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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.

Fort William's Niall MacPhee swings his caman while Lewis MacLennan of Glenurquhart moves in at the Black Parks, Fort William. Photo: Neil Paterson

Fort William's Niall MacPhee swings his caman while Lewis MacLennan of Glenurquhart moves in at the Black Parks, Fort William. Photo: Neil Paterson

Fort stepped up a gear and I scored an equaliser and we then took the lead through Ryan Campbell on 43 minutes.

Glen's David Smart had other ideas on letting Fort lead at the interval and, on the stroke of half-time, guided the ball high into the roof of the net.

Fort William started the second half the stronger of the two and continually pressed the Glenurquhart defence with no success.

Fort did manage to break through on occasion, but, when their shots were on target, they were met with an in-form Stuart Macintosh between the sticks.

When the breakthrough did come it was at the opposite end. With 15 minutes remaining, Smart got his name on the score sheet for the second time of the afternoon with a delicate tap past Mackay.

From the throw-up the ball landed at almost the same spot again, and in under a minute Neale Reid had scored Glen's fourth and put the game out of sight.

All credit to a very strong determined Glenurquhart side who fought all afternoon, never gave up, and reaped their rewards.

However, Fort William will feel disappointed for not converting their chances earlier on in the second half.

Newtonmore continued their good league form with a 4-0 win at home to Inveraray. Two goals apiece from hit man Danny Macrae and Chris Sellar left no way back for the Argyll men.

This win pushes last year's champions three points clear at the top of the Premiership.

It was double Dallas delight for Kingussie when they visited the Isle of Bute, and sailed off with both points. Martin Dallas and Barry Dallas were the marksmen to ensure both points headed north to Badenoch with a 2-0 win.

This season's two Premier surprises, Lovat and Kinlochshiel, met at Kiltarlity.

Both these clubs have taken points from the so-called "big guns" this year and continue to surprise each week, with last year's North 1 Champions Kinlochshiel sitting second in the Premier league.

Lovat's Greg Matheson opened the scoring but hardly had time to celebrate when 'Shiel's Keith Macrae equalised.

Brother Finlay Macrae then pushed the Wester Ross men in front, before Owen Ferguson found a leveller for the home-side.

Macrae once more gave Kinlochshiel a goal advantage, before Martin Bell's 90th minute equaliser split the points, when his strike tied the match 3-3.

Kilmallie hosted Kyles Athletic at the Canal Parks, and were in desperate search of points to lift them off bottom spot.

Peter Macintyre gave the Caol men the start they were after when he opened the scoring after 14 minutes, then Thomas Whyte equalised minutes later.

A Roddy MacDonald double then gave Kyles a two-goal cushion, before John Stewart pulled one back with a little over five minutes remaining.

With no more goals or glory to be had, Kyles emerged with a 3-2 win.

Looking ahead to this week's fixtures, the only game scheduled in the Orion Group Premiership will see KInlochshiel battle Lovat for the second week running.

This time round, though, Lovat will be visiting Balmacara. After a last-minute equaliser at Kiltarlity last weekend, you can be sure this game will be as tight as a mouse's ear.

In the South, the AJG Celtic Society Cup quarter-finals take place with Kilmory against Aberdour, Bute v Oban Camanachd, Taynuilt v Oban Celtic, and Inveraray v Kyles Athletic.

In the North, the Co-operative Mactavish Cup quarter-finals get under way when Kilmallie host Kingussie, Beauly battle Glenurquhart and Lochaber head over the bridge to Skye.

Fort William have home advantage over Newtonmore at the Black Park in the first meeting of the two clubs this season. Newtonmore have not lost a game since the opening day of the season and seem to be scoring goals for fun.

Fort William, on the other hand, have five players returning from last weekend's defeat against Glenurquhart, which will be a huge boost to Peter Macintyre's pool and help bolster his squad.

Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.


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