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Kyles through to final as Oban seek MacAulay shock

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Gary Innes | 11:29 UK time, Monday, 13 August 2012

Kyles Athletic sensationally reached the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup final after beating last year's champions Newtonmore 2-1 at Mossfield stadium, Oban.

Thomas Whyte and Roddy Macdonald had the Argyle underdogs ahead by two before Danny MacRae pulled one back for 'More. With no 'More goals to follow, the all-night party got under way in the quiet village of Tighnabruiach.

This incredible victory means that we now have an all south final, the first since 1983! Last week's winners Inveraray meet Kyles at Mossfield on 15 September to see who can get their hands on shinty's most prized trophy.

Kyles beat Newtonmore to reach the Camanachd Cup final

Kyles beat Newtonmore to reach the Camanachd Cup final. Picture: Neil G Paterson Photography

In the Orion Group Premiership, Fort William finally got An Aird soil under their boots after almost a year's absence due to ground maintenance, and what a fixture to return to the new park with - a derby against Kingussie.

Fort and fans were not welcomed with what they would have wished for as Barry Dallas and a double from Fraser Munro had Kings ahead by three.

Wing centre Alex Duncan then pulled one back for Fort William, shortly followed by goals from Gordy MacKinnon and Brian Simpson to level the tie. Fort star Alex Duncan then netted his second of the day, and the winner, to raise the roof of the newly painted An Aird stand. An incredible comeback and no better way to christen the new field.

Inveraray travelled to Bute and returned home with both points after a convincing 5-1 win over the islanders. Two goals apiece for Garry MacPherson and Ruaridh Graham topped up by Chris Crawford left no way back for Bute, for whom Graham Fisher scored a consolation goal.

Glenurquhart continued to impress with a 3-1 win over local Premiership rivals Lovat. It was Lovat who took the lead through their hit-man Greg Matheson but a double from Ruaridh Cameron and one from David Smart all before half-time wrapped up the match at Drumnadrochit.

Looking ahead to this weekend's fixtures, in the Orion Group Premiership Fort William host Inveraray, Kinlochshiel battle Kingussie, while Kilmallie must take something at home against Newtonmore to stand any chance of survival.

The Artemis MacAulay Cup final is the big match of the weekend with Glenurquhart meeting Oban Camanachd at Mossfield.

Now at the start of this season if you were asked to pick two teams you thought might meet in this final, I'm not even sure if the 'Brahan Seer' had predicted this, you would have believed him.

That said, Oban Camanachd have had a fantastic year in South Division 1 and look certain for Premiership promotion, while Glenurquhart's new management team seem to have turned the club around with a string a good results of late.

Glenurquhart will start as favourites but Oban Camanachd will have the extra incentive of home advantage and a huge home support.

Both clubs' traditional colours are red and black so they have agreed to change for the big day. Glenurquhart will don red tops for the special occasion, while Oban Camanachd will have white strips.

So where do you think the MacAulay Cup will be housed for the next year? Will Nonny MacInnes' Coasters Bar in Oban be celebrating on Saturday night or will it be Glen skipper Stuart MacIntosh entertaining his winning teammates as they head up the A82?

You can catch all the action live on BBC Two Scotland from 14:30 BST.

I'd quickly like to thank singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean who swapped his stage time this weekend at the Innerleithen Festival so I could be part of the BBC commentary team.

I may have to change the lyrics of his song 'Caledonia' to say something like: "I don't know, if you can see, I have bought you a large whisky". Thanks Dougie.

Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.


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