Bal­liemore Cup – semi-fi­nals

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Beauly 4 Kil­mallie 8

Kil­mallie reached the Bal­liemore Cup Fi­nal af­ter they bat­tled back from 4-1 down to beat Beauly 8- 4 in an in­cred­i­ble semi-fi­nal tie at Craigard.

Kil­mallie threat­ened first and a Dun­can Rodger shot was saved with his feet by Josh Grant who saw the ball spin up and over the bar.

It was Beauly who took the lead on five min­utes when Ryan MacKay and Conor Ross com­bined with the for­mer see­ing his shot come back off the post and fall for Calum Mor­ri­son in the mid­dle of the goal who sent the re­bound over the shoul­der of keeper Shane Gil­lies to make it 1- 0.

Kil­mallie equalised 12 min­utes later when Michael Rodger won pos­ses­sion from Beauly’s Liam Mutch and sent a low shot into the net to make it 1-1.

Beauly went on to have a pur­ple patch and soon led 4-1. They went back in front on 20 min­utes when Conor Ross net­ted from in­side the ‘D’.

A Ross Forbes shot a minute later took a wicked bounce in front of Kil­mallie keeper Shane Gil­lies and the ball kicked into the net to make it 3-1.

Beauly were on top with full cen­tre David MacLean dom­i­nat­ing pro­ceed­ings.

They added a fourth on 23 min­utes with prob­a­bly the goal of the match. Jack Mac­Don­ald col­lected pos­ses­sion in mid­field be­fore turn­ing past marker Martin Ste­wart. He held off a cou­ple of chal­lenges be­fore send­ing a shot from dis­tance high into the net to make it 4-1.

A minute later, ref­eree John An­gus Gil­lies booked An­drew Mor­ri­son for a trip on Dun­can Rodger just out­side the ‘D’ as he ran in on goal. The Kil­mallie set-piece saw Bryan Mackay flick the ball into the air and a stretch­ing Dun­can Rodger sent his goal at­tempt wide of the post.

Michael Rodger was next into the book for kick­ing out at an op­po­nent fol­low­ing a touch­line chal­lenge on 28 min­utes.

Kil­mallie full back Alan Mac­Don­ald per­formed hero­ics to clear the ball off the line to pre­vent what could have been a clinch­ing fifth Beauly goal on the half-hour mark.

Liam Mac­Don­ald was booked for a late swing on Liam Mutch on 37 min­utes and the Canal Parks side seemed frus­trated at their lack of pos­ses­sion for their for­wards.

Beauly could have sealed the win but Kil­mallie keeper Shane Gil­lies made three first class saves to keep his side in the tie.

The Kil­mallie for­wards were com­ing deep to try and help their mid­field and, with just sec­onds of the first half re­main­ing, Liam Mac­Don­ald held off Beauly full back An­drew Mor­ri­son be­fore strid­ing for­ward and fir­ing a back-handed shot home to make it 4-2.

There wasn’t enough time for ref­eree John An­gus Gil­lies to restart the match.

With David MacLean tir­ing, the Beauly mid­field looked vul­ner­a­ble and Kil­mallie re­duced the deficit on the hour mark when Dun­can Rodger opened his ac­count as he sent the ball high into the net from the right of the ‘D’.

Ref­eree John An­gus Gil­lies booked Peter Carmichael on 67 min­utes for a swing which struck Beauly’s Calum Mor­ri­son on the head but, for­tu­nately, he was wear­ing a hel­met. Mor­ri­son had been tak­ing the ball down at the edge of the ‘D’ be­fore the chal­lenge.

Liam Mac­Don­ald drew Kil­mallie level on 75 min­utes when he crashed a good ball for­ward high into the net to make it 4- 4.

Kil­mallie went in front for the first time in the tie with only 14 min­utes re­main­ing when Liam Mac­Don­ald cut the ball to Dun­can Rodger who swiped a shot home from in­side the ‘D’ to make it 5- 4.

Kil­mallie added a sixth with just 10 min­utes re­main­ing. A dart­ing run for­ward from Michael Rodger, down the Kil­mallie right, caused prob­lems in the Beauly de­fence and Rodger laid the ball on a plate for Liam Mac­Don­ald to com­plete his hat­trick to make it 6- 4.

Ref­eree John An­gus Gil­lies awarded Kil­mallie a penalty on 82 min­utes for an in­fringe­ment on Kil­mallie sub­sti­tute Aaron San­di­son who had burst into the ‘D’. But the nor­mally re­li­able Dun­can Rodger saw his penalty saved by Josh Grant.

Kil­mallie, who were much bet­ter in the sec­ond half, also had de­fender Craig MacIsaac yel­low- carded for a swing which caught Ross Forbes.

Dun­can Rodger com­pleted his hat-trick on 90 min­utes when he turned and thumped the ball into the roof of the net to make it 7- 4.

As the tie moved into in­jury time, Beauly were un­able to clear a cor­ner and Michael Rodger volleyed home from 10 yards to make it 8- 4.

This was a great ad­vert for shinty and the Kil­mallie sup­port­ers were de­lighted to see their team reach the 2016 Bal­liemore Cup Fi­nal.

Strath­glass 1 Caber­feidh 3

Caber­feidh will meet Kil­mallie in the 2016 Bal­liemore Cup Fi­nal af­ter they beat Strath­glass 3-1 at Bught Park, In­ver­ness.

Martin Mac­Don­ald put Cabers ahead on 28 min­utes with the only goal of the first half.

Liam Sy­monds added a sec­ond on 48 min­utes and when Gavin McLaugh­lan made it 3- 0 on 77 min­utes, there was only go­ing be one win­ner.

Strath­glass coped well against higher league op­po­si­tion and Dar­ren Reid pulled a goal back three min­utes from time.

Neil Fer­gu­son was the match ref­eree.

The 2016 Bal­liemore Cup Fi­nal be­tween Kil­mallie and Caber­feidh is sched­uled for Satur­day July 16 with the venue still to be con­firmed.

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