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Newtonmore force Lovat replay in Camanachd Cup


By Will Clark


Camanachd champions Newtonmore and last year’s beaten finalists Lovat will have to go through it all again after drawing 1-1 in their second round tie at The Eilean.

Lovat took a 55th minute lead through Calum MacAulay, however with 10 minutes remaining Iain Robinson levelled for the home team to force a replay on Saturday, June 22 at Balgate.

Lovat had to see out the final stages a man short after full centre Calum Cruden received his marching orders after being issued with a second yellow card by referee Robert Baxter.

Lovat boss Fraser Gallacher was not happy with the red card shown to Callum Cruden (right) last weekend. Picture: Neil Paterson
Lovat boss Fraser Gallacher was not happy with the red card shown to Callum Cruden (right) last weekend. Picture: Neil Paterson

National Division title hopefuls Glenurquhart gave a good account of themselves at Mossfield where they lost narrowly 2-1 to Oban Camanachd. Scores from Andrew MacCuish and Daniel MacVicar gave Oban a 2-0 half time lead however Connor Golabek’s 64th minute response brought about an exciting conclusion to proceedings.

Skye exacted quick revenge for the 6-3 league defeat inflicted on them by Oban Celtic seven days previously when they defeated their National Division rivals 3-0 in Portree. Iain MacLellan opened the islanders’ account in the 15th minute with strikes from Ross Gordon and Jordan Murchison in the 55th and 77th minutes seeing them safely through.

In the quarter final draw that took place in Fort William on Monday, Skye have been landed with a trip to either Newtonmore or Lovat.

Lochaber came out on top in a thrilling derby clash with Kilmallie at Spean Bridge where four goals from Ben Delaney proved crucial in a 5-3 win. Innes Blackhall gave the visitors a 19th minute lead which Delaney cancelled out in the 36th minute.

Liam MacDonald restored Kilmallie’s advantage shortly after the break before Delaney went on to bag a second half hat trick followed by a late goal from youngster Max Campbell. With seconds remaining Blackhall struck again to reduce the deficit to two goals. Lochaber’s quarter final opponents will be Caberfeidh at Castle Leod.

Cabers were made to fight all the way for their place in the last eight by National Division leaders Fort William at An Aird. Lachie Shaw gave Fort a 43rd minute lead before Craig Morrison and Kevin Bartlett netted early in the second half to take the Premiership side through.

Strikes from Kevin Bartlett and Craig Morrison (centre and right) helped Caberfeidh through to the next round of the cup. Picture: Neil Paterson
Strikes from Kevin Bartlett and Craig Morrison (centre and right) helped Caberfeidh through to the next round of the cup. Picture: Neil Paterson

Kingussie, 23-time winners, cruised to a 7-0 win over National Division opponents Beauly at The Dell. Kings were 6-0 ahead by the 35th minute through Ruaridh Anderson, Savio Genini and doubles from Roddy Young and Liam Borthwick.

The home team eased up after the break and added just one more goal through Chris Hollysong. Kings now have home advantage over 2012 winners Kyles Athletic.

Kyles emerged 3-1 winners over Argyll rivals Inveraray at Tighnabruiach. Kyles led 2-0 at the interval through Robbie MacLeod and Thomas Whyte before Aray responded through Fraser Watt in the 65th minute. Former Newtonmore player Paul MacArthur sealed Kyles’ victory in the 87th minute.

Strathglass picked up their first National Division points of the season with a 2-0 win over Bute at Cannich. First half goals from Lewis Douglas and Steven Hyslop moved Strath off bottom place in the table.

Sutherland Cup holders Newtronmore eased through to the semi finals with a 7-0 win over Strathspey at The Eilean on Friday evening with Ewan Fraser hitting four. More will now face Lochsside Rovers who were 3-0 victors over Boleskine at Mossfield.

Glenurquhart and Lovat will meet in the other semi final after Glen ran out 4-2 winners over Caberfeidh at Drumnadrochit whilst Lovat romped to a 9-2 derby win over Beauly at Balgate where Raymond Rennie and Jamie Matheson each notched hat tricks.

Victor Smith Jnr’s hat trick helped Fort William to a 3-2 win at Glengarry, a result which sees Fort take over top spot in North Division One from their opponents. Kingussie were 4-0 winners over Inverness at The Dell whilst the West Coast derby between Skye and Kinlochshiel finished in a 0-0 draw.



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