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Digital Subscriptions > The Oban Times & Lochaber Times > 8th June 2017 > Narrow win for red and blacks in Camanachd Cup replay at Taynuilt

Narrow win for red and blacks in Camanachd Cup replay at Taynuilt

OBAN Camanachd and Lovat secured the final two Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter- final places, whilst Kyles Athletic extended their lead at the top of the Marine Harvest Premiership following the shinty action on Saturday June 3.

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup second round replays

Oban Camanachd 1

Kinlochshiel 0

An Andrew ‘Papa’ MacCuish goal made the difference as Oban Camanachd beat Kinlochshiel 1-0 in their Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup second round replay at Taynuilt Sports Field.

The sides played out a goalless draw at Kirkton a week earlier and the replay was switched to Taynuilt as Oban Camanachd’s Mossfield pitch was hosting the Oban Live concert.

Oban Camanachd defender Scott McKillop suffered a shin injury in the first game but made it for the replay.

Scott MacMillan was working but Willie Neilson started after coming on as a substitute a week earlier.

Oban Camanachd manager Iain Hay went with something different in attack as he switched Aidan MacIntyre and Lorne Dickie up front with Andrew MacCuish and Malcolm Clark on the wings.

Kinlochshiel boss Johnston Gill didn’t have his selection problems to seek. John Mac- Rae’s red card a week earlier saw him suspended.

Paul MacRae was out with a broken finger, Keith MacRae and Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae were unavailable and Scott MacLean picked up a knee injury in the first match whilst Oliver Mac- Rae and Gordie MacDonald were also out. Jordan Fraser took the absentee list to eight players.

Oban Camanachd had numerous chances to wrap the game up in the first half but, by the interval, they only had one goal to show for their efforts.

The goal came on 36 minutes when a free-hit was played on to Andrew MacCuish who dribbled the ball past the keeper Scott Kennedy before tapping it over the line to make it 1-0.

A mixture of wasteful finishing and some good goal keeping from Scott Kennedy, particularly one superb double-save, kept Kinlochshiel in it.

The second half was more even, although Camanachd still had chances to add to Mac- Cuish’s goal. Oban Camanachd’s slender lead meant Kinlochshiel were always a threat and Gavin Stobbart had to make a couple of good stops.

High flying Neale Reid of Glenurquhart goes in for a tackle with Lovat’s Callum Cruden.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Kinlochshiel threw everyone forward for the final minutes of the game in an attempt to force a replay but the Oban Camanachd defence stayed strong.

Kinlochshiel’s Conor Cormack was sent off just after the final whistle. There were around 20 players in and around the Oban Camanachd ‘D’ and when Camanachd cleared the danger. Conor Cormack made a late challenge on Craig MacDougall and a number of players got involved. Referee Deek Cameron sent Cormack off and showed yellow cards to each team.

Kinlochshiel’s cup form hasn’t matched their excellent start to their league campaign. They are now out of shinty’s three major cup competitions so will now focus their attentions on the Premiership where they have won all five of their matches so far.

They head for Blairbeg this Saturday to play Glenurquhart.

Oban Camanachd now travel to The Winterton to play Marine Harvest National Division side Inveraray in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-finals on Saturday July 8.

Next up for Iain Hay’s side though is an Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-final against Oban Celtic at Ganavan on Saturday June 17.

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