Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nal draw throws up in­ter­est­ing pair­ings

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NEW­TON­MORE, Oban Ca­manachd, Lo­vat and Skye Ca­manachd reached the Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nals fol­low­ing the shinty ac­tion last Satur­day.

Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup – quar­ter fi­nals New­ton­more 4 Kyles Ath­letic 1

The tie of the Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup quar­ter-fi­nals was the meet­ing be­tween New­ton­more and Kyles Ath­letic at The Ei­lan.

New­ton­more’s Steven Mac­Don­ald re­turned from sus­pen­sion and Michael Rus­sell, who had tar­geted this game as his re­turn from a bro­ken fin­ger, played at full cen­tre with a pro­tec­tive glove on his hand. Paul MacArthur, Drew Mac­Don­ald and Jamie Robin­son were all out in­jured but Andy MacK­in­tosh was back in Paul John MacK­in­tosh’s side.

Kyles Roddy Mac­Don­ald started af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous week’s win over Glasgow Mid Argyll with a shoul­der in­jury. There was also a place for Grant Irvine who has been nurs­ing a ham­string prob­lem but Innes Mac­Don­ald and Cammy Keith were in­jured and Scott Mac­Don­ald didn’t travel. Boss James Per­lich fielded Don­ald Irvine at wing back and Thomas Whyte at full cen­tre.

Evan Men­zies made the break­through on 30 min­utes. Iain Robin­son cut in from the right be­fore leav­ing the ball for Men­zies whose 25-yard strike beat Kyles Ath­letic keeper John Whyte at his left side.

Kyles in­tro­duced David Zava­roni at full cen­tre shortly af­ter.

De­spite New­ton­more’s dom­i­nance, they only had one goal to show for their first half ef­forts. The vis­i­tors did cre­ate chances but Nor­man Camp­bell in the home goal was equal to their ef­forts.

Glen MacK­in­tosh made it 2- 0 on 49 min­utes. David Ma­cLean played in a cor­ner from the right and when the ball dropped for MacK­in­tosh in front of goal, he needed no sec­ond in­vi­ta­tion to lash the ball high into the net past a help­less keeper.

Steven Mac­Don­ald’s long hit­ting out of de­fence was a fea­ture of New­ton­more’s play and he turned de­fence into at­tack on 58 min­utes. Mac­Don­ald’s high ball for­ward was mis­judged by Cal­lum Miller and Iain Robin­son raced in on goal, ex­e­cut­ing a com­posed fin­ish.

Kyles lost Roddy Mac­Don­ald with a re­cur­rence of his shoul­der in­jury mid­way through the sec­ond half. They pulled a goal back on 71 min­utes through Grant Irvine, who took a touch to con­trol the ball be­fore scor­ing from 20 yards out af­ter the New­ton­more de­fence failed to clear Rob­bie MacLeod’s shy from the left.

Omi­nously for Kyles, Grant Irvine limped off with what looked like a ham­string pull with five min­utes to go.

Glen MacK­in­tosh rounded off the 4-1 win four min­utes into stop­page time. MacK­in­tosh beat his marker to run in on goal. Keeper John Whyte looked set to clear the dan­ger but the Scot­land for­ward didn’t give up, win­ning the ball back and rolling it over the line from close in.

Rory Kennedy and Steven Mac­Don­ald were good at the back for New­ton­more but Michael Rus­sell was their star per­former, dom­i­nat­ing the mid­dle of the park and cov­er­ing ev­ery blade of grass. De­fender Andrew King was best for Kyles.

In the end, New­ton­more turned in their best per­for­mance of the sea­son when it mat­tered most.

Other than Roddy Mac­Don­ald, Kyles of­fered lit­tle in at­tack but they have an im­me­di­ate shot at re­venge as the sides meet again this week­end in the Marine Har­vest Premier­ship.

New­ton­more may feel they have struck a psy­cho­log­i­cal blow ahead of the en­counter be­tween the seven times reign­ing cham­pi­ons and the cur­rent league lead­ers.

In­ver­aray 0 Oban Ca­manachd 5

2017 fi­nal­ists Oban Ca­manachd reached the Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nals with a 5- 0 win over In­ver­aray at The Win­ter­ton.

In­ver­aray made changes to their re­cent squad, opt­ing for ex­pe­ri­ence over youth, a tac­tic that has had mixed re­sults for the Burgh side in the past.

Ai­dan McIn­tyre re­turned for Ian Hay’s side but Daniel Cameron served a one-game ban for pass­ing through the dis- ciplinary points thresh­old, Marc MacCal­lum was un­avail­able and Andrew MacCuish was on hol­i­day so Wil­lie Neil­son started up front.

The sides had al­ready met once this sea­son in the Gre­gor Cameron Glasgow Celtic So­ci­ety Cup semi-fi­nals and al­though Ca­manachd came away with a 1- 0 vic­tory, In­ver­aray’s per­for­mance that day gave them great op­ti­mism and hopes of a cup shock go­ing into this one.

From the first whis­tle, In­ver­aray’s Lewis MacNi­col won the pos­ses­sion but this would be one of the few times the In­ver­aray for­wards would get to see much of the ball.

Ca­manachd, play­ing with a favourable wind be­hind them, be­gan to dom­i­nate the cen­tre line play and, at times, al­most seemed to have an ex­tra man spare when­ever the ball broke lose. With Oban press­ing for­ward and In­ver­aray strug­gling to ab­sorb the pace of the game, some­thing had to give and with just two min­utes played, Mal­colm Clark opened the scor­ing, his low drive find­ing its way past In­ver­aray keeper Scott MacLach­lan.

Usu­ally los­ing a goal against lo­cal ri­vals in the Scot­tish would mo­ti­vate a team but In­ver­aray strug­gled to fight their way back into the tie and Oban con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the first half.

They got their re­wards as a Lorne Dickie ef­fort from dis­tance on 15 min­utes and Wil­lie Neil­son’s strike on 35 min­utes made the score 3- 0 at the in­ter­val. Neil­son’s ef­fort was the goal of the game, vol­ley­ing the ball down­wards from above his head.

In­ver­aray man­agers Ruaraidh Gra­ham and John Mont­gomery knew they had a task on their hands to stem Oban’s dom­i­nance and, go­ing into the sec­ond half, they made two changes, with boss Gra­ham and Dou­glas Dando both with­drawn in favour of Ruaraidh Gra­ham ju­nior and Ally McDon­ald in an at­tempt to stiffen up the cen­tre line.

Ini­tially th­ese changes seemed to work, with the re­ju­ve­nated In­ver­aray side look­ing more hun­gry and ea­ger to win 50-50 balls.

Oban Ca­manachd were still a threat though and when they broke for­ward on the hour mark, Matt Rip­pon fin­ished to add a fourth goal and In­ver­aray’s chances of an up­set were gone.

In­ver­aray con­tin­ued to work hard and were a different propo­si­tion to the team which played in the first half. Young guns Fraser Watt and Ruaraidh Gra­ham both dis­played an ea­ger­ness to win and their at­ti­tude was great to see from two of the games up and com­ing play­ers.

With 20 min­utes to go, Oban Ca­manachd once again turned up the tempo, and Wil­lie Neil­son got his sec­ond with what was his side’s fifth and fi­nal goal of the day with a low, 25-yard shot on the an­gle from the right.

Oban Ca­manachd in­tro­duced 16-year- old Lewis Buchanan in the sec­ond half and he played very well.

Oban Ca­manachd will rel­ish the win and the op­por­tu­nity to go one fur­ther than their beaten fi­nal­ists tag from last sea­son es­pe­cially as In­ver­aray have proved dif­fi­cult op­po­nents in re­cent cup com­pe­ti­tions.

Lorne Dickie and Wil­lie Neil­son were in­flu­en­tial for the Moss­field men.

In­ver­aray, known for their cup pedi­gree, will be dis­ap­pointed with this loss and they have now bowed out of ev­ery se­nior cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Their at­ten­tion will turn to the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Divi­sion and the chance to win a place back in shinty’s top flight.

Kil­mallie 1 Lo­vat 3

Lo­vat scored three times in the first half be­fore even­tu­ally beat­ing Kil­mallie 3-1 at Canal Parks.

Stephen McAlis­ter was free of sus­pen­sion for the hosts and started on the bench. John Ste­wart played at full for­ward and de­fender Steven Ste­wart played with strap­ping on his knee.

Lo­vat had Lorne MacKay and Craig Main­land back, with the lat­ter named sub­sti­tute.

The vis­i­tors had a dif­fi­cult jour­ney with busy roads mean­ing they only ar­rived at the ground 20 min­utes ahead of throw-up.

Kil­mallie started with the wind ad­van­tage but Lo­vat kept the ball low and cre­ated chances and Kil­mallie keeper Shane Gil­lies was forced to make some good stops.

Lo­vat broke the dead­lock on 23 min­utes. Steven Ste­wart was pe­nalised and Calum MacAu­lay’s lofted free-hit found its way to Lorne MacKay on the left of the ‘D’ and Lewis Tawse touched the ball into the net to make it 1- 0.

Scott MacKen­zie dou­bled Lo­vat’s lead on 31 min­utes. MacKen­zie won the ball in mid­field be­fore send­ing a strong, low shot from dis­tance into the cor­ner of the net with Greg Math­e­son and Lorne MacKay run­ning in should any re­bound come their way.

Lo­vat scored a clinch­ing third goal on 37 min­utes. Lorne MacKay came deep on the wing be­fore play­ing the ball into space. Calum MacAu­lay ran on to MacKay’s per­fectly weighted ball and steered the ball into the net from the edge of the ‘D’ to make it 3- 0 at the in­ter­val.

Kil­mallie now had the el­e­ments and Lo­vat boss Fraser Gal­lacher in­tro­duced Craig Main­land 10 min­utes af­ter the restart with Bai­ley MacKay re­plac­ing Scott MacKen­zie.

Kil­mallie started to claw their way back into the tie and they re­duced the deficit on 72 min­utes. Sub­sti­tute Lewis Birrell pushed for­ward, forc­ing a div­ing Stu­art Mac­Don­ald save and Birrell forced the ball home from in­side the ‘ D’ fol­low­ing the en­su­ing scram­ble.

Kil­mallie made a late push for a sec­ond goal but Lo­vat held out to reach the semi-fi­nals.

Both full backs, Al­lan Mac­Don­ald for Kil­mallie and Lo­vat’s Drew Howie, were ex­cel­lent with Howie hav­ing to be at his best as John Ste­wart was a hand­ful.

Strath­glass 3 Skye Ca­manachd 5

Skye Ca­manachd are the only team from out­with shinty’s top flight to reach the Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nals af­ter they beat Strath­glass 5-3 at Can­nich.

Lewis Dou­glas was miss­ing for Strath­glass, whilst Michael Stokes was moved to full for­ward af­ter play­ing buck­shee for­ward against the islanders a week ear­lier.

Skye for­ward Jor­dan Murchi­son was still side­lined with a foot in­jury. De­fender John Gil­lies has had the cast re­moved from his bro­ken wrist and is work­ing his way back to a first team re­turn.

The sides had al­ready met three times this sea­son with Skye win­ning each time; the lat­est a 6- 0 league win in Portree seven days ear­lier.

Af­ter the pre­vi­ous week’s win, Skye man­ager Wil­lie Cowie was de­ter­mined his team wouldn’t show any com­pla­cency for their big­gest game of the sea­son so far and they got off to the best pos­si­ble start as early goals from Danny Mor­ri­son and Iain MacLel­lan had them 2- 0 ahead within the first five min­utes. Will Cowie slipped in Danny Mor­ri­son for the opener with Mor­ri­son hit­ting a back-hand strike from 15 yards out into the roof of the net.

James Pringle then cut in from the left in the lead up to Skye’s sec­ond goal but his low shot was saved with his foot by Strath­glass keeper Ally MacA­dams. How­ever, the ball spun loose and Iain MacLel­lan rushed in to vol­ley the re­bound into the net.

There was more from the vis­i­tors as a lovely move down the Skye right on 25 min­utes ended with Will Cowie cross­ing to Danny Mor­ri­son and his 12 yard shot flew low into the net for his sec­ond goal of the game.

Scott Dou­glas pulled a goal back with a good fin­ish a minute later.

Will Cowie made it 4-1 from the penalty spot up a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore the break with ref­eree Gra­ham Cameron spot­ting Skye for­ward Iain MacLel­lan be­ing pulled back in­side the ‘D’. Cowie sent the penalty low and hard past the help­less keeper.

Strath­glass made a de­ter­mined start to the sec­ond pe­riod and Josh Fraser re­duced the deficit a minute af­ter the restart when he crashed the ball high into the net from a tight an­gle on the left.

Whether it was a case of Skye re­lax­ing or Strath­glass up­ping their game, or a bit of both, when Dar­ren Reid made it 4-3 with an­other good strike around the hour mark, Skye knew they had a fight on their hands.

It was left for Will Cowie to ease the islanders’ nerves when he made it 5-3 on 83 min­utes. James Pringle played a free-hit from 20 yards out back to Cowie and his low, hard drive found the net.

Bul­lough Cup semi-fi­nal Lochside Rovers 0 In­ver­aray 1

The In­ver­aray sec­onds were sur­prise 1- 0 win­ners against Lochside Rovers in their Bul­lough Cup semi-fi­nal at Gana­van.

The In­ver­aray sec­onds top Marine Har­vest South Divi­sion 2 but Lochside Rovers, well-po­si­tioned in sec­ond place in Marine Har­vest South Divi­sion 1, had been on an 11-game win­ning run dur­ing which they’d only con­ceded two goals.

Neil Camp­bell scored the only goal of the game af­ter 31 min­utes. Camp­bell took his goal re­ally well fol­low­ing a move in which all four In­ver­aray for­wards com­bined to good ef­fect. Camp­bell fin­ished with a nice half-swing from a tight an­gle, un­der pres­sure from Steven Sloss, with both play­ers hav­ing a great bat­tle through­out.

Lochside spurned a num­ber of chances to make their mark on this tie. They missed Lewis Buchanan who was on first team duty and Gra­ham MacPher­son in the In­ver­aray goal made some fine saves, in­clud­ing turn­ing a Neil MacFarlane shot, which was head­ing for the top cor­ner, over the bar. On an­other day they could have been com­fort­able win­ners but the In­ver­aray colts de­serve credit for pass­ing such a dif­fi­cult test.

The In­ver­aray sec­ond team now await the out­come of the sec­ond semi-fi­nal be­tween the Kyles Ath­letic re­serves and Stra­chur which takes place at Tighnabru­aich this Satur­day. The 2017 Bul­lough Cup Fi­nal takes place on Satur­day Au­gust 5.

Marine Har­vest Premier­ship Kin­lochshiel 4 Lochaber 0

Kin­lochshiel took ad­van­tage of Kyles Ath­letic be­ing on cup ac­tion to draw level on points at the top of the ta­ble fol­low­ing a 4- 0 vic­tory over Lochaber in their 3pm throw-up at Kirk­ton.

Colin MacDiarmid re­mained sus­pended for the home side, whilst work com­mit­ments ruled out Fraser MacVicar. Fin­lay MacRae and John MacRae were back af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous week’s win over Lo­vat. Oliver MacRae and Gordie Mac­Don­ald re­mained in­jured.

Lochaber’s Martin John­stone was free of sus­pen­sion.

Fin­lay MacRae gave Kin­lochshiel the lead af­ter 15 min­utes and Keith MacRae made it 2- 0 on the half hour mark.

The same two play­ers com­bined again in the sec­ond half as Fin­lay MacRae got his sec­ond to make it 3- 0 on 56 min­utes whilst Keith MacRae did like­wise with four min­utes re­main­ing.

With Kin­lochshiel’s cup in­ter­ests al­ready ended, they are able to fo­cus solely on the league. They only trail lead­ers Kyles Ath­letic on goal dif­fer­ence, al­though they have played a game more. With Kyles trav­el­ling to The Ei­lan to play New­ton­more this Satur­day, Kin­lochshiel will be de­ter­mined to cap­i­talise on any po­ten­tial slip-up when Glasgow Mid Argyll visit Kirk­ton.

Glenurquhart 2 Kin­gussie 3

Glenurquhart twice came from be­hind be­fore even­tu­ally go­ing down 3-2 to Kin­gussie at Blair­beg.

Glenurquhart man­ager Iain MacLeod had se­lec­tion prob­lems and named him­self as a sub­sti­tute. Andrew Cor­ri­gan, Con­nor Go­labek, Euan Lloyd and James Hur­wood were amongst the Glenurquhart ab­sen­tees. Cal­lum Smith was free of sus­pen­sion but un­able to play be­cause of work com­mit­ments.

Kin­gussie man­ager Dal­las Young wel­comed for­ward Savio Genini back into his squad.

Lee Bain gave Kin­gussie the lead on 19 min­utes when he took ad­van­tage of a ball that got past full back John Barr to score.

Glenurquhart wing for­ward Daniel MacK­in­tosh equalised on 37 min­utes but the hosts only stayed level for a cou­ple of min­utes.

Ex­cel­lent drib­bling from Ryan Borth­wick saw him run in to­wards goal and he played the ball to Lee Bain, giv­ing the Kin­gussie full for­ward the sim­plest chance in front of an empty goal to make it 2-1.

How­ever Daniel MacK­in­tosh got his sec­ond on 52 min­utes to make it 2-2 and that’s the way it stayed un­til 10 min­utes from time when Savio Genini got the win­ner to break a four game Kin­gussie los­ing streak. They stay third in the divi­sion ahead of a meet­ing with base­ment side Lochaber at The Dell this week­end.

Marine Har­vest Na­tional Divi­sion Fort Wil­liam 4 Beauly 0

Fort Wil­liam go third in the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Divi­sion af­ter they beat Beauly 4- 0 at An Aird.

Sean Cameron was in the Fort squad af­ter sus­tain­ing an in­jury in the pre­vi­ous week’s Bal­liemore Cup semi-fi­nal win over In­ver­aray but he was only able to start on the bench. Alexander MacMil­lan re­mained out with a hand in­jury.

Beauly were with­out keeper Josh Grant and they opted to start the match with the wind in their favour.

The home team suf­fered an early blow when Bryan Simp­son had to come off af­ter suf­fer­ing a leg knock. Sean Cameron, who nor­mally plays in de­fence, came on in the for­ward line.

The switch paid div­i­dends on 37 min­utes when a move in­volv­ing Calum Shep­herd, Jack Fraser and Sea­mus Gall ended with Cameron turn­ing and smash­ing the ball high into the net.

Sean Cameron got his and Fort Wil­liam’s sec­ond a minute be­fore half time with an­other well-struck shot.

Gra­ham Camp­bell, who had an ear­lier ef­fort ruled out for off­side, made it 3- 0 nine min­utes into the sec­ond half with a strike into the top cor­ner of the net.

Fort Wil­liam con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate and Lachie Shaw made it 4- 0 with prac­ti­cally the last hit of the game.

The win sets Fort Wil­liam up nicely for this Satur­day’s Bal­liemore Cup Fi­nal against Caber­feidh which takes place at Blair­beg.

In­ver­ness 4 Oban Celtic 6

Oban Celtic even­tu­ally edged out In­ver­ness 6- 4 in their 3pm throw-up at The Bught Park.

In­ver­ness keeper Ian Munro was miss­ing so Al­lan MacLeod deputised. Somhairle Mac­Don­ald was an­other home ab­sen­tee.

Oban Celtic were again with­out David MacInnes as well as Rory Bruce, Ge­orge MacMil­lan, Con­nor Howe and the sus­pended Andrew Mac­Don­ald. Robert Alexander re­turned.

In­ver­ness opened with the wind ad­van­tage but Celtic started well and Daniel Madej gave them the lead on three min­utes.

James Cameron pulled In­ver­ness level on seven min­utes.

Daniel Madej got his and Oban Celtic’s sec­ond, only for Ewan Neil­son to draw In­ver­ness level once more.

Neil Carmichael scored just be­fore half time to make it 3-2 at the break and when the im­pres­sive Daniel Madej scored shortly af­ter the restart to make it 4-2, the vis­i­tors looked good for both points.

In­ver­ness thought other­wise though and two more goals from James Cameron com­pleted his hat-trick to make it 4- 4.

A dou­ble Celtic sub­sti­tu­tion saw Daniel MacMil­lan and Kieran Carnie re­place Ross MacMil­lan and Lee Askew and both were to play vi­tal roles dur­ing the clos­ing stages as Carnie scored to make it 5- 4 fol­lowed shortly af­ter by a Daniel MacMil­lan goal which com­pleted the 6- 4 win, lift­ing Kenny Wother­spoon’s side to sixth in the ta­ble.

Marine Har­vest North Divi­sion 1 New­ton­more 5 Kin­gussie 3

The re­serve team derby be­tween the New­ton­more and Kin­gussie at The Ei­lan was brought for­ward to Fri­day evening with a 7pm throw-up.

This was the sec­ond suc­ces­sive meet­ing be­tween the sides with the Kin­gussie colts win­ning their Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup semi-fi­nal a week ear­lier.

How­ever there were a num­ber of changes to both sides and New­ton­more raced into a three­goal lead thanks to strikes from Chris Sel­lar in the open­ing minute, Conor Jones on eight min­utes and Duncan Gor­man on 22 min­utes.

It stayed that way un­til the in­ter­val but Kin­gussie’s Liam Borth­wick pulled a goal back a minute af­ter the restart and Kevin Thain made it 3-2 on 51 min­utes.

David Cheyne halted the come-back as he made it 4-2 on 54 min­utes.

Dy­lan Borth­wick re­duced the deficit to a sin­gle goal once more on 62 min­utes.

A sec­ond from Chris Sel­lar on 83 min­utes gave New­ton­more a 5-3 ad­van­tage and enough breath­ing space to see the match out.

Skye Ca­manachd 1 Aberdeen Univer­sity 1

Aberdeen Univer­sity made a sec­ond suc­ces­sive long trip west, this time to face the Skye Ca­manachd sec­onds at Pairc nan Laoch Portree.

With Skye Ca­manachd sec­ond team man­ager Kenny MacLeod on first team duty, youth coach Davie Pringle looked af­ter the side.

A week ear­lier, the stu­dents pro­duced a late, late show to beat the Kin­lochshiel sec­onds 4-2 but this time they had to set­tle for a point, com­ing from a goal down to draw 1-1 with the islanders.

Both sides had chances be­fore Con­nor Gilpin put Skye ahead from the penalty spot on 35 min­utes, send­ing the ball low to the keeper’s left side.

Ewan Fraser, who hit the post in the first half, scored on 56 min­utes to make it 1-1.

Aberdeen Univer­sity stay sec­ond in the league whilst Skye re­main third. How­ever it’s lead­ers New­ton­more sec­onds who ben­e­fit most from this draw as they are now three points clear at the top of the ta­ble, al­though they have played a game more than the stu­dents.

Kin­lochshiel 2 Fort Wil­liam 1

The Kin­lochshiel re­serves leap-frogged the Fort Wil­liam re­serves into fifth place in the divi­sion af­ter their 2-1 win in their noon throw up at Kirk­ton.

The vis­i­tors struck first with Greg Kelly giv­ing the Fort the lead on five min­utes.

Kin­lochshiel’s Alas­dair Nixon made his come-back af­ter an ap­pen­dix op­er­a­tion and he gave his side a 17th minute lev­eller.

Duncan Math­e­son got the win­ner on 63 min­utes.

Marine Har­vest South Divi­sion 1 Bute 6 Bal­lachul­ish 0

Bute beat Bal­lachul­ish 6- 0 in their 3pm throw-up at The Mead­ows.

Wil­lie Boag gave the home side a 22nd minute lead and Robert Walker made it 2- 0 four min­utes be­fore the break.

Robert Walker got his sec­ond four min­utes af­ter the restart and Ian McDon­ald made it 4- 0 on 65 min­utes.

Late goals from Craig MacKay 10 min­utes from time and a Robert Walker hat-trick strike a cou­ple of min­utes later made it 6- 0.

Bute are only a point be­hind the three teams im­me­di­ately above them in the league and they have games in hand.

Glenorchy 4 Kyles Ath­letic 5

The Kyles Ath­letic sec­ond team came from 3-2 down to beat Glenorchy 5- 4 at Mart Park.

In­cred­i­bly, all nine goals came dur­ing the first 42 min­utes of the match.

Scott Mac­Don­ald put Kyles ahead af­ter two min­utes and Ge­orge Thom­son made it 2- 0 three min­utes later.

Glenorchy turned the game on its head as Gra­ham Morrice on 18 min­utes and Al­lan MacKech­nie’s brace on 20 and 26 min­utes had the home side 3-2 ahead.

Craig Martin made it 3-3 on 33 min­utes but John Sar­tain put Glenorchy back in front on 38 min­utes.

A sec­ond from Craig Martin made it 4- 4 a cou­ple of min­utes later and given the goal-glut, it seemed un­likely that Scott Mac­Don­ald’s sec­ond on 42 min­utes would prove to be the win­ner, but that’s how it turned out.

Tay­forth 2 Col Glen 0

Two goals early in the game gave Tay­forth a 2- 0 win over Col Glen at Leven­hall Links.

Bren­dan Dougan made the dif­fer­ence with ef­forts on four and seven min­utes.

Kil­mory 3 Taynuilt 1

Kil­mory de­feated Taynuilt 3-1 in their 2pm throw-up at MacRae Park.

This was a hard fought win for the home side who took the lead through Hal Jones af­ter five min­utes.

Taynuilt’s David Camp­bell lev­elled af­ter 20 min­utes and the sides re­mained level for just four min­utes be­fore Hal Jones got his sec­ond to put Kil­mory back in front.

A Craig Hous­ton goal on 77 min­utes sealed the win and Kil­mory move off the bot­tom of the ta­ble at Glenorchy’s ex­pense.

Marine Har­vest North Divi­sion 2 Caber­feidh 5 Glen­garry 4

The top of the ta­ble clash be­tween Glen­garry and the Caber­feidh sec­ond team at Cas­tle Leod turned out to be some­thing spe­cial with Caber­feidh even­tu­ally win­ning by the odd goal in nine.

The hosts started brightly but it was Glen­garry who took the lead on 13 min­utes through Nick Dal­gety.

Martin Cameron made it 2- 0 on 24 min­utes, and with Brian Mack­ain and Steven Cameron hav­ing a great tus­sle in mid­field, the vis­i­tors ex­tended their lead though Ray­mond Robert­son on 35 min­utes.

Caber­feidh needed a goal and it came a minute later when Jamie Math­e­son ran through on goal and slot­ted the ball past the keeper to make it 3-1.

Caber­feidh put Scott MacPhail on Glen­garry dan­ger-man Nick Dal­gety and it re­mained 3-1 at the break.

The hosts also pushed Paddy Wil­son fur­ther for­ward and he was in­volved in his side’s sec­ond goal with the ball end­ing up in the net off a Glen­garry de­fender to make it 3-2 with 49 min­utes played.

When ref­eree John MacRitchie pointed to the penalty spot af­ter Paddy Wil­son was im­peded on 52 min­utes, Jamie Math­e­son ham­mered the ball home to com­plete the come­back.

With 15 min­utes to go, Ray­mond Robert­son got his sec­ond to put Glen­garry back in the lead.

It was left for Jamie Math­e­son to make the dif­fer­ence as he com­pleted his hat-trick with goals on 80 and 85 min­utes to give Caber­feidh vic­tory.

Stu­art Krzyzanowski set up his strike part­ner to make it 4- 4 and the win­ner, to the de­light of the home sup­port, was a thun­der­ous Math­e­son shot fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

The Caber­feidh colts now trail league lead­ers Glen­garry by just two points but they have a game in hand.

Lo­vat 4 Lochaber 3

The Lo­vat sec­onds turned in what was prob­a­bly their best per­for­mance of the sea­son, beat­ing the Lochaber sec­onds 4-3 at Bal­gate.

Keith Neville gave Lochaber the lead af­ter seven min­utes but Cameron MacMil­lan drew Lo­vat level on 10 min­utes.

Ray­mond Ren­nie put the Bal­gate side back in front on 20 min­utes but Andrew Mac­Don­ald made it 2-2 from the penalty spot on 28 min­utes.

A sec­ond from Cameron MacMil­lan on 59 min­utes and a Dar­ren Dou­glas goal on 68 min­utes gave Lo­vat a two-goal cush­ion which they re­quired as Jack Dig­nan, on his come­back from in­jury, made it 4-3 on 72 min­utes.

Lewis Ca­manachd 1 Kil­mallie 4

The Kil­mallie sec­onds took the points, win­ning 4-1 against Lewis Ca­manachd at Shaw­bost.

Andrew McAlis­ter gave Kil­mallie the lead in the open­ing minute but a first goal at this level from Sean MacLeod made it 1-1 on 30 min­utes.

Ross MacKen­zie put Kil­mallie back in front on 31 min­utes and a sec­ond half Jamie MacEachan dou­ble on 53 and 77 min­utes made it 3-1.

Strath­spey Ca­manachd 3 Strath­glass 2

Strath­spey Ca­manachd beat the Strath­glass sec­ond team 3-2 in their 1.30pm throw up at Gran­town Gram­mar School.

Martin Ross, Johnathan Gray and Con­nor Aubrey counted for the home side with Colin Birnie and Stu­art Harvey net­ting for the vis­i­tors.

In­ver­ness P Lochcar­ron P

Lochcar­ron were un­able to field a team for their noon meet­ing with the In­ver­ness colts at Bught Park and both clubs agreed to resched­ule the match for a later date.

Marine Har­vest South Divi­sion 2 Bute 4 Aber­dour 4

The Bute sec­onds came from 4- 0 down to draw 4- 4 with the Aber­dour sec­onds in their noon throw up at The Mead­ows.

Aber­dour bossed the first half and led 3- 0 at the break with Andrew Fraser, more recog­nised as a full back, grab­bing a hat-trick.

When Jamie An­der­son added a fourth early in the sec­ond half, the match looked over as a con­test.

The Bute colts ral­lied though and a Chris Mc­Gowan hat-trick and a Neil McKirdy goal earned them an un­likely point from a 4- 4 draw.

Bute stay fifth, with Aber­dour stick­ing sixth.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 4 Oban Lorn 1

The Glasgow Mid Argyll colts de­feated Oban Lorn 4-1 at Yoker. GMA scored three times late in the first half to grab the ini­tia­tive.

Lewis Clark opened the scor­ing on 36 min­utes and Andy McGhee made it 2- 0 three min­utes later.

Calum McLay net­ted a third on the stroke of half time and the same player got his sec­ond eight min­utes into the sec­ond half.

There was some con­so­la­tion for Oban Lorn when the ball ended up in the net off GMA keeper Jonathon Oates with 20 min­utes re­main­ing.

WCA chal­lenge match Dublin Ladies v Scot­land Ladies

Dublin County Ladies Se­lect and Scot­land Ladies will meet in their lat­est shinty/camo­gie clash on Satur­day July 15 in Dublin, with a 2pm throw-up.

This is the sec­ond game of a three-match se­ries.

Pho­to­graph: Stephen Law­son.

In­ver­aray’s Lewis MacNi­col and Gary McKer­racher of Oban Ca­manachd in a tus­sle for the ball dur­ing last week­end’s Ca­manachd Cup quar­ter fi­nal at the Win­ter­ton which the red and blacks won 5- 0.

Pho­to­graph: Neil Pater­son.

Kyles Ath­letic’s Andrew King shields the ball from New­ton­more’s Iain Robin­son dur­ing the Ca­manachd Cup tie at the Ei­lan last week­end. The home side won 4-1.

Pho­to­graph: Neil Pater­son.

New­ton­more’s three goal scor­ers: Glen Mack­in­tosh, Iain Robin­son and Evan Macrae.

Pho­to­graph: Don­ald Cameron.

Oban Celtic’s David Hill closes in on Padraig McNeil of In­ver­ness dur­ing Satur­day’s Na­tional Divi­sion game which the Oban side won 6- 4.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Kil­mallie’s Martin Ste­wart has an at­tempt on goal dur­ing the Ca­manachd Cup quar­ter fi­nal against Lo­vat.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Fort Wil­liam’s Sean Cameron was on the score­sheet twice dur­ing his team’s 4- 0 home win over Beauly.

Pho­to­graph: Stephen Law­son.

Oban Ca­manachd’s Wil­lie Neil­son dives into a tackle with In­ver­aray’s Ni­cholas Craw­ford.

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