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Close encounters in the Premiership

THERE were top flight wins for Kinlochshiel and Newtonmore and Oban Celtic remain in pole position in the Marine Harvest National Division following the shinty action on Saturday March 17.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Lovat 0

Kinlochshiel 1

Early league leaders Kinlochshiel passed their toughest test so far this season when they beat Lovat 1-0 at Balgate.

Lovat had Callum Cruden back from suspension. However, Lorne MacKay was unavailable and Martin Mainland remained injured. Duncan Davidson declared himself fit and started on the bench alongside Chris Johnston and Thomas Fraser.

Kinlochshiel captain Paul Mac- Rae was still sidelined with an elbow injury so Finlay MacRae continued at full back, where he was dominant. Forwards Oliver MacRae and Scott MacLean remained unavailable. Young Duncan MacRae started at wing centre, with Donald Nixon at centre and Fraser MacVicar and Duncan Matheson on the bench.

The only goal of the game came after 14 minutes. Lovat full back Drew Howie and Kinlochshiel full forward John MacRae had a great physical battle throughout but MacRae managed to wrestle himself free from Howie’s clutches and dribbled the ball towards goal before slotting it low past Stuart MacDonald’s right foot to make it 1-0.

A superb Stuart MacDonald save prevented the west coast side doubling their lead. The game was around 30 minutes in before Kinlochshiel goalie Scott Kennedy saw his first real action, dealing confidently with a shot which bounced awkwardly in front of him.

Kinlochshiel moved Jordan Fraser to full forward at the start of the second half. The pitch wasn’t in its usual condition, with bumps in places, which may have contributed to two second half misses.

On 48 minutes, an angled ball found Keith MacRae on the Kinlochshiel left. He cut inside and had enough time to control the ball before twice teeing it up but, with Stuart MacDonald rushing off his line, MacRae’s effort went well wide of goal.

At the other end, with 15 minutes remaining, Marc MacLachlan couldn’t get enough power in his shot and Kinlochshiel scrambled the ball away to safety.

There were good contests all over the pitch including Callum Cruden and Keith MacRae and Greg Matheson and Mark MacDonald.

Kinlochshiel did enough to win what was a largely uneventful match on a bitterly cold day.

Action from the Kilmallie v Inverness National Division game.
Photograph: Abrightside Photography.

Drew Howie had a very good game in the Lovat defence but manager Fraser Gallacher will have concerns after seeing Daniel Grieve and Marc MacLachlan suffering heavy knocks.

Oban Camanachd 0

Newtonmore 1

Newtonmore beat Oban Camanachd 1-0 in a game of few chances at Mossfield.

Aidan MacIntyre and Lorne Dickie joined Scott McKillop and Gavin Stobbart on the Oban Camanachd injury list. Cameron Sutherland continued in goal.

Kenny Ross started in goal for Newtonore but Glen MacKintosh missed this one through suspension. Steven MacDonald was also absent. Norman Campbell started at full forward where he had a great contest with Oban Camanachd full back Daniel Cameron.

Newtonmore won the toss and played with a strong wind at their backs in the first half.

The Oban Camanachd defence of Daniel Cameron, Willie Neilson, Garry Lord and Daniel Sloss played well throughout the game, but Newtonmore forward Evan Menzies punished some hesitancy in the home back line on 38 minutes. Oban Camanachd passed up three chances to clear the ball when Menzies ran in and he kept his composure to slip the ball past on-rushing keeper Cameron Sutherland to make it 1-0.

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