Published: 29/06/2017 10:00 - Updated: 29/06/2017 11:40

Dynamic duo meet as Kinlochshiel target title

shintyTHE high noon meeting of Kinlochshiel and Lovat at Kirkton is the Marine Harvest Premiership match of the day on Saturday and should be a highly entertaining encounter between two dynamic teams.

Lovat are in fine form with just two losses in their last 10 league and cup matches and, should they continue this with another win, can go level on points with second-placed Kinlochshiel.

A win over Kingussie on Saturday ended a barren spell for Shiel after five games without a victory.

Shiel reach the halfway point in their programme with this fixture and with just three points dropped to date, are targeting a first Premiership title.

Glasgow Mid Argyll face Premiership leaders Kyles Athletic at Peterson Park in what is a crucial fixture for both teams.

Kyles are undefeated this year and are in an excellent situation to go on and take their first title.

While they will be strong favourites to add a further two points to their tally, GMA will be intent on taking something to assist their bid for top-flight survival.

GMA sit in eighth place on five points, however their five defeats have all being narrow losses so their visitors will not be taking them lightly.

Lochaber, after six matches without a point, have taken five points from their last three league fixtures to enhance their chances of avoiding the drop.

Ally Ferguson's men came a bit unstuck last week against Lovat in the MacAulay Cup, however will be hoping that they can make it four games without defeat when Oban Camanachd visit Spean Bridge.

Glenurquhart, with just three points from their last five fixtures, have been up and down this season – as have Newtonmore. These two teams meet at Drumnadrochit where More will be anxious to take the points to keep alive their fading hopes of an eighth successive Premiership.

After drawing 1-1 in the league at Drumnadrochit in March, More defeated Glen 3-1 to book a place in the MacTavish Cup final. Another close clash could be the order of the day.

Fort William will be bidding to reach their first Balliemore Cup final when they take on Inveraray at Taynuilt.

Because of their status as a top-flight team since the late 1980s, Fort's participation in this competition has been limited to just the current season.

Their previous semi-final appearance came in 1986 when they went down 3-1 to eventual winners Strathglass.

Aray have also spent a long time in the top league, with their only success in this tournament coming in 2001 when they defeated Ballachulish 6-1 in the final.

Both teams are competing for the two National Division promotion places to get themselves back in to the top league, however they have yet to face each other this season.

In the Marine Harvest National Division, leaders Caberfeidh have home advantage over Inverness, the team at the opposite end of the table.

The odds are certainly stacked against Inverness, having lost to Cabers three times already this season, conceding 20 goals with just two scored.

Fellow title contenders Skye face Strathglass for the third time this season, with the islanders aiming to make it a hat-trick of victories after winning 4-1 at Cannich in the league before a 3-1 Balliemore Cup second round win a week later.

There will be plenty Green and White on show at Braeview Park in the remaining National Division fixture between Beauly and Oban Celtic.

Although lying second bottom of the table, the visitors have performed admirably since their promotion from South Division One and could prove a handful for Beauly.

It's semi-final day in the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup with Glenurquhart flying the flag for the Inverness area against South Division One title hopefuls Lochside Rovers at Ballachulish.

In the other semi, Kingussie won the toss to host their derby clash with hotly-fancied Newtonmore at The Dell.

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