Shinty: Skye boost survival hopes with victory over Fort William

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland
Skye, Fort William
Skye boosted their chances of survival by beating Fort William

Skye's survival in the Marine Harvest Premiership still hangs by a thread following a 3-1 victory over already relegated Fort William in Portree.

The Island side, promoted to the top flight just a year ago, must now beat champions Newtonmore by at least two clear goals on 29 October to condemn Lochaber to the second relegation place instead.

Kyles now need just a point from Kingussie on the same day in order to secure second place after their 2-2 draw with Newtonmore at Tighnabruich.

Kinlochshiel rounded off their season with a 2-0 win over Lovat at Balmacara.

Will Cowie scored Skye's opener in the opening 15 minutes and Danny Morrison made it 2-0 early in the second-half.

Co-manager Victor Smith, a member of Fort's legendary Camanachd Cup winning team of 1992, returned to senior shinty to pull one back but Cowie's second ensured that Skye lived to fight another day.

Their encounter with Newtonmore takes place on the day More receive the championship trophy for the seventh year in-a-row and, following their point at Tighnabruich, the champions will also be aiming to complete their league programme unbeaten.

Newtonmore will go into that game having dropped only two single points through 2-2 draws in each of their encounters with Kyles.

At Tighnabruich, Roddy MacDonald put Kyles ahead early on before Fraser MacKintosh equalised and Evan Menzies gave More the lead just before half-time. MacDonald then tied it up with 11 minutes to go.

Two goals in the second-half from Keith MacRae gave Kinlochshiel the points against Lovat to round off a season which has seen a resurgent Shiel move into the top half of the Premiership, win the Macaulay Cup and reach the semi finals of the Camanachd Cup.

In Stornoway, day two of the Royal National Mod saw the traditional Mod Cup game which ended in a 3-0 victory for a reserve Skye side over Lewis.

To complete a day of returning veterans finding the net, Iain MacLean and Kenny MacLeod were joined on the score sheet by Peter Gordon who was in Skye's Camanachd Cup winning team in 1990.

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