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Party time in Oban as Bute suffer the drop

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Gary Innes | 09:57 UK time, Tuesday, 12 October 2010

As the Premier League comes to a close, there was still one remaining 'biggy' to be settled. Oban Camanachd travelled to Bute needing to take both points or face relegation.

A draw just wouldn't do, and they pulled off a 2-1 win, consigning the Islanders to the drop down to South 1 instead.

Oban Camanachd struck first through Aiden Macintyre, while Bute levelled the score thanks to Gordon MacMillan.

The visitors dug deep and were rewarded on 68 minutes when Daniel Macintyre hit the winner.

Oban Camanachd manager, Nigel Evans, was heard saying after the game: "This is the club's biggest victory since lifting the Camanachd Cup in 1996."

The win also saved Oban's second team, Lochside Rovers, from being relegated from South Division 1, as you cannot have a 1st and 2nd team appearing in the same league. I'm sure the party is still going on in Oban.

Oban survived to fight another campaign in the Premier League

Oban survived to fight another campaign in the Premier League

Bute now join Glasgow Mid Argyll as the second confirmed relegated club.

Glasgow Mid Argyll played out their last remaining league fixture with a home tie against Kyles Athletic.

Five goals from Roddy MacDonald saw the Tighnabruich men well ahead until Fulton Ross, Andy Mathie, and Gary Luke got themselves on the scoresheet for GMA. However a goal from Duncan Kerr added to Kyles tally, and wrapped up the season for both clubs with a 6-3 win in favour of Kyles.

Kingussie hosted Inveraray at the Dell in 'Rary's' last game of the season. Kingussie's young guns were in form again as Fraser Munro, Martin Dallas (2) and Thomas Bothwick all found the net. Gary MacPherson pulled back a consolation goal for the Argyll men.

I bumped into the Inveraray boys in Fort William as they travelled through to Kingusie. As it was the last game of the season, and goalkeeper, Graham (Toad) MacPherson's last game before moving to Australia, they were all off out for a mad night in Inverness after the game.

Did they make it home okay on the Sunday, or did Porterfield have an extra couple of B&B's?

Looking ahead to this Saturday, the final Scottish Hydro Premier League fixture of 2010 takes place, between Glenurquhart and Kingussie.

The Drumnadrochit men will want to finish their season with both points, however Stevie Bothwick's men have proved time and time again, that they are a dominant force even without their suspended superstar, Ronald Ross.

The BBC posting policy means you must add comments within three days. I did not realise this when trying to answer last week's questions from old_houston, so apologies for that. I'll need to be quicker next time...


  • Comment number 1.

    Thanks for the reply Gary, hope you have time to answer this question- not like you to be slow!
    Who do you think should lead shinty forward in the next three years? From what I hear its a case of the same old shady characters - or does it really matter who the guy is at the top?


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