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Camanachd Cup ties take centre stage this weekend

Marine Harvest

National Division

Ballachulish 1

Kilmallie 5

It’s been a stop-start season so far for Kilmallie and their 5-1 win over Ballachulish at Jubilee Park on Saturday was their first match in three weeks.

The home side were again without the banned John MacDonald, whilst Kilmallie were minus Steven McAllister, Mark Graham and Michael Rodger. Duncan Rodger was back in attack though. He lined up alongside Liam MacDonald and they were to have a profitable afternoon.

Balla’ shocked their more fancied opponents when Lorne Brown fired the home side into the lead on 24 minutes.

But Kilmallie provided the perfect response scoring four times before the break. Duncan Rodger was on target on 26 and 32 minutes to make it 2-1 and Liam MacDonald on 35 and 45 minutes made it 4-1 at the break.

Kilmallie would have extended their lead had it not been for some fantastic saves from Balla’ keeper Cameron Sutherland and his man of the match performance meant Kilmallie didn’t score from open play in the second half.

They did add to their tally in the final minute when referee Deek Cameron awarded them a penalty. Duncan Rodger despatched the spot-hit to make it 5-2 and complete his hat-trick. The win means Kilmallie now only trail table-toppers Glasgow Mid Argyll on goal difference and they will hope for a run of fixtures to allow them to build momentum in their quest to return to shinty’s top division.

Inverness 2

Inveraray 3

Inveraray are one of three teams tied on top of the Marine Harvest National Division following their hard-fought 3-2 win over Inverness at the Bught Park.

With Allan MacLeod unavailable, Somhairle MacDonald was in goal for Inverness as he continues to be hampered by a hamstring injury.

Inveraray travelled without Nicholas Crawford and Ally Munro.

Garry MacPherson and Allan MacDonald were free to play but both will miss next weekend’s Camanachd Cup second round tie against Beauly at Braeview Park as their bookings against Glasgow Mid Argyll the previous weekend mean they must serve one-match bans for passing through the disciplinary points threshold. MacDonald started on the bench alongside Lewis MacNicol and player/manager Ruaraidh Graham. John Kennedy and Grant Griffin returned for the visitors.

Referee Evan MacRae, officiating in his second match of the day, awarded Inveraray a penalty on seven minutes when Grant Griffin was up ended in the D. Youngster Fraser Watt coolly slotted the spot-hit into the roof of the net, giving Somhairle Mac-Donald no chance.

Despite being a goal down, Inverness had started well and the powerful James Cameron and teenager Charlie MacDonald caused a number of problems for the Inveraray back line.

Inveraray’s David Robertson played the first 45 minutes but left at half-time to attend a wedding. Allan MacDonald took his place. Inveraray went 2-0 ahead four minutes after the re-start when Grant Griffin pounced to score following a corner.

Inverness halved the deficit on 59 minutes when Inveraray keeper Scott MacLachlan saved well from a low drive, but the visiting defence never reacted and James Cameron was quick onto the rebound and and knocked the ball into the net to make it 2-1.

Young Scott MacLachlan in the Inveraray goal was the busier of the two keepers but it was Grant Griffin who got his second and Inveraray’s third with 15 minutes remaining when he scored following a well-worked free-hit.

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