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MacTavish and Celtic Cup ties this weekend

Camanachd Cup – first round

Beauly 7

Bute 0

Beauly overcame an under-strength Bute side 7-0 in their 1pm meeting at Braeview Park.

Bute started well but it was Beauly who took the lead in this all-Marine Harvest National Division tie when Jack MacDonald blasted the ball home from the left of the ‘D’ on 12 minutes.

Bute suffered a blow when they lost the influential Iain Mc-Donald through injury mid-way through the first half.

Jack MacDonald scored his 16th goal of the season in eight outings on 29 minutes. There seemed little danger when he picked up possession on the Beauly right, but he smashed the ball past Bute keeper Kevin Queen to make it 2-0.

Ross Forbes made it 3-0 from inside the ‘D’ on 39 minutes and he added a fourth, again from close-range, seconds before referee Graham Cameron’s halftime whistle.

Conor Ross made it 5-0 from 12 yards out on 49 minutes and Beauly were in control.

A couple of late home goals put gloss on the win.

Beauly substitute Robbie Brindle, who had scored for the seconds earlier in the day, made it 6-0 with a deft finish, directing the ball out of keeper Queen’s reach. Then Ryan MacKay strode forward from the middle of the park before steering the ball high into the net to make it 7-0 to send Beauly into the second round draw.

Inveraray 7

Ballachulish 0

There was another all-Marine Harvest National Division tie at the Winterton where Inveraray followed up the previous weekend’s impressive Artemis Macaulay Cup win over Oban Camanachd with a 7-0 victory over Ballachulish.

Inveraray effectively won the tie in the first half-hour. Alan MacDonald netted twice on 10 and 14 minutes to put them 2-0 ahead.

Then Lewis MacNicol on 20 minutes and Garry MacPherson on 29 minutes had them 4-0 to the good.

Inveraray player/manager Ruaraidh Graham made it 5-0 on 40 minutes to give the Winterton side a comfortable lead at the break.

Oban Camanachd’s Garry Lord and Lovat’s Euan Ferguson battle for the ball during last Saturday’s Premiership match at Mossfield Stadium.
Photo: Kevin McGlynn

Second half goals from Allan Cameron on 68 minutes and a second from Gary MacPherson a couple of minutes from time rounded off the 7-0 victory.

Inveraray will now go into this coming weekend’s Gregor Cameron Consultancy Glasgow Celtic Society Cup semi-final tie against Glasgow Mid Argyll at Peterson Park, Yoker, with confidence.

Oban Celtic 3

Strathglass 2

Oban Celtic had to fight all the way to beat Strathglass 3-2 at Ganavan.

Both sides had made unbeaten starts to their respective league campaigns; Oban Celtic were third in Marine Harvest South Division 1 with games in hand on the teams above them whilst Strathglass led Marine Harvest North Division 1.

And it was Oban Celtic who demonstrated the progression they have made under new manager Kenny Wotherspoon to progress into the second round of the Camanachd Cup for the first time in nearly a decade.

Oban Celtic took the lead after just two minutes when Fraser MacMillan, who has regained the form shown in his early games, netted to put his side in front.

The Oban side had started so well no-one would have been surprised to see them go further ahead but a strong Strathglass goal-keeping display kept the home side at bay.

Celtic did extend their lead on the half-hour mark when Neil Carmichael, playing while still recovering from a gash to his foot, bulleted the ball into the back of the net on the turn. It was a superb finish which gave the keeper no chance.

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