Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – Second Round
Kinlochshiel 0 Oban Camanachd 0
The tie of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup second round looked to be at Kirkton where Kinlochshiel and Oban Camanachd played out a goalless draw.
Injury ruled out ’Shiel trio Gordie MacDonald, Oliver MacRae and Paul MacRae whilst Oban Camanachd duo Willie Neilson and Gary McKerracher recovered from knocks picked up in the previous week’s draw with Kyles Athletic with the former starting on the bench.
This tie could have gone either way and a draw was probably a fair result as it would have been harsh on either side to have lost out.
Both defences were on top throughout the game which restricted the number of clearcut chances and keepers Scott Kennedy and Gavin Stobbart comfortably dealt with anything that came their way.
Referee Graham Cameron sent- off Kinlochshiel full forward John MacRae for two yellow cards and he will miss the replay between the sides.
Oban Camanachd’s Andrew MacCuish had a great chance to win it a couple of minutes from time but his shot went just the wrong side of the post from around 15 yards out.
With Mossfield hosting Oban Live, the replay will take place at the Taynuilt Sports Field this coming Saturday.
Oban Camanachd defender Scott McKillop will be a doubt for that game after suffering a bad knock to the shin.
Fort William 1 Newtonmore 3
Holders Newtonmore survived a first half set-back to make it into the next round.
Fort William’s Lewis Clark served the second match of a two-game suspension whilst ’More’s Jamie Robinson was able to take a place on the bench.
A powerful Graham Campbell strike gave Fort William the lead with just three first-half minutes remaining.
However, when referee Robert Baxter awarded Newtonmore a penalty on the stroke of half time, Steven MacDonald stepped up to score.
Fraser MacKintosh gave the visitors the lead just three minutes after the restart and Glen MacKintosh rounded off the win when he made it 3-1 on 76 minutes.
Skye Camanachd 2 Kingussie 1
Marine Harvest National Division leaders Skye Camanachd beat Kingussie, second in shinty’s top flight, 2-1 in their 3pm throw up at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.
Skye were missing full centre Gilleasbuig MacDonald whilst Steven Morrison remained sidelined through injury. Danny Morrison hurt his back in the lead up to the game and was only able to take up a place on the bench. James Pringle returned to the starting 12 after injury.
Kingussie were missing James Hutchison so Lee Bain came into the defence at buckshee back with Robert Mabon going to full back. James Falconer and Martin Dallas remained on the Kingussie injury list.
Skye took an early lead with Jordan Murchison scoring after just three minutes. Iain Nicolson played in a high free-hit and Murchison found space at the back post and, from around 15 yards out, he crashed the ball into the roof of net to make it 1- 0.
Craig Dawson made a fine save to deny Stewart Grant at the expense of a corner before the Islanders made it 2- 0 on 14 minutes. Jordan Murchison beat a couple of defenders but his shot was going wide until Will Cowie managed to stop the ball with his feet on the edge of D and his strike went through the keeper’s legs.
It was an outstanding first half from Skye but they were unable to get what would have been a killer third goal.
The first half was Skye’s, and they should have added to their tally, but Kingussie dominated for the second period.
It was a ‘ backs-to-the-wall performance from Skye for the last half an hour of the tie and the Kings reduced the deficit on 75 minutes when referee Calum Girvan penalised Stewart Grant for a kick inside the D. Savio Genini didn’t catch the spot-hit as cleanly as he would have liked but the ball took a vicious kick off the surface as Skye goalie Iain Macleod tried to keep the ball out with his foot.
Kingussie pushed Lee Bain forward and he hit the post whilst Chris Holleysong sent the ball over the top from a good position.
So despite their excellent start to their league programme, Kingussie have exited all three cup completions at the first round stage.
Glenurquhart 1 Lovat 1
Glenurquhart and Lovat will have to do it all over again this weekend after drawing 1-1 at Blairbeg.
Glenurquhart’s injury woes eased as Fraser Heath, Connor Golabek and John Barr returned to the starting line-up with Barr at full forward. Daniel MacKintosh was also back, taking up a place on the bench. However, James MacPherson, David MacLennan and Callum Smith were all out. Lachlan Smith started at full back.
Lovat’s Daniel Grieve, who was nursing a foot injury, served a one-match suspension for passing through the disciplinary points threshold but Craig Mainland returned, starting at buckshee back.
It was a largely uneventful first half in which Neale Reid failed to connect with a through ball on six minutes and Connor Golabek forced a Stuart MacDonald save on 13 minutes.
There was a water break on 25 minutes when the Glen took the chance to replace Arran MacDonald with Ally MacKintosh at full centre.
John Barr just managed to get past Drew Howie but sent his shot over the top in what was the final real chance of the half.
The tie did improve in the second half and Stuart MacKintosh had to be alert to keep out a Lorne MacKay strike from 35 yards out with the keeper saving with his legs.
With the Glen now playing towards the shop end of the ground, a powerful Neale Reid shot from a tight angle saw Stuart MacDonald throw himself to spectacularly turn the ball away for a corner.
It was ironic that with two of shinty’s best keepers keeping the tie scoreless, it was former Ross County and Motherwell football goalie Michael Fraser who would break the deadlock a minute later. Finlay Ralston sent a corner to the edge of the D and the ball was knocked down to Michael Fraser who scored from close range to make it 1- 0 with 61 minutes played.
Referee Archie Ritchie controlled the game well and on 71 minutes Greg Matheson was downed by Lachlan Smith but he still managed to get the ball to an unmarked Lorne MacKay at the edge of the D but the referee blew for the infringement, with the goal judge flagging, whilst Lovat claimed for advantage.
However, Lovat drew level just three minutes later. Lorne MacKay got a touch on a shy from the right, sending the ball goalwards, and Stuart MacKintosh was penalised for a kick as he made the save. Glen disputed the award but Greg Matheson expertly converted from the spot, smashing the penalty over the keeper’s left shoulder to make it 1-1 with 74 minutes played.
Glenurquhart had been on top but the goal lifted Lovat and Stuart MacKintosh made good saves during the last 10 minutes, especially from a Lorne MacKay piledriver at the end.
Both keepers played well with Glen’s Andrew Corrigan and Fraser Heath and Lovat’s Drew Howie and Martin Mainland also catching the eye.
Glenurquhart’s Finlay Ralston and Lovat’s Scott MacKenzie are surely two fine players for the future.
Inveraray 5 Caberfeidh 1
Underdogs Inveraray upset the odds with a 5-1 win over Marine Harvest National Division rivals Caberfeidh at The Winterton.
Inveraray started with a strong back four whilst up front, a mix of youth and experience saw player/manager Ruaraidh Graham and Fraser Watt start in the half forward positions leaving the dominant duo of Allan MacDonald and Lewis Montgomery at full forward.
Caberfeidh’s Martin MacDonald served a one-match ban for passing through the disciplinary points threshold but the Castle Leod side travelled with confidence with their only defeat of the season being a narrow 3-2 reverse against Newtonmore.
Inveraray showed their intentions from the throw up and they hit the front with only six minutes on the clock when captain Lewis MacNicol scored following a well-worked move involving the forward line.
The goal seemed to motivate Inveraray and Caberfeidh alike, upping the tempo of the game, but it was Inveraray again who managed to convert their chances into goals with two well-struck Allan MacDonald shots breaching the Caberfeidh defence on 15 and 33 minutes to make it 3- 0.
With just more than five minutes remaining of the first half, Caberfeidh’s Scotland U21 international Craig Morrison threw his side a life-line, taking advantage of some lenient Inveraray defending, to make it 3-1 going into half time.
The pattern of play remained unchanged in the second half with Inveraray looking very hungry, leaving Caberfeidh struggling to show any composure on the ball.
In an effort to get back into the game, Cabers moved Kevin Bartlett into the middle of the park when Garry MacPherson had been dominating but the home side continued to hold the upper hand.
As the tie moved into the final third, Fraser Watt was rewarded for his continuous efforts as two quick snap-shots found the back of the net on 64 and 68 minutes to make the score 5-1.
Both teams had chances during the remainder of the second half but neither managed to turn the opportunities into goals and, following three minutes’ injury time, referee Deek Cameron blew the final whistle to seal Inveraray’s place in the next round.
Inveraray defender Nicolas Crawford turned in a man- ofthe-match performance, marking Scotland marksman Kevin Bartlett. Gary Macpherson had another fantastic game in the middle of the park for the yellow and blacks with Lewis MacNicol and Ally McDonald starring on either side of him.
Inveraray will want to capitalise on this performance as they head north to play Strathglass this Saturday in a must-win game if they want to push towards the top of the National Division.
Caberfeidh will look to put this loss firmly behind them when they return to league duty against Fort William at An Aird in mid-June.
Kilmallie 5 Lochaber 3
MacTavish Cup finalists Kilmallie fought off a Lochaber come-back to win their tie 5-3 at The Canal Parks.
Kilmallie’s Aaron Sandison and Innes Blackhall remained out through suspension and injury respectively but Craig MacIsaac was given a start in attack.
Lochaber defender John Sweeney was still out with a hand injury whilst Danny Delaney was also missing. There was a place in the squad for veteran Neil MacDonald.
Kilmallie did the damage in the first half and Craig MacIsaac lost his marker to score after just five minutes.
Michael Rodger made it 2- 0 on 18 minutes when he came deep to gather possession before rifling the ball home.
When Craig MacIsaac got his second on 30 minutes and Duncan Rodger made it 4- 0 just five minutes later, Kilmallie looked out of sight.
However, Lochaber regrouped at the interval and Conor Sweeney pulled a goal back on 55 minutes.
There was a flashpoint for referee Lachie Wood to deal with when Stephen MacAllister and Conor Sweeney clashed. Sweeney was booked but MacAllister was sent off and the likely two-match suspension means he will miss the MacTavish Cup Final against Newtonmore at The Bught Park on Saturday 10 June 2017.
Neil MacDonald made it 4-2 on 80 minutes but when Martin Stewart set up Duncan Rodger, he scored his second, blasting an unstoppable shot into the back of the net, with just a couple of minutes remaining.
There was still time for Stuart Callison to make it 5-3 just 60 seconds later but Kilmallie go into the quarter-final draw.
Kyles Athletic 7 Glasgow Mid Argyll 0
Kyles Athletic beat an under-strength Glasgow Mid Argyll side 7- 0 at Tighnabruaich.
Callum Miller returned in defence for Kyles but GMA travelled without Duncan ‘Ach’ MacRae, Innes MacMillan, Ryan Harrison and keeper Robert Dunnings.
An 11-minute Gordon Whyte goal was quickly followed by a Scott MacDonald effort just four minutes later to give Kyles a 2- 0 advantage.
Roddy MacDonald made it 3- 0 on 38 minutes and the Scotland forward nabbed a second five minutes into the second period.
Three late goals put gloss on the win.
Thomas Whyte added a fifth on 79 minutes and Robbie MacLeod made it 6- 0 with five minutes remaining.
Thomas Whyte got his second a minute later, giving the Tighnabruaich side safe passage into the next round.
Strathglass 2 Kilmory 1
Strathglass came from a goal down to beat Kilmory 2-1 at Cannich.
With both sides in maroon strips, there was some last minute improvisation which saw the hosts play in bibbed tops to avoid a colour clash.
Kilmory started strongly. They took an athletic and motivated side north, knowing they had a great opportunity to progress in the Scottish Cup.
And they took the lead on 22 minutes with Alister MacArthur scoring a well-taken goal.
Josh Fraser equalised a couple of minutes before the break with a beautifully-worked goal but he then had to go off when he
suffered a bad crack on the hand straight from the restart.
Fraser returned to the park with around 20 minutes left to set up the period of play which led to Donald Fraser out-foxing his marker to make it 2-1 with 78 minutes played, clinching a quarter-final berth for David Balharry’s side.