Day of joy for Kingussie and Fort William
Mossfield Park in Oban was the place to be on Saturday, when it was the venue for both Camanachd Cup semi-finals. In the tropical climate, a huge crowd had travelled from all four clubs hoping to inspire their boys through to the final.
It took until the 30th minute before Drew Ferguson broke the deadlock, putting Fort William ahead, before Grant Griffin levelling the score on the stroke of half time. Inveraray then took the lead on 55 minutes through Ewan Macmurdo, to great delight from the crowd. Drew Ferguson got his second to pull Fort level and, after 90 minutes, that's how it finished.
In the sweltering heat, no-one fancied extra time. By this point, both teams had made significant positional changes and substitutes to try to win the match.
Fort William started extra time a little stronger than Inveraray and got their rewards.
In the 100th minute, Gordie MacKinnon pounced on a rebound after a great save from Toad, the Inveraray keeper, to slip Fort ahead. Inveraray bounced back and scored an equalizer, but it was disallowed as the flag was raised for an offside decision.
Victor Smith then put the icing on the cake for Fort William, when - in the dying seconds -he picked the ball up from 30 yards and riffled an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net. This finished the game 4-2 and now puts Fort in their eighth consecutive Camanachd Cup final.
Many had thought this would be a very close affair and, before the matches, had even tipped an all Argyll final. Ronald Ross had other ideas, firing Kingussie ahead within five minutes, shortly followed by a second. Colin MacDonald pulled one back for Kyles, before Thomas Bothwick scored a screamer to give Kings a two-goal cushion at half time.
Roddy MacDonald raised the roof when his goal brought Kyles back into the match, but the Tighnabruich men just couldn't find an equaliser.
A further two goals from King's scoring machine, Ross, and a superb strike from youngster Fraser Munro, was enough to see the Badenoch giants back in the Camanachd final with a convincing 6-2 victory.
This year's Camanachd Cup final takes place on Saturday 18 September at Bught Park, Inverness. With Fort William reaching the final, this also means your ears will get a wee rest from me spluttering my way through the live coverage on BBC2.
Were you there on Saturday in Oban? If so, let us know your thoughts and views on both games. Do you think the best two teams won and, if not, why not? Do you feel there were changes that the managers could have made sooner, or alterations they didn't make at all that you feel effected your team's result?
The only Premier League match to take place on Saturday saw Glenurquhart win 4-0 against travelling Glasgow Mid Argyll. With this win, Glen now leapfrog Bute into seventh place.
It's back to league action this week and, in the Scottish Hydro Premier Division, Glenurquhart take on Inveraray at Drumnadrochit. Kingussie travel back down to Mossfield this time to battle Oban Camanachd, while leaders Newtonmore host Bute at the Eilean.
Fort William take on Glasgow Mid Argyll at An Aird. GMA have conceded a lot of goals in recent weeks and Fort will need to capitalize on this to lift their goal difference once more. The last time the two clubs met, Fort won 14-0. Nobody wants to see a team lose by so many. However, with a league title at stake, I can't envisage Fort William letting up.