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Celtic Cup final sees Inveraray take on Kyles

INVERARAY and Kyles Athletic will compete for the Gregor Cameron Consultancy Glasgow Celtic Society Cup this Saturday, June 25, at Taynuilt Sports Field.

First contested in 1879 when Glasgow Cowal emerged victors, the tournament is open to all south senior sides playing in shinty’s top three tiers.

Inveraray go into this year’s final as underdogs but they have won the famous trophy 13 times since 1995.

They beat Aberdour 3-1 in this year’s quarter-finals with player/ manager Ruaraidh Graham, Neil Shaw and Lewis Montgomery on target. They then defeated Glasgow Mid Argyll 2-1 in their semi-final tie last month courtesy of goals from Lewis MacNicol and Garry MacPherson.

Holders Kyles Athletic are going for ‘four-in-a-row’ in this competition.

Five-goal Dunkie Kerr helped them to a resounding 12-0 victory over Bute which secured a semi-final spot against Oban Camanachd.

This was a repeat of last year’s final which Kyles won 4-2. They once again edged out the Mossfield men 2-1 with goals from Sandy MacKenzie and Innes MacDonald securing the chance to retain the trophy.

Archie Robertson from the Glasgow Celtic Society said: ‘We are looking forward to another successful day at Taynuilt after the success of last year’s final. We’d like to thank sponsors Gregor Cameron Consultancy, Taynuilt Sports Council and Taynuilt Shinty Club for their co-operation in the lead up to the big day.’

The Glasgow Celtic Society will once again honour the winning team from 50 years ago.

Kyles Athletic stalwart and captain of the 1966 winning side Chic Jamieson will lead the surviving veterans as they are introduced to the supporters.

A large crowd is expected and with both teams playing attractive shinty, an entertaining encounter is assured.

Throw-up is at 4pm and the match will be broadcast live on BBC Alba.

Camanachd Cup – second round replay

Skye Camanachd 2

Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Skye Camanachd are through to the Camanachd Cup quarter-finals after they beat Glasgow Mid Argyll 2-1 in their last 16 replay at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

The match was played in glorious conditions and Craig Anderson and Euan Forsyth forced good early saves from Skye keeper Iain MacLeod.

Kenny Campbell, playing at full forward for Skye, sent an effort past the post and although the first half was end-to-end, there was little to trouble either keeper other than another Kenny Campbell strike on 41 minutes which was saved with his feet by GMA goalie Jonathon Oates after a Jordan Murchison shot was blocked.

GMA took the lead on 46 minutes when a fierce 25-yard shot from Euan Forsyth beat an unsighted Iain Macleod to put the visitors in front.

The goal seemed to jolt Skye into action and they drew level on 52 minutes.

Will Cowie sent a ball on goal which keeper Oates saved but the ball kicked up and Jordan Murchison scored to make it 1-1.

Skye made changes as the game moved into the final 15 minutes and the switches paid off on 79 minutes. Iain MacLeod struck a long goal-hit which was played on by Kenny Campbell to James Pringle who had been pushed forward from wing centre to wing forward. Pringle crossed to Will Cowie who took a good first touch to beat his man and finished off the best move of the match to put Skye 2-1 in front.

GMA pushed to take the tie into extra-time but it’s Skye who go forward to a quarter-final tie against Newtonmore at the Eilan on Saturday July 9.

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