Shiel make amends to shift into top spot

The Herald - Herald Sport - - ATHLETICS - KEN­NETH STEPHEN

KIN­LOCHSHIEL edged their way to the top of Shinty’s Premier­ship on Satur­day, ful­fill­ing pre­dic­tions in some quar­ters that they would make an im­pact this term.

The 1-1 draw with Skye means they are a point ahead of Kyles, al­beit with more games played, even although a Jor­dan Murchi­son strike for the is­landers de­nied them ul­ti­mate vic­tory. The Wester Ross out­fit added to their squad in the win­ter break with ad­di­tions such as in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Conor Cor­mack of Beauly.

Ear­lier this cam­paign Scot­land man Fin­lay MacRae ad­mit­ted: “Shiel had un­der­achieved for some years now. It seems they are keen to make amends.”

Kin­gussie’s re­cent dip con­tin­ued as they fell 3-1 to Lo­vat, although it was a close con­test. Thomas Borth­wick can­celled out in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Kevin Bartlett’s opener for Lo­vat but Greg Mathe­son and a 90th minute goal from Euan Fer­gu­son made it com­fort­able for Lo­vat in the end.

Given cur­rent form, ar­guably the re­sult of the day was for Glen Urquhart. Their in­con­clu­sive start to the 2016 cam­paign has been noth­ing but per­plex­ing and nerves were be­gin­ning to show. How­ever, they man­aged to get their act to­gether, see­ing off McTav­ish Cup fi­nal­ists Lochaber, 2-0. David Smart and Conor Go­labeck were the main men for the Drum­nadro­chit out­fit.

The Oban v Kyles semi fi­nal of the Gre­gor Cameron Con­sul­tancy Celtic So­ci­ety Cup was post­poned due to an un­playable field.

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