Published: 30/03/2017 14:30 - Updated: 30/03/2017 16:54

Kinlochshiel aiming for third league win on the spin

KINLOCHSHIEL are chasing a third consecutive Marine Harvest Premiership win this Saturday as they host newly-promoted Glasgow Mid Argyll.

GMA, the National Division runners-up last year, head north boosted by taking their first points of the season at the weekend against Kilmallie.

However, with Shiel’s dramatic 3-2 MacTavish Cup victory over Kingussie last Saturday maintaining their 100 per cent record, GMA will certainly find themselves up against it.

Adding a touch of spice to this encounter is the likelihood of two former Shiel players, John Don MacKenzie and Duncan MacRae, lining up against their old team-mates.

Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit is the venue for the local derby between Glenurquhart and Lovat and this as always, promises to be a superb contest.

Lovat have lost two of their three league fixtures to date, but will be buoyed up by their goal fest against Strathglass.

Both sides are under new managers this season, however their respective experience as players and as reserve team managers will leave both in no doubt about the significance of a win in this encounter.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Lovat ran out 5-2 victors, with Glen getting their revenge with a 1-0 win at Balgate.

Leaders Kingussie put their unbeaten record on the line at Spean Bridge against a Lochaber side yet to win a game this season.

In four meetings last year between the teams, Kingussie won just once, with Lochaber reserving their best performances for cup matches where they registered two wins over the Badenoch side in May.

A 2-1 MacTavish Cup semi-final win was followed by a resounding 5-1 Camanachd Cup second round triumph.

Although they lost to a last-minute goal against Kinlochshiel on Saturday, Dallas Young’s youthful side are showing massive potential and will start as favourites to return home with both points.

Oban Camanachd have a 50 per cent record after four games and will want to improve upon that on Saturday when they head north to Caol to face Kilmallie.

Mark MacPherson’s men are still seeking a first win since promotion and will do well to register it on Saturday against a well-balanced Oban side who are expected to figure prominently in the title hunt.

In the outstanding MacTavish Cup first round tie, holders Newtonmore face National Division contenders Fort William at An Aird.

This is More’s first chance to get back to winning ways after defeat to Oban Camanachd and they are strongly tipped to advance to the quarter-finals and a home fixture against Caberfeidh.

With Fort William on cup duty, Inveraray have a day off in the National Division giving leaders Skye the opportunity to open up a three-point lead at the top of the table if they manage to account for Beauly in Portree.

With Skye being in the top-flight last season the teams haven’t met since 2015 when Skye, on their way to title glory, defeated Beauly by 2-1 and 6-1 scorelines in addition to registering a 1-0 Camanachd Cup second round win.

Although undefeated, Caberfeidh are still without a league win, but should manage to achieve that when Oban Celtic journey to Strathpeffer.

With a fine win over Skye fresh in their minds, Cabers will be odds-on to pick up both points to kick start their push for one of the promotion places.

At Cannich, Strathglass will need to pick themselves up after last week’s mauling by Lovat if they are to take anything from visitors Inverness.

The city side will travel buoyed up by last Saturday’s superb point at Inveraray and like their hosts will be aiming to chalk up a first win.

It will be two years since these old adversaries met when Inverness came out 4-2 winners in extra-time at the Bught to advance to the second round of the MacTavish Cup.

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