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Trio look to progress to semi final of Balliemore Cup

By Will Clark

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Glenurquhart, Strathglass and Inverness have the semi–finals of the Balliemore Cup in their sights in tomorrow’s second round ties.

Glenurquhart joint manager Eddie Tembo. Glenurquhart v Newtonmore pre-season game played at Blairbeg, Drumnadrochit.
Glenurquhart joint manager Eddie Tembo. Glenurquhart v Newtonmore pre-season game played at Blairbeg, Drumnadrochit.

Glenurquhart face Aberdour at Blairbeg Park where co-managers Eddie Tembo and Stuart MacKintosh are viewing the cup campaigns with relish.

But Tembo said the league and promotion back to the Premiership remains their priority.

“We are delighted to be involved in the MacTavish, Balliemore and the Camanachd Cup and also the league.

“It is a huge challenge but the lads are prepared to work hard to bring success.

“We anticipate a hard game against Aberdour. They’re top of the table in the south and made everyone sit up and take notice when they beat Beauly in the first round so they have our full respect”.

Glenurquhart will have under-21 star Lachie Smith available from suspension and John Barrlooks set to retain his place in the starting 12.

Meanwhile for Strathglass the visit of Inverness to Cannich on Balliemore Cup business is the meeting of old adversaries with both sides looking to put their struggles in the league aside.

In the Premiership, Caberfeidh take on Kinlochshiel at Castle Leod in the Ross-shire derby.

With the league edging towards the halfway point in the season, the relegation battle looks set to be a four-way tussle with Caberfeidh, Kilmallie, Lochaber and Inveraray in the mix with two clubs dropping down to the National Division for next season.

In other matches in the top league, bottom club Inveraray face Kyles who can leapfrog Lovat into second place with a win at the Winterton.

Oban Camanachd will be favoured to take both points from the visit of Lochaber and move into the top half of the table.

Just one match in the National Division where Skye will be hoping to kickstart their league challenge as they face Oban Celtic in Portree.

Strathdearn Cup action occupies most of the reserve teams in the North and the action starts tonight as Lovat travel to Lochcarron.

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