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Gary Innes | 23:04 UK time, Monday, 23 August 2010

The Artemis MacAulay Cup final was the highlight of the shinty calendar on Saturday. Last year's champions Inveraray took on north finalists Kingussie live on BBC2 from Mossfield Park, Oban.

Inveraray were favourites to win as they had won this competition for the past two years, and when Neil Andrews scored on 14 minutes it seemed Inveraray were firmly in the driving seat. This was the only goal to be scored in the first half.

Kingussie regrouped and came out stronger in the second half. On the 54th minute Ronald Ross created space for himself and unleashed a scorcher into the top corner.

Russell McKinlay was next on the score sheet, taking Inveraray back into the lead before Ronald Ross levelled things once more for Kings with minutes to spare.

Kingussie legend Ronald RossKingussie's scoring legend Ronald Ross will be hoping to get his hands on the Premier League trophy to add to the MacAulay Cup that he helped his team win on Saturday. Photo: SNS.

The cup was won last year in injury-time but there was no such finale this year.

As both teams prepared themselves for 30 minutes of extra time, Inveraray were caught sleeping from the throw-up, and Ross had the ball in the net within 10 seconds.

Ronaldo scored his fourth and final goal moments later to lift the trophy for Kingussie, after a late 'Raray stunner from McKinlay to finish the match 4-3.

This keeps Kingussie on track for the grand slam, and an amazing first season at the helm for new manager Stevie Bothwick, and new recruits.

Fort William had the chance to sit top of the Premier League table on Saturday if they had beaten Kyles Athletics at home.

On route to this game Kyles forward Peter Currie was involved in a road accident, and subsequently missed the match. Thankfully, Peter wasn't hurt, but this left Kyles with only 12 men on the park and no substitutes if needed.

Fort William, on the other hand, still missing strikers Drew Ferguson and Brian Simpson through broken bones, had to use their older heads, which suited the fast-paced Kyles defence.

However, Fort William came out the starting blocks first and on six minutes Gordy MacKinnon had the ball in the net for Fort, after some free-flowing shinty.

As the game progressed Kyles started to see more possession and scored through Duncan Kerr to see both sides level at half time.

Fort William had the advantage in the second half of a strong tail wind. However, they never really managed to link the long passes together on many occasions.

Grant Irvine then punished Fort after a speculative shot and the Tighnabruaich men took home both points, leaving a very deflated Fort William.

This was Fort's first home defeat of the season, and with only one more home fixture remaining, against Newtonmore, they will need to raise their game if they are to maintain their challenge for the title.

Looking ahead to this week's Premier League fixtures, Lovat challenge Kyles Athletic at Kiltarlity, while Oban Camanachd travel the long road to Bute. This is a must-win game for Oban if they wish to continue in the Premier League next season.

Champions Kingussie host Glasgow Mid Argyll at the Dell. If GMA management adopt the same six-defender tactics that they used against Fort William, they may manage to keep the scoreline at bay.

Fort William this week travel to Inveraray and it's a must-win game for Fort. Inveraray are extremely difficult to take points from at home, and can also win the league if they win all their remaining fixtures.

This is sure to be a battle, and Inveraray would love nothing more than to beat Fort William to avenge their Camanachd Cup defeat two weeks ago.

Shinty's Premier League has never been tighter, nor tougher. Each week is huge from top of the table to the bottom, and with only six weeks remaining, it couldn't be closer.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Gary in your T.V. PUNDIT role I think its time you gave us some predictions. Which 2 go down from premier(prediction before bute play oban please) and the much harder prediction, which 2 come up ( north1 + Glenorchy)? if oban camanachd go down does that mean Lochside have to go down a division also as you couldn't have a club with 2 teams in the same division. Who will top the premier league? Who will be Scottish Champs after the Camanachd final? How will the shinty teams do versus the hurlers in Oct.... P.S. "old heads" won't cut it, where's the youths ?

 

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