First Camanachd Cup semifinal takes place on Saturday
Newtonmore take on Lochside Rovers in Sutherland Cup final
LOVAT will face Inveraray this Saturday in the Camanachd Cup semi-final, having seen off Fort William at the weekend in the tournament quarter-finals.
The rescheduled fixture at An Aird was the third time the tie had to be played, following a draw between the teams on July 11 and then a postponement on July 18, but John MacRitchie’s men sealed their place in the final four with goals from Callum Cruden and a James Tangey own goal.
Saturday’s tie with Inveraray, who beat Glasgow Mid-Argyll en route to the semis, will be held at the neutral venue of An Aird, with a 4pm throw-up.
It wasn’t the most successful weekend for FORT WILLIAM as they had another player sent off, just a week after another suspension, and were knocked out of the Camanachd cup.
Stevie Stewart was red carded in the first half of the quarterfinal at An Aird.
Lovat took an early lead with a 14th minute goal from Callum Cruden and, between the sending off and an own goal from James Tangney, there was little way back for the hosts and the visitors went through to the semi-final.
The Fort have a free weekend ahead as An Aird is being used for the Camanachd Cup semi-final between Inveraray and Lovat.
INVERARAY suffered a 4-2 league defeat away to Glenurquhart at the weekend. Lewis MacNicol and Euan McMurdo scored their two goals.
Inveraray take on Lovat this Saturday at An Aird in the semi-final of the Camanachd Cup. The game will be televised live on BBC Alba with a 4pm throw-up.
Sutherland Cup final
LOCHSIDE ROVERS play their biggest game of the season this Saturday, as they face Newtonmore in the final of the Aberdein Considine Sutherland cup.
Manager, Gareth Evans, said: ‘This is the big one this weekend. I pretty much have a full squad, apart from one person who is touch-and-go.
‘On our way to the final, we’ve beaten Aberdeen University, Kingussie, Lohcaber and Fort William - all north teams - so I’d say if we do win it, we’ll have done it the hard way.
‘Camanachd and Newtonmore’s senior teams both have free weeks too, so hopefully there will be a good travelling support.’
The final throws-up at 1.30pm at the Jubilee, Ballachulish.
NEWTONMORE ran out 1- 0 winners over Kingussie last week. They have no game this weekend, but Newtonmore’s second team are playing Lochside Rovers in the final of the Sutherland cup this Saturday, at 1.30pm, in Ballachulish.
Second team manager, Cameron MacDonald, said: ‘This is without a doubt our biggest game of the year.
‘It will be a tough and emotional game. Lochside got to the final through merit and they love a second half. It will be all about who turns up on the day.’
Newtonmore’s second team have no injuries going in to the final.
LOCHABER went down 6-1 to second place Kyles Athletic at home on Saturday.
The Spean Bridge side slipped down a place in the Premiership table after welcoming Kyles and a solitary goal from the hosts’ Stuart Callison was no match for the visitors, who easily took home the points with two goals each from Gordon Whyte, Roddy MacDonald and Roberto Zavaroni.
Ally Ferguson’s men have a free week ahead.
OBAN CAMANACHD were scheduled to play Kinlochshiel away last Saturday. They travelled all the way to Fort William before getting a phone call letting them know the game was cancelled due to an unplayable pitch.
Manager, Ian Hay, said he was disappointed as they have a backlog of games to play.
They don’t have a game this weekend either as the Sutherland cup final is on, but they will be up supporting their second team, Lochside Rovers, who are in the final.
Camanachd are next in action on August 15 away to Inveraray.
KINGUSSIE suffered a 1- 0 defeat at home to league leaders, Newtonomore, on Friday night. The game got underway at 6pm and was shown live on BBC Alba.
Glen MacKintosh got the only goal of the game just before half-time. Kingussie are schedule to play Kyles Athletic away on August 8 with a 2pm throw up.
GLENURQUHART defeated Inveraray 4-2 at home on Saturday with Neale Reid getting a hattrick and Fraser Heath getting the additional goal.
The home side went 3- 0 up before Inveraray got on the score sheet on the 66th minute. Both teams then went on to score one more before the game was over.
Glenurquhart don’t have a fixture this weekend, but they are back in action on August 15 at home to Lovat with a 2.30pm throw up.
KINLOCHSHIEL were scheduled to play Oban Camanachd on Saturday, but the game was postponed at the last minute due to an unplayable pitch.
The Balmacara-based side don’t have a fixture this weekend.
KYLES ATHLETIC ran out 6-1 winners over Lochaber on Saturday, with goals coming from Gordon Whyte, Roddy MacDonald and Roberto Zavaroni, who all managed to bag a double.
Kyles, who are currently sitting second in the league, take on Kingussie at home this Saturday with a 2pm throw up.
After having two weekend’s off BALLACHULISH Camanachd will play host to Glasgow Mid Argyll this Saturday.
The game at the Jubilee will throw up at 12 noon.
SKYE CAMANACHD’S home game against Beauly was postponed last weekend due to an unplayable pitch.
This Saturday the team will travel to face Glasgow Mid Argyll.
Manager, John MacLeod, is confident that his team can win this week, which would give them two points and join Kilmallie at the top of the table.
MacLeod said: ‘We are looking good this weekend. It is the first time we have had a full squad to choose from so I confident we can take the two points.’ The game throws-up at 2pm. On August 15, Skye will compete for the top spot on the league table at home against Kilmallie.
For the first time this season KILMALLIE lost a point in the league as they drew 1-1 with Caberfeidh at the weekend.
But manager Mark MacPherson said it was a ‘point gained not a point lost’ as the Strathpeffer hosts were the better side on Saturday.
He said: ‘ We didn’t play well at all in the first half. The second was better but still nothing to write home about. It was disap- pointing compared to how we’ve performed recently but all credit to Caberfeidh, they played well and just had something that we didn’t. Well done to them, they were well organised and were the better team. It’s a point gained rather than a point lost because Caberfeidh deserved to win and easily could have.’
With a free weekend, MacPherson looks ahead to his clash with Skye on August 15. The islanders are just two points behind Kilmallie with a game in hand so both teams have everything to play for.
South Division One
GLENORCHY were scheduled to take on Lochside Rovers last Saturday.
But the game was cancelled due to an unplayable field.
However, their second team beat Oban Lorn 3-1.
Glenorchy’s first team take on Kilmory at home this weekend and Glenorchy’s second team are away to Tayforth, with both games starting at 2pm.
OBAN CELTIC managed to secure a 4- 0 win over Aberdour last weekend with goals coming from Allan MacKie, Kenny Wotherspoon and Daniel Madej.
Manager, Davy Hamilton, said: ‘It took a wee while to get the goals, but we got there in the end. ‘It’s good to get the home games won.’
Celtic take on Taynuilt in the league this weekend with a 12 o’clock throw-up at Ganavan.
TAYNUILT ran out 4-3 winners away to Strachur on Saturday after going 2- 0 down. Willie Gillies and Willie Neilson both picked up a double to secure the two points. They are away to Oban Celtic this weekend with a 12pm throw-up at Ganavan.
BUTE were due to play Inveraray second string at the Winterton last Saturday, but the match was called off due to the pitch being unplayable. This Saturday the islanders make the tip to take on Abedour with a 3pm throw-up.
KILMORY’S home game against Kyles also fell victim to the weather. This Saturday, the Mid Argyll team will be hoping the weather improves to allow their game against Glenorchy to go ahead at the Mart park, Dalmally.
STRACHUR went down by the odd goal in seven last Saturday at home to Taynuilt.
Despite scoring three goals scored by Steven Bulloch, Duncan Smart and Iain Wilson, they lost a close game 4-3.
This Saturday they make the short journey to take on Inveraray at the Winterton. Throw up is 12noon.
South Division Two
OBAN LORN suffered a 3-1 defeat to their mid-table counterparts, Glenorchy, last Saturday.
Their only goal came from Andrew MacMillan on the 17th minute.
They don’t have a fixture this weekend.
COL GLEN’S away game against Bute was called off after a pitch inspection found the park to be unplayable due to heavy overnight rain on Friday night. Col Glen have no game this Saturday.
TUSSLE: Fort William’s James Tangney and Lovat’s Kevin Bartlett in a tussle for the ball during last
Saturday’s Camanachd Cup quarter-final replay which Lovat won 2- 0
ACTION: Fraser MacNicol, Inveraray, and Neale Reid, Glenurquhart, in action during last Saturday’s Premiership match.
LOST OUT: Ballachulish under 14s were defeated 5- 0 in the semifinal of the Ken Ross trophy by Oban Camanachd.
PIPPED AT THE POST: Oban Camanachd under 14s were runners-up in the Ken Ross trophy after losing 2- 0 to Glenurquhart in the final
of the Inverness Sixes recently.