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Inveraray shake shinty with Camanachd Cup win

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Gary Innes | 10:54 UK time, Monday, 4 July 2011

Inveraray shook the shinty world and rocked the Camanachd Cup quarter-finals when they defeated Kyles Athletic 4-1.

Kyles, who had not lost a game all season, found themselves 1-0 down after only three minutes when Euan McMurdo slotted home the opener.

Rary's Grant Griffin then incredibly managed to bag a double in the same minute to give the home side a 3-0 lead before half-time.

Neil G Paterson Photography

When Kyles did eventually find the net through Robbie MacLeod on 85 minutes, it was all a little too late, and was confirmed when McMurdo found his second of the day for Inveraray in stoppage time.

Kilmallie faced Lovat at the Canal Parks in a game many thought would be extremely close.

However, Kilmallie disagreed, and thumped their way into the Camanachd semi finals 6-2.

John Stewart, as always, produced the goods for the Caol side, and his hat-trick helped along proceedings.

Michael Rodger and Peter MacIntyre rounded up the day's home scorers, with Owen Ferguson and Jimmy MacKenzie getting on the scoresheet for Lovat.

Kingussie had the challenging task of driving to Bute, while extremely short of 1st team players.

This did not faze the Badenoch giants and all thoughts of an upset were laid to rest when Kevin Thain's opener hit the back of the net.

All that was left to do was let Ronald Ross do his job, and he did just that - bagging himself a double to let Kingussie set sail to the semi's 3-0.

First Division's Kinlochshiel hosted Premier's Newtonmore at Balmacara, which, for me, had potential banana skin written all over it. However, Newtonmore trampled all over that worry - and everything else - as they fought their way through to a 6-3 victory.

John MacKenzie opened the scoring for 'More early on, but this was cancelled out by 'Shiel's Keith MacRae moments later.

Glen MacIntosh was then next on the scoresheet for 'More but again MacRae found the net to level the scores.

Newtonmore then stepped up a gear with John MacKenzie getting his second, alongside a Jamie Robinson hat-trick.

Kinlochshiel's Finlay MacRae clawed one back for the home side, however Newtonmore had secured their Camanachd Cup semi-final spot with a 6-3 victory.

The semi-finals of the Camanachd Cup will be drawn on Tuesday 5 July at Bught Park by Liam Barn and Donna MacCrae.

In the Premier Division, Fort William jumped up into second spot after defeating Glenorchy 3-1 at the Mart Park.

Glenorchy opened the scoring after only one minute through Sandy Leiper.

Fort's Daniel Stewart found an equaliser moments later while finding a second shortly after.

One of Fort's most promising teenagers, Ryan Campbell, then got his name on the scoresheet for the second time in two weeks, when his strike before half time wrapped up the day's points and goals.

I unfortunately missed Fort's tie with Glenorchy at the weekend as I had surgery on my snout on Thursday.

I now have two cracking black eyes and a splint down the middle until Friday when I head back to Raigmore Hospital.

This was the resulting injury of Ireland All Star, Tommy Walsh nailing me in the beacon during last year's international in Croke Park.

Hopefully after looking like the Elephant Man for the next few days I will be able to breathe again better, instead of sounding like a snottery teenager who needs to blow his nose every time I run.

The only other Premier tie was between Glenurquhart and Oban Camanachd at Drumnadrochit.

An own-goal opened the scoring for Glen' before Scotland International defender John Barr somehow managed a double, this followed by a strike from Neal Reid.

Matt Rippon had replied for Oban, however Glenurquhart had proven too strong and took both points with a 4-1 win.

It's all back to league action again this week when Kingussie take on Glenurquhart, Lovat host league leaders Kyles Athletic, while Newtonmore welcome Glenorchy.

Fort William have the chance to stay one point behind Kyles at the top of the Premier league if they can squeeze both points out against Inveraray.

After Inveraray's outstanding win on Saturday their confidence will be high and will be looking to build on their performances ahead of their Camanachd semi final.

Fort William on the other hand only have the league left to contest, and know only both points will do if they are to maintain their presence up at the top.

This game is sure to be a cracker.

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