Newtonmore defeat Lochside in Sutherland Cup final
Kyles Athletic take on Newtonmore in second Camanachd Cup semi-final at Taynuilt this weekend
Camanachd Cup semi final
LOVAT progressed to the Camanachd Cup final on Saturday, with a dramatic extra-time win over Inveraray.
Lovat took the lead in just two minutes through Lewis Tawse, but Inveraray fired back two minutes from half-time to level going into the second half.
With no goals by the end of normal play, the game went into extra-time, and with no goals in the first period, looked to be heading to penalties.
However, John MacRitchie’s men regained the advantage in 106 minutes through Jamie Matheson, and sealed their place in next month’s final with a Kevin Bartlett goal in 115 minutes.
Lovat travel to Drumnadrochit this Saturday to face Glenurquhart in the league, with a 3pm throw-up.
INVERARAY were left with no coveted Camanachd Cup final place after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of an in-form Lovat side in the semi-final last Saturday.
The men in yellow and black arrived in Fort William minus some key players caught up in delays caused by road accidents on the A82. But they started brightly in spite of having to draft in some inexperienced cover.
The early signs were not good for Inveraray. Lewis Tawse had the north men in front just two minutes into the game after outpacing the Aray defence.
The breakthrough came for the Argyll club just before half-time when Euan McMurdo bulleted home the equaliser.
Inveraray had much of the second half play, but to no effect as the 90 minutes ended all-square.
Aray player-manager, Gary MacPherson, had the ball in the net shortly after the re-start, only for ref, Billy Wotherspoon, to chalk it off for an earlier push on Lovat defender, Drew Howie.
Jamie Matheson, on 106 minutes, gained the advantage for Lovat with a smartly-taken goal.
Ten minutes later it was Kevin Bartlett who took advantage of tiring Inveraray legs to secure Lovat’s first Camanachd final berth for 62 years.
Inveraray now have a home league tie to look forward to tomorrow, versus fellow premiership strugglers, Oban Camanachd.
Sutherland Cup Final
LOCHSIDE ROVERS suffered disappointment on Saturday, losing 5- 0 in the Sutherland Cup final against Newtonmore’s second team in Fort William.
Calum Stewart celebrated his 21st birthday in style, scoring all five goals for Newtonmore.
Rovers manager, Gareth Evans, said: ‘In the first half we played really well, even though we went 1- 0 down in three minutes, which perhaps our keeper should have done better with. Their keeper had three or four really good saves too.
‘They got their second on the hour mark and then another two in the next ten minutes, so by then it was over. All credit to Newtonmore, but I would say the scoreline flattered them slightly.
‘It was a good experience for the young guys though as they got that “big match” experience.’
This Saturday, Lochside take on Aberdour in league action at Ganavan, with a 1.30pm throwup.
NEWTONMORE’S second side took home the Sutherland Cup on Saturday, beating Lochside Rovers 5- 0.
It was a memorable 21st birthday for Calum Stewart, who scored all five goals for his team in the victory at the Jubilee.
Newtonmore’s first team, who had no fixture as the junior side were in the final, are on cup duty themselves this weekend, as they face Kyles in the semi-final of the Camanachd Cup.
The winner of the tie will take on Lovat in the final next month, who sealed their place with a win against Inveraray on Saturday in the other semi.
Saturday’s match throws-up at 4pm, in Taynuilt.
FORT WILLIAM are gearing up for a premiership derby against Lochaber this weekend.
Victor Smith’s men will welcome their rivals to An Aird on Saturday and said he hopes they play better than the last time they met.
He adde: ‘I hope we turn up for this one because we really didn’t last time. Fort William didn’t play well at all in the last derby and Lochaber played really well. Other than two cracking goals we didn’t play well at all so I’ll be hoping for better so we can give the crowds something to watch.’
The Fort men will be without Stevie Stewart and Ewen Campbell, who are both suspended, as well as Aaron MacPhee who is injured. LOCHABER don’t have far to travel this weekend when they make the short trip from Spean Bridge to Fort William for the derby.
Ally Ferguson’s men are likely to have a good crowd behind them when they play at An Aird on Saturday to balance out their rivals’ home advantage.
Lochaber are three points ahead, but Fort William have two games in hand.
OBAN CAMANACHD had a free weekend with junior side, Lochside Rovers, playing in the final of the Sutherland Cup.
Ian Hay’s side meet Inveraray in a crucial league match at the Winterton on Saturday.
A win would take Camanachd off the bottom of the table and leapfrog them into ninth position, with Inveraray currently one point ahead.
Camanachd still have three games in hand on their Argyll rivals.
Saturday’s game throws up at 3pm.
KYLES ATHLETIC took on Kingussie at Kames Playing Fields, only for the home side to complete a trademark Kyles comeback to beat their Badenoch rivals.
It took just over 20 minutes for Kingussie to break the deadlock through 19-year- old Rory MacGregor. Ten minutes before Lachie Wood’s half-time whistle, Robbie MacLeod levelled matters. Two goals in two minutes after the re-start caught the visitors cold. The ever-improving Grant Irvine sneaked his team ahead just a minute into the second period. Human dynamo, Gordon Whyte, got the quickfire second.
Rory MacGregor’s second for Kingussie 20 minutes from the end was to prove a mere consolation for his team, while Kyles cut the gap behind league leaders, Newtonmore to three points.
The win keeps the momentum going for Kyles, who play Newtonmore in Taynuilt on Saturday for the chance to face Lovat in next month’s Camanachd Cup Final.
GLENURQUHART get back in action after a free weekend with a home game against Lovat this Saturday. The game at Drumnadrochit will throw up at 3pm with referee, Graham Cameron, in charge.
KINGUSSIE made the long rip to Tighnabruaich last Saturday, but travelled home on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline. Rory MacGregor scored both goal for the Kings. This weekend the Badenoch side have no fixture.
KINLOCHSHIEL will be idle for the second week in a row as they have no fixture allocated for this weekend
BALLACHULISH will play Glasgow Mid Argyll this Saturday. The club did not have a match last weekend.
Saturday’s game at the Jubilee playing field will throw up at 2.30pm. Ballachulish’s second team also play Glasgow Mid Argyll at the Jubilee with a 12 noon throw up.
This weekiend will see KILMALLIE face their most important game of the season so far as they take on Skye to fight for the top spot.
The Caol men will travel to the island in a game that could see them knocked from first place in the league.
The rivals are neck and neck on 13 points, with Kilmallie edging ahead on goal difference, and, with both teams fighting for promotion, it will be everything to play for.
Kilmallie manager, Mark MacPherson, said: ‘It’s all square at the top so this is a massive game. We will have to play a lot better than we did in our last game against Caberfeidh. If we play at our full potential we have a good chance of winning but Skye are a good team, especially at home, so I know it won’t be easy.’
Seb MacMillan and Mark Graham will both be missing from Saturday’s squad.
SKYE CAMANACHD travelled for more than eight hours to play against Glasgow Mid Argyll last Saturday. There were road traffic accidents on the A82 and A83 through Arrochar and past Loch Lomond which led to lengthy road closures as the team made their way down.
Glasgow Mid Argyll offered Skye the chance to postpone, but the team were determined to make their way to Glasgow and pick up the two points that would put them on a par with Kilmallie at the top of the table.
The team arrived two hours late for the throw up but after a tough game, walked off the park with a 2- 0 victory.
John MacLeod, Skye manager, said: ‘ Fair play to Mid Argyll, they gave us the opportunity to turn back and go home, but the players wanted to carry on. It was the right attitude.’
This Saturday the Skye squad will take on leaders of the league, Kilmallie, at Pairc nan Laoch in Portree at 2.30pm.
The team hopes to secure the points and goals that will knock Kilmallie off top spot.
South Divisin One
GLENORCHY’S game with Kilmory was postponed as the Mid Argyll club could not raise a team due to the Mid Argyll show taking place last Saturday. The game will be re-scheduled for a later date. This weekend the Mart park side are at home to Bute with a 2.30pm throw up. Glenorchy’s second team game away to Tayforth was also postponed. This match has been re-arranged for August 29.
OBAN CELTIC manager, Davy Hamilton, said his side will be looking to take every point they can now, as the season nears an end.
With four games to play and sitting in third place in the league, Celtic are still in the running to win the Marine Harvest South Division One. His side lost 3-2 to Taynuilt on Friday evening, at Ganavan, which is also the venue of his side’s tie against Kyles this Saturday.
Hamilton said: ‘It was the same old story on Friday, we just struggled to put the ball in the net, despite having the majority of the play, especially in the second half. We pulled it back to 3-2 and tried our best to get another one, but it just wasn’t to be.
‘I think it’s a problem every team has at some point, so if you get a goal-scorer you can rely on to get you one or two goals every game, you’re onto a winner.’
Discussing the upcoming Kyles tie, Hamilton said: ‘ We’re getting back to almost a full squad, injury-wise, but it’s always difficult to consistently put the same team out each week because of work and other commitments - I think every team has the same problem.
‘ We have to take every point we can now until the end of the season, and get back onto that winning streak.’
Saturday’s game at Ganavan throws up at 12 noon.
TAYNUILT recorded a narrow 3-2 win over Oban Celtic last Friday evening at Ganavan thanks to goals from Jamie MacFarlane, David Graham and Mark Begeant. This Saturday, Taynuilt will travel to take on Inveraray at the Winterton. The game will throw up at 12 noon.
Two second-half goals from BUTE were enough to see off Aberdour last Saturday. Playing on the Fife coast, Duncan Davidson scored the opener before Neil McKirdy added the gloss a minute before full-time.
A good crowd turned up at INVERARAY’S Winterton Park last Saturday lunchtime to witness an entertaining Loch Fyne-side derby.
Visitors Strachur pressed the home defence from the start and scored the opener through Stevie Bulloch on the quarter hour mark. Strachur continued to play well, but the Inveraray defence held out. A penalty, scored by Robert Wood after half an hour, levelled matters. Inveraray improved greatly in the second half and had a good deal of the play, but a closely-fought match ended 1-1. Aray remain top of the ten-team league with five games of the season remaining.
An improving STRACHUR side, sitting in eighth place in the league, inches ever closer to league safety after a slow start to the 2015 season. A club spokesman said: ‘The boys battled well against Inveraray and I’m pleased with the attitude they have shown in recent games. If we continue with the same enthusiasm we should stay in the division, which would give us something to build on for next season.’
KILMORY’S away league game against Glenorchy was scratched after the Lochgilphead side was unable to field a team. The tie is to be re-scheduled.
South Division Two
OBAN LORN had no game last Saturday. This weekend, the Oban side travel to take on Bute at the Meadows - throw up 2pm.
COL GLEN had no game last weekend. This Saturday they travel to take on Glenorchy at Mart Park with a 12 noon throw up.
North Division Two
GLENGARRY shinty club announced that they will host the semi-final of the Strathern Cup, the same week the team won 4-1.
The ‘Garry boys took on Strathspey on Saturday and were pleased with their victory.
This Saturday, the young team will compete against Kinlochshiel and hope to beat the team that keeps on thrashing them in the run for the cup.
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIES: A jubilant Newtonmore squad spray the champagne after beating Lochside Rovers 5- 0 in the final of the Suther
land Cup. Photo: Kevin McGlynn
Lovat’s Ali Cruden and Ali Macdonald from Inveraray challenge for the ball during last Saturday’s Camanachd Cup semi-final at
An Aird. Lovat won 3-1
Lochside’s Ross MacMillan tries to stop five- goal Newtonmore
hit-man, Calum Stewart Photo: Kevin McGlynn
Jim Barr, president of the Camanachd Association, meets the Lochside players before the Sutherland Cup final
FIVE OF THE BEST: Newtonmore’s Calum Stewart celebrated his 21st birthday by scoring all five goals in the Sutherland Cup final
at Ballachulish. Photo: Kevin McGlynn