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- BY BILL McAL­LIS­TER Sports · Soccer · Glasgow · Football League First Division · Aberdeenshire · Aberdeen F.C. · Scotland · Newtonmore · Glasgow Mid Argyll · John Mackintosh · Luxembourg National Division

New­ton­more goal-grabber Ewen Fraser is leav­ing the Ca­manachd Cup hold­ers be­cause of his com­mit­ments as a trainee doc­tor, but could stay in the Premier­ship next sea­son with newly-pro­moted Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll.

The 24-year-old has se­cured a place­ment with a Glas­gow med­i­cal busi­ness.

New­ton­more man­ager Paul John Mack­in­tosh said: “He has been com­mut­ing to train and play but Ewen has in­di­cated that be­cause of his work sit­u­a­tion, and the trav­el­ling in­volved, he might miss one game out of ev­ery three.

“The lad has in­di­cated he will train at Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll and may well join them, where he could be an im­por­tant cap­ture.

“We’ve no com­plaints as we were only able to get Ewen be­cause he had a med­i­cal place­ment in the area and he’s done a great job for us.

“He’s been given a med­i­cal op­por­tu­nity in Glas­gow and it makes sense that he could con­tinue his shinty ca­reer there. We thank him for his ser­vice and wish him well.”

Fraser joined New­ton­more two years ago after winning the North First Di­vi­sion player of the year tro­phy with Aberdeen Univer­sity in 2017.

He had started off with Bole­sk­ine un­til leav­ing the area be­cause of his stud­ies.

He has won two MacTav­ish Cup win­ners’ medals, two Ca­manachd Cup medals and a 2018 Premier­ship win­ners’ medal in his time at the Ei­lan.

Mid Ar­gyll play­er­man­ager Mark Bain is hop­ing to clinch the sign­ing of Fraser as his newly-pro­moted team pre­pare for their Premier­ship re­turn.

He is also op­ti­mistic of land­ing an as yet un­named North player, who has been play­ing for a Na­tional Di­vi­sion club and is head­ing to Glas­gow to study.

Orston Gard­ner, favourite to suc­ceed Paul John Mack­in­tosh as first team man­ager at the club’s AGM next month, has steered New­ton­more colts’ youngest line-up in years to the North First Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

They had to beat bot­tom club Aberdeen Univer­sity by five goals at the Ei­lan in their fi­nal fix­ture to pip Glen­garry on goal dif­fer­ence. The re­sult was never in doubt and the in­ex­pe­ri­enced New­ton­more side ran out 7-0 win­ners to re­ceive the tro­phy.

The stu­dents put up brave re­sis­tance and lim­ited the home side to two first-half goals, Craig MacLeod hit­ting the opener and Glen Mack­in­tosh adding a sec­ond in 38 min­utes.

MacLeod struck again in 50 and 59 min­utes before com­plet­ing a fine per­sonal cam­paign with his fourth goal, and his team’s ti­tle-winning fifth, 20 min­utes from time.

Glen Mack­in­tosh then com­pleted his hat-trick in the last 10 min­utes.

Mack­in­tosh, who scored two goals in the Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal and was picked again for the Scot­land se­nior shinty-hurl­ing team only to with­draw through in­jury, has scored seven goals in three games for the sec­ond team.

 ??  ?? MORE THE MERRIER: The New­ton­more team with the North First Di­vi­sion tro­phy after an em­phatic win over Aberdeen Univer­sity at the Ei­lan
MORE THE MERRIER: The New­ton­more team with the North First Di­vi­sion tro­phy after an em­phatic win over Aberdeen Univer­sity at the Ei­lan
 ??  ?? Craig MacLeod lift­ing the North First Di­vi­sion tro­phy
Craig MacLeod lift­ing the North First Di­vi­sion tro­phy

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