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Derby win sees Newtonmore take another step towards league title

Marine Harvest Premiership

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Newtonmore 4 Newtonmore took another step towards a seventh successive Marine Harvest Premiership title when they saw off a determined Kingussie side to win 4-1 in their 6pm throw up at the Dell.

This derby match was brought forward to Friday August 5 so it could be covered live by BBC Alba.

The pitch was in superb condition, although the pre-match rain left the surface a bit greasy. That didn’t concern the usual large crowd which gathered to support their favourites in this battle between the fiercest of shinty rivals.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw up as the clubs remembered the recent passing of two of their legends from days gone by – Kingussie’s Evan Cattanach and Johnny Campbell of Newtonmore.

Newtonmore made a bright start. A pass from Glen MacKintosh from wide on the left found Paul MacArthur who had cut infield but his effort was blocked.

Play switched to the other end and Savio Genini was just unable to reach a James Hutchison ball from the right.

Newtonmore worked a short corner on the right. Jamie Robinson touched the ball to Neil Stewart who cut the ball back but Kingussie keeper Craig Dawson did enough to deflect Fraser MacKintosh’s shot away for a corner.

A neat Kingussie free-hit saw Savio Genini find James Falconer in a good position at the edge of the ‘D’ but he missed his first hit and then pulled the ball wide of Owen Fraser’s right post.

With chances being created at both ends, it wasn’t going to be long before the deadlock was broken and it was the league leaders who went in front on 16 minutes. Norman Campbell gathered possession in midfield and found Neil Stewart who swept the ball on to Glen MacKintosh. The Scotland forward fought for possession with Lee Bain just outside the ‘D’ before turning and thumping the ball high into the net to make it 1-0.

Glen MacKintosh took a deft touch to control the ball before shooting from the right but Craig Dawson saved well with his feet before playing the ball out for a corner on the ’More right.

The sheer size and strength of the Newtonmore defence against their opposite numbers was obvious but Kingussie kept the ball moving along the ground and got their reward on 27 minutes with a well-worked goal. Louis Munro broke up a visiting attack before sending the ball down the Kingussie left.

James Hutchison held the ball wide by the touchline before playing it infield to Savio Genini who flicked the ball onto James Falconer.

The ball seemed to stick on the surface but Falconer kept his cool as he took a couple of touches before beating the keeper low at his left post to make it 1-1.

Kingussie were only able to maintain parity for a couple of minutes. Good play from Neil Stewart took the ball across goal. Paul MacArthur drove the ball in low towards goal and Evan Menzies took a touch at the edge of the ‘D’ before turning and beating the keeper low at his right side to make it 2-1.It was a deadly finish and it demonstrated why Menzies is Newtonmore’s top marksman so far this season.

A hand injury forced ‘More defender Craig Richie off the field on 32 minutes and Andy MacKintosh was introduced earlier than he might have expected.

Newtonmore came close when Glen MacKintosh flicked the ball between his legs to Fraser MacKintosh who held off his marker but tugged the ball wide of goal.

’More seemed to be finding it hard to pin down James

Falconer and the youngster again found space before the break. Robert Mabon started the move by winning the ball in his own half before picking out James Hutchison on the left wing. Hutchison played the ball to Savio Genini and his first-time pass set up a great chance for an unmarked James Falconer in front of goal. But he hit his shot at keeper Fraser who did well to stop the ball with his feet and keep it out of his net.

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