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Lovat cling on for win despite defensive collapse at Kilmallie

By Andrew Henderson

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Lovat kept their Premiership title bid on track when they held off a fightback from Kilmallie to win 4–3.

Lovat beat Kilmallie 4–3. Picture: Neil Paterson.
Lovat beat Kilmallie 4–3. Picture: Neil Paterson.

The match was switched to Caol on Wednesday, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday at Balgate, at Lovat’s request due to a wedding.

Lovat broke the deadlock after three minutes when Greg Matheson gave them the lead.

The Kiltarlity outfit doubled their advantage five minutes from half time when Fraser Heath scored to put Lovat 2–0 up at the break.

Heath put Lovat 3–0 up three minutes after the interval and Matheson scored his second to make it 4–0 after 62 minutes.

However, Lovat suffered a defensive collapse in the final 15 minutes which almost cost them victory.

Daniel Smith pulled one back for Kilmallie in the 75th minute.

He scored again five minutes later with Stuart Callison finding the net in the 85th minute to set up a frantic final five minutes.

But Lovat held on for victory to claim both points.

On Saturday, leaders Kingussie face a repeat of the MacTavish Cup final against Caberfeidh at Castle Leod.

Kingussie came back from two goals behind to lift the trophy last weekend, and can make it a perfect 10 victories out of 10 in the league if they manage a repeat result this time around.

Newtonmore, now second in the table, host the side they leapfrogged, Kinlochshiel.

The remaining Premiership matches see Fort William travel to Kyles Athletic and Glasgow Mid Argyll head to Oban Camanachd.

In the National Division, league leaders Beauly host Inveraray in what could be an important contest come the end of the campaign.

Inveraray sit third, six points behind Beauly, but have three games in hand, so a home win would keep them at bay for the time being.

Glenurquhart, meanwhile, can put more distance between themselves and the bottom of the table if they can beat Oban Celtic at home.

The other match sees Skye take on Lochaber.

Inverness have a home match against Fort William in the North Division One, but their North Two side are due to make the short journey away to Strathglass.

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