Marine Harvest Premier­ship

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KINLOCHSHIEL opened up a one-point lead at the top of the Marine Harvest Premier­ship and Skye Camanachd clinched the Marine Harvest Na­tional Di­vi­sion ti­tle fol­low­ing a dra­matic day of shinty last Satur­day.

New­ton­more 2 Kinlochshiel 2

Kinlochshiel twice came from a goal down to draw 2-2 with New­ton­more in their noon throw-up at The Ei­lan.

Kinlochshiel agreed to New­ton­more’s re­quest for an ear­lier start so that some New­ton­more players could at­tend a wed­ding later in the af­ter­noon.

New­ton­more’s Evan Men­zies was free of sus­pen­sion but in­jury con­tin­ued to rule out cap­tain Rory Kennedy and Michael Rus­sell was sus­pended.

Kinlochshiel trav­elled with­out Scott MacLean who picked up a one-match sus­pen­sion for pass­ing through the dis­ci­plinary points thresh­old.

Glen MacK­in­tosh put New­ton­more ahead on nine min­utes when he picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and sent a low strike into the far cor­ner of the net. The pace of the shot beat Kinlochshiel keeper Scott Kennedy, al­though he did get a touch to the ball.

Kinlochshiel’s lev­eller a couple of min­utes later fell into the bizarre cat­e­gory. A ball from a Kinlochshiel cor­ner ended up at the back post where Andy MacK­in­tosh looked in con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion but, in an at­tempt to put the ball out for a cor­ner, he in­ad­ver­tently knocked it past keeper Nor­man Campbell and into the net.

New­ton­more dom­i­nated from the start of the sec­ond half and got their re­ward on 58 min­utes when Fraser MacK­in­tosh got onto a through-ball and found him­self one-on-one with the keeper. He kept his cool and flicked the ball home to make it 2-1.

It was a game of few ef­forts on goal but Kinlochshiel drew

level for a sec­ond time with 15 min­utes re­main­ing to pick up what could be a price­less point. The goal came from a driv­ing Fin­lay MacRae run. MacRae’s ini­tial shot was saved by Nor­man Campbell but Keith MacRae knocked in the re­bound.

This was a very phys­i­cal en­counter at times.

The drama in­cluded a book­ing for New­ton­more de­fender Steven MacDon­ald af­ter he was in­volved in a tussle with Keith MacRae. New­ton­more dis­puted the de­ci­sion, which came on the ad­vice of the goal judge, with New­ton­more well aware the yel­low card will trig­ger a two-match ban which, as the fix­tures cur­rently stand, means MacDon­ald will be el­i­gi­ble to play against Kyles Ath­letic this Satur­day but will miss the league meet­ing with Kil­mallie and, more im­por­tantly, the Tul­loch Homes Camanachd Cup Fi­nal against Lo­vat.

The match fin­ished just be­fore ti­tle chal­lengers Kyles Ath­letic met Lo­vat at Bal­gate. It looked as if Kinlochshiel had dropped a point in the race for the ti­tle but events at Bal­gate would prove oth­er­wise and if Kinlochshiel man­ager John­ston Gill had been of­fered a one-point ad­van­tage ahead of the week­end fix­tures, he’d have grabbed it with both hands.

Lo­vat 2 Kyles Ath­letic 1

Kyles Ath­letic’s ti­tle chances suf­fered a blow when they lost 2-1 to Lo­vat at Bal­gate.

The match was sched­uled for a 1.30pm start to al­low the Kyles players to make a swift re­turn south to at­tend a wed­ding.

How­ever wind tur­bines on the road de­layed the Tighnabru­aich men’s jour­ney north so throw-up was de­layed to 2pm.

Lo­vat’s Lorne MacKay re­turned from sus­pen­sion and went straight into the start­ing line-up. De­fender Daniel Grieve was miss­ing.

Kyles Ath­letic, who went into the match top of the ta­ble on goal dif­fer­ence, were still with­out the in­jured Cal­lum Miller. Innes MacDon­ald and Dunkie

Kerr started on the bench. Lo­vat’s Marc MacLach­lan tested Kyles’ keeper John Whyte on four, 11 and 29 min­utes. The keeper saved the first two ef­forts with his stick and the third with his feet.

Lo­vat de­fended deep mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for Kyles to cre­ate chances and Stu­art MacDon­ald in the home goal was untested dur­ing the open­ing 45 min­utes.

Kyles edged in front on 51 min­utes. A shy from the right fell to Roddy MacDon­ald who found enough space to strike the ball low into the net from just be­hind the penalty spot.

Lo­vat’s lev­eller five min­utes later came from a cor­ner on the right, by the club­house. Greg Mathe­son con­trolled the ball and held off a couple of chal­lenges be­fore scor­ing from the edge of the ‘D’.

Two min­utes then de­fined the out­come of the match and maybe the win­ner of the ti­tle race. On 62 min­utes, Cal­lum Cru­den took a Lo­vat shy, leav­ing his op­po­nent Dunkie Kerr un­marked. Grant Irvine did well to win pos­ses­sion and found Kerr who burst for­ward. Kerr could have gone for goal but picked out Roddy MacDon­ald who was in a bet­ter po­si­tion. With keeper Stu­art MacDon­ald off his line, Roddy MacDon­ald steered the ball to­wards the empty net. Stu­art MacDon­ald pro­duced a mirac­u­lous save though, throw­ing him­self full-length to­wards his goal to one-hand­edly scoop the ball off the goal-line with his club.

A couple of min­utes later, Roddy MacDon­ald was hit hard in the back by a heavy Martin Main­land chal­lenge near the cor­ner flag. MacDon­ald re­tal­i­ated, swing­ing his ca­man at the Lo­vat player, leav­ing ref­eree Archie Ritchie with no op­tion but to pro­duce a red card. The Kyles man in­stantly re­gret­ted his ac­tions as his send­ing off comes at a mas­sive cost for James Per­lich’s side as MacDon­ald now misses the cru­cial league matches against New­ton­more and Kinlochshiel.

In the space of 120 sec­onds, Kyles could have been lead­ing 2-1 but were in­stead on level terms and a man down.

The Kyles players re­sponded pos­i­tively to the sit­u­a­tion and showed great fight in an at­tempt to win the game. Grant Irvine and Dunkie Kerr were link­ing up well but couldn’t get their team in front.

A Marc MacLach­lan shot was well-saved with his feet by John Whyte. The keeper may have known lit­tle about it but his re­ac­tions didn’t let him down.

The win­ning goal came on 83 min­utes. Lo­vat’s spare man Cal­lum Cru­den took a short cor­ner which Greg Mathe­son ran out to col­lect. Mathe­son flicked the ball into a crowded goal area be­fore run­ning into the ‘D’ and pro­duc­ing a com­posed fin­ish as he turned the ball past the keeper to make it 2-1.

Both sides put so much into this game and there was a lot of good out-field play. How­ever, with both de­fences on top, there were few ef­forts on goal over the 90 min­utes. Lo­vat man­ager Fraser Gal­lacher must be pleased with his team’s form ahead of the Tul­loch Homes Camanachd Cup Fi­nal and this was their fourth suc­ces­sive vic­tory.

Cal­lum Cru­den and wing cen­tre Calum MacAu­lay were best for Lo­vat with Craig Main­land win­ning a lot of the ball, al­though he may have suf­fered a ham­string prob­lem which could be a con­cern.

Don­ald Irvine and Grant Irvine shone for Kyles, whilst Cammy Keith stuck to the task of mark­ing Greg Mathe­son, es­pe­cially in the first half.

Kyles may have fallen a point be­hind in the ti­tle race but they still know that three wins from their fi­nal three matches, in­clud­ing against Kinlochshiel at Kirk­ton, will make them cham­pi­ons.

It’s a task that will be all the more dif­fi­cult as Roddy MacDon­ald will miss two of th­ese games.

Glenurquhart 2 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 2

There were two cru­cial points up for grabs as Glenurquhart and Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll, both threat­ened by rel­e­ga­tion, met at Blair­beg.

Glenurquhart were with­out the sus­pended John Barr and Lach­lan Smith, the for­mer now free of his ban for the fi­nal match of the sea­son against Kinlochshiel at Kirk­ton. Fraser Heath re­turned to the side and started at full cen­tre.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll trav­elled north with­out Stu­art Reid and Dun­can ‘Ach’ MacRae.

With both teams des­per­ate for points, this game was al­ways go­ing to have a cup fi­nal feel about it.

Both sides started well and, af­ter a pe­riod of early pres­sure, the home side came close to tak­ing the lead when a low James MacPher­son shot went just past keeper Robert Dun­ning’s left­hand post.

James MacPher­son found his range when he put Glenurquhart ahead on 13 min­utes. An Ed­die Tembo pass from the right wing fell to Daniel MacK­in­tosh who threaded the ball through to James MacPher­son who slot­ted home to make it 1-0.

The Glenurquhart for­wards put a lot of pres­sure on the GMA de­fence but a fine de­fen­sive dis­play from Ryan Har­ri­son, who was ex­cel­lent in the first half, along with Fin­lay MacMil­lan and Innes MacMil­lan, kept the hosts at bay.

Glenurquhart keeper Stu­art MacK­in­tosh kept his side in front when he made a fine save from Jamie McFadyen’s shot with 30 min­utes played.

Tem­pers frayed when John Don MacKenzie ac­ci­dently knocked David Smart on the head. Smart re­tal­i­ated with a reck­less swing which earned the Glenurquhart man a cau­tion from ref­eree John An­gus Gil­lies who also had a stern talk with both players to take the heat out of the sit­u­a­tion.

Both teams dis­played some good, open shinty in the first half, and Glenurquhart were prob­a­bly ag­grieved only to take a one goal ad­van­tage into the break.

GMA made a per­fect start to the sec­ond half, draw­ing level within a minute of the re-start. Con­nor Go­labek lost pos­ses­sion on the Glenurquhart right wing and an Innes MacMil­lan ball over the Glen de­fence reached Craig An­der­son who hit an un­stop­pable shot past the keeper to make it 1-1.

GMA tried to take con­trol of the game over the next 20 min­utes and their fit­ness showed in all ar­eas of the park. They de­servedly took the lead on 76 min­utes when a Jamie McFadyen cor­ner found its way into the box.

Ref­eree Gil­lies played ad­van­tage when Glenurquhart keeper Stu­art MacK­in­tosh fouled Craig An­der­son, but the ball fell to young Calum Mclay who scored to make it 2-1.

It looked as if GMA were go­ing to take a valu­able two points but, on the 90 minute mark, a ball out of the GMA de­fence landed for David Smart on the right and he thun­dered a shot from an y acute an­gle which went into the net off the post.

There was still four min­utes of in­jury time to play but nei­ther side could find a win­ner.

Michael Fraser and An­drew Cor­ri­gan were solid in the Glenurquhart de­fence and Ar­ran MacDon­ald was strong in mid­field.

GMA were well-mar­shalled by Ryan Har­ri­son in de­fence and ben­e­fited from a man of the match per­for­mance from Gary Luke who proved a real hand­ful for Ed­die Tembo in mid­field.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll stay bot­tom of the ta­ble with six points and three games to go, be­gin­ning with a home match against Tul­loch Homes Camanachd Cup fi­nal­ists Lo­vat this Satur­day.

Kil­mallie are a point bet­ter off with the same num­ber of games re­main­ing. Lochaber and Glenurquhart are both on nine points with just one match to go but they are dif­fi­cult en­coun­ters against New­ton­more and Kinlochshiel re­spec­tively.

Oban Camanachd 3 Kin­gussie 4

Third-placed Kin­gussie came from 3-1 down to even­tu­ally beat Oban Camanachd 4-3 at Moss­field.

Oban Camanachd keeper Gavin Sto­b­bart served a one­match ban for pass­ing through the dis­ci­plinary points thresh­old so Scot­land U17 keeper Cameron Suther­land took over be­tween the sticks. Cap­tain Garry Lord was also banned, whilst Matt Rip­pon and Scott MacKil­lop re­mained out in­jured. Young guns Craig Eas­ton and Lewis Buchanan were given valu­able game time.

Robert Mabon was free of sus­pen­sion for Kin­gussie.

Daniel Cameron put the home side in front with a goal af­ter four min­utes. Mal­colm Clark found Cameron to the right of the penalty spot and he fin­ished well, send­ing the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

Kin­gussie lev­elled on 10 min­utes when Chris Hol­leysong ran onto a ball over the top which caught out the Oban Camanachd back-line. Hol­leysong beat keeper Cameron Suther­land from 10 yards out.

Mal­colm Clark tapped home a re­bound on 20 min­utes fol­low­ing an Oban Camanachd free-hit to put his side back in front.

Daniel Cameron got his sec­ond on 34 min­utes to make it 3-1. Cameron had time to send a 20- yard shot low past Craig Daw­son in the Kin­gussie goal, beat­ing the keeper on his right side.

Oban Camanachd didn’t look in any real dan­ger at this point but an­other de­fen­sive lapse on the stroke of half-time cost them dear and Roddy Young took

ad­van­tage to score. Kin­gussie made a strong start to the sec­ond half and, when they won pos­ses­sion fol­low­ing a clear­ance from the Oban Camanachd de­fence, the ball was played on to Ruar­idh An­der­son who made it 3-3.

The win­ning goal came on 53 min­utes. Cameron Suther­land in the Oban Camanachd goal made a save but as the ball rose into the air, Kin­gussie won pos­ses­sion and Scot­land U17 for­ward Ruar­idh An­der­son got his sec­ond to make it 4-3.

Af­ter the match, Oban Camanachd Iain Hay said: ‘A draw would prob­a­bly have been a fair re­sult as I don’t think we de­served to lose the game. How­ever, some de­fen­sive lapses cost us. The match had an endof-sea­son feel to it so I want the players to pick things up for our re­main­ing games this sea­son.

‘We started the sea­son with a very small squad and the good thing in re­cent weeks is that we have been able to give some of our younger players first team ex­pe­ri­ence which we hope will mean they can be part of the se­nior set-up on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis next sea­son. Craig Eas­ton, for ex­am­ple, played against Kin­gussie and did re­ally well.’

Oban Camanachd were due to play Kil­mallie at Canal Parks this Satur­day but the match has been post­poned so the squad can watch Lochside Rovers against the Kin­gussie re­serves in the Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup Fi­nal at An Aird. Marine Harvest Na­tional Di­vi­sion Skye Camanachd 2 Caber­feidh 0 Skye Camanachd se­cured the Marine Harvest Na­tional Di­vi­sion ti­tle and pro­mo­tion back to shinty’s top flight af­ter they beat Caber­feidh 2-0 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye needed at least a point from the game as both Caber­feidh and Fort Wil­liam could ei­ther beat or match their points to­tal ahead of the match.

Skye boss Wil­lie Cowie made just one change from the 17-man squad which lost out to New­ton­more in the Tul­loch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-fi­nals a fort­night ear­lier as Jor­dan Murchi­son was ruled out through in­jury. Keeper Iain MacLeod played his last match of the sea­son as work com­mit­ments will keep him out of the meet­ings with In­ver­aray and Fort Wil­liam.

Caber­feidh man­ager Jodi Gorski’s se­lec­tion was ham­pered by three sus­pen­sions. Martin MacDon­ald is work­ing his way through a four-match ban whilst Liam Sy­monds and Kevin Bartlett both col­lected book­ings in Caber­feidh’s 3-2 de­feat to Fort Wil­liam in the league a fort­night be­fore so both missed this en­counter, col­lect­ing one-match bans for pass­ing through the dis­ci­plinary points thresh­old. Ryan Sy­monds was also miss­ing, as were the in­jured Ally MacLen­nan and Jamie Mathe­son who was un­able to travel.

Caber­feidh started well but it was the home side who went in front when Iain MacLel­lan crashed a shot into the roof of the net on 13 min­utes to give Skye the lead.

Ewan Pilcher made a bril­liant save to deny Danny Mor­ri­son, stretch­ing high to his right to turn Mor­ri­son’s piledriver away for a cor­ner with his ca­man.

Caber­feidh full-back Scott MacLach­lan then man­aged to de­flect a Will Cowie ef­fort off the post and away to safety af­ter the Scot­land U21 for­ward had rounded the keeper.

Skye clinched the win five min­utes from time when Will Cowie showed great per­sis­tence to burst through the vis­it­ing de­fence be­fore forc­ing the ball low over the line.

Caber­feidh’s Ken­neth MacKenzie took un­well dur­ing the match but is re­cov­er­ing well af­ter treat­ment.

This was Caber­feidh’s penul­ti­mate game of the sea­son. They are cur­rently in sec­ond place in the league with a home meet­ing with Beauly to come. In­ver­ness 1 Fort Wil­liam 6 Fort Wil­liam re­main in the pro­mo­tion race af­ter they beat In­ver­ness 6-1 at The Bught Park.

David Campbell was still banned for In­ver­ness.

Fort Wil­liam were with­out sus­pended trio James Tangney, Lewis Clark and Cameron Grant.

Lachie Shaw set­tled Fort Wil­liam into the match with a goal af­ter four min­utes.

Gra­ham Campbell made it 2-0 a minute be­fore the break but In­ver­ness got them­selves back into the con­test when James Cameron scored on 53 min­utes.

Lachie Shaw got his sec­ond on 57 min­utes with Gra­ham Campbell do­ing like­wise on the hour to make it 4-1.

Broth­ers Jack Fraser on 72 min­utes and Mark Fraser on 87 min­utes rounded off the 6-1 win.

Fort Wil­liam are now three points be­hind sec­ond-placed Caber­feidh but they have two games in hand. Oban Celtic P In­ver­aray P There was a Satur­day morn­ing pitch in­spec­tion ahead of Oban Celtic’s meet­ing with In­ver­aray andthe match was called off as Gana­van was wa­ter­logged.

This would have been Celtic’s first match since Satur­day Au­gust 5 and they will now have to wait un­til Septem­ber 23 when they are sched­uled to play In­ver­aray again, this time at The Win­ter­ton. Marine Harvest North Di­vi­sion 1 New­ton­more 3 Beauly 0 The New­ton­more sec­ond team ex­tended their lead at the top of the ta­ble, beat­ing Beauly’s sec­ond team 3-0 in their 3pm throw-up at The Ei­lan.

Chris Sel­lar, on his re­turn from in­jury, scored the only goal of the first half on 21 min­utes.

De­clan Bren­nan made it 2-0 on 61 min­utes and John MacKenzie added a third just three min­utes later.

The New­ton­more sec­onds are now three points ahead of Aberdeen Univer­sity but have played a game more. Kin­gussie 7 Fort Wil­liam 1 The Kin­gussie colts warmed up for this Satur­day’s Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup Fi­nal with a 7-1 win over an un­der-strength Fort Wil­liam colts at An Aird.

A James Fal­coner dou­ble and goals from Kevin Thain and Dy­lan Borth­wick had Kin­gussie 4-0 up at the break.

James Fal­coner went on to com­plete his hat-trick in the sec­ond half. Dy­lan Borth­wick got his sec­ond with Kieran MacPher­son also scor­ing.

Zoe Smith was on tar­get with a con­so­la­tion goal for Fort Wil­liam. Kinlochshiel 0 Glenurquhart 1 When it be­came clear Kinlochshiel’s Kirk­ton pitch would not be playable, their sec­ond team game against their Glenurquhart counter-parts was switched to Blair­beg with an 11.45am throw-up.

Jed Stod­dart came close to giv­ing Glenurquhart an early lead but was un­able to knock the ball home.

The early start didn’t af­fect Glenurquhart’s Christo­pher Mack who net­ted with a shot from the left af­ter three min­utes.

There were good bat­tles at ei­ther end of the field be­tween Glenurquhart full back Paul MacK­in­tosh and Kinlochshiel full for­ward Gra­ham Kennedy at one end and Kinlochshiel full back Neil Fraser and Glenurquhart full for­ward Cal­lum Miller at the other.

With no fur­ther scor­ing, Glenurquhart recorded only their sec­ond league win of the sea­son. Marine Harvest South Di­vi­sion 1 Tay­forth 2 Taynuilt 1 Third-placed Tay­forth came from a goal down to beat Taynuilt 2-1 at Leven­hall Links.

Taynuilt’s Ewan MacCorquo­dale opened the scor­ing on seven min­utes but they only stayed in front for a couple of min­utes with Sean Taylor lev­el­ling.

Fin­lay Stark got the win­ner on 30 min­utes. Kil­mory 5 Bal­lachul­ish 3 Kil­mory ran out 5-3 win­ners against Bal­lachul­ish at MacRae Park.

Bal­lachul­ish trav­elled with just 11 players and went in front through Pat MacLean on 16 min­utes.

Hal Jones equalised on 19 min­utes and Rhys Wil­liams put the hosts 2-1 ahead just a couple of min­utes later.

Dun­can MacBrayne made it 3-1 three min­utes into the sec­ond half and Hal Jones got his sec­ond to make it 4-1 on the hour mark.

Bal­lachul­ish fought back though and a sec­ond from Pat MacLean on 67 min­utes and Conor MacGregor four min­utes later made it 4-3.

Kil­mory sealed the win through Alex Cun­ning­ham with 15 min­utes re­main­ing. Bute P Lochside Rovers P The match be­tween Bute and Lochside Rovers was trans­ferred to Yoker on Thurs­day when The Mead­ows was ruled un­playable.

How­ever the 1pm throw-up even­tu­ally fell foul of the weather when Yoker was also deemed un­playable on Satur­day morn­ing.

With Satur­day’s game post­poned, man­agers Gareth Evans and Brian MacCal­lum ar­ranged an ad­di­tional train­ing ses­sion at Gana­van be­fore Daniel MacCuish, Craig Eas­ton, Lewis Buchanan and Daniel Sloss were given game time for the se­nior team against Kin­gussie at Moss­field. Kyles Ath­letic P Aber­dour P The game be­tween Kyles Ath­letic’s sec­ond team and Aber­dour was called off on Fri­day when the pitch at Tighnabru­aich was deemed un­playable. Col Glen P Glenorchy P Col Glen moved their meet­ing with Glenorchy to Ot­ter Ferry but that also failed a pitch in­spec­tion so the game will be re-sched­uled. Marine Harvest North Di­vi­sion 2 Lochaber 4 Glen­garry 0 The Lochaber sec­onds made it very in­ter­est­ing at the top of the ta­ble by beat­ing league lead­ers Glen­garry 4-0 at Spean Bridge.

Young­ster Max Campbell gave Lochaber the lead on 10 min­utes.

Lachie Campbell ex­tended the home team’s ad­van­tage with a brace ei­ther side of half-time, the goals com­ing on 40 and 49 min­utes.

Ryan An­drews rounded off the win 15 min­utes from time and sec­ond-placed Lochaber now trail Glen­garry by four points but they have a game in hand.

Glen­garry know that five points from their re­main­ing three matches against Strath­spey Camanachd, the Kil­mallie sec­onds and the Lo­vat sec­onds will guar­an­tee them the league ti­tle. Caber­feidh 4 Lewis Camanachd 1 A Jamie Mathe­son hat-trick helped the Caber­feidh sec­ond team to a 4-1 win over Lewis Camanachd at Cas­tle Leod.

Caber­feidh’s De­clan Wil­son missed out through sus­pen­sion and whilst first team ab­sences de­prived them of Con­nor MacGregor and Cal­lum MacK­in­non, Jamie Mathe­son was in­cluded as he was un­able to travel to Portree with the first team.

Lewis Camanachd were with­out keeper Gra­ham Cay so Euan Gil­mour was in goals and they gave youth a chance, with Daniel Har­ri­son mak­ing a sec­ond half de­but, in the first of three away fix­tures which will com­plete their sea­son. Caber­feidh had the early pres­sure al­though Ste­wart MacRitchie went close for the vis­i­tors.

Jamie Mathe­son forced Euan Gil­mour to make a good save when one-on-one with the Lewis cus­to­dian.

Caber­feidh broke the dead­lock on 32 min­utes when Stu­art Krzyzanowski won a tussle with his marker be­fore fir­ing home.

An Ally La­m­ont ef­fort from dis­tance went just over the top be­fore Lewis Camanachd equalised on the hour. Ste­wart MacRitchie set up Kieran MacDon­ald – both 14 year olds – and MacDon­ald found the back of the net to make it one each.

Caber­feidh’s Jamie Mathe­son then took cen­tre-stage with three blis­ter­ing fin­ishes on 71, 76 and 80 min­utes to seal a 4-1 win.

The vic­tory lifts Caber­feidh to third in the ta­ble be­hind sec­ond­placed Lochaber re­serves by four points but they have two games in hand. Bole­sk­ine 3 Strath­spey Camanachd 3 A late Conor Aubrey dou­ble earned Strath­spey Camanachd a 3-3 draw against Bole­sk­ine at Smith Park.

Gra­ham Black put Bole­sk­ine ahead on six min­utes but Martin Ross equalised on 27 min­utes.

James An­der­son re­stored Bole­sk­ine’s lead a couple of min­utes later and when Dun­can MacPher­son made it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time, the league’s bot­tom side looked good for a morale-boost­ing win.

Conor Aubrey scored on 72 min­utes to make it 3-2 and it was Aubrey again, with three min­utes re­main­ing, who snatched a share of the points for Strath­spey. Strath­glass 0 Kil­mallie 4 The Kil­mallie sec­onds were 4-0 win­ners against the Strath­glass sec­onds at Can­nich.

Stu­art Ross on 23 min­utes and Brian MacKay on 28 min­utes had Kil­mallie two up at the break.

Don­nie MacRae on 61 min­utes and Don­ald MacIn­tyre in the fi­nal minute com­pleted the win, ex­tend­ing Kil­mallie’s win­ning run to four matches. In­ver­ness 1 Lochcar­ron 2 Lochcar­ron beat the In­ver­ness sec­ond team 2-1 in their noon throw-up at The Bught Park out­side pitch.

Peter MacKenzie gave Lochcar­ron the lead on 22 min­utes with the only goal of the first half.

Stu­art MacRae net­ted five min­utes af­ter the re-start to draw In­ver­ness level.

Lochcar­ron’s Fraser Ste­wart got the win­ner, send­ing the ball past In­ver­ness goalie Al­lan MacLeod on 77 min­utes. Marine Harvest South Di­vi­sion 2 Dunoon Camanachd P In­ver­aray P In­ver­aray’s sec­ond team will have to wait to se­cure the point they need to clinch the Marine Harvest South Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle and a quick re­turn to Marine Harvest South Di­vi­sion 1 fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion at the end of the 2016 shinty sea­son.

Their game against Dunoon Camanachd was post­poned on Fri­day evening as The Dunoon Sta­dium was un­playable. Aber­dour P Oban Lorn P The meet­ing be­tween The Aber­dour sec­ond team and Oban Lorn was post­poned on Fri­day when it was clear Sil­ver­sands would be un­playable. Bute P Stra­chur P The noon throw-up be­tween the Bute sec­ond team and Stra­chur was switched to Stra­chur­more on Wed­nes­day as The Mead­ows could not host two matches.

How­ever it be­came clear the fol­low­ing day that Stra­chur­more was also un­playable so the match was post­poned. WCA round-up Some Women’s Camanachd As­so­ci­a­tion fix­tures beat the weather this week­end. Marine Harvest Na­tional Div 1 Lochaber 4 Aber­dour 0 Lochaber kept up their ti­tle push with a 4-0 win over Aber­dour in their 1pm throw-up at Spean Bridge.

Kirsty De­laney scored twice, whilst Christy Macin­tyre and Missy Cameron got the oth­ers. Lo­vat 0 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 9 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll were too strong for Lo­vat, win­ning 9-0 in their 2pm throw-up at Bal­gate.

Christy Do­herty scored five times, Rachel McCaf­ferty net­ted twice whilst Amy Har­ris and Katie Drain got the oth­ers. Fort Wil­liam P Bade­noch & Strath­spey P The clash be­tween Fort Wil­liam and Bade­noch & Strath­spey will be re-sched­uled as The Canal Parks was un­playable. Marine Harvest North Di­vi­sion 2 Glen­garry P Strath­glass P The 1.30pm throw up be­tween Marine Harvest Chal­lenge Cup win­ners Glen­garry and Strath­glass was post­poned as Craigard was un­playable.

The match will be re-sched­uled for a later date. Marine Harvest South Di­vi­sion 2 Lorn P

Cowal & Bute P Lorn’s meet­ing with Cowal & Bute was an early post­pone­ment be­cause of an un­playable field. Lachie Wood to ref­eree Tul­loch Homes Camanachd Cup fi­nal THE CAMANACHD As­so­ci­a­tion has con­firmed Lachie Wood from Lochgilp­head will ref­eree the 2017 Tul­loch Homes Camanachd Cup Fi­nal be­tween Lo­vat and New­ton­more at The Bught Park, In­ver­ness, on Satur­day Septem­ber 30.

Dur­ing his play­ing days, Lachie turned out for Kil­mory, Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll and Oban Celtic.

Fol­low­ing a spell as coach/ man­ager of Kil­mory, Lachie took up ref­er­ee­ing in 2012 and has steadily pro­gressed through the grades and has been of­fi­ci­at­ing at Grade One level for three years.

Since tak­ing up ref­er­ee­ing, Lachie has taken charge of the Bul­lough Cup Fi­nal in 2013, the Bal­liemore and Va­lerie Fraser Cup Fi­nals in 2014 as well as the 2015 Macau­lay Cup Fi­nal. He also ref­er­eed the Glas­gow Celtic So­ci­ety Cup Fi­nal in 2014 and 2017.

Speak­ing on his ap­point­ment, Lachie Wood said: ‘I am de­lighted to be cho­sen to ref­eree the Tul­loch Homes Camanachd Cup Fi­nal.

‘It is a great hon­our and I am very much look­ing for­ward to what should be a great match.’

Pho­to­graph: Kevin McG­lynn.

Oban Camanachd’s Mal­colm Clark, who scored two goals for the red and blacks, takes on Kin­gussie’s Evan Michie dur­ing last Satur­day’s Marine Harvest premier­ship en­counter at Moss­field Sta­dium.

Pho­to­graph: Neil Pater­son.

Kyles Ath­letic’s Roddy Macdon­ald gets away from Lo­vat’s Cal­lum Cru­den.

Pho­to­graph: Neil Pater­son.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll’s Garry Luke with Ed­die Tembo of Glenurquhart in ac­tion dur­ing their 2-2 draw at Drum­nadro­chit.

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

An­drew ‘Papa’ MacCuish tries to break through the Kin­gussie de­fence.

Lachie Wood has been se­lected to ref­eree this year’s Camanachd Cup fi­nal.

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