Ca­manachd Cup quar­ter-fi­nal re­plays

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Beauly 1 Kin­lochshiel 2

KIN­LOCHSHIEL even­tu­ally saw off the chal­lenge from Beauly with a nar­row 2-1 win in their Ca­manachd Cup quar­ter fi­nal re­play at Brae­view Park.

Beauly had Scot­land U17 player Sandy El­rick back in their side as he has re­cov­ered from a hand in­jury.

Kin­lochshiel were with­out de­fender Calum Ma­cLean and for­ward Oliver MacRae, but Mark Mac­Don­ald re­turned at the back.

The teams drew 1-1 at Kirk­ton a week ear­lier and this one was to prove equally close.

Beauly had a strong wind in their favour in the first half but it was Gordie Mac­Don­ald who gave Kin­lochshiel the lead with a goal on 19 min­utes. Home goalie Josh Grant saved a shot on goal and the ball broke out to the ’Shiel left where Mac­Don­ald turned and shot into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

John MacRae made it 2- 0 four min­utes later. A ’Shiel shy was stopped in the air by Beauly de­fender David Ma­cLean but the ball fell nicely for MacRae who found the back of the net on the half-vol­ley.

Kin­lochshiel con­tin­ued to have most of the play but, just like a week ear­lier, they were un­able to turn their pres­sure into more goals.

Beauly for­ward Marc Ma­cLach­lan set up an ex­cit­ing fin­ish when he beat ’Shiel goalie Scott Kennedy with a 20-yard strike with 15 min­utes re­main­ing.

It was ’Shiel who had the bet­ter chances in the clos­ing stages though and they stayed in front. They will play New­ton­more in the Ca­manachd Cup semi fi­nals.

Lochaber 2 Kyles Ath­letic 1

LOCHABER reached the Ca­manachd Cup semi fi­nals with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Kyles Ath­letic at Spean Bridge.

Lochaber were with­out Zandz Fer­gu­son, Kevin Fer­gu­son and Jack Dig­nan, but Brennan Mac­Don­ald took a place in the squad af­ter suf­fer­ing an el­bow in­jury when the sides met at Tighnabru­aich the pre­vi­ous week­end. Kyles twice came from be­hind in that game to draw 2-2.

Kyles Ath­letic had Don­ald Irvine back af­ter a spell abroad but Cammy Keith was miss­ing. Scott Mac­Don­ald was on the bench af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­jury.

Both teams en­joyed pe­ri­ods of pres­sure in the first half with­out hav­ing a se­ri­ous at­tempt on goal.

Kyles’ full cen­tre Grant Irvine took a knock to the hand on 35 min­utes which side­lined him for the rest of the match.

The Tighnabru­aich side went in front within a minute of the restart. They won pos­ses­sion from the throw-up and played the ball up the left wing. Kyles sub­sti­tute Scott Mac­Don­ald fought his way past Lach­lan Campbell and al­though he was pushed in the back, ref­eree John An­gus Gil­lies played ad­van­tage and young Mac­Don­ald slot­ted the ball past a help­less Cal­lum Mac­Don­ald in the Lochaber goal to make it 1- 0.

The tie came alive with shots from both teams pro­duc­ing good saves from Cal­lum Mac­Don­ald and John Whyte in their re­spec­tive goals.

Lochaber equalised on 72 min­utes when Pat Toal caught out the Kyles back line with a 30-yard shot which took a wicked bounce and then swerved to beat John Whyte at his right hand post to make it 1-1.

Lochaber now seemed to be the stronger team and they pres­sured the Kyles de­fence. They went in front for the first time on 77 min­utes when Ben De­laney turned his marker and his 20-yard shot was go­ing straight at the keeper be­fore the ball took a bounce and beat Whyte on his left hand side to make it 2-1.

Kyles pushed Roddy Mac­Don­ald for­ward for the clos­ing stages but it was to be Lochaber’s day and they now play Oban Ca­manachd in the Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nals. Coin­ci­dently, the sides meet on league duty at Moss­field, Oban, this com­ing Satur­day.

Lochaber de­served the win and they were stronger over the fi­nal 30 min­utes of the tie. Cap­tain Brian Mac­Don­ald was out­stand­ing in de­fence, while Pat Toal worked tire­lessly in mid­field. The ex­pe­ri­ence of Neil Mac­Don­ald in the for­ward line was a great help to the Spean Bridge side’s cause.

Kyles played well in spells and Rob­bie MacLeod was the pick of their play­ers. It was a keenly fought match but there were no book­ings.

Af­ter the match, Lochaber boss Ally Fer­gu­son said: ‘I’m just de­lighted for the boys. Af­ter a fairly even first half, we lost a goal right at the start of the sec­ond half and we hoped that wasn’t go­ing to be the goal that would de­ter­mine the tie. We dug deep though and showed tremen­dous team spirit to go on and win the game. The goals came at the right time for us, when our de­fence and mid­field were on top. Kyles threw ev­ery­thing at us at the end but our de­fence stayed strong. It was tight and it could have gone ei­ther way but, over the two games, I think Lochaber did just enough to de­serve to be in the semi fi­nals.

‘We have the ut­most re­spect for Kyles.

‘They are a great side with some great play­ers and we are de­lighted to have won the tie. Lochaber will grow in con­fi­dence and be­lief on the back of reach­ing the Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nals and we now look for­ward to tak­ing on another very good side in Oban Ca­manachd.’

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