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Gary Innes | 20:04 UK time, Monday, 2 May 2011

It was a beautiful day at An Aird and, as the large crowd basked in the sun, excitement was in the air for the first Premier clash between Fort William and Kilmallie.

I was happy to make the big match after writing last week that I would most likely miss the occasion.

I managed to sandwich the game between getting a boat off Knoydart early on Saturday morning, and the band sound checking my accordion in Dufftown for our concert later that evening.

However, since the game I have thought about taking this week off from writing the blog to supress the memories of Saturday's derby.

Fort William came out the starting blocks first, with a terrific strike after only five minutes from Bryan Simpson giving them the lead.

Good goalkeeping and missed opportunities from both sides saw the match remain this way until the stroke of half-time when Kilmallie's Liam MacDonald managed to squeeze the ball past keeper MacKay to level the tie.

Three minutes after the break, I managed to find a bit of space and push Fort back into the driving seat with a goal.

Fort seemed to take the foot off the gas a little shortly after this, and Kilmallie started to get a grip of the game. A strong wind now at their backs, they ran and stretched the Fort defence, with Fraser Massie finding an equaliser for the Caol men on 77 minutes.

The big travelling support shouted and willed their players on, and when John Stewart's strike hit the roof of the net with only two minutes remaining, the cheers rang out loud around Lochaber.

Fort William and its supporters were left flabbergasted, as referree Duncan Kerr seemed to have missed a very obvious kick from Stewart before he hit the winner. However, that's sport.

Kilmallie's assistant manager, and my uncle, Lachie Innes had done it again, and beaten Fort on home soil. I haven't plucked up the courage yet to phone my gran - I'm not sure I can take it yet.

Kilmallie showed again on Saturday that they are a fantastic, young vibrant club that has moved on leaps and bounds from their old reputation. Well done, lads.

Elsewhere in the Premier Divison, Ronald Ross hit Glenorchy for six, followed by strikes from James Hutchison and Fraser Munro. Glenorchy did not manage to find the net and the match finished 8-0 to Kingussie.

Neighbours Newtonmore managed to share the spoils with Oban Camanachd after 'More's' Glen MacIntosh scored in the dying seconds to tie the game 2-2. Aidan MacIntyre got both Oban's goals with Danny MacRae hitting Newtonmore's first.

A hat-trick from Inveraray's Russell MacKinlay was enough to see off travelling Lovat. Greg Matheson managed a double for the Kiltarlity men but couldn't find the decisive third, meaning Inveraray won 3-2.

League leaders Kyles Athletic kept storming ahead with a 3-1 win at home over Glenurquhart. Grant Irvine (two) and Dunky Kerr were the home heroes, with Arran MacDonald getting the Glen's only goal.

Looking ahead to this weekend's fixtures, Kyles take on Kilmallie, Oban Camanachd host Lovat, while Kingussie tackle Inveraray.

Fort William face last year's champions Newtonmore at An Aird. Both clubs are well aware that this is a must-win match if either team are to mount any kind of challenge for this year's league championship.

Safe travels to all players, clubs and supporters.


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