Published: 13/07/2017 10:00 - Updated: 11/07/2017 18:35

Caberfeidh and Fort William set for final fling

THE top attraction on Saturday is the Balliemore Cup final at Drumnadrochit where National Division title contenders Caberfeidh and Fort William lock horns.

Cabers, along with Bute, hold the record for the most Balliemore Cup triumphs with five wins apiece, while Fort, due to their many years competing at top league level meaning they have been ineligible to compete in this competition, are bidding to lift this piece of silverware for the first time.

This will be the second successive Balliemore final for Cabers, who lost 6-0 last year on the same pitch to Kilmallie.

Cabers enjoyed a glorious period in this tournament between 1995 and 2000 when they recorded all their five successes within a six-year timeframe.

Since then, their two appearances in the final have ended in defeat, losing 2-1 in 2011 to Bute in Portree before last year’s heartache against Kilmallie.

To reach the final, Cabers began with an 11-0 trouncing of Aberdeen University in the Granite City followed by a 6-0 second round win over Inverness at Castle Leod. A 4-3 defeat of Beauly confirmed a place in the final for Cabers.

Fort began with a 2-1 home success over Aberdour before defeating Skye 1-0 in Portree. Inveraray then stood between Fort and a first appearance in the final with a 3-1 win at Taynuilt taking Fort through.

Although the teams have yet to meet this year, both go in to this encounter with a series of fine results behind them in league and cup competitions.

With their more prolific forward line, Cabers appear to be slight favourites, however Fort’s third round win over Skye endorses their right to be in the final and a cracking contest looks on the cards.

With the exception of Glenurquhart and Lovat, all Marine Harvest Premiership teams are in action.

Heading up the top league listings is the second meeting in seven days at The Eilean of Newtonmore and Kyles Athletic.

With More showing last Saturday exactly why they should never be written off, the latest duel takes on greater significance as another win for P J MacKintosh’s side would close the gap on league leaders Kyles to just four points with eight games remaining for both teams.

A further meeting between the two would also give More another chance to get closer to Kyles, who have yet to lose in the league.

However, the manner in which the Argyll outfit were taken to task by More last week, dispels any notion that they are invincible.

More have every right to go in to this match with confidence and there certainly appears to be a strong desire in the Newtonmore camp to prove all their doubters wrong.

Kinlochshiel will certainly want to capitalise on any loss of points by Kyles by ensuring there are no slip-ups when basement battlers Glasgow Mid Argyll make the trip to Kirkton.

Shiel seem to have got over a blip that saw three points dropped unexpectedly in quick succession to Glenurquhart and Lochaber, and have won their last three league fixtures.

A Shiel win could leave Johnston Gill’s charges top of the table on their own right and it is almost unimaginable to think that Shiel will lose out to their relegation-threatened opponents.

Lochaber and Kilmallie, the teams that sit level on points with Glasgow Mid Argyll also face tough away fixtures.

Lochaber make their way to The Dell where third-placed Kingussie are their hosts.

The Aird derby between Beauly and Strathglass at Braeview Park is the only fixture scheduled in the Marine Harvest National Division where these neighbouring teams meet on league business at senior team level for the first time since 2013.

After a bright start, Strath have just taken just one point from their last five games and now need to consolidate their position in the table.

Beauly, in fifth place, hold a two-point advantage over Strath, who will be keen to eradicate this and open up a five-point gap on basement team Inverness.

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