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Friendlies fall foul of the weather

WITH the new shinty season imminent, clubs are making their final preparations ahead of the competitive action.

Pre-season friendlies

Only a few preseason friendly matches beat Storm Doris on Saturday February 25.

Caberfeidh P

Newtonmore P

Newtonmore were to host Caberfeidh at the Eilan as part of their annual open day.

Inclement weather meant the event was cancelled on the previous Thursday so the teams tried again at Castle Leod with a 1.30pm throw-up. However, a Saturday morning pitch inspection ruled that Cabers’ pitch was also unplayable.

Glasgow Mid Argyll P

Kyles Athletic P

There was to be an all-premiership friendly at Yoker where Glasgow Mid Argyll were to take on Kyles Athletic but again the wet weather left the field flooded.

Glenurquhart P

Strathglass P

The MacDonald and Ali Ban Cup matches between the Glenurquhart and Strathglass first and second teams at Blairbeg will be rescheduled for a later date.

Inverness P

Lochaber P

The match between Inverness and Lochaber at the Bught Park was called off.

Inverness P

Caithness P

The meeting between the Inverness second team and Caithness at the Bught Park was postponed.

Kilmallie P

Beauly P

The BSW Cup clash between Kilmallie and Beauly was called off as Canal Parks was unplayable.

Kilmory P

Col Glen P

There was also disappointment for Kilmory and Col Glen as their 1.30pm throw-up at Mac-Rae Park was postponed.

Kingussie 4

Skye Camanachd 0

Kingussie beat Skye Camanachd 4-0 at the Dell to win The Hoteliers Cup.

Kingussie’s pitch beat the elements, surviving pitch inspections on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Kingussie started with James Hutchison at full back, Lee Bain at buckshee back and Ryan Borthwick at full centre.

Skye’s plans suffered a double blow ahead of throw-up when Steven Morrison and Shockie MacLennan both suffered injuries in the warm up and had to withdraw. Captain Kenny Campbell and Neil MacVicar were back in the side after missing the team’s first two preseason games. Ally MacDonald went into the full back position.

It was an even start to the game, but Kingussie went in front through Roddy Young. Ryan MacWilliam played a deep shy in on the visiting goal. Skye keeper Iain MacLeod did well to keep the ball out of the net but Roddy Young ran in to score.

James Falconer made it 2-0 when he reacted well to slot the ball low into the net from 15 yards.

Neil Bowman has had the Kingussie players working hard during pre-season and they finished strongly, adding two more goals.

James Falconer’s second was the pick of the afternoon’s strikes. Falconer played the ball to Chris Holleysong on the wing before taking a return pass and finishing well to make it 3-0.

When the ball deflected into the path of Chris Holleysong, he made no mistake, adding goal number four to round off the win.

The Kingussie forwards were inventive which pleased boss Dallas Young although a back muscle injury to Ryan Borthwick and a hamstring injury to Savio Genini will be of concern.

Scotland U21 defender John Gillies was excellent for Skye.

Kingussie P

Aberdour P

There was a Friday evening call-off for the game between the Kingussie colts and Aberdour at the Dell.

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