Solid Lochside edge out Inveraray juniors

Lochside's Calum McMillan (left) tussles for possession with Campbell Watt of Inveraray. Photo:Stephen Lawson

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Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – first round
Southern Section
Inveraray W/O v Lochaber
Inveraray were given a walk-over when Lochaber were unable to field a team for their tie at the Winterton.

Inveraray now meet Kyles Athletic at the Playing Fields, Tighnabruaich, in the second round on Saturday.

Mowi South League A
Inveraray 1 Lochside Rovers 2
The meeting between the Inveraray second team and Lochside Rovers at the Winterton was brought forward to Wednesday July 7 with a 7pm throw-up.

And it was Lochside who followed up a league draw with Bute and a league win over Ballachulish with a 2-1 victory at Inveraray.

The young Inveraray side were peppered with the experienced Graham MacPherson in goal and the influential Euan McMurdo, but Garry MacPherson was missing.

Lochside were without David Cameron as work duties left him on Mull, whilst Jordan Kerr was delayed due to work commitments so started on the bench.

The Oban side’s starting attack consisted of Innes Jackson, Alexander MacDonald, Robbie Brown and Lewis Buchanan.

After scoring four goals against the Lochaber seconds four days earlier, Lewis Buchanan wasted no time getting back on the goal trail as he netted with two minutes played.

Buchanan’s fine head-height shot from the left of the penalty spot powered past the keeper to make it 1-0.

Lochside enjoyed most of the first half play in the Inveraray half but were unable to seriously threaten the home goal whilst, at the other end, Lochside keeper Dougie MacDonald didn’t have much to do.

Lochside manager Gareth Evans replaced Robbie Brown with Jordan Kerr from the re-start. Kerr went into defence and Louis MacFarlane, who played the first half at buckshee back, went up front.

It was Lewis Buchanan again, this time three minutes into the second half, who doubled Lochside’s lead with his sixth goal in two games.

Buchanan didn’t catch the ball as cleanly as he would have liked but his effort beat MacPherson to make it 2-0.

Graham MacPherson made a superb reflex save above his head on the hour to deny Lewis Buchanan a hat-trick whilst, a minute later, he saved Callum Kirsop’s 30 yarder, again above his head with his stick.

Inveraray switched their attacking formation with three forwards pushing up and one staying deep, but it was the Lochside centre line of Evan MacLellan, flanked by Callum Kirsop and Jamie Anderson, who took a grip on the match.

Lochside introduced youngsters Matthew Sloss and Daniel Pearson for valuable game time.

Steven Cameron pulled a goal back for the hosts on 77 minutes. A long ball from Euan McMurdo was palmed away by Lochside keeper Dougie MacDonald but he lost sight of the ball as it dropped and full forward Cameron lofted the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-1.

Inveraray pressed for a leveller but Scott Robertson and Ross Campbell, the latter playing at the back during the second half, as well as Calum MacMillan were outstanding for Lochside.

Mowi Central League

Oban Celtic P Kilmory P
The game between the Oban Celtic seconds and Kilmory at Ganavan was postponed because of the travel restrictions affecting Kilmory’s young squad.