heavy rain ahead of throw-up resulted in the postponement of the second team encounter between Glenurquhart and Newtonmore at Blairbeg.

Fort William P Inverness P

The noon throw-up between the Fort William second team and Inverness first team at An Aird was a covid related postponement.

Mowi North Division 2

Boleskine 1 Aberdeen University 3

Second-placed Aberdeen University were 3-1 winners against bottom side Boleskine at Smith Park.

The visitors took the lead on three minutes through former Lovat player Jamie Buchan and Jebby Remegio made it 2-0 on 40 minutes.

Jebby Remegio got his second on 65 minutes and although Sean Fraser pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time, the students took the points.

Lewis Camanachd 4 Inverness 2

Lewis Camanachd came from behind twice to climb to fifth in the league after beating the Inverness second team 4-2 at Shawbost.

Iain Hunter gave the Highland capital side the lead on five minutes but Donnie MacRae equalised with a debut goal on 10 minutes.

Findlay Calder put Inverness back in front on 23 minutes before Lewis stalwart Paul Duke took centre stage, rattling in a hat-trick with goals on 54, 57 and 66 minutes to make it 4-2.

Strathspey Camanachd 1 Lochaber 0

Strathspey Camanachd beat the Lochaber seconds 1-0 at Grantown Grammar School.

Strathspey’s Calum MacKintosh scored the only goal of the game on 75 minutes.

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

Women’s Camanachd Association round up

The Women’s Camanachd Association three-day residential shinty camp took place at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, last weekend so there were no league or cup fixtures.