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Inveraray and Kinlochshiel reach Macaulay Cup final

Macaulay Cup -semi-finals

Kyles Athletic 2Inveraray 3

Inveraray overcame the odds to beat Kyles Athletic 3-2 in their 1.30pm throw up at Mossfield, Oban, and will now play Kinlochshiel in the Artemis Macaulay Cup Final at the same venue on Saturday September 3.

Kyles were without Grant Irvine who suffered a broken arm in the Camanachd Cup defeat to Lochaber a week earlier and his season could be over. They were also without Roddy MacDonald and Donald Irvine. Andrew King was in defence with David Zavaroni at full centre.

Andrew McMurdo was still banned for Inveraray, whilst Grant Griffin was also missing. A strong Inveraray bench featured David Robertson, Lewis MacNicol and David MacPherson.

Kyles took the lead after 18 minutes when some great work from Dunkie Kerr saw him turn Ally Munro and surge towards goal before sending a perfect ball to Robbie MacLeod at the back post who turned the ball home to make it 1-0.

Allan MacDonald equalised on 21 minutes with a back-hand rocket-shot into the top corner of the net from 25 yards.

Gordon Whyte put Kyles back in front on 27 minutes from the penalty spot and that’s the way it stayed until the break.

Kyles had a great chance to extend their lead when referee Lachie Wood awarded them a second penalty. Inveraray keeper Scott MacLachlan and Dunkie Kerr clashed when going for a 50-50 ball and Wood pointed to the spot on the advice of goal judge Robert Baxter. Inveraray disputed the decision but Whyte sent this one the wrong side of the post.

The tie was very even at this stage and it was Inveraray who levelled for a second time when a terrific move involving all four forwards saw Fraser Watt win the ball in the middle of the park. He played it wide to substitute David Robertson, who had come on at the interval along with Lewis MacNicol in place of player/manager Ruaridh Graham and Ally Mac-Donald. Robertson switched the play to Lewis Montgomery who controlled the ball and played an accurate pass to the unmarked Allan MacDonald at the back post who fired the ball home to make it 2-2 with 65 minutes gone.

The winning goal came five minutes from time when Allan MacDonald sent a dipping, swerving 25-yard effort past a helpless John Whyte to make it 3-2 and complete his hat-trick.

Kyles pushed Callum Miller up front for the last five minutes in a bid to take the tie to extra-time. Allan MacDonald tracked back with him.

There was late drama when Kyles were awarded a third penalty. Referee Lachie Wood penalised the Winterton side for a kick, again on the advice of the goal judge. Inveraray were unhappy with the decision but Robbie MacLeod hit the spot-hit straight at MacLachlan who stopped the ball and played it out for a corner. Allan Mac-Donald was sent off by referee Lachie Wood for something said in the aftermath.

Defender Nicholas Crawford and forward Allan MacDonald were both outstanding for Inveraray whilst there was some super wing play from Kyles pair Robbie MacLeod and Thomas Whyte.

Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-final man of the match Alan MacDonald of Inveraray receives his award from David Hamilton, Macaulay Association secretary.

Kinlochshiel 3Lovat 0

Kinlochshiel are through to their first senior final after they beat Lovat 3-0 at Braeview Park.

There was a large crowd at this excellent venue for this much anticipated semi-final tie.

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