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Kinlochshiel’s delight at winning first senior trophy

Artemis Macaulay Cup Final

Inveraray 3

Kinlochshiel 5

Kinlochshiel made history when they beat Inveraray 5-3 in the Artemis Macaulay Cup Final at Mossfield, Oban, on Saturday September 3.

Inveraray may be playing in shinty’s second tier, but this was their second final of the season. They lost out to Kyles Athletic in the Gregor Cameron Consultancy Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final and had been preparing hard for this encounter. Captain Allan MacDonald was free of suspension and led lead the attack but top scorer Lewis Montgomery missed out with a broken hand, sustained playing for the South U21s against the North U21s a week earlier.

Kinlochshiel went into this 2pm throw up in third spot in the Marine Harvest Premiership.

Their main absentee was former Beauly defender Conor Cormack who was also out with a hand injury picked up in the Camanachd Cup semi-final defeat to Newtonmore. John Don MacKenzie started in his place.

Oban High School Pipe Band led the squads onto the field where the players were introduced to an official party consisting of Macaulay Association chairman David Thomson, Graham Mitchell from sponsors Artemis and Argyll and Bute Councillor Roddy McCuish.

Kinlochshiel had wind advantage in the first half and went on the attack from the throw up. John MacRae couldn’t believe his luck when he was allowed to cut in from the right following a second minute corner on the far side but he put the ball past the post on his back-hand.

Inveraray’s Ali Macdonald tangles with Kinlochshiel’s John MacRae. Photo: Kevin McGlynn.

Inveraray were struggling to clear their lines and Keith MacRae made them pay when he put his side in front after five minutes.

The Inveraray back line seemed hesitant when given the chance to clear their lines following a Gordie MacDonald flick into the danger area.

’Shiel manager Colin Fraser gets caught up in the celebrations. Photo: Neil Paterson.

John MacRae battled for possession and Keith MacRae swept the ball into the corner of the net, beating the keeper on his left from 15 yards..

An Inveraray free-hit saw Fraser Watt move the ball to the left but Allan MacDonald’s shot lacked power and Scott Kennedy saved easily with his feet.

The Winterton side took encouragement and Garry MacPherson shot just over the top at the second attempt following another set-piece moments later after Allan MacDonald had been pushed.

A jubilant Kinlochshiel celebrate winning their first senior trophy after defeating Inveraray 5-3 in the final of the Macaulay Cup at Moss fleld Stadium, Oban, last Saturday.
Photo: Kevin McGlynn.
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