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Macaulay and Sutherland cup ties take centre stage this weekend

Kinlochshiel’s John Macrae gets set to pull the trigger and score the second goal against Kingussie.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

KYLES Athletic are the new Marine Harvest Premiership leaders, ahead of Kinlochshiel and Kingussie on goal difference, and seven of the eight Balliemore Cup quarter finalists are known following the shinty action on Saturday April 22.

Balliemore Cup - second round

Fort William 2

Aberdour 1

Fort William beat Aberdour 2-1 in their 3pm throw-up at An Aird.

All the goals came in the final third of the match.

Fort William took the lead on 66 minutes. A chipped ball into the goal area was stopped by Aberdour goalie Tom Bowerman but he wasn’t able to get any distance on his clearance and Lewis Clark was quickly in to score.

The home side extended their lead four minutes later. Calum Shepard saw an initial shot blocked but the rebound fell on his left side and he lashed the ball high into the net to make it 2-0.

Fort William were reduced to 11 players when Bryan Simpson was red carded following a challenge on Craig Grant.

Aberdour pulled a goal back on 80 minutes. David McDougall sent a good ball forward and Paul MacKay made a good save from Roddy MacColl but Angus Thorburn, back in the side, was first to the rebound to score.

Fort William will now travel to face Skye Camanachd in the quarter finals on Saturday May 20.

Kilmory 0

Oban Celtic 3

Oban Celtic recorded their first competitive win of the season when they beat Kilmory 3-0 in their 2pm throw-up at MacRae Park.

Oban Celtic defender Ross MacMillan served a one-game ban following his sending off against Fort William the previous week whilst keeper Stephen Davidson was also absent.

Oban Celtic took the lead following a fine set-piece involving Andy Hunt, Iain MacKechnie and a surging run from winger Kieran Carnie who coolly slotted the ball home.

The Oban side’s second was a good finish from Daniel Madej who collected a loose ball from edge of the ‘D’ and rifled it into the roof of the net.

Daniel Madej got his second and Oban Celtic’s third following a Kenny Wotherspoon through ball. Madej rode a challenge from the full back before poking the ball past the advancing goal keeper to make it 3-0.

Next up for Oban Celtic in the Balliemore is a trip to play whoever comes out on top in the tie between Inveraray and Bute. That tie will be played later as Inveraray had their designated ‘free Saturday’ last weekend when their players attended the wedding of team mate Grant Griffin.

After the match, Oban Celtic player/manager Kenny Wotherspoon said: ‘I’m delighted we are finally up and running and hopefully the boys can carry the momentum forward to this week against Inveraray. The hardcore of the team will be back and available for selection and that’s something we haven’t had over the last three weeks so it’s a game we are looking forward to.’

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