Ma­rine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion

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Caber­feidh 4 Oban Celtic 2

Caber­feidh twice came from a goal down to beat Oban Celtic 4-2 at Cas­tle Leod.

‘Cabers’ missed the in­flu­ence of full cen­tre Craig Mor­ri­son who started a two-game ban af­ter be­ing red carded against Skye the pre­vi­ous week. Oban Celtic trav­elled with­out Ful­ton Ross, Rory Bruce and Iain Mack­ech­nie. Keeper Stephen Davidson was also miss­ing so Jack Hill played in goal for the first time in four years.

The Oban Celtic play­ers wore black arm­bands and there was a minute’s si­lence ahead of throw up fol­low­ing the pass­ing of Neil ‘Nonny’ MacInnes.

Neil Carmichael got Kenny Wother­spoon’s side off to a great start when a long ball for­ward led to a goal with just a cou­ple of min­utes played.

When ref­eree Andy MacLean awarded ‘Cabers’ a penalty in the sev­enth minute, Kevin Bartlett stepped up to send the ball low and hard into the net to make it 1-1.

Oban Celtic lost Andy Hunt early in the match with a ham­string prob­lem.

Neil Carmichael got a sec­ond to put the Oban side back in front on 17 min­utes.

Stand-in Oban Celtic keeper Jack Hill then made some good saves in the match in­clud­ing one from an Ally MacLen­nan piledriver from 35 yards out with the goalie turn­ing the ball over the bar with his stick.

Oban Celtic were un­able to hold out un­til the in­ter­val though and a sec­ond from Kevin Bartlett on 40 min­utes drew the sides level again. Bartlett beat his marker be­fore round­ing the keeper to score.

The sec­ond half was just a cou­ple of min­utes old when ‘Cabers’ took the lead for the first time when Colin MacLen­nan got on the end of a ball into the goal area just ahead of the keeper to score.

Oban Celtic pushed hard for a lev­eller but this time it was Caber­feidh’s turn to hit them on a counter-at­tack and Gavin Mclauch­lan played a one-two with Kevin Bartlett be­fore scor­ing from around the penalty spot to make it 4-2.

Oban Celtic’s Daniel MacMil­lan re­quired a hospi­tal visit to get a cut head at­tended to.

Caber­feidh now only trail league lead­ers Skye by a point with both sides hav­ing played three games.

De­spite com­pet­ing well in their first three league matches, Oban Celtic are still in search of their first points and they will have to put that search on hold as they don’t have a game this com­ing Satur­day.

Strath­glass 1 In­ver­ness 1

Strath­glass and In­ver­ness had to set­tle for a point apiece in a 1-1 draw at Can­nich.

Strath­glass were with­out in­jured pair Ge­orge Phimis­ter and Hamish My­ers. Scott Dou­glas started at buck­shee back.

In­ver­ness were mi­nus Scot­land U21 for­ward Charles Mac­Don­ald who was at a dif­fer­ent shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion so Ja­son McLeod started in at­tack. Wil­liam MacKin­non was still out in­jured and with goalie Ian Munro miss­ing, boss Drew Mc- Neil started be­tween the sticks. In­ver­ness made a strong start and cre­ated an open­ing on seven min­utes. James Cameron was im­peded out­side the ‘D’ but ref­eree John An­gus Gillies played ad­van­tage and Cameron surged for­ward, But, with the keeper to beat, Cameron was un­able to get a strike goal­wards and the ball was cleared to safety by the home de­fence.

In­ver­ness kept press­ing for the open­ing goal and Sor­ley Mac­Don­ald sent a cou­ple of shots wide of tar­get.

Strath­glass took the lead on 43 min­utes, the goal com­ing against the run of play. Michael Stokes peeled away from Dougie Rankin and passed to Steven Hys­lop on the ‘Strath’ right. Hys­lop showed great com­po­sure to slot the ball into the keeper’s right hand, bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

In­ver­ness lev­elled on the hour. A long clear­ance from David Glass found James Cameron at half for­ward and he crossed to Ja­son McLeod who turned his marker and shot past the help­less Ally MacA­dams in the ‘Strath’ goal.

In­ver­ness suf­fered a blow on 70 min­utes when David Glass had to go off with a twisted knee. Ken­neth Loades came on in his place.

In­ver­ness missed Char­lie Mac­Don­ald’s in­flu­ence and when he made a late ar­rival at the match, he re­placed sub­sti­tute Loades who had only been on the field for a cou­ple of min­utes.

Strath­glass al­most grabbed a win­ner with 10 min­utes re­main­ing. Scott Dou­glas found space 25 yards from goal and un­leashed a pow­er­ful strike which pro­duced a tremen­dous save from stand-in keeper Drew McNeil who threw him­self to his left to chest the ball to safety.

James Cameron col­lected a late book­ing for dis­sent.

Over the piece, both teams were prob­a­bly happy with a point. In­ver­ness de­fender Adam MacMaster was solid through­out the game and David Glass worked tire­lessly in the cen­tre line. Seth Jones was com­mand­ing in the Strath­glass mid­field, along with the im­pres­sive Michael Stokes.

Skye Ca­manachd P Beauly P

The meet­ing be­tween Skye Ca­manachd and Beauly at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, was post­poned on Fri­day evening be­cause of an un­playable pitch.

The sides meet at Brae­view Park this Satur­day in the first round of the Ma­rine Har­vest Ca­manachd Cup.

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