Ex­tra time win sees Kyles reach Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal

Oban Ca­manachd de­feat In­ver­aray in bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble clash at the Win­ter­ton

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Ca­manachd Cup

KYLES ATH­LETIC will face Lo­vat in next month’s Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal, af­ter a hard-fought win against New­ton­more on Satur­day.

With the sun shin­ing in Taynuilt, a strong trav­el­ling sup­port and BBC Alba film­ing live, there cer­tainly was a ‘ big match’ feel to the game.

In a tough first half, nei­ther side could make the break­through, with pos­ses­sion roughly about 50-50.

It was Kyles who drew first blood, how­ever, af­ter Dun­can Kerr fired home af­ter 56 min­utes.

Kyles looked to have one foot in the fi­nal, be­fore a foul in the box gave New­ton­more a penalty. Kyles keeper, John Whyte, made a great stop, but Paul MacArthur fol­lowed in his shot and knocked in the re­bound to make the score 1-1.

Two min­utes from time, Kyles keeper, Whyte, made an in­cred­i­ble save, knock­ing the ball round the post with his foot to keep Kyles in the match, forc­ing the game into ex­tra time.

With no goals in the first pe­riod of ex­tra time, Roberto Zava­roni put Kyles ahead with 10 min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod left to play.

Five min­utes later, Gor­don Whyte made it 3-1, and Kyles looked to have booked their place in the fi­nal.

How­ever, New­ton­more pulled a goal back through Evan Men­zies with two min­utes left to play, giv­ing Kyles an anx­ious wait, but the Tighnabru­aich men held on for a big win against the reign­ing cham­pi­ons.

The fi­nal be­tween Kyles and Lo­vat will be held at Moss­field, Oban, on Septem­ber 19.

NEW­TON­MORE nar­rowly lost out to Kyles Ath­letic at the week­end in the semi-fi­nal of the Ca­manachd Cup.

The game went to ex­tra time af­ter end­ing 1-1 in or­di­nary time. Kyles then scored twice in ex­tra time to make it 3-1. New­ton­more man­aged to pull one back, but ul­ti­mately it wasn’t enough and the game ended 3-2.

New­ton­more man­ager, P J Mack­in­tosh, said: ‘It was one of those tight games that could have gone ei­ther way.

‘We had a chance to win it in or­di­nary time, but their keeper pulled off a great save.’

‘Not a lot sep­a­rates the top teams and there’s a very small mar­gin for er­ror.’

New­ton­more take on In­ver­aray in the fi­nal of the Macau­lay Cup this Satu­day at Moss­field Sta­dium, Oban. The game will be shown live on BBC 2 with the pro­gramme start­ing at 3pm. The match throws-up at 3.15pm

Premier­ship

LO­VAT drew 1-1 away to Glenurquhart last Satur­day. Lo­vat opened the scor­ing on the 54th minute through Lewis Towse, but their lead didn’t last long as Glenurquhart equalised five min­utes later.

Lo­vat man­ager, John MacRitchie, said: ‘ We should have won, we didn’t take our chances.

‘But the good thing is, we didn’t pick up any book­ings or in­juries.’

Lo­vat take on Glenurquhart at home this Fri­day with a 6:45pm throw up.

They are also in the fi­nal of the Ca­manachd Cup and will take on Kyles Ath­letic on Septem­ber 19.

A Stu­art Cal­li­son dou­ble wasn’t enough for LOCHABER when they went down 3-2 to Fort Wil­liam in last week­end’s derby.

The Spean Bridge man scored in the 45th and 90th min­utes but lost out to the Fort’s Daniel Stewart, Alexan­der Macmil­lan and Ryan Camp­bell at An Aird on Satur­day.

Ally Fer­gu­son’s men have a free week­end ahead.

OBAN CA­MANACHD ran out 2- 0 win­ners away to their rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals, In­ver­aray, at the week­end, with goals com­ing from Daniel Cameron and Mal­colm Clark.

The Oban side are now one point clear of In­ver­aray, who sit bot­tom of the league, and have three games in hand.

Man­ager, Ian Hay, said: ‘ We played well. Daniel Cameron got an early goal and that helped us set­tle.

‘I made three or four changes that seemed to work. I put Daniel Cameron up top, moved David Laf­ferty in to the cen­tre and put Ai­dan MacIn­trye out on the wing.

‘It was great to get the win, we needed it.

‘I’m qui­etly con­fi­dent about stay­ing up, es­pe­cially if we con­tinue to play like we did on Satur­day.’

Ca­manachd are away to Fort Wil­liam this Satur­day with a 12pm throw up.

FORT WIL­LIAM man­ager, Vic­tor Smith, was ‘de­lighted’ with his team’s 3-2 vic­tory against lo­cal ri­vals, Lochaber.

Daniel Stewart opened the scor­ing for the Fort at An Aird on Satur­day, with a goal in the sec­ond minute. Another one each from Alexan­der Macmil­lan and Ryan Camp­bell se­cured the points for the home side in the derby.

Smith said: ‘ We were de­lighted to win be­cause it was a lo­cal derby, but also be­cause it gives us an ex­tra two points on the board. We had a good tus­sle, but I think Lochaber un­der- es­ti­mated us a bit and we proved them wrong.’

This week­end Fort Wil­liam welcome Oban Ca­manachd, with a 12pm throw up.

Smith said: ‘It’s al­ways a tough game against Oban. Any time we’ve played them in the last year it’s ei­ther been a draw or there’s only been a goal or two dif­fer­ence. It’ll be a good game, we’re look­ing for­ward to it.’

Steven Stewart is still sus­pended, but the Fort will have Ewen Camp­bell avail­able again fol­low­ing his sus­pen­sion.

They say that league po­si­tions don’t lie, but to find a tal­ented and ex­pe­ri­enced IN­VER­ARAY side lan­guish­ing at the foot of the premier­ship ta­ble takes a bit of be­liev­ing.

The club has been hit by a num­ber of in­juries this sea­son, but four points from a dozen matches is a mea­gre haul for a side that has been a con­tender for ma­jor tro­phies for the past decade and more.

Dis­ap­point­ment at los­ing a Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nal a week ear­lier was com­pounded by de­feat to Oban Ca­manachd at the Win­ter­ton, mean­ing that the clubs swapped places - Oban lift­ing them­selves from the bot­tom of the league to be re­placed by In­ver­aray.

In truth, the Loch Fyne-siders ap­peared marginally off the pace in com­par­i­son to the ea­ger and im­prov­ing Oban Ca­manachd play­ers. An early goal by Daniel Cameron was fol­lowed ten min­utes later by another - but this time chalked off by ref­eree, Robert Bax­ter. The two vi­tal league points were se­cured for Oban Ca­manachd fif­teen min­utes from the end, when Mal­colm Clark added a sec­ond goal.

On a brighter note for In­ver­aray, the side trav­els to Oban this week­end to face New­ton­more in the MacAu­lay Cup fi­nal. New­ton­more them­selves will still be smart­ing fol­low­ing last week­end’s Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat to Kyles, and will be dan­ger­ous op­po­nents. An ex­pe­ri­enced In­ver­aray team will them­selves of­fer its own threat, and with a big Ar­gyll sup­port, the match could be a close one.

Two sec­ond half goals in the space of five min­utes ended the scor­ing in Satur­day’s league tie be­tween lo­cal ri­vals GLENURQUHART and Lo­vat.

Lewis Tawse fired home the opener for Lo­vat nine min­utes into the sec­ond half, but the visi­tors’ lead was short­lived when Glenurquhart’s Iain MacLeod lev­elled on 59 min­utes.

Af­ter a two-week league fix­ture break, KIN­LOCHSHIEL face a lengthy - and daunt­ing - trip to face Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal­ists, Kyles Ath­letic, on Satur­day. Cur­rently ly­ing in sev­enth place in the premier­ship, the visi­tors come to Kames Play­ing Fields in the hope of dent­ing Kyles’ league ti­tle chal­lenge.

Na­tional Di­vi­sion

KIL­MALLIE have been knocked off the top of the na­tional ta­ble af­ter go­ing down 4-2 to clos­est league ri­vals, Skye.

The for­mer top dogs trav­elled to Portree to take on the is­lan­ders, but re­turned home empty-handed and in sec­ond place.

Mark MacPher­son’s men were 4- 0 down at half-time and man­aged to re­deem them­selves with a goal each from Liam Mac­Don­ald and John Stewart, but it wasn’t enough to take a share of the points and stay in first place.

This week­end, Kil­mallie welcome old ri­vals, Beauly, to Canal parks in what will be an op­por­tu­nity to pick up cru­cial points. BAL­LACHUL­ISH hosted both Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll ( GMA) teams at the Ju­bilee with the ju­niors de­feat­ing their city visi­tors 2- 0 with two early goals from Bob Wat­son.

The se­nior game started evenly with both teams hav­ing chances, but it was the away side that took the lead through Lewis Miller in the 22nd minute.

A drift­ing shot from Ewan Mur­ray just evaded Cammy Suther­land in the home goal to give GMA a 2- 0 lead in the 31st minute.

Craig An­der­son nabbed a third in the 52nd minute af­ter a goal­mouth scram­ble.

Scott Mac­Don­ald was sent off in the 85th minute for an off-the-ball of­fence much to the an­noy­ance of both sides.

This send- off ef­fec­tively killed the game, but GMA scored another through Lewis Miller in the 85th minute to make the fi­nal score 4- 0.

Prob­a­bly the only pos­i­tive Balla could take from this game was the re­turn of in­ter­na­tion­al­ist, John Mac­Don­ald, who will work his way back to full fit­ness for the fi­nal games of the sea­son.

Balla host high-fly­ing Skye this week­end with a few ex­tra play­ers avail­able af­ter sus­pen­sion and in­jury. Throw up will be at 3pm on Satur­day Au­gust 22.

Desparate to reach the top of the league ta­ble at the week­end, SKYE suc­cess­fully knocked Kil­mallie off top spot.

The is­lan­ders de­feated their near­est ri­vals 4-2 at Portree last Satur­day.

This week­end Skye will hope to se­cure its place at the top of the league at Ju­bilee park against Bal­lachul­ish. Throw-up 3pm.

South Di­vi­sion One

GLENORCHY suf­fered a 4- 0 de­feat at home to Bute at the week­end, with three of the four goals com­ing in the sec­ond half.

Neil McKirdy, Iain McDon­ald and David Whitelaw all scored, with Iain get­ting a dou­ble.

Glenorchy will get a sec­ond chance this Satur­day as they travel down to Bute with a 2pm throw up.

OBAN CELTIC de­feated Kyles Ath­letic 7-1 in the South Di­vi­sion 1 on Satur­day.

The Oban side sailed through the first half scor­ing four goals and con­tin­ued that form in to the sec­ond.

Celtic’s goal scor­ers were David Duffy and Lee Askew, who both got a dou­ble, Daniel Madej, Kenny Wother­spoon and Neil Carmichael.

Man­ager, Davy Hamil­ton said: ‘It was a good all-round per­for- mance, there were no stars, but ev­ery­one was good. It’s the best I’ve seen the boys play all year.’

Oban Celtic are at home to Stra­chur this Satur­day with a 12pm throw up.

LOCHSIDE ROVERS ran out 5- 0 win­ners at home to Aber­dour on Satur­day, with goals com­ing from an An­gus Ther­burn own goal, Keith Bur­nett, Scott Demp­ster, Brian Mac­Cal­lum and 14-year- old Lewis Buchanan.

Man­ager, Gareth Evans, said: ‘Be­cause we had such a good start, we were able to get a cou­ple of our younger boys on and they both played very well.

‘Out of our squad of 15, nine of our play­ers were un­der 17-year­sold. But more than any­thing, I’m happy with the clean sheet. We’ve been leak­ing a few goals as of late.’

Lochside are away to Kil­mory this week­end with an early throw up.

Gareth said: ‘If we want to win the league, these are the types of games we need to win.

‘It’s not the best of parks and they are a sticky team at home.’

TAYNUILT suf­fered dis­ap­point­ment on Fri­day night, los­ing 4-2 away to In­ver­aray.

Taynuilt’s goal scor­ers were Steven Parr and Stu­art Scott.

They don’t have a fix­ture this week­end and are not back in ac­tion again un­til Satur­day 29, when they will take on Stra­chur at home.

A Fri­day evening fix­ture paid off for IN­VER­ARAY’S sec­ond string, as they over­came Taynuilt 4-2 at the Win­ter­ton. Two goals by Lewis Mont­gomery and sin­gles from Neil Shaw and young Ruaraidh Graham did the dam­age for the home side. Steven Parr and Stu­art Scott replied for Taynuilt. In­ver­aray sit top of the di­vi­sion, two points ahead of Bute, though the is­land club has four games in hand.

Bot­tom side Kil­mory were the visi­tors to Stra­chur­more last Satur­day, and they left with a de­served point.

The omens were good for STRA­CHUR when Ian Wil­son scored af­ter just thre min­utes, but Kil­mory were back in it 20 min­utes later when Alex Cun­ning­ham scored. Fif­teen min­utes be­fore the break, Ross Mac­Don­ald added a sec­ond for the home side, but right on the stroke of half-time Kil­mory lev­elled through Craig Tay­lor.

Stra­chur now lie sev­enth in the league, on seven points. The Cowal club is due to travel this week­end on league duty to play Oban Celtic. More used to hand­ing them out, KYLES ATH­LETIC’S sec­ond team re­ceived some­thing of a drub­bing in Oban last Satur­day. Oban Celtic won the league tus­sle by seven goals to one, and Kyles will be hop­ing for bet­ter this week­end when strug­gling Aber­dour come call­ing to Kames.

Just two points off the top spot in the league and with games in hand, BUTE could be con­sid­ered favourites for the south di­vi­sion one ti­tle. Last week­end they beat Glenorchy 4- 0 at Dal­mally, with the goals com­ing from Neil McKirdy in the first half and Iain Mac­Don­ald (2) and David Whitelaw in the sec­ond pe­riod.

The re­verse tie is this Satur­day, when the Dal­mally out­fit trav­els over the sea to Bute.

KIL­MORY missed a penalty on the way to claim­ing a hard-fought point at Stra­chur. The Mid Ar­gyll club lies bot­tom of the di­vi­sion, and this week­end the task of league sur­vival gets no eas­ier as Kil­mory host Lochside Rovers at MacRae Park.

South Di­vi­sion Two

Inch­ing ever- closer to a cher­ished league ti­tle, COLGLEN once again man­aged to win last week­end. This time it was Glenorchy sec­onds who were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a 4-1 de­feat. The ColGlen scor­ers were Cally McNaughton (2), Con­nor Kennedy and Hamish Har­ri­son. Should the Glen­daruel side win their fi­nal league fix­ture, the ti­tle will be theirs ahead of sec­ond placed Tay­forth.

OBAN LORN were sched­uled to take on Bute on Satur­day at the Mead­ows, but the game was post­poned due to an un­playable pitch.

Oban Lorn have two games left this sea­son, a home game against Bal­lachul­ish and an away game against Bute.

Dates of the fix­tures are yet to be an­nounced.

Strathdearn Cup

GLEN­GARRY se­cured a place in the Strathdearn fi­nal af­ter de­feat­ing Kin­lochshiel 3-2 last Satur­day thanks to goals from Ruar­idh Mac­Don­ald, Steven Cameron and Martin Cameron.

The team is not sched­uled to play this week­end, but will take on Kil­mallie on Satur­day Au­gust 29.

Photo: Neil Pater­son

Kyles Ath­letic’s Grant Irvine looks on as the two ex­tra time goalscor­ers, Roberto Zava­roni and Gor­don Whyte, celebrate the 3-2 win over New­ton­more in the Scot­tish Hy­dro Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nal

held at Taynuilt last Satur­day

Just about remembering to take the ball with him is In­ver­aray player/man­ager, Gary MacPher­son, who is be­ing closely marked by Oban Ca­manachd’s Garry Lord. The Oban side won the Marine

Harvest Premier Di­vi­sion base­ment bat­tle 2- 0

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