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Kinlochshiel aiming for Camanachd Cup final spot

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Gary Innes | 14:22 UK time, Monday, 30 July 2012

Newtonmore grabbed the last remaining 2012 Camanachd Cup semi-final spot, with a 1-0 win over North Division 1 side, Lochaber.

Fraser Macintosh was the 'More hero with his single strike on 59 minutes, to push the holders through to meet Kyles Athletic on 11 August.

In the Premiership, Kyles Athletic got themselves back on track with a 6-3 win over Glenurquhart.

Kyles stormed to a 3-0 advantage in under 12 minutes through Euan Campbell, David Zavaroni, and Roddy MacDonald, however 'Glen had it all square before halftime thanks to a James MacPherson hat-trick.

With under 20 minutes remaining, Robbie MacLeod pushed Kyles Athletic ahead once more, shortly followed by a Fraser MacDonald double, to nudge the Tighnabruiach men back up to join Newtonmore at the top.

Bute knew they needed both points from their fixture against Fort William to stand any chance of Premier survival, and when Robert Ferguson scored late for the islanders, they must have been thinking it was their day.

Fort's Allan Knox had other idea's though, with his later strike all but confirming Bute as this year's first Premier relegation side.

Lovat travelled to Inveraray in search of points to try and keep the pressure on the front runners. Unfortunately for the Kiltarlity men, this wasn't to be.

Russell MacKinlay opened for 'Aray before Greg Matheson equalised for the visitors.

MacKinlay then doubled his tally for the day, topped up by Garry MacPherson, and Neil Campbell to finish and leaving Inveraray 4-1 winners.

In the Sutherland Cup Final, Newtonmore lifted the trophy after an incredible 5-4 victory over local rivals Kingussie. An Evan Menzies double, alongside a Calum Stewart goal, had Newtonmore ahead by three goals, before Bob MacGregor pulled one back for 'Kings.

This only lasted a minute as Stewart bagged his second. Savio Genini, Michael Clark, and John Gibson all scored for 'Kings in the second half, but Menzies' third and final goal for 'More ensured the Sutherland Cup silverware was housing the next year in Newtonmore.

Looking ahead to this weekend's Orion Group Premier fixtures.

It's a quiet Shinty weekend as the 'Tartan Heart Belladrum Festival' hits the highlands. The two league matches that are scheduled will see, Fort William tackle Kyles Athletic at the Black Parks, while Kingussie welcome Glenurquhart at the Dell.

In the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup, Kinlochshiel face Inveraray at An Aird.

This will be the first game on An Aird (Fort William's home field) in nearly a year, after the field was completely ripped up, and new drainage system fitted.

Fort William will be delighted to wave farewell to this season's interim field 'Black Parks' and the sheep will get their grazing field back.

Inveraray have been in this position many times before, and last won the competition in 2004 over Fort William. For Premier new boys Kinlochshiel it will be a whole new experience.

I'm not sure there will be any toilet roll left in the Balmacara store come Saturday morning, nor a soul left in the village come afternoon, as the Wester Ross men try and make there first ever Camanachd Cup final.

So who will you be putting your money on this weekend? The North's inexperienced Camanachd new boys, Kinlochshiel, or the experienced 'yellow and black' of South's Inveraray?

You can catch the game live on BBC Alba from 1600 BST.

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