Kyles put pressure on ’More at the top of the premiership Premiership
LOVAT lost 3-1 at home to Glenurquhart last Friday night, despite the first half ending 0- 0.
All four of the games’ goals were scored in a 13-minute frenzy, with Ryan Ferguson getting on the score sheet for Lovat.
Manager, John MacRitchie, said: ‘ We didn’t play that well. We had a few boys missing and our minds are focused on the final. But a positive to take from the game was that we never got any more injuries or bookings.
‘ We have six or seven boys out again for this Saturday resting for the final.’
Lovat are now training three times a week to prepare for the Camanachd Cup final on September 19.
They take on Inveraray at home this Saturday, with a 2.30pm throw up.
FORT WILLIAM fought back to gain a share of the points against Oban Camanchd, with a last-minute goal from Gordie MacKinnon.
After a goal-less first half, Malcolm Clark opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, looking set to take home both points before the Fort equaliser in the final seconds.
Fort William manager, Victor Smith, said: ‘ Oban really deserved the two points so we were delighted to get it back in the last minute. Oban had more chances than we did, but never really hit the target.’
This weekend, Fort William welcome Kyles Athletic to An Aird to play both in the league and for the Drew Ferguson cup, in memory of a Fort William player who died in 2013.
MacKinnon will be missing from Saturday’s line up but Stevie Stewart is back from suspension.
LOCHABER will be well rested after a free weekend ahead of their clash against Oban Camanachd on Saturday.
Ally Ferguson’s men will host the match at Spean Bridge in what will be Oban’s second trip to Lochaber in as many weeks, after they drew with Fort William last weekend.
Lochaber are favourites to win as they are nine points ahead of Oban, despite slipping a place in the league table this week.
OBAN CAMANACHD had to settle for a share of the points last Saturday after Fort William equalised in the last minute to make it 1-1.
Manager, Ian Haye, said: ‘ In the first half, we had four or five good chances and most of the possession.
‘In the second half, we had most of the possession again and managed to get a goal through Malcolm Clark in the 54th minute.But in the last five to ten minutes, Fort pressed on and managed to get a last minute goal.
‘I was gutted. We had 80 per cent of the possession, but just couldn’t kill the game off and score a second goal.’
Camanachd at are home to Lochaber this weekend with a 2.30pm throw up at Mossfield.
The end of season matches get no easier for bottom of the league INVERARAY. Fresh from the Macaulay Cup final defeat at the hands of Newtonmore last weekend, the Fynesiders this week face a journey to play Camanachd Cup finalists, Lovat. Inveraray will travel without the services of veteran goalkeeper, Graham MacPherson, who put in a man- of-the-match performance in the Macaulay final. Taking MacPherson’s place is likely to be promising young goalie, Scott MacLachlan.
For the second week in succession, GLENURQUHART took on local rivals, Lovat, last Friday evening.
After a stalemate seven days earlier, visitors Glenurquhart triumphed 3-1 thanks to three second-half goals by Neale Reid (2) and Ewen Brady.
A trip to the Kyles is never straightforward, but KINLOCHSHIEL put up a good showing until Matthew MacColl nicked the points for Kyles with a goal on 61 minutes. The defeat sees Shiel stay in seventh place in the premiership.
KYLES ATHLETIC are back on league business after their heady victory over Newtonmore in the semi-final of the Camanachd Cup the week before, as they secured a very useful home win over Kinlochshiel in last Saturday’s encounter. With Newtonmore occupied on Macaulay Cup final business, the Kyles win sees the Cowal side close the gap on ’More at the top of the league to just a single point.
A potentially tricky tie awaits this weekend at Fort William, with a win surely essential for Kyles in the chase for the title.
Thrashing Beauly 6- 0 at home was a massive victory for KILMALLIE, but not enough to edge them closer to league rivals, Skye.
Liam MacDonald’s four goals in the first half meant it was plain sailing for the Caol side, but another one each for John Stewart and Liam Cameron ensured there was no catching up for Beauly.
The high score and two points was welcome news for manager, Mark MacPherson, but it wasn’t enough to put them back at the top as first-place Skye beat Ballachulish 13- 0.
MacPherson said: ‘That’s the best we’ve played all season. I’m really happy with that performance, but Skye won 13- 0 so we’re still eight goals behind them. We’ll need to score loads in the rest of our games. We know we’re definitely in the play- offs but it would be good to get back to the top.’
This Saturday Kilmallie face Inverness away, without the weekend’s top scorer, Liam MacDonald. They will also be without Mark Graham but MacPherson is confident he still has a strong squad.
Already sitting at the top of the league table, a move up to the premier division is looking promising for SKYE CAMANACHD after the team’s 13- 0 win against Ballachulish.
The team ran amok at Jubilee park last Saturday and stole the show with goals from Kenny Campbell (2), Jordan Murchison (5), Danny Morrison (4), Jonathan MacLennan and John Gillies.
Skye are at home to Glasgow Mid Argyll this Saturday.
BALLACHULISH hosted notoriously fast starters, Skye, at the Jubilee last weekend and obviously never heeded the warning as they were two down in two minutes.
Ballachulish actually competed well in early exchanges, but were no match for the free-flowing Skye team, who impressed all over the pitch. The home team had good showings from Cameron Sutherland in goal and Cian MacPhee making a return after suspension at full centre, but they were never going to be able to compete with the strong visiting team.
Ballachulish will look forward to seeing out a disappointing season and can only hope to build for the future. They first team have no fixture this weekend, but the seconds travel to take on Oban Lorn after drawing 3-3 at home to Tayforth last Saturday.
South Division One
GLENORCHY’S game against Bute was cancelled on Saturday, as Glenorchy were unable to field a team.
Glenorchy are now sitting bottom of South Division 1.
They are away to Taynuilt this Saturday with a 2.30pm throw up.
LOCHSIDE ROVERS won 3-1 away to Kilmory on Saturday.
Kilmory opened the scoring after just 20 seconds, but Lochside were quick to equalise.
Lochside then scored twice before the 20 minute mark to make it 3-1 with goals coming from Scott Dempster and an Evan Maclellan double.
Manager, Gareth Evans, said: ‘The scoring was done in 20 minutes.
‘After that we weren’t great, but we always knew it was going to be a hard game.’
‘We have a couple of boys out for next week, but we might be lucky, we might get a few of the our players back from the seniors who could use the minutes.’
Lochside are away to Kyles Athletic this Saturday with a 1pm throw up.
TAYNUILT were without a fixture last weekend.
They are at home to Glenorchy this Saturday who are currently sitting bottom of the league with a 2.30pm throw up. There was more disappointment for KILMORY in the league on Satuday. Three early goals for visiting Lochside Rovers settled things, with Kilmory’s consolation coming from Craig Taylor. Kilmory are propped up at the bottom of the league by Glenorchy, the sides separated by goal difference. This weekend it’s the long away trip to Aberdour for the injury-ravaged Mid Argyll side, with points vital for the men in maroon.
Oban Celtic raced into a 4- 0 half-time lead on a bumpy Ganavan pitch in Saturday’s league encounter with STRACHUR.
A reshuffle for the depleted visitors saw them instigate a little panic in the green and white ranks after clawing back two goals, but Oban Celtic held on to win 5-2.
There was another shocker at the Kyles, as Aberdour were the latest side to hand out a thumping to KYLES ATHLETIC’S second string. Veteran Peter Mobeck scored for Kyles, but a brace from the Fife outfit either side of half-time ensured the points were heading back east. Another tough task awaits the Kyles team on Saturday, as they host Lochside Rovers at Kames Playing Fields.
BUTE’S home game against Glenorchy was postponed last Saturday when the Dalmally side could not raise a team. This week the islanders travel to play Oban Celtic
South Division Two
OBAN LORN were without a fixture last Saturday, they will take on Ballachulish at home this Saturday with a 12pm throw up.
COL GLEN reurn to league duty this weekend after having no fixture last Saturday. They travel over the Kyles to take on near neighbours Bute at the Meadows
After a free Saturday last weekend, GLENGARRY should be raring to go when they travel to the Bught park in Inverness to take on Newtonmore in the final of the Strathdearn Cup. The game throws up at 3pm with referee Andy Maclean in charge
The victorious Newtonmore squad celebrate wining the Macaulay Cup at Mossfield Stadium last Saturday.
Fort William’s Alexander Cameron shields the ball from Beauly’s MacKay Murray during their North Division One game. Fort William
CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Newtonmore’s Glen Mackintosh and Inveraray’s Andrew McMurdo during the Macaulay Cup final.
Photo: Neil Paterson
Inveraray goalkeeper, Graham ‘ Toad’ MacPherson, was voted man of the match for his performance in the Macaulay Cup final.
Photo: Kevin McGlynn
Oban Camanachd’s Garry Lord closely marked by Fort William’s Gordie MacKinnon and Alex MacMillan during the Premiership
match at An Aird which ended in a 1-1 draw
Lovat's Ryan Ferguson is closely marked by the Glenurquhart defenders, Ali Mackintosh and Connor Golabek, during the Marine Harvest Premiership match played last Friday evening at Balgate,
Kiltarlity. The Glens won 3-1