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Macaulay Cup exit for Newtonmore

Kinlochshiel’s Jordan Fraser and Newtonmore’s Andy MacKintosh on the ground after a tackle during their Artemis Macaulay Cup tie. Kinlochshiel came out on top by the odd goal in three.
Photograph: Donald Cameron.

BALLACHULISH, Glenurquhart, Kingussie, Kinlochshiel, Kyles Athletic, Lovat, Oban Camanachd and Oban Celtic made it through to the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter finals, whilst Beauly made Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup progress following the shinty action on Saturday May 5.

Artemis Macaulay Cup – firstround

Kinlochshiel 2

Newtonmore 1

Newtonmore, beaten by Kyles Athletic in last year’s final, have been knocked out of this year’s competition, going down 2-1 to Kinlochshiel at Braeview Park. The match was switched from Kirkton which was ruled unplayable on Friday morning.

Kinlochshiel were unchanged from the side which drew with Oban Camanachd a week earlier and their bench was made up of Paul MacRae, Scott MacLean, Duncan WD MacRae and Duncan Matheson.

Newtonmore’s Evan Menzies was free of a two-match ban and started in attack. Norman Campbell also returned and joined Ewen Fraser and Conor Jones on the bench. Stuart Mitchell retained his place in defence, however, Jamie Robinson, Paul MacArthur and Craig Ritchie were missing.

Newtonmore won the toss and, with a strong wind behind them in the first half, got off to the best possible start. Newtonmore were awarded a free hit on the right hand side of the forward line when David Falconer impeded Evan Menzies. Glen MacKintosh hovered over the ball before spotting Drew Mac- Donald peeling away from his marker. He found MacDonald on the left who ran towards goal before slotting a bouncing shot past Scott Kennedy to make it 1-0.

On 21 minutes, Neil Stewart hit a speculative lob and, with the wind behind the shot, the ball almost caught out Scott Kennedy and he was thankful to see the ball go past for a goal-hit.

The wind was causing problems for both teams and the ball was being over-hit on a number of occasions by Newtonmore. Glen MacKintosh almost put Newtonmore further ahead with a shot that hit the side-netting. Kinlochshiel drew level on 34 minutes. Referee John Angus Gillies penalised David MacLean for a push in the back on Keith MacRae. Conor Cormack floated a perfect free-hit from the left wing into the heart of the Newtonmore defence where the ball fell kindly for Keith MacRae who drilled a shot past Kenny Ross to make it 1-1 at the break.

Kinlochshiel had the wind advantage in the second half and immediately pressed the Newtonmore defence. Ali Nixon found John MacRae on the Kinlochshiel right and his shot just went by the right-hand post.

The west coast side went in front for the first time on 54 minutes. Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae took a shy from the left, finding Jordan Fraser in the penalty area. Fraser’s shot was saved with his feet by Kenny Ross but the keeper couldn’t get the ball away and Ali Nixon darted into the box and tapped the ball over the line to make it 2-1.

Kinlochshiel mounted more pressure on the Newtonmore defence and a long ball forward from Oliver MacRae, who by this time had swapped midfield positions with Donald Nixon, found Keith MacRae on the Kinlochshiel left, but his shot went wide of the post.

Newtonmore could have levelled on 70 minutes. Fraser Macintosh sent the ball into the Kinlochshiel defence. Glen MacKintosh turned his marker and played an inch-perfect ball to Iain Robinson who had the goal at his mercy from inside the ‘D’. But Robinson’s strike flew high over the bar.

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