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Kinlochshiel are the team to beat

Oban Camanachd’s Matt Rippon clears his lines during the premiership match against Kingussie at Mossfield which the red and blacks won 2-2.

KINLOCHSHIEL, Glasgow Mid Argyll, the Newtonmore seconds and Kilmory are all table toppers following the shinty action on Saturday April 14.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Kinlochshiel 5 Skye Camanachd 2

Kinlochshiel remain the team to beat in the Marine Harvest Premiership after they overcame Skye Camanachd 5-2 in their derby meeting at Kirkton. Kinlochshiel manager Johnston Gill was forced to change his keeper. With Scott Kennedy on holiday, his brother Graham Kennedy stepped up from the second team to take over in goal. Finlay MacRae continued at full back with Oliver MacRae at centre. Captain Paul MacRae was on the bench alongside Scott MacLean and Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae.

Skye boss John MacLeod welcomed keeper Iain MacLeod back into the squad, so Ryan Morrison returned to the second team. Stewart Grant was also back, whilst there was a place on the bench for youngster Jamie Gillies. They replaced Iain Nicolson, who had failed to recover from a hamstring problem, and Allan MacLeod. Kinlochshiel took an early grip on the game with Ali Nixon scoring after seven minutes. Jordan Fraser added a second a couple of minutes later and Fraser got his second and Kinlochshiel’s third on 16 minutes.

When Keith MacRae added a fourth on 33 minutes, Skye made changes with Ally ‘Cleodi’ MacLeod and Ally ‘Spod’ MacLeod withdrawn. Iain MacLellan and Connor Gilpin came on with Will Cowie, who had a fine game throughout, going to buckshee back.

Skye created chances during the first half, with Graham Kennedy making at least three good saves.

Kinlochshiel brought Paul MacRae on at the start of the second half, with Finlay Mac- Rae going to centre. Skye’s Jordan Murchison pulled a goal back a minute after the re-start, only for Keith MacRae to get his second on 50 minutes.

Jordan Murchison got his second to make it 5-2 on 77 minutes.

Referee Archie Ritchie awarded Kinlochshiel a penalty but Iain MacLeod saved John MacRae’s effort.

Oban Camanachd 2 Kingussie 0

Oban Camanachd posted their first league victory of the season when they beat Kingussie 2-0 at Mossfield In a venue re-jig, this game was a 3pm throw-up which allowed Oban Celtic to play their match against Glasgow Mid Argyll at the same venue at noon. This freed up Ganavan for the Oban Celtic seconds to reverse their game against their Bute counterparts.

Oban Camanachd manager Ian Hay welcomed Lorne Dickie back into the side as he works his way back to full fitness. Matt Rippon, Craig MacDougall and Daniel Sloss also returned but Gavin Stobbart, David Lafferty, Aidan MacIntyre and Scott McKillop were all still out. Daniel Cameron served a one match suspension following his red card against Caberfeidh the previous week.

Kingussie had Rory MacKeachan back, but were without the experience of James Hutchison and Lee Bain as well as the injured Louis Munro. Savio Genini started up front, with Roddy Young on the bench.

Oban Camanachd took the lead on 17 minutes. The ball was played into the ‘D’ where there was a melee following Craig Dawson’s save, but Daniel MacVicar poked the ball into the net from close range.

Kingussie keeper Craig Dawson made a brilliant point-black save from an Andrew MacCuish shot and also made a good stop to deny Daniel MacVicar a second.

At the other end, Cameron Sutherland in the Oban goal was assured as he dealt with anything into his goal area. Kingussie came back into it from the start of the second half without being able to force a leveller.

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