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Sutherland Cup takes centre stage this weekend

THE RE-SCHEDULED Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup Final between Lochside Rovers and the Kingussie second team takes place at An Aird, Fort William, this Saturday with a 3pm throw-up.

The final was originally to take place in late July but was postponed because of an unplayable field.

With rain forecast this week, Camanachd Association officials will monitor playing conditions and a change of venue is an option open to them should conditions deteriorate.

Lochside Rovers beat the Beauly second team, the Kyles Athletic reserves, the Bute colts and the Glenurquhart second team on their route to the final. Kingussie knocked out the Skye Camanachd colts, the Aberdour seconds, the Fort William reserves and holders Newtonmore reserves to book their final spot.

Lochside Rovers manager Gareth Evans will look to Lewis Buchanan and Craig MacDougall up front and defenders Craig Easton and Daniel Sloss as well as Daniel MacCuish, if they are to take the trophy to Oban.

James Falconer, Roddy Young, Ruaridh Anderson and Alexander Michie will be key players for Kingussie boss Ally MacLeod as the 2016 beaten finalists look to go one better this year. Referee on Saturday is Iain Kennedy.

KINLOCHSHIEL opened up a one-point lead at the top of the Marine Harvest Premiership and Skye Camanachd clinched the Marine Harvest National Division title following a dramatic day of shinty last Saturday.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Newtonmore 2

Kinlochshiel 2

Kinlochshiel twice came from a goal down to draw 2-2 with Newtonmore in their noon throw-up at The Eilan.

Kinlochshiel agreed to Newtonmore’s request for an earlier start so that some Newtonmore players could attend a wedding later in the afternoon.

Newtonmore’s Evan Menzies was free of suspension but injury continued to rule out captain Rory Kennedy and Michael Russell was suspended.

Kinlochshiel travelled without Scott MacLean who picked up a one-match suspension for passing through the disciplinary points threshold.

Glen MacKintosh put Newtonmore ahead on nine minutes when he picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and sent a low strike into the far corner of the net. The pace of the shot beat Kinlochshiel keeper Scott Kennedy, although he did get a touch to the ball.

Kinlochshiel’s leveller a couple of minutes later fell into the bizarre category. A ball from a Kinlochshiel corner ended up at the back post where Andy MacKintosh looked in control of the situation but, in an attempt to put the ball out for a corner, he inadvertently knocked it past keeper Norman Campbell and into the net.

Newtonmore dominated from the start of the second half and got their reward on 58 minutes when Fraser MacKintosh got onto a through-ball and found himself one-on-one with the keeper. He kept his cool and flicked the ball home to make it 2-1.

It was a game of few efforts on goal but Kinlochshiel drew level for a second time with 15 minutes remaining to pick up what could be a priceless point. The goal came from a driving Finlay MacRae run. MacRae’s initial shot was saved by Norman Campbell but Keith MacRae knocked in the rebound.

Kyles Athletic’s Roddy Macdonald gets away from Lovat’s Callum Cruden.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

This was a very physical encounter at times.

The drama included a booking for Newtonmore defender Steven MacDonald after he was involved in a tussle with Keith MacRae. Newtonmore disputed the decision, which came on the advice of the goal judge, with Newtonmore well aware the yellow card will trigger a two-match ban which, as the fixtures currently stand, means MacDonald will be eligible to play against Kyles Athletic this Saturday but will miss the league meeting with Kilmallie and, more importantly, the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final against Lovat.

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