Oban Camanachd and Kingussie face off in the Artemis Macaulay Cup Final this Saturday at Mossfield, Oban.

Read the below stats to get warmed up for the big fixture!

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Oban Camanachd are scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game and conceding an average of 1.15 goals per game. Their best scoring games came against MOWI National sides Inveraray and Lochaber who they beat 9-0 on both occasions. 

Kingussie are scoring an average of 3.57 goals per game and conceding an average of 0.91 goals per game. Kingussie’s biggest margin of victory came at Canal Parks where they defeated Kilmallie 12-0. 

Dangerous throughout

The stats show that Camanachd are more than capable of scoring right throughout the match - although the final third is marginally their most dangerous period with 40% of their goals coming in the last 30 minutes.

Strong opening to the second

Oban Camanachd have only conceded 1 goal between 45-60 all season, if they can stop Kingussie in the first half, there could be some very squeaky Badenoch bums going into the final 30!

Wearing the opposition down

This season, Kingussie have more often than not been in control of possession (and the match) for the majority of the time, this could explain why they are most potent in the final 15 minutes of each half as their opposition's mental and physical condition deteriates from having to defend and focus for so long.

Second half hangover?

Kingusie concede 62% of their goals in the second period, including one against Oban last week in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final, if Camanachd can keep it tight moving into the second we could see Kings usurped.

Rowdy Roddy Young

22 year old Roddy Young is far and away Kingussie's (and shinty's) top scorer this season with 29 goals so far this campaign including 5 consecutive hat-tricks (6 if you count the double hat-trick against Kilmallie!).

Madej leads tight Camanachd scoring charts

Daniel Madej has hit an impressive 13 goals this season, with Howe, MacVicar and U17 International Louie MacFarlane in hot pursuit - sharing the goals around the team is no bad thing and gives Camanachd a 4 prong attack with which to harm the holders.

Kingussie Road to the Final

4-0 v Fort William (H)

4-1 v Caberfeidh (A)
1-0 v Lovat (N)

Oban Camanachd Road to the Final

4-1 v GMA (H)

9-0 v Inveraray (A)
3-1 v Kyles Athletic (N)
The Gaffer

Oban Camanachd - Gareth Evans

Gareth followed in his father Nigel’s footsteps when he took over as Oban Camanachd Manager this year, stepping up from Lochside Rovers who he spent six years in charge of, winning the Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup and MOWI South Division 1 during that time. It was Evans who promoted 9 goal MacFarlane from Rovers to Camanachd and his keen eye for youth progression should help the young stars at Oban to thrive.

Read Gareth’s Interview with the Camanachd Association ahead of last week’s Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Semi-Final here.

The Gaffer

Kingussie - John Gibson

2019 MOWI Manager of the Year, John Gibson has already led Kingussie to the cottage.com MacTavish Cup and now has this weekend’s Artemis Macaulay Cup Final as well as a Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final to look forward to – not to mention the small(!) matter of the MOWI Premiership title race which Kingussie lead by 5 points as things stand. A lot of pressure no doubt but, on the bright side, Kings are just 5 games away from winning a Grand Slam for the first time since 2003. That, would represent the culmination of John’s hard work at a club that was in a relegation playoff just 5 MOWI Premiership campaigns ago.

You can read John’s interview with the Camanachd Association before last week’s Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Semi here.

Want more?

Check out last week’s episode of the Half-Swing Shinty podcast to find out what Cammy and Aarron think about the two team’s season so far!