Clash of the ash back with a bang

Aberdour's Stuart Downey and Nicholas Crawford of Inveraray wrestle for the ball at Silversands. Photo: Stephen Lawson.

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Shinty returned to competitive action after an enforced 15-month layoff during the pandemic.

With no spectators allowed at matches under current Covid rules, the sport’s interim regional league structure opened with wins for Inveraray and Kyles Athletic first teams in Mowi Senior League C.

Inveraray travelled east to face Aberdour at Silversands, seeing off the Fife side 6-1 thanks to doubles from Coll MacKay, Fraser Watt and Lewis MacNicol.

Aberdour briefly had the score at 2-1 after an 11th minute goal by Ruairidh Reid, but three minutes later Watt restored Aray’s two-goal cushion and they never looked back.

Oban Celtic welcomed Kyles Athletic for their opening tie.

Goals by Colin MacDonald, Roddy MacDonald and Ross MacRae had the visitors 3-0 up at the interval.

A Roddy MacDonald score 15 minutes after the break saw Kyles through to a 4-0 victory.

In the remaining Mowi Senior League C tie, Oban Camanachd played Glasgow Mid Argyll at Yoker; the match ending in a no-scoring draw.

In Mowi South League A, Inveraray second team shared six goals with Ballachulish in an entertaining draw at the Winterton.

Elsewhere in the league, Lochside Rovers drew 1-1 with Bute in Oban, and Taynuilt were defeated 4-1 at home by Col Glen, despite the home side leading 1-0 at half-time.

Tayforth defeated visitors Kyles Athletic 5-1 in Mowi South League B, while in Mowi Central League, Glenorchy won 4-1 away to Ardnamurchan.

Also in Mowi Central League, Kilmory were unable to field a team to travel to Spean Bridge for their opening tie versus Lochaber.

This weekend in matches starting at 2.30pm, Inveraray host Oban Celtic and Kyles play Glasgow Mid Argyll at Kames Playing Fields in Mowi Senior League C.

Inveraray seconds travel round Loch Fyne to play Col Glen, while Kilmory will host Glenorchy in a 2pm throw-up.