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Magnificent seven for Oban Camanachd as Kinlochshiel top the Premiership

Marine Harvest Premiership

Lovat 2

Kinlochshiel 4

Kinlochshiel go top of the Marine Harvest Premiership following their 4-2 win over Lovat at Balgate.

Greg Matheson was passed fit to play for Lovat but Martin Mainland and Mark Kelly both missed out through injury. Bailey MacKay was also missing with Scott MacKenzie given a start in defence.

Mark Macdonald was unavailable for ’Shiel so Donald Nixon dropped back into defence with his brother Alasdair given a start at wing centre.

John MacRae was able to play but his booking against Oban Camanachd a week earlier means he will miss this coming Saturday’s trip to Tighnabruaich to play Kyles Athletic.

Kinlochshiel went in front on 10 minutes after a ball from the left dropped at the back post. Daniel Grieve missed a chance to clear which allowed Keith MacRae to trap the ball before sending a fierce shot into the net from the edge of the ‘D’.

’Shiel doubled their lead on 21 minutes but the goal wasn’t without controversy. There was a tussle inside the ‘D’ and the ball was flicked towards John MacRae who shot home. The referee awarded the goal after consulting with his goal judge but Lovat were furious, claiming offside and that the ball had been flicked outside the ‘D’ and that there was at least one visiting forward still inside the ‘D’ when the ball was hit home.

Worse was to follow for Lovat when Jordan Fraser collected the ball in space on 31 minutes and drove the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0.

The visitors were dominant in all areas of the field in the first half but Lovat were better after the break with Craig Mainland’s interval switch from the forward line to midfield helping them control the centre line.

The home side pulled a goal back on 57 minutes when Lorne MacKay floated a free-hit towards Graeme MacMillan who produced a superb finish, striking the ball across keeper Scott Kennedy into the net from 20 yards out to make it 3-1.

Lovat didn’t get a chance to build on this though as ’Shiel restored their three-goal cushion just a couple of minutes later through Keith MacRae with his third goal in two games.

There was another contentious moment on 65 minutes. Lorne Mackay pulled defender Paul MacRae wide before crossing for Lewis Tawse to touch the ball past Scott Kennedy but the goal judge flagged for offside, a decision contested by the Lovat players.

Lovat reduced the deficit on 75 minutes when Greg Matheson pulled a shy from the left out of the air and hit the ball across the keeper into the net to make it 4-2.

Lovat’s Danny Kelly suffered a nasty head injury, despite wearing a helmet, which could make him a doubt for next week’s encounter with Kilmallie.

Donald Nixon was outstanding in defence for Kinlochshiel who have now collected maximum points from two difficult opening fixtures.

Glenurquhart’s Neale Reid and Newtonmore’s Rory Kennedy in action at Blairbeg last Saturday. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Photograph: Donald Cameron.
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