Macau­lay Cup

Match re­port and photos from the 2015 fi­nal

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

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.’

Photo: Kevin McG­lynn

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

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