Premiership promotion for the islanders
NEWTONMORE kept their place at the top of the Marine Harvest Premiership on Saturday with a convincing 4- 0 win away to Glenurquhart.
Goals from Glen Mackintosh and Norman Campbell gave Newtonmore a 2- 0 lead going into half-time. A Fraser Mackintosh goal on 70 minutes and Norman Campbell’s second of the game, 12 minutes from time, gave P J Mackintosh’s men the two points.
Only a point separates Newtonmore and second place Kyles, who have six and five games left to play, respectively, this season.
The teams meet in both sides’ second-last league fixture of the season, on October 31, in what could turn out to be a league decider.
Newtonmore’s next league tie is at home to Kingussie, on September 26, with a 2.30pm throw-up.
OBAN CAMANACHD took what could be a vital point against Kinlochshiel on Saturday.
Malcolm Clark scored with just three minutes left to play to give Camanachd a share of the points in the tie, held at Taynuilt.
Camanachd now sit
sec- ond-bottom, two points ahead of Inveraray, but with three games in hand over their Argyll rivals.
Iain Haye’s side have no game this Saturday, with the Camanachd Cup final on at Mossfield, where Oban Camanachd will next be in action, when they take on Lovat on September 26, with a 2.30pm throw-up. William. A quickfire start by the men in royal blue saw them race into a two goal lead within three minutes of Ron Kennedy’s first whistle, thanks to strikes from Roddy MacDonald and Grant Irvine.
Fort hit back with a brace scored by Gordie MacKinnon to level matters by half-time.
Kyles rounded off a useful away victory with two late goals. Grant Irvine fired home his second on 82 minutes before Dunky Kerr got in on the act with a goal of his own three minutes from time.
The result keeps the Kyles pressure on Newtonmore at the top of the table, with the Cowal side a point behind the league leaders - but Newtonmore have an important game in hand.
Camanachd Cup finalists LOVAT had no game last weekend and remain sixth in the premiership
KINGUSSIE recorded an impressie 4-1 home win over Inveraray at the Dell last Saturday. On target for the Kings were Ryan Borthwick with a double, Fraser Munro and Savio Genini. Fraser Watt netted Inveraray’s consolation goal.
INVERARAY KILMALLIE lost 4-2 to nearest rivals Skye in a pulsating game last Saturday. Liam MacDonald and John Stewart were the marksmen for the Caol outfit.
South Division One
GLENORCHY have a relegation battle on their hands after losing 6-1 on Saturday against Kyles Athletic’s second side.
Despite going into half-time all square at 1-1, Kyles managed to score five goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half, leaving Glenorchy bottom of the table on two points, but with three games in hand on second-bottom Kilmory, also on two points.
In Glenorchy’s next two fixtures, the two teams will face each other two weeks in a row, starting with a league game on September 26, at MacRae Park, then the following week in Dalmally, both with 2.30pm throw-ups.
LOCHSIDE ROVERS had no game on Saturday, after opponents Strachur failed to field a team.
This Saturday, Rovers are in action against Inveraray at Ganavan, with an early throw-up time of 11.30am, in time for the Camanachd Cup final at Mossfield.
OBAN CELTIC have no game this weekend, with the Scottish Cup final at Mossfield dominating the fixture list.
The green and whites managed a 2- 0 on Saturday against Kilmory at Ganavan, with Lee Askew putting Davie Hamilton’s side ahead in the 8th minute, and sealing the win with another strike on the hour mark.
Hamilton said that, while the points were welcomed, he felt the side didn’t play as well as they could in the second half, and still lacked a reliable goalscorer.
The South Division one is now a four-horse race, with Lochside Rovers, Inveraray, Oban and Bute all within two points of each other. Celtic will face Bute on September 26 at the Meadows, with a 3pm throw-up.
TAYNUILT 6-1 home victory over league strugglers, Glenorchy. The visitors held Kyles to 1-1 at half-time, but the home side pulled away with five second-half goals to allow Kyles to leapfrog Taynuilt into sixth place in the league. Glenorchy remain bottom of south division one.
PROMOTED: Skye won promotion to the Marine Harvest premiership after a 4-2 win over nearest challengers Kilmallie last Saturday
STRETCHING: Fort William’s Ewan Campbell stretches for the ball closely watched by Cammy Keith of Kyles Athletic during their Marine Harvest Premiership match at An Aird. The men from Tighnabruaich ran out 5-2 winners