Marine Harvest South Division 2
Inveraray 4 Dunoon Camanachd 0
The Inveraray second team followed up the previous week’s win over the Glasgow Mid Argyll seconds with a 4- 0 victory over Dunoon Camanachd at the Winterton.
Inveraray second team manager Graham MacPherson made just one change from the previous week’s starting line-up, leaving himself out so young Graham Mather continued in goal after making a substitute appearance against GMA.
There were ten U18 players in the Inveraray squad, with MacPherson resisting the temptation to call up any first team players as the seniors didn’t have a fixture.
Gordon Asher was given a debut in the Dunoon goal as regular keeper Cormac Nelis was unavailable through work commitments.
David MacPherson, for so long a trusted wing centre with the Inveraray senior team, has been lending his experience to the reserves this season and he made it 1- 0 after 20 minutes with a 35 -yard shot which flew into the roof of the net.
MacPherson got his second, his third goal in two games, five minutes later when he followed up after Dunoon keeper Asher had saved well from young Campbell Watt. The ball came to MacPherson at a tight angle and he fired home.
Dunoon never let their heads drop and a superb Graham Mather double save denied them a goal before Inveraray went on to seal the win.
Wing centre Kenny Kirkhope added a third on 70 minutes after some good midfield play to give Inveraray control of the match.
There was still time for Coll MacKay to get his first goal at second team level. MacKay comes from a strong Argyll shinty family and he opened his account with a nice strike at the back post with 60 seconds remaining.
Inveraray could have added to their tally but twice missed from the penalty spot. The first opportunity came just before half time when keeper Gordon Asher fell on top of the ball. Campbell Watt struck the ball well enough but Asher redeemed himself with a superb stop.
The second penalty came at the start of the second half when referee Des McNulty, after consulting with the goal judge, pointed to the spot following a kick inside the ‘D’. David Robertson took responsibility but he sent the ball over the bar.
The win takes the Inveraray seconds to the top of the division, ahead of Strachur on goal difference.
Aberdour 2 Bute 3
The Bute seconds earned their first league win of the season when they beat their Aberdour counter-parts 3-2 at Silversands.
Kieran Burns was suspended for Aberdour following his red card a week earlier.
Brian Toal gave the home side the lead in 18 minutes with the only goal of the first half. Chris McGowan got Bute level a minute into the second half.
Youngster Stewart Stirling put Bute 2-1 to the good on 50 minutes and Andrew MacLachlan made it 3-1 on 58 minutes.
Chris Bowerman reduced the deficit on 74 minutes but Bute stayed in front for the win.
Oban Lorn P Glasgow Mid Argyll P
The game between Oban Lorn and Glasgow Mid Argyll’s second team at Ganavan was postponed following the passing of Neil ‘Nonny’ MacInnes.