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Caberfeidh and Kinlochshiel look to make a point in Ross-shire shinty derby

By Will Clark

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Caberfeidh and Kinlochshiel go into tomorrow’s Ross-shire derby both looking for their first win of the season after opening day defeats in the Premiership.

Caberfeidh take on Kinlochshiel in Strathpeffer tomorrow.
Caberfeidh take on Kinlochshiel in Strathpeffer tomorrow.

The two teams meet at Castle Leod after Caberfeidh were hammered 7–1 by champions Kingussie last weekend.

Kinlochshiel were left to lament missing a number of chances as they lost 1–0 at Newtonmore.

Cabefeidh manager Jodi Gorski says while suffering a heavy defeat, he believes the experience of playing Kingussie will set his team in good stead for the rest of the campaign.

“They’re the best team that I have seen in the Premiership,” he said.

“There aren’t any teams fitter than Kingussie so it is good to get us up to speed.”

Gorski also rates Kinlochshiel and believes they will be a far better team than the one they beat 6–3 at Strathpeffer last season.

“Kinlochshiel are up there as one of the fittest teams in the league and it will help us get back to match sharpness quicker,” he said.

“They were unfortunate having Finlay MacRae and Keith MacRae injured last season.

“Now they have everyone back fit and it will be a tough one.

“It is always good games when we play Kinlochshiel.

“We beat them last year and we are confident we can do it again if we play well.”

Kinlochshiel manager Johnston Gill says the 6–3 defeat to Caberfeidh last season is still fresh in his team’s minds.

He says they will not be underestimating Caberfeidh after their loss at Kingussie.

“Castle Leod is never an easy place to go and they beat us handsomely last season,” he said.

“We have to be up for this one and give it our all again because there won’t be easy games this season.

“They have a good strikeforce but they have lost players and we have added to our squad this year.

“Away from home I would not say we are favourites judging from last year’s results.”

Gill says his team were unfortunate to lose 1–0 at Newtonmore last week.

He added: “Over the piece we put on more pressure than they did, but we couldn’t turn that pressure into goals.

“We are disappointed we didn’t get a draw, but we will pick ourselves up for Caberfeidh.

“Our team is doing everything right apart from scoring.

“It is a case of getting the forwards to get the ball on target.”

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