The town just loves it as shinty puts on a show­stop­per

The Oban Times - - News -

SHINTY fever was in the air on Satur­day as more than 3,000 trav­el­ling sup­port­ers de­scended on Oban’s Moss­field sta­dium for shinty’s show­piece oc­ca­sion - the Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal.

Kyles Ath­letic fans min­gled hap­pily with Lo­vat sup­port­ers as the teams bat­tled it out for the sport’s most- cov­eted prize.

Un­der­dogs Lo­vat even­tu­ally tri­umphed over the much-fan­cied Kyles 2-1 in a com­pelling, dra­matic en­counter.

The cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued late into the night, with the tri­umphant Kil­tar­l­ity side’s team bus mak­ing it back to the vil­lage just af­ter mid­night. There were a few sore heads on Sun­day morn­ing as Lo­vat fans cel­e­brated the team’s first cup win since 1953.

For a full match re­port and pic­ture spe­cial, see page 27.

BLUE IS THE COLOUR: Kyles sup­port­ers get into the mood be­fore the start of the game

CUP JOY: Lo­vat cap­tain, Dan Grieve, bears the cup aloft and (right) the mo­ment of vic­tory

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