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Oban Celtic win South Division One

Marine Harvest South Division 1

Kyles Athletic 1

Oban Celtic 9

Oban Celtic clinched the Marine Harvest South Division 1 title and promotion to the Marine Harvest National Division with an emphatic 9-1 win over Kyles Athletic’s second team in their 3pm throw up at Tighnabruaich.

Kyles Athletic’s keeper Douglas Nicholson was with the first team, as was Cammy Jack.

Celtic travelled without David Graham, Daniel MacMillan, Fraser MacMillan, Ewan Mac-Corquodale, Gerry Kilmurray, Zander Kilmurray and John Hill.

The pitch at Tighnabruaich proved to be a test for both teams as the heavy rain midweek dampened the surface.

Oban came out all guns blazing and opened the scoring inside the first 90 seconds through Ally McKerracher.

Kyles equalised on 13 minutes, courtesy of a great Rupert Williamson shot which went in off the post.

Angry with themselves at the loss of the goal, Celtic replied instantly through a Neil Carmichael goal on 14 minutes.

Celtic’s David MacInnes, George McMillan and Rory Bruce were beginning to control things in the middle of the park and provided the platform for Daniel Madej to add a third on 26 minutes.

The Oban side showed they had more to offer in the second half and six more goals followed. Neil Carmichael led the way as he completed his hat trick with goals on 56 and 58 minutes.

Iain MacKechnie got involved to grab a sixth on 61 minutes and, three minutes later, Daniel Madej made it 7-1 with his second goal of the afternoon.

Kyles didn’t lie down and moments later a spectacular goal bound strike was brilliantly taken out of the air by Celtic’s Davidson in goal.

Hungry for more, Oban Celtic player/manger Kenny Wotherspoon asked more of his players and Ally McKerracher completed his hat trick with goals on 76 and 88 minutes to complete the scoring.

Both sets of supporters, including injured Scotland internationalist Grant Irvine in the home ranks, applauded the victors who can now look forward to Marine Harvest National Division shinty next season.

After the match, Oban Celtic manager Kenny Wotherspoon said: ‘We have achieved our main objective for the season. I’m new to management but the response I have had from the players, the supporters and everyone involved with the club, especially Davy Hamilton, has been excellent. We will enjoy this and it’s great for Oban as a whole.

‘We wish Oban Camanachd all the best in the Scottish Cup Final this weekend. As for next year, the National Division awaits. I’m still undecided whether or not I will carry on as manager - time will tell - but I’m just delighted for the club to finally get their hands on some silverware.’

Kingussie’s Robert Mabon and Glenurquhart’s Conor Golabek in a tussle for the ball during last Saturday’s Premieship encounter at Drumnadrochit which the red and blacks won 3-1.
Photo: Neil Paterson
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