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Golf tournament forces Ross shinty derby to be played tonight

By Will Clark

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The Ross-shire derby between Kinlochshiel and Caberfeidh is set to be played at Reraig due to several players taking part in a golf tournament tomorrow.

The clash between the two teams has been brought forward from August, which coincides with a competition at Strathpeffer Golf Club on Saturday which several Caberfeidh players are taking part in.

After negotiations between both clubs, it was agreed to bring the clash in Wester Ross forward tonight.

With league leaders Kingussie playing in the Camanachd Cup quarter finals tomorrow, Caberfeidh could move top of the table by one point, although will have played three games more.

Caberfeidh manager Garry Reid says despite the surprise in the fixture being moved to tonight, there is a huge incentive to win and move to the top.

He said: “If we win on Friday, with Kingussie in the Camanachd Cup, we will be at the top.

“Kinlochshiel are a top team and it will be hard up there to get the win.

“We are capable, we have had a good month in June where we have had four wins and scored 25 goals in four games. We are in good form and if we maintain that there is no reason that we can’t get the win.

“It would be great if someone could give Kingussie a title challenge. We are hoping to keep the pressure on. A win would make Kingussie think a bit.“

Kinlochshiel, who are in third place in the league, four points off top, are looking to finish as high up the table as they can after being knocked out of the cup competitions.

Manager Willie Macrae says they are aware of who the danger men are for Caberfeidh and is confident they can shut them down to win tonight.

He said: “Caberfeidh are a solid team with Kevin Bartlett, Blair Morrison and Craig Morrison in between them.

“If we can stop them I think we can stop their flow. Especially Blair at half back, he controls their game. But we have players that can control the game. With Conor Cormack and Donald Nixon, if they are playing well, the rest of our team play well too.

“We went out in the MacTavish Cup early on and it is a short season when you are out of the cup. But we played well against Kingussie in the Macaulay Cup quarter final and were disappointed to lose 3-0 as they scored all their goals in a five-minute spell.

“We want to finish in the top-three, second to Kingussie if you aren’t having a good season is always a good result.”

Throw-up is at 7pm.

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