New­ton­more win Suther­land Cup

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NEW­TON­MORE’S sec­ond team won the Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup, Tay­forth reached the Bul­lough Cup Fi­nal, Kil­mallie went top of Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion and Oban Celtic en­joyed a derby win over Lochside Rovers fol­low­ing the shinty ac­tion on Satur­day July 30.

Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup Fi­nal New­ton­more 6 Kin­gussie 0

New­ton­more’s sec­ond team re­tained the Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup with a 6- 0 win over Kin­gussie’s sec­ond team at the Dell on Satur­day.

When these derby ri­vals won through to the fi­nal, they asked that rather than play­ing at a neu­tral venue, a toss of the coin de­cide home ad­van­tage to save their sup­port­ers trav­el­ling fur­ther afield. Kin­gussie called cor­rectly and the Dell was in su­perb con­di­tion for ju­nior shinty’s show­piece oc­ca­sion.

New­ton­more fielded a strong mix­ture of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence. John MacKen­zie con­tin­ued in goal and there was a place for U17 for­ward Iain Robin­son. They also fielded Cameron Bin­nie who had a fine game.

Kin­gussie were miss­ing John Gib­son so John MacLean started at full cen­tre.

There was a minute’s si­lence ahead of throw-up as a mark of re­spect to New­ton­more stal­wart Johnny Camp­bell who died dur­ing the week.

Kin­gussie may have been un­der­dogs, but they al­most took the lead when a Ruar­idh Anderson shot hit the bar in the open­ing min­utes.

Roddy Young also went close when he dragged a shot wide from the edge of the D be­fore Duncan Gor­man put New­ton­more ahead on 24 min­utes.

A quick-fire Conor Jones brace on 34 and 35 min­utes gave New­ton­more a com­fort­able 3- 0 half-time lead.

New­ton­more had a grip of the mid­field area, putting the Kin­gussie de­fence un­der con­stant pres­sure. Martin Hall made it 4- 0 on 64 min­utes and Iain Robin­son added a fifth on 77 min­utes.

Conor Jones, who gave Kin­gussie full back Rory Fraser a tor­rid time all af­ter­noon, com­pleted his hat-trick a minute from time.

’More cap­tain Cameron McNiven lifted shinty’s top ju­nior tro­phy to the de­light of his team’s sup­port­ers.

Archie Ritchie was the match ref­eree.

Bul­lough Cup semi fi­nal Glas­gow Mid Argyll 1 Tay­forth 7

Tay­forth reached the Bul­lough Cup Fi­nal af­ter they de­feated Glas­gow Mid Argyll sec­onds 7-1 at Yoker.

A Bren­dan Dug­gan hat-trick, two from Calum Bar­ton and goals from Conor Sweeney and Hamish Anderson all counted for Tay­forth with An­gus MacInnes coun­ter­ing for GMA.

Ewen MacDon­ald was the match ref­eree.

Tay­forth will now play Kil­mory in an all-Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2 Bul­lough Cup Fi­nal on Satur­day Au­gust 27.

Marine Har­vest Premier­ship Oban Ca­manachd 2 Skye Ca­manachd 2

Oban Ca­manachd missed the chance to go within a point of league lead­ers New­ton­more when they drew 2-2 with Skye Ca­manachd at Moss­field.

The sides drew 2-2 when they met at Pairc nan Laoch ear­lier in the sea­son and both teams made a bright start in this one, play­ing at a high tempo on the im­mac­u­late Moss­field sur­face.

Oban took the early ini­tia­tive with the game’s first chance fall­ing to Lorne Dickie, but he shot past the post on three min­utes.

The home side went close again be­fore Skye took a 14th minute lead. A shy from near the cor­ner flag went over de­fender Gary McKer­racher. The ball fell for Iain Ni­col­son in the ‘D’ and he sent the ball low into the net.

Oban im­me­di­ately pushed for an equaliser and they were re­warded three min­utes later when a ball played across the Skye de­fence found its way to An­drew McCuish who scored from 15 yards to make it 1-1.

Oban started to get the up­per hand in mid­field with Scott MacMillan in fine form.

Skye’s Danny Mor­ri­son saw an ef­fort saved by Gavin Sto­b­bart and Jamie Gan­non was called into ac­tion on 43 min­utes when he made a great save with his stick to deny Lorne Dickie whilst also keep­ing out a Daniel MacVicar ef­fort.

Skye edged ahead again on 52 min­utes when Will Cowie’s ini­tial shot, fol­low­ing a good pass­ing move, was saved by Gavin Sto­b­bart but the ever-alert Jor­dan Murchi­son steered the re­bound into the net from close-range tak­ing a heavy chal­lenge from Gary McKer­racher in the process.

Oban pushed the Skye de­fence back and were re­warded three min­utes later when Wil­lie Neilson pounced to tap home a re­bound to make it 2-2.

A Jor­dan Murchi­son rocket-shot was turned round the post by the stick of Oban keeper Gavin Sto­b­bart.

Steven Mor­ri­son was out­stand­ing in the Skye de­fence and had a great tus­sle with Scot­land U17 for­ward Daniel MacVicar.

Oban Ca­manachd looked sure to take the lead for the first time in the match on 78 min­utes. Skye keeper Gan­non raced off his line to make an ini­tial block from an An­drew McCuish shot.

The ball broke kindly for Oban and, with the goal unat­tended, sub­sti­tute Chris MacLen­nan, on for Ally ‘Spod’ MacLeod, got back onto the goal line to bril­liantly de­flect McCuish’s at­tempt from the re­bound past the post with his stick.

With just eight min­utes re­main­ing, a neat move by the Skye for­wards saw Iain Mur­ray find Iain Ni­col­son on the left but his shot was saved by Gavin Sto­b­bart.

Oban threw ev­ery­thing at the Skye de­fence late in the game and the is­lan­ders had goalie Jamie Gan­non to thank for a fan­tas­tic save with his feet from what was al­most the last hit of the ball.

Sec­ond-placed Oban Ca­manachd now move two points clear of third-placed Kin­lochshiel. They are two points off top spot with lead­ers New­ton­more hav­ing two games in hand. This was Skye’s sev­enth draw in ten league matches. They move up to eighth place in the table, ahead of Lochaber on goal dif­fer­ence, with the teams due to meet in in Portree in a fort­night. Next up for Skye is a trip to Blair­beg to play Glenurquhart.

Lo­vat 0 Kyles Ath­letic 7

Kyles Ath­letic put their dis­ap­point­ment of two cup ex­its in suc­ces­sive Satur­days be­hind them as they brushed Lo­vat aside with a 7- 0 win at Bal­gate.

Kyles laid siege on the Lo­vat goal from the start and in the open­ing 15 min­utes they scored twice, hit the post, forced a cou­ple of good Stu­art MacDon­ald saves and had a goal disal­lowed by ref­eree Gra­ham Cameron.

A first time Scott MacDon­ald shot from the left gave Kyles a three minute lead. Roddy MacDon­ald popped up on the left to net a sim­i­lar goal on nine min­utes.

Kevin Bartlett shot nar­rowly past for Lo­vat on 26 min­utes and again a minute later.

As the driz­zle con­tin­ued to fall through­out the match, Kyles went three goals to the good on 30 min­utes.

Innes MacDon­ald pushed for­ward on the left and although Stu­art MacDon­ald got his stick to his name-sake’s shot, he couldn’t keep the ball out of the net.

Kyles’ Roddy MacDon­ald, who had been suf­fer­ing from a chest in­fec­tion, was re­placed by Ross MacRae.

Lo­vat came close to pulling a goal back early in the sec­ond half when a long ball for­ward had Cal­lum Miller back-ped­dling. The ball came over the Scot­land full-back and Greg Matheson cracked a shot off the cross­bar.

Kyles ex­tended their lead on 68 min­utes when sub­sti­tute Euan Fer­gu­son tried to cut out a high ball from the left but he only suc­ceeded in de­flect­ing the ball into his own net to make it 4- 0.

Kyles re­turned on the at­tack and Kevin Bartlett, by now at full cen­tre, was back help­ing out his de­fence.

Sandy MacKen­zie scored a fifth for the Tighnabru­aich side on 76 min­utes when he was first to re­act to score from the right.

Scott MacDon­ald got his sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon from the Kyles left with 10 min­utes re­main­ing.

Kyles saved their best goal for last as Roddy MacDon­ald, back on the field, came deep to gather the ball on 82 min­utes and went on a good run for­ward.

With keeper Stu­art MacDon­ald com­ing off his line, Roddy MacDon­ald seemed to have hit the ball too far ahead but he used his long reach to stretch and knock the ball into the net.

Danny Kelly, who cap­tained the Scot­land U17s to a win over Kilkenny U17s dur­ing the week, was best for Lo­vat, whilst Greg Matheson worked hard in the sec­ond half.

This was a good team per­for­mance from a Kyles side who looked to have adopted a ‘shoot on sight’ pol­icy.

Kyles go fourth in the league but they have games in hand on the teams above them. Lo­vat drop to sixth spot in shinty’s top di­vi­sion.

Fort Wil­liam 1 Glenurquhart 2

Glenurquhart took another step to­wards top di­vi­sion sur­vival when they beat Fort Wil­liam 2-1 in their 3pm throw up at An Aird.

The ‘Glen’ went in front on 23 min­utes when the ball was played through to Michael Brady. Michael Fraser took pos­ses­sion at the edge of the ‘D’ be­fore drib­bling around a de­fender and then around the keeper to score.

Fort Wil­liam took the chance to level on 64 min­utes when ref­eree Robert Bax­ter awarded them a penalty and Bryan Simp­son con­verted.

The win­ner came just three min­utes later when Ar­ran MacDon­ald sent a long ball over the full back. The ball took a bounce and Neale Reid took a touch of the ball in the air be­fore vol­ley­ing into the back of the net from the edge of the ‘D’.

Sev­enth-placed Glenur- quhart, who have now not con­ceded a goal from open play for 323 min­utes, have opened a three point gap be­tween them­selves and Skye and Lochaber. They host Skye at Blair­beg this com­ing Satur­day.

Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion Beauly 2 Kil­mallie 6

Kil­mallie go top of the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion for the first time this sea­son af­ter beat­ing Beauly 6-2 at Brae­view Park.

Kil­mallie were with­out the banned Craig MacIsaac but Scot­land U17 player Innes Black­hall was free of sus­pen­sion.

Liam MacDon­ald gave the Canal Parks side a tenth minute lead but Jack MacDon­ald equalised from the penalty spot four min­utes later.

A Martin Gra­ham goal on 28 min­utes, a sec­ond from Liam MacDon­ald a cou­ple of min­utes later and a Duncan Rodger strike on 34 min­utes gave Kil­mallie a 4-1 ad­van­tage at half time.

Bryan MacKay on 56 min­utes and a sec­ond from Duncan Rodger on 70 min­utes had Kil­mallie in con­trol.

There was some con­so­la­tion for the home side when Jamie MacLen­nan net­ted a minute from time, but the win means Kil­mallie are ahead of In­ver­aray at the top of the table on goal dif­fer­ence with two games in hand.

In­ver­aray 2 Glas­gow Mid Argyll 3

Glas­gow Mid Argyll twice came from a goal down to beat In­ver­aray 3-2 in their 3pm throw up at the Win­ter­ton.

There was an early let- off for the home side when GMA’s Euan Forsyth had the ball in the net but the ef­fort was ruled out for off­side by ref­eree David Mitchell.

In­ver­aray opened the scor­ing on 13 min­utes when Lewis Mac­Ni­col showed great stick­work be­fore fir­ing home a low 25-yard drive for a well taken goal.

GMA drew level five min­utes be­fore half time. Ally Munro blocked a Craig Anderson swing but broke his ca­man in the process. Anderson got away and Munro chased af­ter him, trip­ping him up, and earn­ing a yel­low card.

GMA took a quick free-hit and Brian Slat­tery burst for­ward from mid­field. His shot was head­ing wide un­til the un­for­tu­nate Munro de­flected the ball with his stick past a help­less Scott MacLach­lan in the home goal.

In­ver­aray went back in front on 63 min­utes when David Robert­son and Garry MacPher­son linked up well. MacPher­son made a run from mid­field and fired the ball into the net to make it 2-1. GMA re­stored par­ity for a sec­ond time with a goal out of noth­ing on 75 min­utes. Brian Slat­tery, en­cour­aged by his ear­lier ef­fort, floated a 40-yard shot goal­wards which de­ceived keeper MacLach­lan and dipped just un­der the bar to make it 2-2.

In­ver­aray had by now in­tro­duced Euan McMurdo and he showed he has plenty to of­fer with some di­rect shoot­ing.

It looked as if the teams were head­ing for a share of the points un­til a minute from time when ref­eree David Mitchell spot­ted a kick in the In­ver­aray goal­mouth and con­sulted with the goal judge as to whether it was in­side the ‘D’.

Af­ter a brief dis­cus­sion, the ref­eree pointed to the penalty spot. Craig Anderson kept his cool to score and give his side both points.

It was a stop-start en­counter which lacked flu­ency but GMA, who bat­tled for ev­ery­thing and played well as a team, did just enough to win. In­ver­aray were flat in com­par­i­son to the team which beat Kyles a week ear­lier.

In­ver­aray drop to sec­ond place in the league, whilst fourth-placed GMA are just two points off lead­ers Kil­mallie with a game in hand.

Caber­feidh 3 Bute 1

Third-placed Caber­feidh scored three times in the last 13 min­utes to win 3-1 in their 3pm throw-up against Bute at Cas­tle Leod.

For­mer Lo­vat player Duncan David­son gave Bute the lead on 25 min­utes with what was the only goal of the first half.

It stayed that way un­til 77 min­utes when Gavin MacDon­ald scored to the re­lief of the home sup­port.

Craig Mor­ri­son on 79 min­utes and Blair Mor­ri­son on 85 min­utes wrapped up the points for ‘Cabers’ to make it two wins out of two for new boss Jodi Gorski. Caber­feidh are just a point be­hind the top two in shinty’s sec­ond tier.

In­ver­ness 5 Bal­lachul­ish 2

In­ver­ness re­cov­ered from los­ing two early goals to beat Bal­lachul­ish 5-2 at Bught Park.

It was a per­fect day for shinty and In­ver­ness, play­ing away from the town in the first half, at­tacked from the throw-up.

Af­ter the ball was quickly cleared up­field, Balla’ full for­ward Lorne Brown took a touch be­fore beat­ing home keeper Al­lan MacLeod high to his left with a fine 20-yard strike with just a minute played.

In­ver­ness went back on the of­fen­sive but, af­ter eight min­utes, Balla’ full cen­tre John MacDon­ald sent a long ball out of de­fence which caught out the In­ver­ness rear-guard. Mal­colm Wat­son cut in from the left and although his shot was saved with his feet by Al­lan MacLeod, Lorne Brown raced in to flick the re­bound into the net to make it 2- 0.

The home side con­tin­ued to press and James Cameron and Davie Duncan both went close with­out hit­ting the tar­get.

There were yel­low cards for In­ver­ness for­ward Char­lie MacDon­ald and Balla’ tal­is­man John MacDon­ald in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents as the vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to do most of the de­fend­ing. But In­ver­ness lacked com­po­sure in front of goal.

Ar­ran MacMaster drifted a 22-yard shot goal­wards but Scot­land U17 keeper Cameron Suther­land saved with his hand be­fore clear­ing his lines.

Bal­lachul­ish al­most went 3- 0 ahead when, on the break, Lorne Brown played a per­fectly weighted ball to Jack MacLean. But Al­lan MacLeod came quickly off his line to nar­row the an­gle and the at­tempt bounced wide of the keeper’s left post.

All the In­ver­ness pres­sure fi­nally paid off on 40 min­utes when James Cameron forced home a ball from the right to make it 2-1 at the break.

Char­lie MacDon­ald sent the ball high into the net to make it 2-2 a minute af­ter the restart in a goal re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to Lorne Brown’s opener.

Jack Craig came on for David Glass who was booked and had to leave field af­ter a clash left with him with a cut head.

The sub­sti­tute saw a shot de­flected wide just a mo­ment

af­ter his ap­pear­ance.

In­ver­ness were now cre­at­ing bet­ter chances and Char­lie MacDon­ald found James Cameron, who made half a yard of space, be­fore send­ing the ball just over the bar.

In­ver­ness went in front for the first time from the penalty spot on 56 min­utes. A mazy run from the dan­ger­ous Char­lie MacDon­ald saw him cut in from the left. He beat three de­fend­ers be­fore be­ing chopped down in­side the ‘D’ and James Cameron gave Cameron Suther­land no chance from the spot.

Ref­eree Martin MacLean awarded the home side another penalty when Char­lie MacDon­ald touched the ball to Chris John­son who was pushed in the back in­side the ‘D’. This time, James Cameron’s spot hit came back off the keeper’s right post.

At the other end, Ar­ran MacMaster played the ball long to Char­lie MacDon­ald but Cameron Suther­land stretched to make a good save with his right foot.

Char­lie MacDon­ald con­tin­ued to torment the Balla’ de­fence and, when he was tripped by Eoin Fyfe around the penalty spot, the Balla’ de­fender was booked.

The roof fell in on Bal­lachul­ish a minute later when Eoin Fyfe was dis­missed for a sec­ond yel­low card fol­low­ing a swing in­side the ‘D’ which caught a home for­ward. Char­lie MacDon­ald con­verted the penalty to make it 4-2 with 69 min­utes gone.

In­ver­ness at­tacked from the restart and a su­per one-touch pass­ing move left Jack Craig with the sim­plest of chances to roll the ball into an empty net to make it 5-2 with 20 min­utes still to go.

With Drew Mc­neil now play­ing as the spare man in de­fence, In­ver­ness saw out the re­main­der of the match. The win means they climb above Bute into sixth place in the table although they have played a game more than the is­lan­ders. Bal­lachul­ish are two points worse off at the bot­tom of the table.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 Fort Wil­liam 2 Strath­glass 4

League lead­ers Strath­glass got back on their win­ning ways - fol­low­ing de­feat to New­ton­more’s sec­ond team a week ear­lier - by beat­ing the Fort Wil­liam’s re­serves 4-2 in their noon throw-up at An Aird.

Hamish Myers gave Strath­glass a 35th minute lead with the only goal of the first half.

Ryan Boyle pulled Fort Wil­liam level on 48 min­utes but Dar­ren Reid re­stored the Can­nich side’s ad­van­tage four min­utes later.

Ryan Bal­harry on 75 min­utes and Josh Fraser on 78 min­utes made it 4-1 and although John MacLeod notched a sec­ond for Fort Wil­liam to make it 4-2 10 min­utes from time, Strath­glass re­turned home with both points.

Strath­glass ex­tend their lead over the New­ton­more sec­ond team at the top of the table to four points. New­ton­more have three games in hand so the ti­tle des­ti­na­tion is in their hands.

Skye Ca­manachd 1 Glenurquhart 2

The Glenurquhart re­serves beat Skye Ca­manachd re­serves 2-1 in their rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

James MacPher­son put the Glen ahead af­ter three min­utes but Kenny MacLeod lev­elled on 15 min­utes.

Daniel MacKintosh put the vis­i­tors back in front on 27 min­utes. Skye pressed hard for a lev­eller in the sec­ond half but Glenurquhart took both points.

Kin­lochshiel 9 Lo­vat 1

Kin­lochshiel’s sec­ond team over­pow­ered an un­der-strength Lo­vat sec­onds 9-1 at Kirk­ton.

Kin­lochshiel won the match in the first half; hand­ing out six of the best to the young, less ex­pe­ri­enced Lo­vat de­fence be­fore the break.

Sandy MacDiarmid turned his marker on five min­utes and put the ball into the keeper’s bot­tom right cor­ner of the net to make it 1- 0.

MacDiarmid got his and ’Shiel’s sec­ond on nine min­utes when he peeled away from his marker be­fore slotting the ball past Ro­nan MacMillan in the Lo­vat goal.

Neil Fraser added a third on 14 min­utes when he did well to turn James White be­fore scor­ing with a fierce 20-yard shot, beat­ing the keeper high at his right-hand post.

Steven Isles then ran down the ’Shiel left, get­ting past a cou­ple of play­ers, be­fore driv­ing the ball low into the cor­ner of the net with 27 min­utes played.

There was a touch of for­tune to Kin­lochshiel’s fifth goal on 38 min­utes.

The ball was crossed into the ‘D’ by Steven Isles. James Grieve tried to clear, but de­flected the ball into his own goal.

Lo­vat pulled a goal back on 40 min­utes when Martin Bell hit a loop­ing ball over the ’Shiel de­fence. As the ball dropped into the ‘D’, Ray­mond Gil­lies tried to clear but the ball went un­der his feet as Cameron MacMillan set up Dy­lan MacCul­loch who tapped the ball over the line.

Kin­lochshiel made it 6-1 a minute be­fore the break. Scott MacLean passed the ball to an un­marked Steven Isles, 15 yards from the Lo­vat goal, and he dis­patched the ball high into the roof of the net.

Neil Fraser got his sec­ond goal on the hour mark when he fired home from 20 yards.

Fraser com­pleted his hat-trick five min­utes later when he went past his marker be­fore flick­ing the ball be­yond Lo­vat keeper MacMillan.

Kin­lochshiel rounded off the 9-1 win when sub­sti­tute Ross Fraser pounced on a re­bound off the keeper to score.

There were good home per­for­mances from ’Shiel full cen­tre Fraser MacVicar, Alas­dair Nixon on the left wing and WD MacRae who was ex­cel­lent, first at left back and then half for­ward.

Lo­vat cap­tain James Grieve turned in a good per­for­mance at buck­shee back.

The match was played in good spir­its with no pa­per­work for ref­eree John An­gus Gil­lies.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 Oban Celtic 7 Lochside Rovers 1

Lochside Rovers, Oban Ca­manachd’s re­serve side, hav­ing topped League Di­vi­sion 1, slip to third place af­ter this heavy loss to lo­cal ri­vals Oban Celtic.

Lochside were with­out key play­ers Daniel MacVicar and Ross MacMillan, both on first team duty, and long-term in­jured play­ers Keith and Christo­pher MacMillan.

Celtic were with­out Rory Bruce, David Gra­ham, Ewan MacCorquo­dale, Gerry Kil­mur­ray, Fraser Macmillan, Lewis MacPhee and Alan Mckie. They wel­comed John Hill back into de­fence.

Celtic made the stronger start and surged into a 3- 0 lead by mid­way through the first half. Daniel Madej on three min­utes, Neil Carmichael on 11 min­utes and Ally McKer­racher on 33 min­utes did the dam­age.

Lochside got a goal back on 35 min­utes through Michael Mac­Queen and they looked the bet­ter side as half time ap­proached. Some good goal­keep­ing from Celtic’s Stephen David­son kept the score to 3-1 at half time.

The game was be­ing played at a high pace with ref­eree Lachie Woods ap­ply­ing com­mon sense, although some play­ers can count them­selves lucky that he only flashed the yel­low card a cou­ple of times as the tempo in­creased in this feisty en­counter. There was no fur­ther scor­ing and the more ex­pe­ri­enced Celtic were good value for their 3 – 1 half time lead.

Any thoughts Lochside had of a come­back were dashed when Iain MacKech­nie scored in the first minute of the sec­ond half to end the game as a con­test.

The im­pres­sive Daniel Madej com­pleted his hat-trick with goals on 72 min­utes and 88 min­utes to make the fi­nal score 7-1.

For Celtic the prospect of play­ing in Na­tional Di­vi­sion 1 looms and will be a test of how far the team has pro­gressed un­der team man­ager Kenny Wother­spoon.

With two league games left, one against Aber­dour who them­selves have Na­tional League am­bi­tions, Lochside will con­tinue to give play­ers from their un­der 17 team the op­por­tu­nity to play at this level.

Team man­ager Gareth Evans said: ‘Celtic were the bet­ter team on the day although the man­ner in which we lost is dis­ap­point­ing and we need to ad­dress that. Craig Kil­patrick and Ross Alexan­der were ex­cel­lent.

‘ With our player re­sources stretched, we can­not fault the play­ers who gave their all in what was a sport­ing en­counter played in the right man­ner.’

Af­ter the match, Oban Celtic man­ager Kenny Wother­spoon said: ‘I’m al­ways de­ter­mined to get the boys ready and fo­cused prior to throw up and that’s why we put so much into the warm up. To find our­selves 3-1 up at half time was good but I felt the boys could give a lot more.

‘I ex­plained this at half time and told the boys to ‘up it’ and they cer­tainly did that in the sec­ond half. It could quite eas­ily have been dou­ble fig­ures again this week had it not been for Scott Buchanan in the Lochside goal.

‘We have a free week this Satur­day but we know what we have to do over the next cou­ple of weeks to achieve our goal for the sea­son.’

In­ver­aray 2 Aber­dour 4

Aber­dour halted the In­ver­aray sec­ond team’s three-match win­ning run with a 4-2 vic­tory in their noon throw up at the Win­ter­ton.

Aber­dour goalie Tom Bow­er­man was a late call- off so Craig Callaghan stepped in be­tween the posts.

In­ver­aray fielded Euan McMurdo at full cen­tre as he con­tin­ues his re­turn to full fit­ness af­ter miss­ing most of the sea­son so far.

Aber­dour started well but it was In­ver­aray who opened the scor­ing when a ball out of de­fence fell for an un­marked Andy Ste­wart who made it 1- 0 af­ter five min­utes.

An­gus Thor­burn fin­ished off a good pass­ing move from the edge of the ‘D’ to make it 1-1 on 25 min­utes.

The vis­i­tors went in front on 31 min­utes when An­gus Thor­burn ran at the In­ver­aray de­fence be­fore re­leas­ing the ball to Roddy MacColl just out­side the ‘D’ and he made no mis­take.

In­ver­aray en­sured the sides would go into the in­ter­val level when Andy Ste­wart pun­ished a miss-hit out of de­fence to make it 2-2 with 40 min­utes gone.

Two goals in a hard-fought sec­ond half gave Aber­dour the win. An­gus Thor­burn got his sec­ond on 65 min­utes, whilst Roddy MacColl did like-wise to fi­nally put Aber­dour out of reach with five min­utes re­main­ing.

Sec­ond-placed Aber­dour now only trail league lead­ers Oban Celtic on goal dif­fer­ence with both sides hav­ing four league games re­main­ing.

Col Glen 2 Glenorchy 0

Two late goals gave Col Glen a 2- 0 vic­tory over Glenorchy at Glen­daruel.

Glenorchy had Duncan Smith free of a four-match sus­pen­sion.

The en­counter was still at stale­mate with just 15 min­utes re­main­ing when a cross from the wing came off a Glenorchy de­fender’s stick and bounced in front of Scott MacVicar who smashed the ball into the back of the net to make it 1- 0.

Jamie MacVicar sealed the win five min­utes from time when a cor­ner was ex­pertly lobbed in to­wards him, with Scott MacVicar get­ting a touch on a vis­it­ing de­fender’s ca­man to al­low the ball to fall. Jamie MacVicar stopped the ball with his feet and fin­ished nicely to make it 2- 0.

Kyles Ath­letic 0 Taynuilt 2

Taynuilt moved off the bot­tom of the table when they beat the Kyles Ath­letic colts 2- 0 at Tighnabru­aich.

Both the goals came in the sec­ond half. Neil Gil­lies put Taynuilt in the lead on 52 min­utes, whilst Neil Mac­Far­lane made it 2- 0 on 68 min­utes.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 Lochcar­ron 7 Kil­mallie 2

Nick Dal­gety in­spired Lochcar­ron to a 7-2 vic­tory over Kil­mallie’s sec­ond team at Bat­tery Park.

Nick Dal­gety got Lochcar­ron off to a good start with a goal af­ter 10 min­utes. Ross MacKen­zie drew Kil­mallie level on 26 min­utes but a sec­ond from Nick Dal­gety a minute later and a Sean MacCuish strike on 39 min­utes had Lochcar­ron 3-1 to the good at the break.

Kil­mallie’s Don­ald MacRae took his side within a goal of the hosts with a strike on 63 min­utes, only for Sean MacCuish to get his sec­ond to re­store Lochcar­ron’s two-goal ad­van­tage a cou­ple of min­utes later.

The rest of the match be­longed to Nick Dal­gety who took his haul to five goals, be­com­ing the day’s top shinty scorer, with ef­forts on 70, 84 and 89 min­utes.

The win means Lochcar­ron close the gap on league lead­ers Aberdeen Univer­sity to four points. Both sides have five league games to play.

Glen­garry 4 Lewis Ca­manachd 1

Glen­garry de­feated Lewis Ca­manachd 4-1 in their 1pm throw-up at Craigard.

This was a re­turn to his for­mer hunt­ing ground for Lewis Ca­manachd boss Duncan MacIn­tyre, a for­mer Glen­garry player.

Lewis were with­out Eoghan Ste­wart, Seu­mas Char­ity, Joseph MacInnes and Calum Fer­gu­son who were all in Gal­way at Cholm­cille 9.

James MacRae gave ’ Garry the lead af­ter 13 min­utes when he sent a shot from dis­tance high into the net fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

Lewis tried to get back in the game but the home side forced a series of cor­ners and it took some stout de­fend­ing to stop ’Garry adding to their lead.

Lewis made a good start to the sec­ond half and Con­nor Chalmers and Kenny Mur­ray went close be­fore a goal on the break drew the vis­i­tors level. Paddy Sin­clair cleared a Glen­garry cor­ner up field and Don­ald Lamont played the ball to Con­nor Chalmers who set up Kenny Mur­ray to make it 1-1 with just three sec­ond half min­utes played.

The goal jolted ’ Garry and they went back in front a cou­ple of min­utes later cour­tesy of a Steven Cameron snap-shot.

Steven Cameron then surged for­ward from mid­field and found James MacRae who got his sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon on the hour mark.

James MacRae com­pleted his hat-trick on 65 min­utes when a shot from just out­side the penalty spot went high into the net to make it 4-1.

Glen­garry are just a point be­hind fourth-placed Lochaber sec­onds but they have played three games more.

Lochaber W/O v Strath­spey Ca­manachd

The Lochaber sec­ond team were given a walk- over as Strath­spey Ca­manachd were un­able to raise a team for their meet­ing at Spean Bridge. Lochaber stay fourth in the league.

In­ver­ness P Aberdeen Univer­sity P

The In­ver­ness sec­ond team agreed to ti­tle favourites Aberdeen Univer­sity’s re­quest to resched­ule their meet­ing at Bught Park to a later date.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2 Dunoon Ca­manachd P Aber­dour P

The match be­tween Dunoon Ca­manachd and the Aber­dour sec­ond team was post­poned as the Dunoon Sta­dium was ruled un­playable.

Pho­tos: Neil Pater­son

Cham­pagne flows as New­ton­more cel­e­brate win­ning the Suther­land Cup.

Photo: Don­ald Pater­son.

Six­teen-year- old Ross MacLean, who made his se­nior de­but for Bal­lachul­ish last Satur­day, beats Daniel Palombo of In­ver­ness to the ball.

New­ton­more cap­tain Cameron McNiven with the Suther­land Cup.

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn.

A de­lighted Wil­lie Neilson scores the sec­ond goal for Oban Ca­manachd in the 2-2 draw with Skye at Moss­field last Satur­day.

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Lochside goal­keeper Scott Buchanan can’t stop this ef­fort from Neil Carmichael hit­ting the back of the net.

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