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Lochaber 0 Kin­gussie 2

League lead­ers Kin­gussie stay top of the ta­ble af­ter a Martin Dal­las dou­ble gave them a 2- 0 win over Lochaber at Spean Bridge.

Barry Mac­Don­ald was free to play for Lochaber but will miss his team’s next two matches af­ter pass­ing through the dis­ci­plinary points thresh­old. Keeper Cal­lum Mac­Don­ald was back, tak­ing over from Bryn Whit­taker in goal.

Kin­gussie were with­out in­jured for­wards Savio Genini and James Fal­coner.

Martin Dal­las gave Kin­gussie the lead with a well-worked goal on 19 min­utes. Dal­las col­lected a ball played up the right, al­most on the by-line. He then cut across goal, link­ing up with the other for­wards, be­fore send­ing the ball low into the net from the left side of the ‘D’.

It was Martin Dal­las again who made it 2- 0 on 41 min­utes. This time Chris Hol­leysong floated the ball into the dan­ger area. Ryan Borth­wick fought with the full back for pos­ses­sion and the ball broke to Dal­las on the right who struck a shot low into the net.

Lochaber were still very much in the game though and it took some ex­cel­lent goal­keep­ing from Kin­gussie cus­to­dian Craig Daw­son to earn his third clean sheet in four league matches. James Hutchi­son was also his re­li­able self at the back.

Cal­lum Mac­Don­ald had to look lively on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions in the home goal but Kin­gussie will be de­lighted to take the points ahead of this week­end’s home meet­ing with Lo­vat.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 0 Kin­lochshiel 1

Kin­lochshiel re­turned from Glas­gow with both points af­ter beat­ing Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 1- 0 at Yoker. Brian Slat­tery re­cov­ered from in­jury to line up for GMA but they were miss­ing Mark Bain and Stu­art Reid who were both on hol­i­day. Iain Luke was on the bench as he works his way back to fit­ness from a bro­ken hand.

Kin­lochshiel for­ward John MacRae was free of sus­pen­sion af­ter miss­ing the MacTav­ish Cup win over Kin­gussie a week ear­lier whilst broth­ers Don­ald and Ally Nixon were also back.

The match was played on a dif­fi­cult sur­face and the only goal of the game came three min­utes be­fore the break. Some great wing play from Jor­dan Fraser saw him play the ball to Oliver MacRae who blasted a shot high into the net to give ’Shiel a 1- 0 lead.

The win gives Kin­lochshiel max­i­mum points from their three league matches so far, leav­ing them a point be­hind lead­ers Kin­gussie with a game in hand.

Kin­lochshiel don’t have a game this Satur­day, whilst GMA will be tested at home against New­ton­more.

Glenurquhart 2 Lo­vat 1

Glenurquhart go third in the ta­ble as they came from a goal down to beat Lo­vat 2-1 at Blair­beg.

John Barr and Andrew Cor­ri­gan were in a strong ‘Glen’ side, lin­ing up with Euan Lloyd and Lachie Smith in de­fence.

Lo­vat had Danny Kelly at full back and Calum MacAu­lay re­turned, start­ing on the bench.

The home side had an early chance to take the lead when Lo­vat keeper Stu­art Mac­Don­ald was pe­nalised by ref­eree Calum Gir­van for fall­ing on the ball. Neale Reid hit the penalty well, but Stu­art Mac­Don­ald made a bril­liant save with his stick.

Glenurquhart had made the bet­ter start but when Lo­vat took a grip of the mid­field, ‘ Glen’ boss Iain MacLeod showed he wasn’t afraid to make early changes and, with 15 min­utes played, James MacPher­son came on for Ar­ran Mac­Don­ald with Con­nor Go­labek drop­ping back into mid­field.

More changes fol­lowed as Lo­vat re­placed Graeme MacMil­lan with Martin Main­land on 26 min­utes and Glen’s David MacLen­nan came on for Cal­lum Smith at full for­ward on 30 min­utes.

The vis­i­tors took the lead on 42 min­utes. Ryan Fer­gu­son sent a low ball in from the left and Greg Mathe­son got to it ahead of Lachie Smith. Mathe­son then sent a well-stuck shot into the net from 12 yards to make it 1- 0.

Lo­vat al­most ex­tended their lead on the stroke of half time when a Lorne MacKay ef­fort hit the base of the post so they had to set­tle for a 1- 0 lead at the end of a phys­i­cal, all-ac­tion first half.

The sec­ond half never hit the heights of the first pe­riod and Stu­art Mac­Don­ald twice saved well to thwart Con­nor Go­labek.

Drew Howie was hav­ing a keenly con­tested bat­tle with his former Lo­vat team mate James MacPher­son. And it was MacPher­son who got the equaliser on 63 min­utes when he got in front of Howie to crash a drop­ping ball into the net from an Ally MacK­in­tosh cor­ner on the left. It was a ter­rific fin­ish which set up an in­ter­est­ing fi­nal third of the con­test.

Stu­art Mac­Don­ald again de­nied Go­labek and then MacPher­son. The re­flex save from Go­labek was out­stand­ing as the Scot­land goalie stretched his stick to the side to turn Go­labek’s low shot over the bar with 77 min­utes played.

The win­ning goal came on 82 min­utes. James MacPher­son was fouled by Drew Howie. MacPher­son then ran away from the goal, tak­ing marker Howie with him.

Fraser Heath spot­ted the space in the Lo­vat de­fence and his run for­ward was picked out by free-hit taker Neale Reid and Heath scored from inside the ‘D’. Lo­vat ap­pealed for off­side but their claims were waved away by ref­eree Gir­van.

There was a late scare for the home sup­port as Lo­vat pushed for a lev­eller but stand-in goalie Garry MacK­in­tosh was cool un­der pres­sure as he cleared the dan­ger ahead of the on-rush­ing Lo­vat for­wards, prov­ing he could be dif­fi­cult to shift when Stu­art MacK­in­tosh re­turns from in­jury.

The sides meet in the MacTav­ish Cup quar­ter fi­nals at the same venue in a fort­night.

Kil­mallie P Oban Ca­manachd P

The game be­tween Kil­mallie and Oban Ca­manachd at Canal Parks was post­poned as a mark of re­spect fol­low­ing the sad pass­ing of former Oban Ca­manachd player Neil ‘Nonny’ MacInnes.

Oban Ca­manachd host Glenurquhart this Satur­day and should have Gary McKer­racher back.

Kil­mallie are at home to Kyles Ath­letic. Michael Rodger is free of sus­pen­sion but book­ings in the league de­feat to Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll mean Innes Black­hall and Jor­dan MacPhee join Craig MacIsaac on the banned list.

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