Shinty: North win inter-area Under-21 Caol Cup

North Under-21s pose with the Caol Cup
North Under-21s pose with the Caol Cup

Inverness's Charlie MacDonald staked his claim for a place in the Scotland Under-21 team with a late double in the North's 3-1 victory over the South in the annual Caol Cup inter-area Under-21 match at Ballachulish.

The game served as a trial for the Scottish team which will meet Ireland in Inverness in October.

Daniel MacVicar, who a week previously played such an important part in Oban Camanachd reaching the Camanachd Cup final, got the South off to a roaring start with a goal in the second minute.

There it remained until the second half when Caberfeidh's Craig Morrison equalised for the North. And the game was into its last quarter hour when MacDonald grabbed his double four minutes apart to clinch the trophy for the North.

The way is now open for the announcement of the men's Under-21 team and the full international squad in advance of their annual meetings with the Irish hurlers at Bught Park on 22 October.

Meanwhile, Kirsty Delaney scored all of Lochaber's goals in their 4-2 victory over Skye in the final of the premier award in women's shinty, the Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup, in Fort William.

Delaney is a member of a well-known Lochaber shinty family whose two cousins play in the Premiership for the club's men's team.

She opened the scoring after just six minutes and Lorna MacRae equalised for Skye. Delaney then got one more in each half and scored her fourth just after MacRae pulled another back for the Island women.

In the preceding second-tier game for the Marine Harvest Challenge Cup, Lovat Ladies swamped their local rivals Strathglass 7-1.

There were also four goals for Lovat's Fiona Urquhart while Laura Gallacher contributed two, including a first-minute opener, and Niki Grant one. Chloe MacLeod scored for Strathglass before the half hour, but by that time it was already 5-0.