The weekend is almost upon us and to get excited for the action, we chose 3 of the games we are looking forward to most for a short preview

Artemis Macaulay Cup

Kilmallie vs Lovat

In an opening day repeat, Lovat will travel to Kilmallie in the 1st Round of the Artemis Macaulay Cup. Lovat have had a great start to 2022 and are fast becoming dark horses in the MOWI Premiership, add that to a potential MacTavish Cup Semi-Final and it is shaping up to be a good season for the Kiltarlity outfit. Kilmallie will of course set out to halt that momentum and at Canal Parks and if they can stop front three Matheson, Heath & MacLaughlin they have every chance. Albeit, that is an easier said than done task and Lovat are rocking up having not conceded in 4 games.

In the cup though anything can happen and for Kilmallie wins against Lovat in the cup competitions over the next couple of weeks could really kickstart their season. Over 18 players have made their debut for Kilmallie 1st team over the past 12 months and if the youth are able to click with the experience that is dotted about the team then they have every chance of a result.

MKM Building Supplies (Oban) Bullough Cup

Inveraray vs Kyles Athletic

Bullough Cup holders Kyles Athletic will travel to the Winterton this evening (7pm) to take on a lower division Inveraray side. Inveraray have had a mixed start to their MOWI South Division 2 campaign currently sitting 2nd with 3 wins and 2 losses, they will be hopeful that Euan Donnan can add to his 4 goals this season as they try and edge their way past the holders.

Kyles Athletic won the Bullough in dramatic fashion last year with a penalty shootout victory after a 3-3 draw with Lochside Rovers. It has been a tough start to the season for the Tighnabruiach outfit this time round though with their only win of the campaign coming on the opening day of the season at home to Tayforth. They will be keen to put that all aside though as they look to mount a defence of the Bullough Cup.

MOWI National Division

Glenurquhart vs Strathglass

Glen welcome local rivals Strathglass to Blairbeg on Saturday at 3pm knowing that a win will push them away from the Cannich side and propel them towards the top of the table. With this being the only match in the division this week, owing to the Macaulay Cup 1st Round, Glen could move into 2nd place with a win. A Strathglass win would mean they leapfrog Glen into midtable comfort and a gap would begin to form between them and the relegation zone.

Despite scoring 5 goals less than Glen, Strathglass actually have a worse goal difference due to conceding 10 goals in 4 games, the Cannich outfit will hope that their forwards can find the same kind of form that saw them put 9 past Oban Celtic.

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