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Camanachd Cup preliminary round

Oban Camanachd and Glenurquhart players observe a minute’s silence before their Marine Harvest Premiership match at Mossfield in memory of former Camanachd captain ‘Nonny’ MacInnes.
Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

CABERFEIDH, Kilmory and Skye all made Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup progress, whilst Oban Camanachd moved in to second place behind league leaders Kingussie in the Marine Harvest Premiership following the shinty action on Saturday April 8.

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup - preliminary round

Beauly 2

Skye Camanachd 4

Skye Camanachd will play Aberdeen University at Balgownie in the first round of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup after they came from two goals down to beat Beauly 4-2 in their 3pm throw-up at Braeview Park.

Beauly had only played twice this season and they gave a starting position to Ross Forbes who had been on a scoring run with their second string.

Skye’s Calum Gibb began a two-match suspension but keeper Iain MacLeod was back having recovered from a hand injury. Steven Morrison, Neil MacVicar and Ruaraidh MacLeod remained sidelined through injury for the islanders but captain Kenny Campbell and Will Cowie returned.

The tie was played on a fiery pitch and Beauly could hardly have got off to a better start, taking the lead in the opening minute. A low shot from Robbie Brindle was saved by Iain MacLeod but Ross Forbes was quickly onto the rebound to guide the ball into the net.

It could have been even better for Beauly just moments later when Jack MacDonald set up Conor Ross but his effort hit the frame of the goal.

Beauly scored again on 28 minutes. Conor Ross sent the ball in from the left and Colin MacDonald picked up possession before running in to score.

Skye came more into the game late in the first half with Will Cowie shooting wide and Jordan Murchison seeing a shot saved by Beauly goalie Josh Grant but it was the home side who took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Beauly’s Robbie Brindle shot wide shortly after the re-start and Ross Forbes tested Iain MacLeod but what could have been a crucial third goal eluded Beauly.

Skye were starting to control the midfield area, with wing centre Iain Nicolson in excellent form, and they pulled a goal back on 61 minutes. Beauly defender Ewen Campbell did well to clear a Jordan Murchison effort off the goal line but the home side couldn’t fully clear the danger and Will Cowie drove the ball low and hard into the net on his back-hand from a tight angle.

Skye levelled on 67 minutes. There was a melee in the home goal and Danny Morrison did well to knock the ball over the line as he was falling to the ground, taking a knock in the process which eventually led to his substitution.

Law Jones of Strathglass gets his block in against Inveraray’s Grant Griffin during last weekend’s National Division match at the Winterton which the away side won 2-1.
Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

Will Cowie’s switch to full forward was paying dividends for Skye and Cowie got his second on 70 minutes to put the islanders ahead for the first time in the tie. Cowie won possession from Ryan Tillman and beat Liam Girvan and Ewen Campbell as he cut in from the left before steering the ball past Josh Grant, just inside the keeper’s post, to claim a superb individual goal.

Skye were rampant and their fourth goal in a devastating spell came on 72 minutes. Kenny Campbell was the provider as he ran at the home defence and when keeper Grant saved Campbell’s shot, the rebound fell for Cowie who claimed his hat-trick to make it 4-2.

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