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League defeats for Oban teams

Oban Camanachd’s Daniel MacVicar and Blair Morrison from Caberfeidh in action during last Saturday’s premiership match at Castle Leod.
Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

LOVAT secured the final place in the second round of the MacTavish Cup second round, holders Lochside Rovers progressed to the next round of the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup and Glasgow Mid Argyll moved into top spot in the Marine Harvest National Division following the shinty action on Saturday April 7. MacTavish Cup – first round

Lovat 3

Kingussie 1

Lovat booked the remaining place in the second round when they beat Kingussie 3-1 at Balgate.

Drew Howie returned for Lovat, but Martin Mainland remained injured whilst Callum Cruden was on holiday.

With manager John Gibson and his assistant Barrie Dallas unavailable, Ally MacLeod and Ronald Ross looked after Kingussie. Lee Bain and Rory MacGregor returned and both started on the bench. Fraser Munro was back in the side after injury and started at full forward, whilst Calum Grant made his first appearance this term in place of Rory MacKeachan who was on holiday.

Lewis Tawse set up a chance for Greg Matheson following a great move after three minutes. Kingussie goalie Craig Dawson must have seen Matheson’s powerful shot late but did well to parry the ball with the back of his stick.

Kingussie’s James Falconer was hit in the throat after 10 minutes and had to come off, although he returned to the field of play later. Rory MacGregor came on in his place.

Lovat took the lead on 18 minutes when Lewis Tawse got on the end of a tempting ball from the right and, from inside the ‘D’, steered the ball past the keeper.

Kingussie had a let-off on 35 minutes. A Marc MacLachlan effort was saved by Craig Dawson and the rebound fell for Greg Matheson who looked sure to score. Matheson directed the ball goalwards but it hit a bump on the turf and came back off the post.

Craig Dawson showed great agility, using his foot to keep out a Greg Matheson shot on 58 minutes.

Kingussie introduced Lee Bain on 64 minutes, with Rory MacGregor coming off, and Bain gave Kingussie a different dimension.

It was Lovat who extended their lead on 73 minutes though when Marc MacLachlan, with his back to goal at the edge of the ‘D’, turned the ball into the net to make it 2-0.

Lovat manager Fraser Gallacher moved Marc MacLachlan to full centre and Danny Kelly to wing centre. Thomas Fraser came on in attack, Greg Matheson took over from MacLachlan and Bailey MacKay was withdrawn.

Kingussie, with Savio Genini now in attack, looked more dangerous and Lee Bain hit a shot from distance on 78 minutes and Ruaridh Anderson just missed getting a touch to the ball which would have seen it end up in the net.

A minute later, Lovat’s Craig Mainland limped off, to be replaced by Chris Johnston.

Kingussie got the goal they wanted on 83 minutes from a rasping Savio Genini shot from left of centre, almost 30 yards from goal, with Scott MacKenzie just unable to get a block in. The ball was likely past keeper Stuart MacDonald before he saw it.

There was to be no leveller though and it was left for Greg Matheson to score another late goal as he made it 3-1 on 89 minutes. Marc MacLachlan fired in a shot from distance which was well-saved with his stick by Craig Dawson. The ball was cleared out of defence, but only as far as Greg Matheson who sent a fierce shot into the net.

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