Drumnadrochit was the destination for Kyles this weekend as they looked to make it two wins out of two in the Orion Group Premier League.
On a bitterly cold day, Glenurquhart stood between Kyles and the two points they were after. Kyles started very well and their strong running and good hitting saw them completely dominate the first twenty minutes. Glenurquhart however were slowly getting into the game but great work from Zac, Sandy ‘full metal jacket’ Macvicar, Callum ‘Candy’ Miller and The Doctor saw Kennys participation kept to a minimum.
The frozen spectators were looking for a goal to warm them up and on Twenty eight minutes Kyles duly obliged, again it was that man Roddy Macdonald who after some fine work by his fellow forwards, was on hand to flick the ball past the on rushing Glen keeper.
Roddy was in the thick of the action again minutes later, as Roddy tried to play the ball the advancing Glen player rushed in unprotected on the wrong side, the inevitable happened and he had to leave the field with blood pouring from a head wound. Roddy himself had to leave the field only minutes later when a high swing saw him take a sore one to the face. His replacement was last years Camanachd Cup winning captain Andrew King, himself making a welcome return from injury.
Half time: Glenurquhart 0 Kyles Athletic 1
The second half was’nt long underway when Sandy Macvicar, himself coming back from injury had to leave the field to be replaced by young Cammy Keith. Cammy did his future prospects no harm at all with some good solid play and strong hitting.
In truth the Shinty in the second half was nowhere near as good as the first, with the game becoming a little scrappy, but with Kyles having to shift the team about quite a lot that was to be expected.
Kyles continued to battle for every ball and matched The Glens physical play man for man.
With fifteen minutes to go Roddy Macdonald came back into the fray, this gave the Glen defence something extra to consider as they went all out for an equaliser. That equaliser didn’t really look like coming and Kyles saw the game out comfortably to record a good away victory against a strong skilful Glenurquhart team.There was even time for a guest appearance from second team player manager ‘Dunder ‘ who was unfortunate not to find the net and seal the win.
As a final note it was good to see the referee remain strong despite people who should maybe know better encroaching onto the pitch to remonstrate with him.