Celtic Cup fi­nal sees In­ver­aray take on Kyles

The Oban Times - - Sport -

IN­VER­ARAY and Kyles Ath­letic will com­pete for the Gre­gor Cameron Con­sul­tancy Glas­gow Celtic So­ci­ety Cup this Satur­day, June 25, at Taynuilt Sports Field.

First con­tested in 1879 when Glas­gow Cowal emerged vic­tors, the tour­na­ment is open to all south se­nior sides play­ing in shinty’s top three tiers.

In­ver­aray go into this year’s fi­nal as un­der­dogs but they have won the fa­mous tro­phy 13 times since 1995.

They beat Ab­er­dour 3-1 in this year’s quar­ter-fi­nals with player/ man­ager Ruaraidh Graham, Neil Shaw and Lewis Mont­gomery on tar­get. They then de­feated Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 2-1 in their semi-fi­nal tie last month cour­tesy of goals from Lewis MacNi­col and Garry MacPher­son.

Hold­ers Kyles Ath­letic are go­ing for ‘four-in-a-row’ in this competition.

Five-goal Dunkie Kerr helped them to a re­sound­ing 12- 0 vic­tory over Bute which se­cured a semi-fi­nal spot against Oban Ca­manachd.

This was a re­peat of last year’s fi­nal which Kyles won 4-2. They once again edged out the Moss­field men 2-1 with goals from Sandy MacKen­zie and Innes Mac­Don­ald se­cur­ing the chance to re­tain the tro­phy.

Archie Robert­son from the Glas­gow Celtic So­ci­ety said: ‘We are look­ing for­ward to an­other suc­cess­ful day at Taynuilt af­ter the suc­cess of last year’s fi­nal. We’d like to thank spon­sors Gre­gor Cameron Con­sul­tancy, Taynuilt Sports Coun­cil and Taynuilt Shinty Club for their co-op­er­a­tion in the lead up to the big day.’

The Glas­gow Celtic So­ci­ety will once again hon­our the win­ning team from 50 years ago.

Kyles Ath­letic stal­wart and cap­tain of the 1966 win­ning side Chic Jamieson will lead the sur­viv­ing veter­ans as they are in­tro­duced to the sup­port­ers.

A large crowd is ex­pected and with both teams play­ing at­trac­tive shinty, an en­ter­tain­ing en­counter is as­sured.

Throw-up is at 4pm and the match will be broad­cast live on BBC Alba.

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

Oban Ca­manachd’s Gary McKer­racher puts the pres­sure on Glenurqhuart’s Michael Fraser dur­ing last Satur­day’s Marine Har­vest Premier­ship match at Moss­field Sta­dium, which the Oban side won 2- 0.

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