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Macaulay and Sutherland Cup ties take centre stage this weekend

Kinlochshiel’s Finlay MacRae battles for the ball with Oban Camanachd’s David Lafierty and Craig MacDougall during last Saturday’s Marine Harvest Premiership match which was transferred to Inverness. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

OBAN Camanachd became the first team to take a point from Marine Harvest Premiership leaders Kinlochshiel and Fort William and Oban Celtic made Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup progress following the shinty action on Saturday April 28.

Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup – first round

Fort William 2 Inveraray 2

After extra-time. Fort William won 4-2 on penalties.

The pick of the Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup first round ties was the 3pm meeting between Fort William and Inveraray at An Aird.

The sides couldn’t be separated after two hours of shinty with Fort William winning the penalty shoot-out 4-2. Arran MacPhee was still out for Fort William. whilst Inveraray’s Kieran Kirkhope was suspended.

Fort William took the lead on 17 minutes. Referee Martin MacLean awarded the hosts a penalty and Victor Smith stepped up to score from the spot. Inveraray levelled on 58 minutes through Allan MacDonald and took the lead on 72 minutes with Craig Taylor netting.

They only stayed in front for a couple of minutes though. Jack Fraser got on the end of a ball from the midfield, touched the ball over the full back and took it past the keeper before walking it over the line.

It remained 2-2 until the end of the 90 minutes and, with no goals during extra time, the contest was decided by a penalty shoot-out. Sean Cruickshank, Victor Smith, Jack Fraser and Lachie Shaw all converted from the spot to put Fort William through to the next round.

Oban Celtic 6 Aberdour 3

Oban Celtic beat Aberdour 6-3 in their tie at Ganavan. Despite the win, Oban Celtic, who were missing Ally McKerracher, George MacMillan, Andy Hunt and Rory Bruce, put in a below-par performance.

Iain MacKechnie and Kieran Gallacher returned and Neil Carmichael started at full centre. Aberdour travelled with just 12 players, a couple of whom were carrying injuries.

A low Ross MacMillan drive gave the hosts the lead on eight minutes, but Aberdour were level within 60 seconds when Andrew Fraser made it 1-1. Andy MacDonald sent the ball low into the net on 36 minutes to give Oban Celtic a 2-1 half-time lead.

Aberdour levelled for a second time with a great goal following a corner. Cammy McCue let a cross run to David MacKenzie who lashed the ball past the keeper with 57 minutes played.

Oban Celtic’s quick forward play gave them an advantage and Andy MacDonald put them back in front on 65 minutes.

With no substitutes, Aberdour tired in the heat and Daniel Madej tapped in on 69 minutes before Ross MacMillan got his second on 78 minutes to make it 5-2.

David MacKenzie got his second following a smart move on 87 minutes, but Ross MacMillan completed his hat-trick a minute from time to make it 6-3.

On a difficult pitch, Oban Celtic’s National Division experience made a difference and they deserved the win. They have home advantage against Fort William in the next round. Aberdour will take a lot of positives from the game, despite the defeat.

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