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Beauly target Camanachd Cup shock over Kyles Athletic in quarter final clash


By Will Clark

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BEAULY will look to cause a huge upset as they aim to defeat shinty heavyweights Kyles Athletic in the Camanachd Cup quarter-final tomorrow.

Beauly’s Finlay MacLennan in front of Ryan Symonds (Cabers). Caberfeidh v Beauly in the Mowi Senior League B, played at Castle Leod.
Beauly’s Finlay MacLennan in front of Ryan Symonds (Cabers). Caberfeidh v Beauly in the Mowi Senior League B, played at Castle Leod.

But having already knocked out Premiership opposition earlier in the tournament, defeating Caberfeidh, they will go in confident they can cause a surprise at Braeview.

Before the pandemic, Beauly were playing in the second tier National Division where they were regularly mid-table finishers.

Kyles Athletic were in the Premiership and regularly finished in the top half of the table.

This season, regionalised leagues have replaced the Premiership and National Division due to the impact of the pandemic.

Beauly have been impressive against Premiership teams during 2021, having beaten Caberfeidh twice, including in the Camanachd Cup as well as in the senior league.

Gregor MacCormick, who is co-manager with Niall MacLennan, says their young squad has shown their potential, but still have a lot to learn.

“We are happy with the boys this season as they have put in a lot of work and have been committed to training,” he said.

“It is a young and inexperienced squad, and it is a transition period for us this year.

“It has been a big step up for us as we are a mid-table National Division outfit playing Premiership teams.

“But it has given us confidence, especially beating Caberfeidh, that we can be competitive against them.”

Beauly and Kyles Athletic will face each other for the first time in over 15 years tomorrow.

Despite not knowing too much about their opponents, MacCormick expects a tough test.

“Kyles have a fantastic history in the Camanachd Cup and will be clear favourites,” he said.

“But we are relishing the challenge they will bring.”


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