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Late goal gives Oban Camanachd a share of the points at Blairbeg

AFTER winter weather wrecked the opening day of the new shinty season, the fixture card was almost completed on Saturday March 10.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Glenurquhart 1

Oban Camanachd 1

Lorne Dickie scored five minutes from time to give Oban Camanachd a 1-1 draw with Glenurquhart at Blairbeg.

Glenurquhart defender Lachie Smith sat this one out as he served the final game of a fourmatch suspension.

Manager Ian MacLeod made four changes to the side which lost to Kinlochshiel a week earlier, with Andrew Corrigan, Finlay Ralston, Ben Hosie and Cameron MacKintosh included, whilst David MacLennan had recovered from a knee injury sustained in the previous week’s game.

With Scott McKillop injured and Scott MacMillan suspended, Oban Camanachd manager Ian Hay made changes at the back with Daniel Cameron, Matt Rippon, Willie Neilson and youngster Daniel Sloss forming a new back-four.

Garry Lord returned from holiday and joined David Lafferty and Keith MacMillan on the bench.

There was also a change in goal where Cameron Sutherland took over from the injured Gavin Stobbart. Evan MacLellan would have started, but pulled out 24 hours before the game after hurting his back at work.

Both teams started well with their respective keepers called into action.

Cameron Sutherland made a great save with the side of his stick to keep out a waist-high shot and prevent Glenurquhart going in front.

At the other end, Daniel MacVicar and Craig MacDougall sent efforts just the wrong side of the post, while Stuart MacKintosh saved well with his hand from Aidan MacIntyre.

The Oban side had a chance to go in front after 38 minutes when referee John Angus Gillies awarded them a penalty. Glenurquhart defender Ally MacKintosh was penalised for stopping the ball with his feet inside the ‘D’ just after he had dropped his stick.

Malcolm Clark stepped up to take the spot-hit but he topped the ball and the chance was gone and Glenurquhart were awarded a free-hit. The home side broke the deadlock on 49 minutes. A fine strike from Michael Fraser produced an equally fine save from Cameron Sutherland but, with the ball still in mid-flight at the ‘D’, Daniel MacKintosh stretched to lob the ball with his back to goal and it went over the Oban keeper and into the net to make it 1-1.

Glenurquhart keeper Stuart MacKintosh can only look on as Lorne Dickie’s shot flies into the net for the equaliser.
Photograph: Donald Cameron.

Glenurquhart then enjoyed a good period of play including two clear-cut opportunities from Fraser Heath which Cameron Sutherland kept out with tremendous saves.

At the other end, Stuart MacKintosh also had some good stops to deny Daniel MacVicar and Lorne Dickie.

The pitch became heavy, not helped by the earlier game, and the midfield got congested.

Andrew MacCuish was solid in the centre line for Oban Camanachd. He lined up against David MacLennan and both players were booked following one midfield tussle which ended in a melee with the Glenurquhart man perhaps fortunate the penalty wasn’t more severe.

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