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Red and blacks go one over the eight

Lochaber’s Shaun Nicolson battles for the ball with Oban Camanachd’s David Lafferty during last Saturday’s Marine Harvest Premiership match at Moss field which the Oban side won 9-0.
Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

THERE were significant wins for Kinlochshiel, Lovat, Newtonmore, Oban Camanachd and Caberfeidh whilst Oban Celtic, Kilmallie, Inveraray and Fort William made Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup progress following the shinty action on Saturday May 12.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Kyles Athletic 1

Kinlochshiel 3

The top two teams in the Marine Harvest Premiership met in a 3pm throw-up at Dunoon.

Kinlochshiel went into the match two points ahead of their rivals but in the knowledge this would be one of their sternest tests in their push for a second consecutive top flight title.

Both teams were at full strength and Kyles opened strongly, going in search of the opening goal.

It was Kinlochshiel, with Paul MacRae at full centre, who broke the deadlock on 30 minutes though.

Donald Nixon played a ball forward and Ali Nixon exchanged passes with John Mac- Rae before holding off Andrew King and firing the ball through the keeper’s legs from the edge of the ‘D’ to score for the second successive Saturday.

Referee Robert Baxter pointed to the penalty spot three minutes later.

Keith MacRae, who had dispossessed keeper John Whyte as he tried to clear, was pulled down by the goalie as he looked sure to score.

Jordan Fraser made no mistake from the spot, sending the ball into the top left corner of the net.

The visitors took control of the contest a couple of minutes before the break. A rebound off the keeper came to John MacRae who put the ball into the bottom corner of the net to make it 3-0.

Roddy MacDonald gave Kyles hope when he pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half. MacDonald came deep to gather possession and ran towards goal.

With the defence closing in, MacDonald, falling forward, managed a half-swing and the ball flew past the keeper from 20 yards out.

Kyles had possession in front of goal but they didn’t test Kinlochshiel keeper Scott Kennedy enough which was largely down to a solid Kinlochshiel defensive display from Finlay MacRae, Mark MacDonald, David Falconer and Conor Cormack.

Keith MacRae and Jordan Fraser had chances to add to their side’s goal count whilst, at the other end, a Grant Irvine shot hit the post.

Next up for Kyles is an Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-final against Glasgow Mid Argyll.

Kingussie 2 Lovat 4

Lovat took advantage of Kyles Athletic’s defeat to go second in the league following their 4-2 win over Kingussie in their 3pm throw-up at The Dell.

Kingussie were without Fraser Munro and Louis Munro, whilst Lovat were minus Callum Cruden, Craig Mainland, Duncan Davidson and Scott MacKenzie.

The latter will struggle to play again this season following a nasty hand injury. Drew Howie returned at full back and Martin Mainland was back after a spell sidelined through injury, starting at wing back.

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