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Gary Innes | 19:21 UK time, Monday, 17 May 2010

The Badenoch derby, as suspected, on Saturday changed the top of the Scottish Hydro Division, with three points now separating the top four clubs.

Kingussie found two goals in the first half through Ronald Ross, with Newtonmore netting one through Davie Chayne. After 90 minutes, and no more goals, Newtonmore dropped from top spot and the reigning champs went one step closer to catching the front-runners.

In the other fixtures, Bute drew 2-2 with Inveraray, while Glenurquhart lost at home to Kyles 2-1. Lovat will be happy with taking both points from Oban Camanachd, which sees them out of the bottom two, after beating them at home 2-0 (in our photo by Neil Paterson, Lovat's Euan Ferguson is challenged by Daniel Cameron).

Fort William, like the rest of the Highlands, headed for Glasgow but not to support Ross County in football's Scottish Cup final against Dundee United.

Forwards James Clark and Victor Smith, through injury, did not travel, so I got pushed up front for the day. I suppose it was just one of those days - everything I hit went net-bound. I got nine in total but had to giggle as I was denied equalling the record 10, set by Ronald Ross, by our very own chairman.

I hit a shot that went in, hit the top corner stanchion and came back out, but Richard Gall, who was goal judge, deemed no goal as I ran away celebrating. He did not get a pint from me after the game.


Two roasters from Duncan Rodgers and a hat-trick for Gordie MacKinnon saw us finish up 14-0 winners to go top of the league.

Now I know I'm not the first man to score a goal and for it not to count, so are crossbar camera's needed? I'm joking, of course, but there has been controversy in the last two Camanachd Cup finals regarding goals.

If you can remember James Clark's first goal in Fort William's 2-1 win at An-Aird, 2008, that some say went through the side netting. Then there was Kyles' goal by Duncan Kerr at Mossfield last year. The ball came off Scott MacNeil's stick on the way in, so fast, it was impossible to tell with the naked eye. But after many, many rewinds on the television, you can see the ball go through the side netting.

So what is the problem? Is it because the balls are getting smaller, or are the nets getting bigger? Let's hear your stories of the goals that never counted and what it could have meant if it did.

The Camanachd Cup takes pride of place this weekend. Winning this cup means more to most players than winning the league itself. The history of the competition, the media and massive crowds makes for the best day in a shinty player's life and every team will be fighting to continue into the next round.

Skye play Kilmallie, with Inveraray hosting Lochaber. Last year's finalists, Kyles Athletic, take on Bute, while Strathglass will try to contain Kingussie, Glenurquhart have Lovat, with Newtonmore tackling Glenorchy, and Oban Camanachd travel to Glasgow Mid Argyll.

Fort William take on Kinlochshiel for the second time this season at An Aird. Kinlochshiel took Fort to an extra-time cliff-hanger last year and I'm sure will be looking for the same kind of performance again. Fort, off the back of 14, will be looking to find a few more this week and, at Ronald's request, I will be back at wing centre.

Best of luck to all clubs this week - and safe travelling on the roads.


  • Comment number 1.

    Goals that never counted , if they never counted then they were not goals !! Anyway to eradicate some problems, nets with a smaller mesh and pinned to ground tightly and tied to posts, Do away with back stanchions and let the net do its job !! net held back with cord,
    Have the rules on offside changed , I started playing in school at age 6 and played until 46, during that time when player came in box before ball he offside , if ball goes out box and there still forward in box should ball come back in , Then that forward is still offside , whether interfering with play or not , Would love this point to be clarified , Before I continue NG

  • Comment number 2.

    Your spot-on with the off-side rule, it is exactly as you described. Is there any need to thump a team that has been brave in stepping up to the Premier league? (they know they are out of there depth)GMA I'm sure weren't looking for leniency but does that do sport any favours.

  • Comment number 3.

    NG: You are absolutely spot on, that is the off-side rule in shinty, and they have not changed. Are you referring to an specific incident in mind, or is this a general point you feel refs, and goal judges, are missing more and more?

    Number eight: Nobody likes to see teams getting trashed, especially a team that is experiencing it's first time in Premier shinty. However 14 goals to Fort William is nearly as good as having another league point come the end of the season. As I am sure you are aware, goal difference has won and lost the Premier League before.

    Gary :)



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