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Lovat through to next round of Macaulay Cup after beating Kilmallie


By Andrew Henderson


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Lovat safely made it through to the second round of the Macaulay Cup after seeing off the challenge of Kilmallie 4–1.

Lovat's Callum Cruden gets to the ball ahead of Daniel MacVicar (Oban). Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.
Lovat's Callum Cruden gets to the ball ahead of Daniel MacVicar (Oban). Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.

Despite the three-goal difference in the final score, the tie was in the balance for much of the match.

Greg Matheson opened the scoring in the 15th minute, but Stuart Callison hit back for Kilmallie nine minutes later.

That was how the scored remained for almost 40 minutes before Lewis Tawse restored Lovat’s advantage in the 65th minute.

Marc MacLachlan then put daylight between the sides five minutes later, before Tawse claimed his second of the afternoon in the 80th minute.

While several other teams also found the net four times, Bute went one better, hitting Aberdour for five without reply in their first round clash.

Kingussie won 4–0 at home against Fort William, while there were also 4–1 victories for Inveraray and Oban Camanachd against Col Glen and Glasgow Mid Argyll respectively.

Kyles Athletic were pushed a little closer, beating Oban Celtic 4–2.

Elsewhere, Kinlochshiel knocked out Newtonmore, winning 3–0 away from home, while Caberfeidh progressed without playing as scheduled opponents Lochaber could not raise a team.

With so many sides in Macaulay Cup action, only one league match went ahead in shinty’s top two leagues, with Glenurquhart beating Strathglass 4–1 in the National Division.

A clinical 20-minute spell decided the match in the Glen’s favour, after they had taken an early lead through John Barr.

The decisive period came between the 44th and 65th minutes, though, as Connor Golabek scored twice either side of a David MacLennan finish.

Michael Stokes did pull one back for Strathglass in the 84th minute, but by then it was a mere consolation.


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