Shinty round up – Saturday July 23

Fort William v Caberfeidh: Fort William's Lewis Morrison, left, and Lewis Clark come close to scoring in the Caberfeidh goalmouth. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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South shinty

Mowi Premiership

Oban Camanachd 4 Lovat 1

Oban Camanachd turned in a sparkling second half performance to beat Lovat 4-1 at Mossfield.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans welcomed back Scott McKillop, Daniel MacVicar, Ross Campbell and Daniel Madej, the latter starting on the bench. Scott MacMillan served a one-match suspension for a disciplinary points accumulation whilst Connor Howe and Evan MacLellan were on holiday.

Lovat’s Greg Matheson faces a spell on the sidelines with an arm fracture, whilst Callum Cruden was sent off when playing for the club’s second team the previous weekend. The red card adds to his disciplinary points accumulation meaning he will be banned for five second team games and cannot feature for the senior side until the suspension is served.

Lovat boss Jamie Matheson was forced into an early change when Scott McKillop’s swing accidently caught Marc MacLachlan on the side of the face resulting in the loss of  a couple of teeth. MacLachlan visited hospital but returned to the field in the second half.

Daniel MacVicar scored a well-worked goal on 10 minutes. MacVicar started the move when he dropped into midfield to exchange passes with Blair MacFarlane before finding Scott Robertson on the wing. Robertson sent the ball up the line to David Cameron and Ross Campbell ran to the front post to flick the ball on. With Daniel MacVicar continuing his run from the middle of the park to the back post, he showed great composure and flicked the ball by the advancing Lovat keeper into the corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Lovat came back into the game but they couldn’t breach the Oban Camanachd defence with Daniel Sloss, marking Lovat danger man Fraser Heath, and Craig Easton, both outstanding.

When they did get shots on goal, Lovat found Cammy Sutherland in inspired form. He made a couple of great saves, one in particular with his stick denying Fraser Heath.

There was a melee inside the Oban Camanachd ‘D’ on 62 minutes with Daniel MacVicar penalised for a push leading to referee Willie MacDonald pointing to the spot. Fraser Heath took the penalty and although he didn’t strike the ball as cleanly as he would have liked, the ball spun in off Cammy Sutherland’s right foot.

Oban Camanachd introduced Daniel Madej and Innes Jackson for Ross Campbell and Louie MacFarlane, which seemed to lift the side, and they regained the lead three  minutes later. Daniel Madej sent a good ball across goal from wide on the right and Malcolm Clark came in at the back post to crash a great shot into the roof of the net.

Malcolm Clark got his second and Oban Camanachd’s third with 10 minutes remaining when, following Daniel Madej’s free-hit after Innes Jackson had been fouled, Clark ran onto the ball before sending a 25-yard drive high into the top corner of the net past Stuart MacDonald to make it 3-1.

The hosts introduced Jamie Anderson for Scott Robertson during the latter stages of the game and Daniel Madej sealed the win with the goal of the match on 83 minutes. Madej met Scott Robertson’s high ball above his head, smashing an unstoppable volley over the keeper to make it 4-1.

The win lifts Oban Camanachd above Lovat to fourth in the table, although Lovat have games in hand.

Gareth Evans said: ‘We scored some very good goals and considering we were missing three regular starters, I’m really pleased. Lovat have been a bogey team for us in the past and I think this is our first win against them since 2017.

‘We looked strong and fit. The boys are all training hard and we have a first team squad of around 18 players, which is encouraging.’

This Saturday, Kyles Athletic visit Mossfield to play Oban Camanachd in the Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-finals. Evans added: ‘We’re hitting form at just the right time with the two big semi-finals coming up. We’ve only lost three goals in the last 11 matches and one of them was a penalty. We will have a full squad for the semi with Kyles with the exception of Scott McKillop. Daniel Cameron needed three stitches in a cheekbone gash following Saturday’s match but he will be fine. It is a game we are all looking forward to.’

Kyles are likely to be missing captain Innes MacDonald who suffered a hand injury in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-final win over Glasgow Mid Argyll.

The other semi-final between Kingussie and Lovat takes place at Braeview Park, Beauly, this weekend.

Oban Camanachd have their designated ‘free Saturday’ on August 6 whilst, in a break with tradition, they play their Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final against Kingussie at An Aird, Fort William, on Sunday August 14. Throw-up is at 4.05pm.

The other semi-final between Lovat and Kyles Athletic will also be played at An Aird. It takes place a week earlier on Saturday August 6, throw up 4.05pm.

Both semi-finals will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup – semi-final

Col Glen 0 Beauly 8

Beauly will play Inveraray in this year’s Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup Final after they defeated Col Glen 8-0 at Jubilee Park, Ballachulish.

David MacLean gave Beauly the lead on six minutes, with Euan MacCormick adding a second on 26 minutes.

Robbie Brindle’s quick-fire double on 43 and 45 minutes put the tie beyond Col Glen.

Sean Stewart added two more on 50 and 64 minutes to make it 6-0, whilst David MacLean got his second a minute later.

Calum Flynn rounded things off on 82 minutes to set up next month’s final clash with Inveraray.

Craig Scott was the match referee.

Ryan McKay, Beauly, and Sandy Paterson, Col Glen, with arms entwined battle for possession of the ball during their Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup semi-final on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.
Mowi National Division

Oban Celtic 2 Glenurquhart 1

Oban Celtic beat Glenurquhart for the second time this season, winning 2-1 at Ganavan.

Oban Celtic manager Dougie MacIntyre included Kieran Gallagher and Iain MacKechnie but Craig MacMillan started a four-match suspension.

Glenurquhart had Connor Golabek and Lachie Smith available again.

Ewen Campbell gave Celtic the lead on 37 minutes and it remained 1-0 until late in the match.

Referee Graham Cameron awarded the home side a penalty on 81 minutes and Lennon Campbell stepped up to score from the spot.

Glenurquhart pulled a goal back through Connor Golabek with a couple of minutes remaining but Oban Celtic took the points, just as they did at Blairbeg in June.

Craig MacDougall and Kieran Gallagher were both excellent for the home side who welcome bottom side Aberdour on Saturday.

MKM Building Supplies Oban Bullough Cup – semi final

Kilmory 2 Bute 1

Kilmory are through to the MKM Building Supplies Oban Bullough Cup Final after Sandy Leiper’s last minute goal sealed a 2-1 win against the Bute second team in their 2pm throw-up at MacRae Park.

Sandy Leiper put Kilmory ahead on 25 minutes, only for Ruaridh Soane to level with five minutes remaining.

However, Sandy Leiper got what proved to be the winner with another excellent finish on 90 minutes to send Kilmory through to the final where they will play the Glasgow Mid Argyll second team on Saturday August 27.

Lachie Wood was the semi-final referee.

Mowi South Division 1

Tayforth 2 Lochside Rovers 1

Tayforth won their first league game of the season when they beat Lochside Rovers 2-1 at Silversands.

Donald MacInnes put Tayforth ahead on 18 minutes but Jordan Kerr levelled on 35 minutes. Tayforth’s Neil Shearer got the winner five minutes from time.

Bute P Ballachulish P

Ballachulish were unable to field a team for their clash with league leaders Bute at the Meadows.

The fixture will be rescheduled and Ballachullish have been deducted two points.

Mowi South Division 2

Uddingston 1 Oban Celtic 8

The Oban Celtic second team swept bottom side Uddingston away with an 8-1 victory at Peterson Park.

Both sides were short of players with veteran Les Kinvig Oban Celtic’s only substitute.

Uddingston took the lead through Neil Sutherland on 12 minutes.

The visitors were forced into a substitution on 15 minutes when John Turnbull landed awkwardly on the hard surface and injured his back. A reshuffle ensued with Les Kinvig coming on at full back with the rest of the back line made up of Hannah MacDonald, Joe MacVicar and usual keeper Robbie MacKay in front of goalie Allan Duffy.

With Stephen Campbell conducting Oban Celtic’s attacking play from the full forward position, Gabriel Tidser levelled on 17 minutes.

Stephen Campbell gave the Oban side the lead on 19 minutes with Gabriel Tidser getting his second on 23 minutes.

Stephen Campbell got his second a couple of minutes later, with Gabriel Tidser completing his hat-trick on 31 minutes to make it 4-1 at the break.

The young Oban Celtic attackers were linking up well with the more experienced Stephen Campbell and, a minute after the restart, Duncan MacEwan scored for the second successive Saturday and he got his second on 62 minutes.

Thirteen-year-old Iain Duffy rounded off the scoring when he followed up on his strike against Strachur-Dunoon the previous week with a goal on 77 minutes, staking a claim as one of shinty’s youngest goalscorers.

The match was refereed by Glasgow Mid Argyll first team manager Alan MacRae.

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

Women’s Camanachd Association
Mowi National Division

Inverness 2 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Goals from Joni-Kate Reid and Katie McMillan gave Inverness a 2-1 win over Glasgow Mid Argyll in their 2pm throw-up at the Bught Park.

Aberdour 2 Ardnamurchan 5
Ardnamurchan won 5-2 against Aberdour in their 12.30pm throw-up at Silversands.
Isla MacLean and Niamh Donnelly scored for the home side but four-goal Hannah MacDonald and Lisa Ford gave Ardnamurchan victory.

Mowi South Division 2

Dunadd P Oban P

Dunadd’s match against Oban was postponed and will be played at a later date.

Youth shinty

Shinty camp successes

Scotland’s top youth players gathered at the Camanachd Association’s National Performance Shinty Camp at Strathallan School, Perthshire.

The camp, sponsored by MacDonald & Cameron, attracted 86 players. Promising Fort William player Cam Stephen was named player of the camp. Cam was described as being a classy player with a fantastic attitude who put in a brilliant effort in drills and games. He is also a fantastic role model for younger players.

Kilmallie second team keeper Alexander MacNiven, a hard worker with a great attitude, was presented with the most committed player award.

Brendan Sweeney from Uddingston was the most improved player. A quick learner, he was keen to put his learning into practice during games and drills and showed a fantastic attitude all week.

North shinty
Mowi Premiership

Kingussie 3 Newtonmore 3

Kingussie dropped their first point of the season when they drew 3-3 with neighbours Newtonmore in their 3pm throw-up at the Dell.

James Falconer gave Kingussie an early advantage with a goal on five minutes, blasting the ball over keeper Kenny Ross from a central position.

Kingussie scored again on 22 minutes when Roddy Young held off defenders to net from a tight angle on the right of the ‘D’ after Kenny Ross had saved well from James Falconer.

Iain Robinson pulled a goal back on 28 minutes, taking Craig MacIsaac’s pass and making space before driving a 28-yard drive into the corner of the goal.

When Savio Genini made it 3-1 on 62 minutes, it looked good for Kingussie. Genini scored on his back-hand, shooting across the keeper from wide on the right.

Newtonmore had other ideas, however, and four minutes later, Iain Robinson won possession on the right before firing high into the goal.

Iain Robinson completed his hat-trick on 81 minutes, turning and shooting into the top corner of the net at the second attempt from around the penalty spot to make it 3-3 and earn Newtonmore a share of the points.

As well as being a league game, the sides were also contesting the Sir Tom MacPherson Trophy which Kingussie won 3-2 after a penalty shoot-out. The trophy was presented to Kingussie skipper Savio Genini by Lady Jean MacPherson.

Newtonmore’s Iain Robinson holds off the challenge from Kieran Macpherson, Kingussie, during the Mowi Premiership match played at the Dell on Saturday. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Oban Camanachd 4 Lovat 1

Oban Camanachd turned in a sparkling second half performance to beat Lovat 4-1 at Mossfield.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans welcomed back Scott McKillop, Daniel MacVicar, Ross Campbell and Daniel Madej, the latter starting on the bench. Scott MacMillan served a one-match suspension for a disciplinary points accumulation whilst Connor Howe and Evan MacLellan were on holiday.

Lovat’s Greg Matheson faces a spell on the sidelines with an arm fracture, whilst Callum Cruden was sent off when playing for the club’s second team the previous weekend. The red card adds to his disciplinary points accumulation meaning he will be banned for five second team games and cannot feature for the senior side until the suspension is served.

Lovat boss Jamie Matheson was forced into an early change when Scott McKillop’s swing accidently caught Marc MacLachlan on the side of the face resulting in the loss of  a couple of teeth. MacLachlan visited hospital but returned to the field in the second half.

Daniel MacVicar scored a well-worked goal on 10 minutes. MacVicar started the move when he dropped into midfield to exchange passes with Blair MacFarlane before finding Scott Robertson on the wing. Robertson sent the ball up the line to David Cameron and Ross Campbell ran to the front post to flick the ball on. With Daniel MacVicar continuing his run from the middle of the park to the back post, he showed great composure and flicked the ball by the advancing Lovat keeper into the corner of the net to make it 1-0.

Lovat came back into the game but they couldn’t breach the Oban Camanachd defence with Daniel Sloss, marking Lovat danger man Fraser Heath, and Craig Easton, both outstanding.

When they did get shots on goal, Lovat found Cammy Sutherland in inspired form. He made a couple of great saves, one in particular with his stick denying Fraser Heath.

There was a melee inside the Oban Camanachd ‘D’ on 62 minutes with Daniel MacVicar penalised for a push leading to referee Willie MacDonald pointing to the spot. Fraser Heath took the penalty and although he didn’t strike the ball as cleanly as he would have liked, the ball spun in off Cammy Sutherland’s right foot.

Oban Camanachd introduced Daniel Madej and Innes Jackson for Ross Campbell and Louie MacFarlane, which seemed to lift the side, and they regained the lead three  minutes later. Daniel Madej sent a good ball across goal from wide on the right and Malcolm Clark came in at the back post to crash a great shot into the roof of the net.

Malcolm Clark got his second and Oban Camanachd’s third with 10 minutes remaining when, following Daniel Madej’s free-hit after Innes Jackson had been fouled, Clark ran onto the ball before sending a 25-yard drive high into the top corner of the net past Stuart MacDonald to make it 3-1.

The hosts introduced Jamie Anderson for Scott Robertson during the latter stages of the game and Daniel Madej sealed the win with the goal of the match on 83 minutes. Madej met Scott Robertson’s high ball above his head, smashing an unstoppable volley over the keeper to make it 4-1.

The win lifts Oban Camanachd above Lovat to fourth in the table, although Lovat have games in hand.

This Saturday, Kyles Athletic visit Mossfield to play Oban Camanachd in the Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-finals.

Kyles are likely to be missing captain Innes MacDonald who suffered a hand injury in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-final win over Glasgow Mid Argyll.

The other semi-final between Kingussie and Lovat takes place at Braeview Park, Beauly, this weekend.

Both semi-finals will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

Fort William 0 Caberfeidh 4

Caberfeidh moved clear of the relegation zone after beating Fort William 4-0 at An Aird.

Kevin Bartlett on 23 minutes and Craig Morrison three minutes later gave Caberfeidh a 2-0 interval advantage.

Craig Morrison completed his hat-trick after finding the net on 47 and 90 minutes.

Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup – semi-final

Col Glen 0 Beauly 8

Beauly will play Inveraray in this year’s Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup Final after they defeated Col Glen 8-0 at Jubilee Park, Ballachulish.

David MacLean gave Beauly the lead on six minutes, with Euan MacCormick adding a second on 26 minutes.

Robbie Brindle’s quick-fire double on 43 and 45 minutes put the tie beyond Col Glen.

Sean Stewart added two more on 50 and 64 minutes to make it 6-0, whilst David MacLean got his second a minute later.

Calum Flynn rounded things off on 82 minutes to set up next month’s final clash with Inveraray.

Craig Scott was the match referee.

Mowi National Division

Skye Camanachd 4 Strathglass 0

Skye Camanachd scored twice early in each half to beat Strathglass 4-0 in their 3pm throw-up at a wet Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye manager Kenny Macleod named an unchanged side as the islanders looked to bounce back from two cup defeats.

Strathglass player/manger Donald Fraser returned after missing the previous week’s defeat to Glenurquhart, but he was without several players including keeper Alan Todd, Michael Stokes, Scott Douglas, Steven Hyslop, Colin Birnie and Ruairidh Strachan.

Skye attacked from the throw-up and when the visitors failed to clear out of defence, Ross Gordon turned the ball home to give Skye the lead after just 40 seconds.

Ross Gordon then turned provider as his ball from the left picked out Taylor Matheson and the Scotland under-17 player made it 2-0 with three minutes played.

Skye enjoyed most of the first half pressure but were unable to add to their tally. They were almost made to pay on the stroke of half-time when Penri Jones spurned a great chance at the back post to half the deficit.

Referee Iain Kennedy awarded Skye a penalty a minute after the re-start. Stand-in keeper Allan MacLeod came forward to clear a ball inside the ‘D’ but the ball came off his foot. Will Cowie sent a perfect penalty low by the keeper.

Skye had pushed John Gillies forward and he made it 4-0 a couple of minutes later. The goal owed much to Ross Gordon’s persistence to win possession to the left of the ‘D’ with Gillies striking the ball low into the net.

With nine league games still to play, Skye climb to third in the table. They visit second placed Lochaber on Saturday.

Oban Celtic 2 Glenurquhart 1

Oban Celtic beat Glenurquhart for the second time this season, winning 2-1 at Ganavan.

Oban Celtic manager Dougie MacIntyre included Kieran Gallagher and Iain MacKechnie but Craig MacMillan started a four-match suspension.

Glenurquhart had Connor Golabek and Lachie Smith available again.

Ewen Campbell gave Celtic the lead on 37 minutes and it remained 1-0 until late in the match.

Referee Graham Cameron awarded the home side a penalty on 81 minutes and Lennon Campbell stepped up to score from the spot.

Glenurquhart pulled a goal back through Connor Golabek with a couple of minutes remaining but Oban Celtic took the points, just as they did at Blairbeg in June.

Craig MacDougall and Kieran Gallagher were both excellent for the home side who welcome bottom side Aberdour on Saturday.

Mowi North Division 1

Inverness P Newtonmore P

The Inverness first team and the Newtonmore second team were to meet in a 7pm throw-up at the Bught Park on Thursday July 21 but the match will now be played at a later date.

Skye Camanachd 1 Newtonmore 7

The Newtonmore seconds are still in the title race after beating the Skye Camanachd seconds 7-1 in their noon throw-up at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Glen MacKintosh gave Newtonmore the lead on 12 minutes before Craig MacLeod smashed the ball home at the back post following a corner from the right on 15 minutes. Glen MacKintosh rolled the ball home following a set-piece a minute later before MacKintosh set up Evan Menzies to make it 4-0 on 29 minutes.

Glen MacKintosh completed his hat-trick on 46 minutes and Tristan Ross scored with a spectacular volley on 52 minutes. It was Tristan Ross again on 80 minutes before Iain MacInnes gave Skye some consolation with a goal on the stroke of full-time.

Caberfeidh 1 Lovat 2

The Lovat seconds edged out the Caberfeidh seconds 2-1 at Castle Leod.

Sergio Thomson scored on 31 minutes to put Lovat ahead but, with 15 minutes remaining, Ruairidh MacLeman made it 1-1 to give bottom side Caberfeidh hope of a point. However, with just six minutes to go, player/manager Raymond Rennie gave Lovat both points.

Lochcarron 0 Kinlochshiel 3

The Kinlochshiel second team go top of the division after beating Lochcarron 3-0 in their derby at Battery Park.

Archie MacRae made the difference with a hat-trick on 14, 41 and 80 minutes.

Glengarry 4 Fort William 1

Glengarry scored three times in the final 20 minutes to beat the Fort William colts 4-1 at Craigard.

Glengarry led through Shaun Nicolson’s tenth minute goal but Mark Fraser pulled Fort William level on 25 minutes.

Rhuairaidh MacDonald put the hosts back in front on 72 minutes and Shaun Nicolson completed his hat-trick with efforts on 79 and 85 minutes.

Kingussie 2 Glenurquhart 4

The Glenurquhart juniors beat the Kingussie juniors 4-2 in their noon throw-up at the Dell.

James MacPherson ran in to lift the ball by Kingussie keeper Craig Dawson to make it 1-0 on four minutes and Alfie MacLeod doubled their lead on 21 minutes.

Cluanie Fraser pulled a goal back on 48 minutes but Glenurquhart’s David MacLennan hit a brace on 69 and 71 minutes.

Cluanie Fraser got a second on 79 minutes to make the final score 4-2.

Mowi North Division 2

Lochaber 2 Beauly 9

The Beauly colts were 9-2 winners against the Lochaber colts at Spean Bridge.

Finlay MacLennan was Beauly’s top scorer with five goals, with Kyle MacDonald netting twice. Lee Dunbar and Callum MacIver got the others.

Lewis Camanachd 0 Kilmallie 9

The Kilmallie second team won 9-0 against Lewis Camanachd at Shawbost.

Brian MacKay grabbed a hat-trick and Shane Gillies and Duncan MacDougall both scored twice. Martyn Cameron and Liam Cameron got the others.

Strathspey Camanachd 1 Boleskine 1

Strathspey Camanachd and Boleskine drew 1-1 at Grantown Grammar School.

Cal MacKintosh gave Strathspey the lead on 15 minutes but Boleskine’s Scott Knox equalised on 75 minutes.

Strathglass v Aberdeen University w/o

The Strathglass reserves were unable to field a team for their game against Aberdeen University at Cannich so the students were awarded a walk-over for the second successive Saturday.

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

Women’s Camanachd Association
Mowi National Division

Lochaber 2 Skye Camanachd 3

Skye Camanachd edged out Lochaber 3-2 in their 2pm throw-up at Spean Bridge.

Inverness 2 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Goals from Joni-Kate Reid and Katie McMillan gave Inverness a 2-1 win over Glasgow Mid Argyll in their 2pm throw-up at the Bught Park.

Mowi North Division 2

Glenurquhart 6 Lovat 8

Lovat beat Glenurquhart 8-6 in a high scoring encounter at Blairbeg on Thursday July 21.

Laura Gallagher scored four times for Lovat in this 7pm throw-up, with Fiona Urquhart grabbing a hat-trick and Chloe MacMillan getting the other.

Glengarry 0 Badenoch B 6

Badenoch B were 6-0 winners against Glengarry in their 1.30pm throw-up at Craigard.

Kinlochshiel P Inverness B P

The fixture between Kinlochshiel and Inverness B at Rèaraig was postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Youth shinty

Shinty camp successes

Scotland’s top youth players gathered at the Camanachd Association’s National Performance Shinty Camp at Strathallan School, Perthshire.

The camp, sponsored by MacDonald & Cameron, attracted 86 players. Promising Fort William player Cam Stephen was named player of the camp. Cam was described as being a classy player with a fantastic attitude who put in a brilliant effort in drills and games. He is also a fantastic role model for younger players.

Kilmallie second team keeper Alexander MacNiven, a hard worker with a great attitude, was presented with the most committed player award.

Brendan Sweeney from Uddingston was the most improved player. A quick learner, he was keen to put his learning into practice during games and drills and showed a fantastic attitude all week.