Shinty: Kinlochshiel beat Inveraray to celebrate first major cup

Kinlochshiel celebrate their first national trophy success
Kinlochshiel celebrate their first national trophy success

Kinlochshiel's first national senior final yielded their first national senior trophy with a 5-3 defeat of Inveraray at Mossfield Park, Oban to lift the Artemis MacAulay Cup.

At 2-0 up within half an hour, the Wester Ross side, formed in the late 1950s from an amalgamation of Kintail, Lochalsh and Glenshiel, seemed to be in the driving seat.

But second-tier underdogs Inveraray got back on level terms with two goals inside a minute, then battled back to 3-3 before Shiel confirmed victory late on.

This is the latest high water mark of Shiel's best ever season which has also seen them reach the Camanachd Cup semi-finals and they remain contenders for what looks like the runner-up spot in the Marine Harvest Premiership.

Keith MacRae gave Shiel an early lead which was doubled by Jordan Fraser. Later in a first half, which Shiel dominated with 20 goal attempts.

Inveraray retaliated with two quickfire strikes from Allan MacDonald and Fraser Watt. Fraser put Shiel back in front just before half time but Inveraray, despite losing star striker Gary MacPherson early in the game, equalised again when Watt sank a penalty.

However, Shiel refused to be denied and goals in the last 10 minutes from Oliver MacRae then Keith MacRae sent the cup to Balmacara.

Kinlochshiel chairman Keith Loades who is also the Camanachd Association's competitions director said: "Kinlochshiel never do anything easily and we really had to fight late on for the win.

"We played very well and I was surprised we hadn't scored more goals before Inveraray equalised. It's a great moment for the club and a lot of credit must go to the players and the management team of Colin Fraser and Duncan MacLeod."

Four goals from Roddy MacDonald helped Kyles consolidate fourth place in the Premiership with a 5-2 home win over Glenurquhart. Stuart Reid responded just before half time to MacDonald's opener but MacDonald instantly put Kyles back in front before the whistle.

MacDonald completed his hat trick and Sandy MacKenzie made it 4-1 and while Andrew Corrigan got another back for Glen, once more MacDonald's reply was instant. Although Glenurquhart are two places clear of the relegation zone, they are now catchable by both Lochaber and Skye should they win their games in hand.

Kilmallie took another major step towards the National Division title when they came from behind for a 4-1 away win over Caberfeidh. With just three games to play, Kilmallie are two points clear of Glasgow Mid Argyll who could only draw 2-2 at home to Beauly.

The other National Division result was a 1-1 draw in the basement battle between Bute and Inverness.