Mac­Don­ald hopes Kyles can main­tain win­ning streak

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KYLES Ath­letic dou­ble hero Roddy Mac­Don­ald hopes the Tighnabru­aich club can take their cup-win­ning form into next week’s vi­tal sum­mit clash with cham­pi­ons New­ton­more, writes Ken­neth Stephen.

The Scot­land for­ward was on tar­get twice in the first five min­utes of Satur­day’s 4-2 vic­tory over Oban Ca­manachd in the Gre­gor Cameron Con­sul­tancy Glas­gow Celtic So­ci­ety fi­nal at Taynuilt.

That cush­ion was vi­tal as the Ar­gyll out­fit man­aged to keep a very good Oban side at arms length in front of the live BBC Alba cam­eras to lift the south area cham­pi­onship.

Kyles have started strongly this cam­paign and, with one tro­phy now in the cab­i­net, it could be a sig­nif­i­cant sea­son on the Kyles of Bute.

Marks­man Mac­Don­ald cer­tainly hopes so, with a top of the ta­ble clash with More next on the cards. “We got off to a great start against Oban and that set­tled any nerves we might have had. It was al­ways re­ally im­por­tant as I felt Oban were very good. To be hon­est, I didn’t think it was a 4-2 game be­cause it was even for large parts of the game.

“We’ve had a good start this sea­son and we’ve been for­tu­nate be­cause we’ve had play­ers back and we’ve man­aged to keep a sim­i­lar side.

“We just need to keep it go­ing now. We’ve got a huge game next Satur­day against New­ton­more and it would be great if we can do some­thing there and keep chal­leng­ing in the league ti­tle race.”

Dunky Kerr and Thomas Whyte were also on tar­get for Kyles, with Oban net­ting through Lorne Dickie and An­drew MacCuish.

One down side for the Tighabru­aich out­fit will be the im­pend­ing loss of in­ter­na­tional cen­tre back Don­ald Irvine for the busi­ness end of their sea­son.

Irvine is a doc­tor and is be­ing posted in New Zealand for six months. His steady­ing in­flu­ence and big hit­ting from the back will be missed but the cup win­ners will be look­ing to adapt in their quest for fur­ther sil­ver­ware.

Pic­ture: Neil Pater­son

TUS­SLE: Kyles’ Cal­lum Mil­lar takes on Oban’s An­drew McCuish in the Celtic So­ci­ety Cup fi­nal.

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