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Lochside Rovers win Sutherland Cup after a wait of 20 years

The victorious Lochside Rovers team.
Photographs: Neil Paterson

LOCHSIDE Rovers won the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup, Newtonmore’s second team secured the Marine Harvest North Division 1 title and Kyles Athletic returned to the top of the Marine Harvest Premiership following the shinty action on Saturday September 16.

Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup Final

Lochside Rovers 3

Kingussie 1

Lochside Rovers lifted the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup thanks to a 3-1 win over Kingussie’s second team in a 3pm throw-up at An Aird.

Daniel Sloss returned to the Lochside Rovers side following suspension.

Kingussie fielded a young side with Kevin Thain and Rory Fraser both on the bench.

A big crowd gathered for this match and there was a moment of drama on five minutes when Lochside thought they had taken the lead. However the goal judge correctly signalled that Craig MacDougall’s effort had entered the goal through a hole in the side-netting.

MacDougall was not to be denied though and he put the Oban side ahead on 12 minutes with a low shot into the net.

At the other end, the Lochside defence of Stephen Sloss, Craig Easton, Daniel Sloss and the outstanding Chrissy MacMillan kept the talented Kingussie forwards in check, limiting them to very few chances.

Lochside created several good opportunities in the first half but were denied by the excellent Robert Shiells in the Kingussie goal.

Lochside lost the services of Daniel MacCuish with an injury and he was replaced by Neil MacFarlane.

Lewis Buchanan doubled Lochside’s lead following a rehearsed free-hit routine on 63 minutes. Buchanan’s short swing from just outside the ‘D’ fired the ball into the top corner of the net.

Kingussie substitute Kevin Thain punished a rare Lochside defensive slip on 71 minutes, shortly after coming on, and his half swing sent the ball into the top corner of the net to make it 2-1.

Kingussie went all out for a leveller but the Lochside defence stayed firm.

Lochside substitute Ruaridh Horne sealed the win on 82 minutes. Horne, at the back post, ran away from the goal following a corner and his half-volley flew into the net to make it 3-1.

Lochside were well worth the win with Chrissy MacMillan dominant at the back and Michael MacQueen, who was influential in midfield, was presented with the trophy in front of a large Oban support.

This was Lochside Rovers’ first national success for 20 years when they last won the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup. Remarkably, Stephen Sloss, now playing along-side his son Daniel Sloss, was also a member of that side and his return to the ranks this season, after a nine-year absence, has been a contributing factor in Lochside’s success.

Iain Kennedy was the match referee and he handled the game well.

With second-placed Aberdour losing to Ballachulish, Lochside Rovers can now clinch the Marine Harvest South Division 1 title if they beat Aberdour at Silversands this Saturday.

Speaking after the final, Lochside Rovers manager Gareth Evans said: ‘It was our day. We knew we had a chance if everyone showed up and they did. Everyone played really well and, as well as the goals, we created several other chances with their keeper making some great saves.

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