Oban side on Ca­manachd Cup semi-final duty this week­end

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN Ca­manachd’s game against Kyles Ath­letic due to be played at Tighnabruich last week­end was called off on the Satur­day morn­ing due to an un­playable pich.

The fo­cus now turns to this Satur­day when they play Lochaber at Taynuilt Play­ing Fields for a place in the shinty’s blue riband com­pe­ti­tion – the Ca­manachd Cup final.

This is ar­guably the most im­por­tant game for the club since that mem­o­rable day in In­ver­ness 20 years ago when against the odds Oban Ca­manachd won the cup de­feat­ing the all con­quer­ing Kin­gussie 3-2 in a re­mark­able final.

Good form

The Oban team who lie in sec­ond place in the Marine Har­vest Premier­ship are on a good run of form this sea­son un­der the di­rec­tion of team man­ager Ian Hay who, apart from longterm in­juries to Ian Campbell and Keith MacMil­lan and the sus­pended Gary Lord, has a full squad to choose from.

Lochaber de­feated Skye last week to ease their rel­e­ga­tion wor­ries. The team have shown good form in this com­pe­ti­tion de­feat­ing Kin­gussie and Kyles on their way to the semi-final.

The game will be a closely con­tested en­counter, with the league meet­ings ear­lier this sea­son end­ing in a 1-1 draw at Spean Bridge and Ca­manachd win­ning 2-1 at Moss­field Sta­dium.

The game will be tele­vised by BBC Alba with a 4.05pm throw up as both teams con­test the right to play New­ton­more in the final at An-Aird in Septem­ber af­ter the Bade­noch team de­feated Kin­lochshiel by 2 -1 in the other semi final. Com­mented team man­ager Ian Hay: ‘Our last ap­pear­ance in a Scot­tish Cup Final was in 2001 when we were beaten 2- 0 by Kin­gussie.

Won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence

‘I played in that game my­self and al­though we ended up los­ing it was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and I will be telling the play­ers that and what it means to the club to get to the final and for shinty in gen­eral in Oban.’

Man­ager Ian Hay has cho­sen the fol­low­ing play­ers for the semi-final: Gavin Sto­b­bart, Wil­lie Neil­son, Gary MacKer­racher, Scott McKil­lop, James MacMil­lan, Ross MacMil­lan, Ian MacMil­lan, An­drew MacCuish, Daniel MacVicar, Mal­colm Clark, Robert Alexan­der, Scott MacMil­lan, Lorne Dickie, Daniel Cameron, Ai­dan MacIn­tyre and David Laf­ferty.

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

Oban Ca­manachd pic­tured af­ter win­ning the Mod Cup last year. The red and blacks will be hop­ing to go on and lift the Ca­manachd Cup in the final at Fort Wil­liam on Septem­ber 17 but they have to over­come Lochaber in the semi-final at Taynuilt on Satur­day first.

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