The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Shiel hope to make his­tory

Wester Ross men bid­ding to reach their first MacTav­ish Cup fi­nal

- BY BILL McAL­LIS­TER

Kin­lochshiel’s Keith MacRae is pleased with his team’s home MacTav­ish Cup semi-fi­nal draw against Caber­feidh which takes the Wester Ross men 90 min­utes from mak­ing his­tory.

The in­ter­na­tional for­ward said: “Home ad­van­tage is a help and we’ve all set our sights on reach­ing our first MacTav­ish fi­nal and lift­ing the tro­phy for the first time.

“We played Kil­mallie, a di­vi­sion below us, in last year’s semi-fi­nal and they re­ally turned up while we couldn’t get go­ing on the day and we lost.

“That’s a warn­ing to us this time, not to let that hap­pen again. Apart from the Pre­mier­ship tro­phy, the Ma­caulay Cup is the only sil­ver­ware we’ve won and our lads feel we need a MacTav­ish medal be­fore we call it a day.”

Shiel won 5-3 at Strath­p­ef­fer on March 10 and MacRae knows the Cas­tle Leod men will be a hot hand­ful. MacRae said: “It’s their first MacTav­ish semi­fi­nal as a Pre­mier­ship club, so they’ll be up for it and they’ve been play­ing well.

“But it’s a long time yet un­til the May 19 semi and our fo­cus now is on main­tain­ing our 100% record when we wel­come Oban Ca­manachd to Kirk­ton this weekend.

“We’re scor­ing freely and the de­fence is very solid and we’ve no prob­lems with Scott Kennedy back in goal and Paul Macrae fit again. There’s real pres­sure for places as shown by Ally Nixon go­ing so well up front that he’s keep­ing out Oliver MacRae.”

Caber­feidh man­ager Jodi Gorski said: “There are no easy ties in semi-fi­nals and we know Kin­lochshiel are a pow­er­ful side, so we have to pre­pare ac­cord­ingly if we’re to make the fi­nal.”

Keith MacRae has hit 12 of his club’s 31 goals in seven league and cup out­ings.

Oban man­ager Ian Hay said: “Shiel seem to be scor­ing for fun and we’ll need to close down their for­wards.

“Daniel Sloss is sus­pended, while Wil­lie Neil­son is fight­ing to shake off an in­jury and it will be a late call.

“It’s too soon for Ai­dan MacIntyre, who be­gins light train­ing next week but we have Scott Macmil­lan back af­ter work­ing last week.

“Our prob­lem is that we haven’t been able to field the same team two weeks run­ning due to in­jury and sus­pen­sion. But we’ve had some close matches with Shiel, so we’re look­ing for­ward to go­ing there.” Lewis Bur­rell chick­en­pox.

Fort William, who won this tro­phy for the first time last year, hope to have key man Ar­ran MacPhee back from civil en­gi­neer­ing ex­ams in Dundee in time for their match with 2001 winners In­ver­aray at An Aird. Beauly, the 2015 winners, have a tricky away test against Aberdeen Univer­sity, while In­ver­ness make the trip to Taynuilt.

Bute, record five-time winners, head north to face 1989 winners Glen­garry, who have Daniel Maclen­nan avail­able now that his High­land League sea­son with Clach is over.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll make the long trip to Can­nich to face Strath­glass, while Oban Celtic head for Fife to meet Aber­dour.

Bal­lachul­ish are at home to Col Glen, who beat them 3-1 in the league on March 24. is out with

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