Skye targets National Division title as Caberfeidh, Kingussie and Kinlochshiel pick up wins

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Skye, relegated in 2018, produced shinty champagne to secure their return to Premiership Mowi – and now their aim is to stay there.

The Inveraray Challengers were swept 5-1 at Portree as Skye leveled Beauly at the top of the National Division to set up a title cracker when the Islanders travel to Beauly this weekend.

Jordan Murchison had a hat trick – before being taken off at half-time to keep him wrapped in cotton for the Beauly game. He and Ross Gordon, who scored Skye’s second goal, have now scored 15 each.

“We had a fantastic first 45 minutes, the best we’ve played all season,” said manager Kenny Macleod, “and, four on the break, I made a few changes with Beauly in mind.”

If Skye loses its last two games, Inveraray could still even the points, but the Skeanachs have a massive 19-goal advantage.

“We would need a total surrender not to come back up now,” Macleod said. “It’s job half done – going up as champions is what we want now. Beauly have been leading all season, but now we’ve caught them to set the stage for a cracker on their turf.

“We have a good mix of youth and experience and looking further ahead, our challenge is to make sure we don’t come straight down from the Premiership, but have the chance to settle in and build.”

Macleod, in his second solo campaign after serving as co-manager for a season, has done an outstanding job with the Pairc nan Loach side and deserves his place in the top flight.

James Pringle made it 5-0 on the hour mark before Allan Macdonald netted the fifth league goal Skye has conceded all season.

In the Premiership, the race to be the best sniper is tight. Craig Morrison scored twice in Caberfeidh’s 5-2 win at home to Oban Camanachd to take it to 35 goals, while Roddy Young moved to 34 with his brace as champions Kingussie won 3-1 at Fort William .

Oban led 2-0, thanks to Louie MacFarlane and Daniel Cameron, early in the second half before Kyle Grant and Colin Maclennan leveled Strathpeffer’s men and then Morrison’s brace was capped by a penalty from Kevin Bartlett.

Kingussie now needs two points from his last two games to clinch the title and the Grand Slam.

Young put in two before Victor Smith struck out one and it was only 12 minutes after James Falconer hit the clincher for the Kings.

Referee Des McNulty was delayed by a traffic accident and Fort co-manager Addie Robertson officiated the first half until he arrived.

Fort slips closer to the relegation trap, their remaining match is at Glasgow Mid Argyll on October 29 – and Mid Argyll, who have a point up, have four more games to play.

“Our guys’ performance was a breath of fresh air and their attitude was great,” co-manager Victor Smith said. “It gives us hope for the future.”

Fraser Heath of Lovat ahead of Duncan Matheson (Kinlochshiel).

Kinlochshiel won 2-1 at Lovat to remain as potential champion if Kingussie has a double stumble.

Greg Matheson gave the Kiltarlity men an early lead but brothers John and Keith MacRae took the points from Wester Ross.

Shiel is undefeated since Oban Camanachd knocked them out of the Camanachd Cup on July 9.

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