Premier­ship

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FORT WIL­LIAM’S sched­uled home game against Kyles Ath­letic was post­poned due to an un­playable field at An Aird.

As well as a league clash, the teams were also sup­posed to be play­ing for the inau­gu­ral Drew Fer­gu­son cup, in mem­ory of a young Fort player who died in 2013.

Co-man­ager Vic­tor Smith said his team would wait for a re­ar­ranged fix­ture with Kyles to play for the tro­phy as Drew was an Ibrox sea­son ticket holder and Rangers football club pre­sented the first set of jer­seys, in red white and blue, to Kyles play­ers.

Fort Wil­liam have no game this week­end due to the Caol cup un­der 21s match at Bal­lachul­ish, when An Aird man Jamie Cruik­shank will play for the north side.

Heavy rain put paid to LOCHABER’S trip south to take on Oban Ca­manachd at the week­end.

The Spean Bridge men were favourites as they are nine points ahead of Oban but it was not to be as the game was called off as Moss­field Sta­dium was flooded.

Lochaber have no game this week­end but will be keen to sup­port team mate Barry Mac­Don­ald, who is play­ing in de­fence for the north side at the Caol cup un­der 21 match in Bal­lachul­ish on Satur­day.

LO­VAT will be con­cen­trat­ing on the Ca­manachd Cup af­ter a draw at the week­end all but ended their league hopes.

De­spite tak­ing a sev­enth minute lead through Fraser Gal­lagher against In­ver­aray, Lewis Macni­col fired back in the 44th minute for the south­ern side. The scores re­mained un­changed in the sec­ond half, leav­ing Lo­vat on 14 points from 14 games, six points be­hind league lead­ers New­ton­more, and with only four games left to play for the Kil­tar­l­ity side.

John MacRitchie’s men will now be con­cen­trat­ing on the Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal, their next fix­ture, where they meet Kyles Ath­letic on Septem­ber 19 at Moss­field Sta­dium, Oban, with a 2pm throw-up.

league tie with Glenurquhart was can­celled at the week­end, when the pitch at Drum­nadro­chit was deemed un­playable.

P J Mack­in­tosh’s side are top of the Marine Harvest Premier­ship, hav­ing won 10 of their 11 league games.

They also won the Macau­lay Cup against In­ver­aray on Au­gust 22, pick­ing them­selves up af­ter dis­ap­point­ment against Kyles the week be­fore in the Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nal.

Their next fix­ture, a replay of the Glenurquhart tie, will be on Septem­ber 12, with a 2.30pm throw-up at Blair­beg Park.

Na­tional Di­vi­sion

Beat­ing In­ver­ness 4- 0 at the week­end has kept KIL­MALLIE hot on the heels of first-place Skye.

With no game on Satur­day, man­ager Mark MacPher­son will be pre­par­ing to take on the is­lan­ders for their big­gest game of the sea­son next week.

Both Skye and Kil­mallie have two games left to play, in­clud­ing their clash a week on Satur­day, mean­ing this game at Canal Parks could be the de­cider of who is pro­moted to the premier league.

MacPher­son said: ‘ We had a re­ally good first half against In­ver­ness but we didn’t score enough goals for my lik­ing. We’re still nine goals and two points be­hind Skye so this is go­ing to be a big chal­lenge.

‘We play Skye at home a week on Satur­day, then af­ter that we’ve both only got one game left each. We have Bal­lachul­ish and they have Beauly. You never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen so we’re just go­ing to en­joy it but we re­ally want to win these next two games.’

In yet another con­vinc­ing dis­play SKYE stole the show at home de­feat­ing Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 6-1.

The is­land team are go­ing from strength to strength as they reach for premier­ship glory.

While Skye are play­ing con­sis­tently well, they are just two points in front of Kil­mallie and with two games left to play they can’t af­ford to let all the hard work slip.

The team has no fix­ture this week­end due to the North v South un­der 21 game at Bal­lachul­ish

Skye will go head-to-head with Kil­mallie a week on Satur­day then Beauly the fol­low­ing week.

BAL­LACHUL­ISH were not play­ing at the week­end, and have no fix­ture this Satur­day.

The team have strug­gled this sea­son and are ly­ing bot­tom of the ta­ble with only one point.

South Di­vi­sion One

LOCHSIDE ROVERS have con­tin­ued their quest for league glory this year, with a bat­tling 5-3 vic­tory away to Kyles Ath­letic’s sec­ond side on Satur­day.

Hav­ing taken the lead in the 10th minute through Daniel Cameron, goals in the 38th and 39th min­utes from Kyles saw them 2-1 up.

How­ever, Lochside fired straight back with a goal in the 40th minute from Scott MacMil­lan and one from Craig MacDougall, giv­ing Lochside a 3-2 ad­van­tage go­ing into half time.

Michael MacQueen made it 4-2 in the 47th minute for Lochside, but Kyles pulled one back on the hour mark. Again, an in­stant re­ply from Rovers, by Daniel Cameron in the 62nd minute, rounded off the scor­ing to give Lochside the points in a thrilling 5-3 win.

Gareth Evans’ side will hope to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing in this week’s game, where they face fel­low league chal­lengers Bute, who are two points be­hind Lochside but with two games in hand.

The tie will throw-up at Gana­van at 2.30pm

GLENORCHY’S away tie against Taynuilt was one of sev­eral to fall foul of the weather at the week­end, with the field un­playable.

John Smith’s side will next be in ac­tion in their replay with Taynuilt on Septem­ber 19, where they will be keen to pick up the points and over­take sec­ond-bot­tom Kil­mory, who are on equal points but have played three more games.

The tie with Taynuilt throws-up at 11.30am.

OBAN CELTIC’S game with Bute was can­celled on Satur­day, af­ter it was de­cided the sur­face at Gana­van was un­playable.

David Hamil­ton’s side will next be in ac­tion in the league on Septem­ber 12 at Gana­van, where they meet Kil­mory, who are sec­ond-bot­tom of South Di­vi­sion One.

Ev­ery point counts now, with the top four teams in the di­vi­sion sep­a­rated by only four points.

Celtic vs Kil­mory will throw-up at 2.30pm.

KYLES ATH­LETIC’S sec­ond string slumped to sev­enth in the league af­ter another home de­feat last week­end.

This time it was Lochside Rovers do­ing the dam­age with a 5-3 vic­tory. Dou­glas Ni­col­son had given Kyles the lead at 2-1 af­ter 39 min­utes, but the ad­van­tage was short-lived and when Scott McMil­lan lev­elled mat­ters and Craig McDougall gave Lochside the lead once again, there was no com­ing back for the home side. Matthew MacColl scored another for the Kyles af­ter an hour, but it was to prove mere con­so­la­tion.

TAYNUILT will have a free week this week, hav­ing had no game on Satur­day ei­ther. Their tie with Glenorchy was one of many to be can­celled be­cause of the con­di­tion of the pitch.

The side will next be in ac­tion a week on Satur­day, when they face Aber­dour at home.

Taynuilt sit a re­spectable fifth­place in the league, and will be hop­ing to stop Aber­dour and Kyles from over­tak­ing, with the two sides just a point be­hind them, as the league nears an end.

The Aber­dour tie will throw up at 2.30pm in Taynuilt on Septem­ber 12.

Short of a num­ber of key play­ers through in­jury KIL­MORY made the long jour­ney east to Fife last Satur­day. The Lochgilp­head team

were not in ac­tion at the week­end af­ter their tie with Bal­lachul­ish was can­celled af­ter heavy rain left Gana­van un­playable.

With two fix­tures left to ful­fil in the league, Jocky Martin’s side sit fourth, and can’t catch top two sides Col Glen or Tay­forth, but could over­take Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll to fin­ish third.

Lorn travel to face Bute in their next tie, on Septem­ber 12, at the Mead­ows, with a mid­day throwup.

Strathdearn Cup

GLEN­GARRY suf­fered a 3-1 de­feat against New­ton­more in the fi­nal of the Strathdearn Cup at the week­end, but the man­ager re­mains op­ti­mistic.

Ewan Cameron, man­ager of Glen­garry, said: ‘It was a game of two halves; we played well in the first and they were the bet­ter team in the sec­ond.

‘The boys played to the best of their abil­ity but the weather con­di­tions af­fected our game.’

Bul­lough Cup

South di­vi­sion one lead­ers IN­VER­ARAY were brought down to earth with a bump last week­end, as south di­vi­sion two out­fit Tay­forth handed the young ’Aray side a heavy de­feat.

The Perth-based team raced to a two-goal lead af­ter 20 min­utes in the semi-fi­nal of the south ju­nior cup com­pe­ti­tion, only for Lewis Mont­gomery to pull one back shortly af­ter­wards.

A fur­ther strike be­fore half­time gave Tay­forth a 3-1 lead at the break. Two sec­ond half goals com­pleted a 5-1 win for the east coast club.

Sun­day Septem­ber 6 Marine Harvest Un­der 14 9- a- side League Glas­gow Kelvin v Kyles Ath­letic Bal­lachul­ish v Oban Ca­manachd Bute v Aber­dour

Women’s Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion Satur­day Septem­ber 5 Marine Harvest Chal­lenge Cup Fi­nal Glas­gow MA v Ard­na­mur­chan Evan MacRae - 1pm at Bught Park, In­ver­ness

Va­lerie Fraser Ca­manachd Cup Fi­nal Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll ver­sus Bade­noch & Strath­spey Archie Ritchie - 3pm at Bught Park, In­ver­ness

Glen­garry 1 - 3 New­ton­more

Bul­lough Cup Semi Fi­nal Tay­forth 5 - 1 In­ver­aray

Marine Harvest Premier­ship Fort Wil­liam P - P Kyles Ath­letic Un­playable field Glenurquhart P - P New­ton­more Un­playable field Lo­vat 1 - 1 In­ver­aray Oban Ca­man P - P Lochaber Un­playable field

Marine Harvest Na­tional Di­vi­sion Caber­feidh 4 - 3 Beauly In­ver­ness 0 - 4 Kil­mallie Skye 6 - 1 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll

Marine Harvest North Di­vi­sion 1 Beauly 1 - 1 Kin­lochshiel Fort Wil­liam P - P Strath­glass Un­playable Field Lochcar­ron 1 - 4 Lo­vat

Marine Harvest South Divi­son 1 Aber­dour 3 - 0 Kil­mory Kyles Ath 3 - 5 Lochside Rovers Oban Celtic P - P Bute Un­playable Field Taynuilt P - P Glenorchy Un­playable field

Marine Harvest North Di­vi­sion 2

Photo: Neil Pater­son

CEL­E­BRA­TION: Kil­mallie’s Liam Cameron cel­e­brates scor­ing his team’s third goal in their 4- 0 Na­tional

Di­vi­sion win over In­ver­ness at the Bught Park, In­ver­ness, last Satur­day

Photo: Paul Pater­son

CLASH OF THE ASH: Ac­tion from the South Di­vi­sion One game be­tween Kyles Ath­letic and Lochside Rovers played at Tighnabru­aich last Satur­day. The Oban side ran out 5-3

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