Match report and photos from the 2015 final
NEWTONMORE made it two-in-a-row on Saturday, retaining the Artemis Macaulay Cup against Inveraray at Mossfield.
The win put a piece of silverware in the Newtonmore’s trophy cabinet, after the disappointment of last week’s Camanachd Cup semi-final loss to Kyles.
Evan Menzies shot the Premiership leaders into the lead in the ninth minute, following a majority of the play for P J Mackintosh’s side.
Steven MacDonald added a brace, putting Newtonmore firmly in the driving seat, and were it not for Graham ‘Toad’ MacPherson’s man- of-the-match display, and Newtonmore being twice denied by the woodwork, the score could well have been higher.
Inveraray, who never gave up, managed to pull a goal back in the 79th minute through Lewis MacNicol, which ended up being a consolation as Newtonmore held on to win their 11th Macaulay Cup.
Inveraray veteran, MacPherson, who has spent 29 years as his club’s first- choice keeper, announced his retirement after the game.
Newtonmore manager, P J Mackintosh said: ‘I thought we started very, very well. I thought the boys played nice, open shinty. Early doors we were dragging them all over the park. I was a wee bit disappointed going into the second half only three up - I felt we could have been five or six up.
‘Getting the third one on halftime probably let us down a bit for the second-half because we fell back, almost like we thought the game was over. You don’t intentionally think you’ve won the game, it’s just the mindset that when you’re three up, you don’t think you’ll throw away a three-goal lead.
‘ Nothing will avenge for last week; the Scottish Cup is the one everyone wants to win. But we won the Macaulay last year for the first time in 28 years, and we’re over the moon to win it again.’
Steven MacDonald, who scored a brace, said: ‘In the first-half, I thought we dominated, and in the second-half we thought the game was done and Inveraray were finished, but they came straight back at us a lot harder than we expected.
‘Their keeper had some unbelievable saves. I’d say he was man of the match, he was outstanding on the day.
‘Last week we were right down in the dumps. Now we can go on and hopefully get the league wrapped up. We’re always confident that we’ll win every game, but it’s so tight - every team’s taking points off each other.’
UP FOR THE CUP: Newtonmore captain, Cameron Binnie, lifts aloft the Macaulay Cup after his team had beaten Inveraray 3- 1 in the final held at Mossfield Stadium last Saturday. More photos on page 25