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Finlay MacLennan bags five as Beauly thrash Inverness on the road to win North Division Two shinty clash

By Andrew Henderson

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Ahead of a fractured fixture list this weekend due to cup competitions, Beauly extended their advantage at the top of the North Division Two with a dominant 8–0 win in a rare midweek fixture.

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.

They made the short journey to Inverness on Wednesday night, knowing that if form was anything to go by they would be the heavy favourites.

Beauly had already led the way in North Two with a far superior goal difference to closest challengers Aberdeen University, while Inverness sat second bottom with just two wins approaching the midway point of the league season.

It was another disappointing performance from Inverness, though, losing to the leaders who now have a two-point advantage over the university side, albeit having played two matches more.

Finlay MacLennan was the star of the show for Beauly, and he opened the scoring seven minutes into the contest.

Fraser Cameron then made it two, and Jack MacDonald got in on the act to make it 3–0 just before the half-hour mark ticked over – already a uphill task for Inverness to try and climb.

Things only got worse for them from there, though, as MacLennan scored his second of the afternoon as half time approached before going on to add even more to his tally after the interval.

It went 5–0 through MacLennan in the 64th minute, and a further late collapse saw Beauly add three more to their total in the final 10 minutes.

MacLennan claimed two of those, bringing his personal tally to five, while MacDonald added his own second to make it 8–0 by full time.

With the MacTavish Cup final and south quarter finals of the Macaulay Cup, league matches are thin on the ground this weekend.

Kilmallie host Newtonmore tomorrow in the Premiership’s only tie, while Strathglass head to Aberdour in the single National Division match.

North Division One sees Glenurquhart host Fort William, meanwhile Glengarry travel to Skye and Lochcarron go to Newtonmore.

There is only one game, too, in North Division Two – pitting Boleskine away at Lewis – and in the Women’s North Division Two where Inverness B host Strathglass.

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