Sum­mer weather calls foul on shinty fix­tures last week­end

The Oban Times - - Sport -

HEAVY rain which fell on Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing caused havoc with shinty fix­tures last week­end with 11 of the 22 games al­lo­cated hav­ing to be called off due to un­playable pitches.

The Strathdearn Cup fi­nal man­aged to beat the weather with New­ton­more de­feat­ing Glengary 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Calum Stewart.

Only one premier­ship game sur­vived which re­sulted in a 1-1 draw be­tween Lo­vat and In­ver­aray.

The other three sched­uled premier­ship games all fell vic­tim to the weather. In their first match since the re­tire­ment of goal­keeper Graham MacPher­son, IN­VER­ARAY faced a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous trip north to play Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal­ists, Lo­vat.

Things looked omi­nous for the Ar­gyll out­fit when Fraser Gal­lacher scored for Lo­vat on the sev­enth minute, but Lewis MacNi­col pulled one back just be­fore half-time. A stub­born de­fen­sive dis­play by the visi­tors saw the match end 1-1, earn­ing In­ver­aray a valu­able point in the bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from shinty’s top tier. The Royal Burgh side’s ri­vals for the drop, Oban Ca­manachd, have three games in hand over In­ver­aray, how­ever, and have shown some de­cent late sea­son form.

OBAN CA­MANACHD and Lochaber’s Premier­ship tie was post­poned at the week­end when Moss­field was deemed un­playable be­cause of the weather.

Ian Hay’s men will next be in ac­tion on Septem­ber 12, when the play Kin­lochshiel in Taynuilt.

The side’s league fu­ture is still un­cer­tain, with them sit­ting sec­ond-bot­tom of the Marine Harvest Per­mier­ship, one point ahead of In­ver­aray, but with three games in hand.

NEW­TON­MORE’S re­mains sec­ond from the bot­tom of south di­vi­sion one af­ter a 3- 0 de­feat to Aber­dour. Wth just four games left to play, Kil­mory stay level with bot­tom side Glenorchy on two points each, sep­a­rated by goal dif­fer­ence.

South Di­vi­sion Two

OBAN LORN

Marine Harvest Un­der 14 League Div 2 In­ver­ness v Caber­feidh Glenurquhart v Kin­lochshiel

Marine Harvest Un­der 14 League Div 3 Lochaber v New­ton­more Lo­vat v Strath­glass

Photo: Neil Pater­son

UP FOR THE CUP: A ju­bi­lant New­ton­more squad celebrate their 3-1 Strathdearn Cup fi­nal win over Glen­garry

Photo: Neil Pate­son

SIL­VER­WARE: New­ton­more cap­tain Martin Ivil holds aloft

the Strathdearn Cup

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