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Glenurquhart break hearts of 'Glass

By Will Clark

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Glenurquhart booked their place in MacTavish Cup final with a 2-0 win over local rivals Strathglass in a thrilling all National Division semi final clash at Cannich.

Strath started brightly but it was Glen who took the lead in the 15th minute when Neale Reid found space on the right to despatch a fierce 15-yard drive past Ally McAdams in the Strath goal. 10 minutes later Glen’s lead was increased when Ewan Brady’s low 20-yarder took a slight deflection off Strath full back Donald Fraser and bounced up past a helpless McAdams.

Glen controlled the game until the half time whistle but found themselves up against a rejuvenated Strath in the second period.

Although much of the second half play took place in Glen territory, Strath were unable to make their pressure count and Glen held on to take up their place in the final at The Bught on Saturday, June 15 where they will meet the winners of Saturday’s Badenoch derby between Kingussie and holders Newtonmore.

Glenurquhart had plenty of reason to celebrate as they defeated Strathglass to reach the MacTavish Cup final. Picture: Neil Paterson
Glenurquhart had plenty of reason to celebrate as they defeated Strathglass to reach the MacTavish Cup final. Picture: Neil Paterson

The final of the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup will be a repeat of last year, with holders Oban Camanachd facing Kyles Athletic. Oban cruised to a 5-0 win over Inveraray at Mossfield whilst Kyles had their work cut out at Yoker taking care of National Division Glasgow Mid Argyll coming from behind to win 3-2.

A convincing 5-0 win over Kinlochshiel at The Eilean moves champions Newtonmore in to third place in the Mowi Premiership. First half goals from Glen MacKintosh, Mike Russell and two from Evan Menzies put More firmly in command, with MacKintosh finding the net again late on to add to Shiel’s agony.

A 5-4 triumph over Caberfeidh at Spean Bridge saw Lochaber register their second league win of the season and move up to seventh spot in the table. A spot hit converted by Findlay MacDonald on the half hour gave Lochaber a 1-0 interval lead. Cabers pulled level through James MacLeod only for Stuart Callison to edge the home side back in front.

Just after the hour, Cabers were back on level terms through Craig Morrison with the same player making it 3-2 eight minutes later – quickly followed by a Kevin Bartlett strike. Lochaber rallied and three goals in 10 minutes through a Danny Delaney double and Ben Delaney secured two crucial points for the Spean Bridge men.

Fort William increased their lead at the top of the National Division to five points with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Bute at An Aird, making it six wins from six for a rampant Fort.

Early goals by Lewis Morrison and Lachie Shaw were added to by Lewis Clark and Padraig McNeil before the break with McNeil netting again in the 78th minute. Fort are now five points ahead of Glenurquhart who have played two games less.

Finlay MacLennan salvaged a point for Beauly against Oban Celtic at Mossfield Park with the teenager’s last gasp strike levelling the score at 1 – 1 after Ross MacMillan had given Celtic a 20th minute lead.

Lovat’s 4-1 win over North Division One leaders Caberfeidh at Castle Leod elevates the Kiltarlity side to joint top of the table alongside Glengarry, who were 5-0 winners against Kinlochshiel at Kirkton.

Fort William now occupy third spot on goal difference over Cabers after winning 2-1 at home against Aberdeen University. The Badenoch derby between Kingussie and Newtonmore at The Dell finished all square at 2-2, whilst Inverness gained another point to move them on to -2 points through a 2-2 draw with Glenurquhart at The Bught.

Boleskine move up to third spot in North Division Two with a 12-0 thrashing of Inverness 2nds with Alan Knox being the top marksman with a six goal tally. Ciaran Mellens bagged a hat trick in Strathglass’s 4-3 win over second placed at Strathspey, the Grantown based side’s first defeat of the campaign. Lochcarron remain top through a 2 – 0 away win over Lewis Camanachd.

In the second round of the Sutherland Cup, Beauly were awarded a walkover victory after Ballachulish failed to make the journey to Braeview Park.

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