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Shinty review of the season - part one

WITH the curtain drawn on another shinty season and the current year drawing to a close, it’s a chance to look back on the shinty stories making the news in 2017.

January 2017

Lovat retain Lovat Cup

Lovat retained the 2017 Lovat Cup with a convincing 5-2 victory over Beauly at Braeview Park.

Lovat made a whirlwind start to the game, scoring four goals through Graeme MacMillan (2), Lorne MacKay and Greg Matheson in a blistering opening 16 minute spell.

Sandy Elrick before the break and Jack MacDonald, after a 22-yard Conor Ross strike was saved by teenage stand-in Lovat keeper Ronan MacMillan, reduced the deficit early in the second half.

Kevin Bartlett made it 5-2 and captain Drew Howie was presented with the Lovat Cup by the 16th Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser.

The win was a final match in charge for Lovat’s Camanachd Cup winning manager John MacRitchie.

Oban Camanachd mark the New Year

Oban Camanachd marked the New Year at Mossfield.

There was a change of format as the usual youngsters v oldies’ clash was replaced by a mixed match with players from the club’s U17 side, Lochside Rovers, Oban Camanachd and ex-players.

A Fraser Inglis double had the Red & Blacks 2-0 ahead but Michael MacQueen pulled a goal back for the Whites before Willie Neilson made it 3-1.

The Whites went on to level through an Andrew MacCuish goal and a superb 30-yard effort from Daniel Cameron which made it 3-3.

The Whites led for the first time through Conner Howe, but there was last minute drama as the Red & Blacks were awarded a penalty.

Whites’ keeper Beano Logan did well to save Brian MacCallum’s well-struck spot-hit but Fraser Inglis sent the rebound into the top corner of the net from the angle and his hat-trick goal made it 4-4.

The match went to a penalty shoot-out and some great goalkeeping from Des MacMillan and Beano Logan meant it was all-square after the first ten penalties so it went to sudden death with Daniel Cameron netting the crucial penalty to win it for the Whites who lifted the John Collie Trophy.

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