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Stick-stealing and thrills aplenty on cup weekend

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Gary Innes | 17:09 UK time, Monday, 23 April 2012

It was Shinty's quarter-final weekend in the Co-operative MacTavish Cup, and the AJG Parcels Celtic Society Cup.

In the south, the big game of the day saw Euan MacMurdo's solitary strike take Inveraray through against rivals Kyles Athletics.

Aberdour also progressed after a penalty shoot-out against Kilmory and they will be joined by Bute who brushed aside Oban Camanachd 3-1, while Taynuilt beat Oban Celtic 3-2.

Up north, Lochaber continue on their unbeaten season when they travelled to Skye and won 4-0. One a piece from Sean Nicholson, Ben Delaney, Zands Ferguson, and Scott Paterson catapults the Spean Bridge men through to meet Kingussie, who saw off Kilmallie 3-1 at the Canal Parks.

Martin Dallas, Fraser Munro and Ronald Ross all netted for the Badenoch club.

Beauly's quarter-final against Glenurquhart was postponed due to poor weather.

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Glenurquhart end Fort's unbeaten league run

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Gary Innes | 10:55 UK time, Monday, 16 April 2012

Fort William's unbeaten run in this year's Orion Group Premiership came to a crashing end at the hands of Glenurquhart.

It was a beautiful day at the Black Parks, and the grass was short thanks to the sheep that had visibly left their mark during the week.

Fort skipper Bryan Simpson won the toss, and both teams took to their positions.

Glenurquhart got a dream start to the game with newly wed Neil Robertson's own goal.

Robertson, who had arrived home just three hours before throw-up, had spent the past 18 hours traveling home from honeymoon in Las Vegas, and had obviously used up all his luck in the casino.

As Robertson stepped forward to address the ball, the ball deflected off the side of his caman to beat Paul Mackay in the Fort goals, much to the jubilation of the Glenurquhart support.

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Victory eases pain after below the belt blow!

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Gary Innes | 16:22 UK time, Monday, 9 April 2012

Fort William remain the only unbeaten team in the Orion Group Premiership after securing both points with a 2-0 away win over Inveraray.

It was clear to see from a considerable distance that Winterton Park, set inside the castle grounds at Inveraray, could have done with a haircut. However, the Burgh boys' grass cutter was away for repair, which was never going to suit the fast pace of either set of forwards.

Once the game was underway, it wasn't long before Fort saw red. A full complement of players remained on the park but manager Peter Macintyre was dismissed from the side of field for allegedly swearing at referee MacDonald.

Embarrassed and frustrated, he was forced to watch the remainder of the fixture from a steamed-up Vauxhall Vectra.

The game had only just restarted when 'Toad' (as he is affectionately known), the Inveraray goalkeeper, ran out to clear his lines and smashed the ball as hard as he could, but the ball did not pass me.

Normally, this would be a good thing but the ball happened to strike me square below the
belt from just 10 yards!

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A fool weekend for shinty star

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Gary Innes | 11:32 UK time, Monday, 2 April 2012

With only two fixtures scheduled in the Orion Group Premiership, Newtonmore remain at the top after a 3-3 draw with last season's title runners-up Kyles Athletics.

Danny Macrae opened the scoring for 'More before Kyles' Thomas Whyte levelled the tie moments later.

MacRae found the net again in the second half but his strike was cancelled out once more from Kyles, this time from Ewan Campbell.

Ben Seller then gave Newtonmore the lead for the third time, but 'More and Scotland defender Norman Campbell got his name on the scoresheet with an own goal to finish the scoring.

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