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Manager Jamie Matheson says Lovat have the best starting line-up in shinty as they aim to end seven years without silverware


By Will Clark


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LOVAT manager Jamie Matheson says he has the best starting line up in shinty as they aim for silverware this season.

Lovat's Graeme MacMillan celebrates getting the only goal of the game. Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.
Lovat's Graeme MacMillan celebrates getting the only goal of the game. Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.

The Kiltarlity outfit were due to take on Kilmallie at Balgate in the quarter final of the MacTavish Cup on Saturday, but the game has been postponed due to Covid restriction.

Lovat have won all three games in all competitions this season, most notably knocking MacTavish Cup holders Kinlochshiel out in the first round with a 3–0 win at Balmacara.

Matheson believes he has the best starting line-up in the game and if they can avoid a major injury crisis, can lift major silverware for the first time since 2015.

“We have won all three games so far this season without conceding any goals and I am happy with where we are going,” says Matheson.

“It was satisfying beating Kinlochshiel in the first round after what happened in the Camanachd Cup final last season.

“ I am not saying we went up there expecting to win the game.

“But I thought we were good enough to win the game, but we knew it was going to be tough.

“But the win didn’t shock me even though it might have shocked other people.

“In my eyes we have the best starting 12 in shinty, the only thing in past years is we struggle with injuries.

“But we have young players coming through and brought in talented players and we are at the stage we have 17 players ready to start every game.

“We have gone a few years without winning a trophy, but we have some of the best players in shinty, so we should be winning more.

“This season we think we can run Kingussie close in the league.”

In the other cup quarter finals tomorrow, National Division leaders Beauly travel to Portree to face Skye. Caberfeidh travel west to take on Fort William and the big clash sees Newtonmore face Kingussie at The Eilan.

In North Division One, Inverness take on Kinlochshiel at Bught Park and Glenurquhart host Kingussie.


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