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New­ton­more 3 Kin­lochshiel 2

Newly- crowned RBS Mac­Tavish Cup win­ners New­ton­more re­turned to the top of shinty’s premier league af­ter beat­ing Kin­lochshiel 3-2 at the Ei­lan.

The sides went into the match oc­cu­py­ing the top two spots in in the di­vi­sion with ’Shiel two points bet­ter off.

Conor Jones gave New­ton­more the lead on 15 min­utes when, with his back to goal just out­side the ‘ D’, he turned to see his snap­shot find­ing its way to the back of the net to make it 1- 0.

New­ton­more en­joyed a lot of early pres­sure and when the ball broke out fol­low­ing an­other good at­tack, Evan Men­zies found space away from marker Conor Cor­mack and hit home a nice drive from around 25 yards to make it 2- 0.

Kin­lochshiel came back into the game and pulled a goal back on 27 min­utes when Oliver MacRae sent a pass across goal and Keith MacRae hit the ball on the half vol­ley, hard into the net to make it 2-1.

New­ton­more re­stored their two-goal cush­ion on 58 min­utes when Norman Camp­bell scored a well-taken and ul­ti­mately cru­cial third goal.

Camp­bell got round ’Shiel full back Paul MacRae and his half­swing from the edge of the ‘D’ sent the ball into the top cor­ner of the net to make it 3-1.

New­ton­more had chances to add a fourth goal and seal the win but ‘ Shiel bat­tled well, as they do, and got a goal back on 76 min­utes when Keith MacRae fired in a hard, low shot from just past the penalty spot. Whilst ’More keeper Owen got his feet to the ball, he couldn’t keep it out of the net.

This made for a less com­fort­able last 15 min­utes for New­ton­more but they did just enough to de­serve both points and will hope the re­turn of Glen MacK­in­tosh, Iain Robin­son and Chris Sel­lar next week will give them plenty op­tions ahead of the Artemis Ma­caulay Cup meet­ing with Lo­vat.

Kin­lochshiel put a lot into the game and there was dis­ap­point­ment in their camp that they didn’t take any­thing from the en­counter.

New­ton­more lead Kin­lochshiel and Oban Ca­manachd on goal dif­fer­ence but they have games in hand on their op­po­nents.

Oban Ca­manachd 2 Glenurquhart 0

Oban Ca­manachd share top spot in the Premier League af­ter an im­pres­sive win over Glenurquhart. The home side had a full squad to choose from with Scott McKil­lop and Daniel MacVicar back in the start­ing line-up.

Moss­field was in per­fect con­di­tion and it was the home side, as­sisted by a stiff breeze, that be­gan pos­i­tively tak­ing the lead af­ter 15 min­utes through the im­pres­sive Lorne Dickie with a won­der strike from 20 yards. With most of the play, Ca­manachd were look­ing to in­crease their lead and the ‘Glen’ had keeper Stu­art Mac­In­tosh to thank for a string of fine saves. Ca­manachd were not to be de­nied though and af­ter fine link-up play be­tween Daniel Cameron, Con­nor Howe and Mal­colm Clark, Daniel MacVicar’s neat fin­ish made it 2- 0 to the home side.

Ten min­utes from half-time, the vis­i­tors re­sponded and only a bril­liant save from Gavin Sto­b­bart pre­vented them from re­duc­ing the lead on the stroke of half-time as ref­eree Graham Cameron sig­nalled for end of the first half

Glenurquhart, with wind ad­van­tage, be­gan the sec­ond half well as Ca­manachd took time to set­tle. Grad­u­ally the home side took con­trol in mid­field with David Laf­ferty, Lorne Dickie and Ai­dan MacIntyre now gain­ing the up­per hand.

Again it took a se­ries of fine saves by the ‘Glen’ keeper to pre­vent Ca­manachd adding to their lead. With the game draw­ing to a close, the vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to take the game to Ca­manachd but found the de­fen­sive unit of Garry Lord, Gary McKer­racher, James MacMil­lan and Scott McKil­lop in good form.

Any­thing that did get past them was ably dealt with by home keeper Gavin Sto­b­bart.

Team man­ager Ian Hay rang the changes in the last quar­ter bring­ing on Wil­lie Neil­son, Ian Camp­bell and An­drew ‘Papa’ MacCuish.

There was no fur­ther scor­ing which meant Ca­manachd bagged two more valu­able points in the quest for league suc­cess.

Ian Hay said: ‘This was a bet­ter per­for­mance from the team, es­pe­cially the good start which was im­por­tant against an ex­pe­ri­enced Glenurquhart side and that laid the foun­da­tions for the win. Next week we travel to play Lochaber at Spean Bridge with a 12.30pm throw-up where we hope to con­tinue our good run of form in the league.’

Kyles Ath­letic 5 Lo­vat 0

Kyles Ath­letic leap-frogged Lo­vat into fourth spot in the league af­ter they beat the Bal­gate side 5- 0 in their 3pm throw up at Tighnabru­aich.

The pitch was in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion on a bright, sunny day and Kyles went in front af­ter just two min­utes.

Innes Mac­Don­ald touched the ball grace­fully past his marker and then shifted it to the left of the other full back. His half-swing from the edge of the ‘D’ sent the ball soar­ing into the top cor­ner of the net. Gor­don Whyte made it 2- 0 on 10 min­utes be­fore Sandy MacKen­zie dou­bled the home side’s ad­van­tage with strikes on 25 and 32 min­utes.

Rob­bie MacLeod made it 5- 0 on 41 min­utes.

There were no goals in the sec­ond half which was likely due to a com­bi­na­tion of Lo­vat dig­ging in and Kyles hav­ing one eye on next week’s Gre­gor Cameron Con­sul­tancy Glas­gow Celtic So­ci­ety Cup Fi­nal.

Innes Mac­Don­ald was with­drawn af­ter feel­ing his leg tighten.

This was a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure with this com­ing Satur­day’s cup fi­nal meet­ing with In­ver­aray, who didn’t have a fix­ture last Satur­day, in mind. Lochaber 2 Kin­gussie 4 It was a fourth meet­ing this year be­tween Lochaber and Kin­gussie

fter a draw and two de­feats, Kin­gussie recorded their first vic­tory with a 4-2 tri­umph in the 3pm throw up at Spean Bridge.

Savio Genini put the ‘Kings’ ahead on 16 min­utes but Kevin Fer­gu­son made it 1-1 a cou­ple of min­utes later.

Ben De­laney put Lochaber ahead just five min­utes be­fore the break and it re­mained that way un­til the fi­nal 16 min­utes of the con­test.

Savio Genini got his sec­ond on 74 min­utes to make it 2-2. James Hutchi­son on 83 min­utes and a hat-trick goal from Savio Genini made it 4-2 two min­utes later.

Sixth-placed Kin­gussie are now four points ahead of sev­enth-placed Lochaber, with both clubs hav­ing played ten matches.

Photo: Neil Paterson

Beauly’s Ewen Camp­bell tries to block the swing of Kil­mallie’s Liam Mac­don­ald.

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