Shinty: Lovat and Newtonmore sweep rivals aside

Beauly v Inverness in North Division 1

The Orion Premiership top two, Lovat and Newtonmore, both swept old rivals aside 4-0 while Oban Camanachd failed to grab an opportunity to move off the bottom of the table.

Lovat eclipsed Glenurquhart while Newtonmore ousted Kingussie in the Badenoch derby and Camanachd lost 3-1 away to Kinlochshiel so remain bottom.

But the Lochaber derby at Spean Bridge was postponed after Fort William invoked shinty's rule that clubs cannot be forced to play on a Sunday and Lochaber then refused to accept the game being brought forward 24 hours to Saturday.

Lovat's 4-0 home win over Glenurquhart turned out to be the more significant outcome of the two derbies which did go ahead.

It not only kept them top, but it also gave the Kiltarlity side a huge psychological boost over what will also be their opponents in the Cooperative MacTavish Cup final in Inverness on 15 June.

After Greg Matheson opened the scoring and Lorne MacKay followed up with a double in the fourth minutes, the game was largely over by half-time and Calum Cruden wrapped it up with a late penalty.

Champions Newtonmore, who have two games in hand, remain one point behind Lovat after their equally emphatic derby victory over Kingussie at The Eilan.

Again, the scoreline was 3-0 by half time thanks to Danny MacRae, Glen MacKintosh and Fraser MacKintosh, who then got the fourth early in the second-half.

It took Fort William almost 11 weeks after the fixtures were issued in February to object to playing on a Sunday.

But when Lochaber were informed on 7 May that the game was to be switched to the Saturday they too refused to play on the grounds that several of their players had now made alternative arrangements.

The move places Lochaber in breach of the rules, although forfeiture of the points may be waived in this case, with the game rearranged.

This postponement gave Oban Camanachd a chance to climb off the bottom and out of the relegation zone with two points, but a 3-1 defeat away to Kinlochshiel scuppered that.

Keith MacRae scored early and added another near half-time, while in the second half Iain Campbell pulled one back for Camanachd before Gordie MacDonald wrapped it up for Shiel.

Beauly went four points clear in Marine Harvest North Division 1 with a 4-0 home win over Inverness, while a Roddy MacDonald hat-trick saw Kyles squeeze through to the last eight of the Artmeis MacAulay Cup with a 3-2 win on Bute.

Glasgow Mid Argyll beat Kilmallie 2-0 in their postponed Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup first round tie - and that was also the score for Caberfeidh away to Oban Celtic in their first round replay.

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