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Scot­land U21s recorded only their sec­ond win on Ir­ish soil and Skye Ca­manachd U17 lifted the Marine Har­vest Lon­don Shield fol­low­ing the shinty ac­tion on Satur­day November 3 2018.

Shinty/hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional Ire­land U21 (1-10) 13 Scot­land U21 (6-7) 25

Scot­land U21 turned in a ter­rific dis­play to beat Ire­land U21 25-13 in their shinty/hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional at the im­pres­sive GAA Na­tional Games De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre in Dublin.

The Scots went into this 2pm throw-in in the knowl­edge that they had only pre­vi­ously recorded one win on Ir­ish soil at this level and that came in 2014. Boss Alan MacRae went for ex­pe­ri­ence but he did give New­ton­more’s Iain Robinson and Kin­gussie’s Roddy Young de­buts in at­tack. The other debu­tants - Oban Ca­manachd’s Daniel Sloss, Oban Celtic’s Ross MacMil­lan, Jon­nie Ma­cAskill from Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll and Find­lay Mac­Don­ald from Lochaber – all started on the bench. Caber­feidh’s Blair Mor­ri­son cap­tained the Scots on what was his fifth ap­pear­ance at this level.

Iain Robinson can­celled out an early Ir­ish point be­fore Roddy Young’s de­but goal put the Scots 4-1 ahead. Boss MacRae was ex­cit­ing about his side’s fire-power ahead of the game and Young’s goal didn’t dis­ap­point. Robert Mabon played a long ball over the de­fence and Young beat both full backs for pace be­fore taking the ball around keeper Thomas Dowl­ing and slot­ting it into the net.

The hosts added an­other point be­fore the Scots in­tro­duced Ross MacMil­lan at half back and Innes Black­hall and a two-pointer from Iain Robinson gave Scot­land a hard­earned 7-2 lead at the end of a fast and fu­ri­ous first half.

Scot­land surged fur­ther ahead from the restart and, with just a minute gone, sub­sti­tute Find­lay Mac­Don­ald gath­ered pos­ses­sion in a deep po­si­tion and he turned and ran at the Ir­ish de­fence be­fore blast­ing the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box to notch his de­but goal.

And it was an­other sub­sti­tute who made the dif­fer­ence shortly af­ter as the ball broke from a tackle to Alexan­der MacMil­lan at the edge of the box and the Fort Wil­liam man struck a shot low and hard into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net to in­crease Scot­land’s cush­ion to 13-2.

Iain Robinson added a point be­fore John Gil­lies at­tracted the at­ten­tion of ref­eree Archie Ritchie and he was booked.

Ire­land pulled a point back but Iain Robinson added an­other two-pointer so the Scots now led 16-3.

Ire­land got four more points closer be­fore Iain Robinson and Roddy Young again found the net to make it 22-7. For Robinson’s de­but goal, he man­aged to turn his man quite far out be­fore driv­ing to­wards goal and even­tu­ally round­ing keeper Thomas Dowl­ing and slip­ping the ball into the net for what was a great in­di­vid­ual goal. Young’s sec­ond strike saw him get on the end of a ball in be­hind the de­fence and he drilled a shot low shot past the keeper.

Ire­land fought back again with Clare’s Aaron Shanagher scor­ing a goal and they con­verted an­other three points to pull the score back to 22-13.

How­ever Iain Robinson took his tally to 12 points when he scored his sec­ond goal of the af­ter­noon near the end of the con­test. A good run from Innes Black­hall ended when his shot fell kindly for Robinson and he turned the ball home to make the fi­nal score 25-13.

Scot­land cap­tain Blair Mor­ri­son stepped for­ward to re­claim the Marine Har­vest Quaich which the Ir­ish won last year in In­ver­ness.

Marine Har­vest North Divi­sion 2 Lochaber W/O v Beauly

The Lochaber sec­ond team were given a walk-over as the Beauly sec­ond team were un­able to raise a team for their clash at Spean Bridge.

Lochaber were awarded the points and they leap-frog the Kil­mallie sec­onds to fin­ish sixth in the divi­sion.

The 2018 shinty sea­son league fix­tures are now com­plete.

Youth shinty Marine Har­vest Lon­don Shield Fi­nal Fort Wil­liam U17 1 Skye Ca­manachd U17 2

Skye Ca­manachd U17 won the Marine Har­vest Lon­don Shield, beat­ing Fort Wil­liam U17 2-1 in the fi­nal at Blair­beg.

Both sides en­joyed semi-fi­nal wins the pre­vi­ous week­end with the Fort de­feat­ing Glenurquhart 4-1 and Skye beat­ing Kin­gussie 7-0.

The Fort were 2-1 win­ners ear­lier in the sea­son when the sides met in the MacTav­ish Ju­ve­nile Cup semi-fi­nals be­fore go­ing on to lift the tro­phy so this was al­ways go­ing to be a close af­fair.

Skye struck first as Ruaraidh MacLeod ham­mered home a half-vol­ley, 20 yards from goal, with the ball go­ing low into the net, giv­ing keeper Struan Steven no chance.

Ruaraidh MacLeod got his and Skye’s sec­ond on 27 min­utes and it was an­other great goal. This time the ball was played in to Ross Gor­don and he slipped a pass to MacLeod in space and he turned and sent a shot scream­ing into the roof of the net, again from around 20 yards’ range.

Fort Wil­liam’s re­sponse was swift though and Greig Kelly pulled a goal back just a cou­ple of min­utes later. Kelly lobbed an ef­fort at goal from dis­tance and the ball dropped into the net to make it 2-1.

Skye’s James Mor­ri­son was booked by ref­eree Calum Gir­van just be­fore half time and the is­landers de­servedly took their sin­gle goal cush­ion into the break.

Skye head coach Kenny MacLeod in­tro­duced Calum MacKay on for James Mor­ri­son on 59 min­utes.

Whilst it had been an even start to the sec­ond half, Fort Wil­liam pressed hard for a lev­eller dur­ing the last 20 min­utes.

How­ever the Skye de­fence stayed strong with buck­shee back Con­nor Gilpin out­stand­ing and full back Jamie Gil­lies com­mand­ing.

Fort head coach Ali Clark had brought on Vic­tor Smith and he had a half-chance but his ef­fort went over with Jamie Gil­lies chal­leng­ing well. Skye then had keeper Mur­phy Hen­der­son to thank for a good save to deny Vic­tor Smith with just four min­utes to go. Hen­der­son also cleared the ball wide to­wards the cor­ner flag be­fore the Fort could profit from the re­bound and Skye stayed in front un­til the end.

There was lit­tle be­tween the teams and full cen­tres Wil­liam MacK­in­non for Skye and Fort Wil­liam’s Lachie Shaw both played well, can­celling each other out in the mid­dle of the park.

Ross MacK­in­non and Con­nor Gilpin were also ter­rific for the is­landers.

How­ever Skye’s Ruaraidh MacLeod, whose two crack­ing goals made the dif­fer­ence, was the unan­i­mous choice as man of the match and he was the first re­cip­i­ent of the Dou­glas MacK­in­tosh Me­mo­rial Medal. With Ron­ald Ross and Gra­ham Cor­mack from the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion in at­ten­dance along with Youth Di­rec­tor Wil­lie Mac­Don­ald, the Marine Har­vest Lon­don Shield was pre­sented to Skye cap­tain Jamie Gil­lies.

Bute U14 Win League

Bute U14 clinched the South U14 ti­tle fol­low­ing their 1-1 draw with Oban Lorn U14 at the school cam­pus on Sun­day 4 November 2018.

This 1.30pm throw up was played on a warm win­ter’s day in front of a large and en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port.

In what was their fi­nal league game of the sea­son, Bute knew a win or a draw would be enough to give them the cham­pi­onship but an Oban win would have forced an ex­tra-time pe­riod to de­cide the ti­tle des­ti­na­tion.

Af­ter a goal­less first half, Mairi Inglis put Oban Lorne ahead and it stayed that way un­til the death when Rory McDon­ald scored the equal­is­ing goal that won the league.

Euan McMurdo from the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion was on hand to present the win­ners’ shield.

Oban Ca­manachd end of sea­son fun day

The teams have been an­nounced for the Oban Ca­manachd end of sea­son fun day which takes place at Moss­field on Satur­day November 17.

The fun starts at 12.30pm with the first games at 1pm and there are eight teams taking part, split into two groups to play in an ini­tial round-robin for­mat.

The ad­justed teams are - Group 1: Dun­beg from: Garry Lord (cap­tain),

Daniel MacCuish, David MacCuish, Niall Mac­Far­lane, Sarah Jane Fer­gu­son, Alas­tair Crowe, David MacMil­lan, Cal­lum MacMil­lan, Kieran Lopez.

Con­nel from: Daniel Cameron (cap­tain), Bob Howe, Con­nor Howe, Lennon Campbell, Andy Pear­son, Lorne Robert­son, Stephen Campbell, Daniel Pear­son, Fin­lay Robert­son, Ewan Campbell.

Pul­pit Hill from: Mal­colm Clark (cap­tain), Cal­lum Kir­sop, Scott Buchanan, Lewis Buchanan, Kenny Wother­spoon, Fraser Inglis, Patty Stee­man, Euan Lo­gan, Kyle Mac­Far­lane.

Taynuilt from: Daniel Sloss (cap­tain), Stephen Sloss, Colin Da­iron, Michael Mac­Queen, Gre­gor Mac­Don­ald, Alan Mackech­nie, Johnny Will, Mathew Sloss, Louie Mac­Far­lane.

Group 2: White City from: Andrew MacCuish (cap­tain), Peter MacCuish, Jor­dan Keir, Gareth Evans, Chris Ec­cle­ston, Ryan Bar­clay, Rob­bie MacKay, Matt Rip­pon, Scott Demp­ster.

Soroba from: Scott MacMil­lan (cap­tain), Cameron Suther­land, Char­lie Spread­bury, Iain MacMil­lan, Sean Suther­land, Des MacMil­lan, Iain Campbell, Innes Jack­son, Alexan­der Mac­Don­ald

Dunol­lie from: Gavin Sto­b­bart (cap­tain), Daniel MacVicar, Alex MacVicar, Joe MacVicar, Craig MacDougall, Craig Eas­ton, Gor­don MacIntyre, Lennon Mackech­nie, Char­lie Campbell Roberts.

Longs­dale from: Gary McKer­racher (cap­tain), Scott Robert­son, Alan MacGre­gor, Brian MacCal­lum, Drew Walker, Ross Campbell, Johnny Campbell, Blair Mac­Far­lane, Fer­gus Taylor.

Beauly seek first team man­ager in­ter­est

Beauly are seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for the po­si­tion of first team man­ager.

It is Beauly club pol­icy to en­sure all se­nior coach­ing ap­point­ments are avail­able and ad­ver­tised on a two-year cy­cle, with a re­view held at the end of the first sea­son and ap­pli­ca­tions al­ways in­vited at the end of the sec­ond term.

Scot­land U21 Head Coach Alan MacRae has man­aged the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Divi­sion side for the last two sea­sons and he has been in­vited to con­firm an in­ter­est again this time around.

In a busy week for Beauly, their U14 side added the Marine Har­vest North U14 ti­tle to the MacMaster Cup won ear­lier in the sea­son fol­low­ing their 13-0 vic­tory over Glenurquhart U14. James Mor­ri­son, Fin­lay MacLen­nan and Innes David­son all grabbed hat-tricks, Cal­lum MacVicar bagged a dou­ble whilst Leon MacLel­lan and Kieran Ren­nie got the oth­ers.

Mean­time, the club’s player of the year awards were also an­nounced and the Don­nie Fraser tro­phy for se­nior player of the year went to An­gus Ren­wick, who also col­lected the Lym­burn Fam­ily tro­phy for play­ers’ player of the year.

Rob­bie Mac­Don­ald won the Ken Fraser Shield as sec­ond team player of the year.

Dun­can Fraser An­der­son was pre­sented with the emerg­ing player of the year award by com­mit­tee mem­ber Iain Petrie.

Club com­mit­tee mem­ber Rob­bie Ste­wart was the re­cip­i­ent of the Jock Macken­zie Me­mo­rial Shield (un­sung hero award) for all his ef­forts with the Brae­view Park pitch.

Ard­na­mur­chan Ladies draw with the Ir­ish Ard­na­mur­chan Ladies (1-2) 5 Naomh Uinnsinn Ladies (1-2) 5

It was hon­ours even fol­low­ing the shinty/camo­gie friendly match be­tween Ard­na­mur­chan Ladies and their Naomh Uinnsinn counterparts at Stron­tian on Satur­day November 3.

A Jodie Maclen­nan goal and two points from Kirsty Campbell counted for Ard­na­mur­chan in this 1pm throw-in but Robyn Fitz­patrick’s goal and two points from Dervia Parker en­sured a share of the spoils.

Bade­noch and Strath­spey Ladies cel­e­brate 10 years

Bade­noch and Strath­spey Ladies have an­nounced plans to cel­e­brate their 10-year an­niver­sary.

The Marine Har­vest Valerie Fraser Ca­manachd Cup win­ners will host a shinty sixes com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day November 17 and all WCA clubs should have by now re­ceived de­tails by e-mail.

Later in the evening, there will be a ceilidh in New­ton­more Vil­lage Hall which is open to all over 18s. Tick­ets are £15 and can be bought from any se­nior play­ers.

Scot­land and their Ir­ish op­po­nents af­ter the re­cent un­der 21 shinty/hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional held at the GAA Na­tional Games De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre in Dublin.

Photo: Neil Pater­son

Skye Ca­manachd de­feated Fort Wil­liam in the fi­nal of the Lon­don Shield.

Skye cap­tain Jamie Gil­lies re­ceived the Lon­don Shield from Wil­lie Mac­don­ald. Pho­tos: Neil Pater­son

Bute were win­ners of the South Un­der 14 league.

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