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Camanachd Cup is main aim for Lovat as they head to Oban Camanachd for quarter final


By Will Clark

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LOVAT manager Jamie Matheson says his club are capable of reaching the Camanachd Cup final after seeing the path they have to navigate to reach shinty’s biggest game.

Lovat’s Lorne Mackay gets in front of James Hutchison (Kingussie). Kingussie v Lovat in the Artemis MacAulay Cup semi final (north), played at Braeview Park, Beauly.
Lovat’s Lorne Mackay gets in front of James Hutchison (Kingussie). Kingussie v Lovat in the Artemis MacAulay Cup semi final (north), played at Braeview Park, Beauly.

If they can win at Oban Camanachd in tomorrow’s quarter final, they will face either Kingussie or Kilmallie at a neutral venue in the semi final either this month or September.

The winners will face either Kinlochshiel or Kyles Athletic in the final.

The Kiltarlity outfit last won the Camanachd Cup in 2015, which ended a 62-year wait to lift the trophy.

Matheson says his team are in contention to lift the trophy this year, despite a tough run to the final if they are to do it.

“This is a trophy that we always want to win,” he said.

“We have used the regionalised leagues this season as friendly matches and we were disappointed to go out of the Macaulay Cup to Kingussie last Saturday.

“The Camanachd Cup is always the main one we want to win and the one everyone wants to win to be honest.

“Oban Camanachd are always a physical team and they didn’t finish second in the Premier League for no reason the last time it was played.

“But we are going in blind playing them this season.”

Lovat were knocked out of the Macaulay Cup semi final last week after losing 4–0 to Kingussie despite the score being goalless at half time.

Matheson says he wants his team to rediscover their form from the first half and carry it into the rest of the season.

“The first half against Kingussie we were superb and had we taken our chances we could have been 2–0 up at half time.

“But in the second half, it showed we had played three games in a week as our boys looked tired. We know if we beat Oban and face Kingussie in the semi final it will be our toughest game, but we would back ourselves to win.”


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