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Only one game survives the ‘Beast from the East’

‘BEAST from the East’ winter weather wreaked havoc with the shinty fixtures on the opening day of the 2018 season, with only one match going ahead last Saturday.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Kinlochshiel 4 Glenurquhart 0

Marine Harvest champions Kinlochshiel took advantage of their title rivals inactivity when they scored four second half goals to see off Glenurquhart at Kirkton.

Kinlochshiel’s bid for a second successive title only got under way after referee Deek Cameron had run the rule over the hard surface but he was in no doubt the game should go ahead.

Home manager Johnston Gill was without Oliver MacRae and Scott MacLean who are both abroad. Donald Nixon missed the pre-season for the same reason but he came straight into the starting line-up for this one. Ally Nixon started in place of Oliver MacRae in attack, whilst Duncan MacRae, Martin Mac- Rae and Andrew MacKenzie made up a young Kinlochshiel bench.

Iain MacLeod’s Glenurquhart side were the only team to record a league win against Kinlochshiel during the west coast side’s 2017 title winning season. MacLeod was without the influential John Barr, who has just had an operation on a troublesome injury, whilst Andrew Corrigan, Connor Golabeck and the suspended Lachie Smith were notable absentees. Injury also ruled out James Hurwood, Euan Lloyd and Calum Smith. Ally MacKintosh started at full back and Michael Fraser at buckshee back. John Peteranna made a first senior start at wing back and young Finlay Robertson completed the back four.

Kinlochshiel played down the slope in the first half and Keith MacRae’s shot from wide on the left flashed across the face of the goal in the opening minutes. Glenurquhart responded and a surging Fraser Heath run ended with a shot from the buckshee forward. Keeper Scott Kennedy saved with his legs and Mark MacDonald put the re-bound out for a corner.

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