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Camanachd Cup semi-final draw throws up interesting pairings

NEWTONMORE, Oban Camanachd, Lovat and Skye Camanachd reached the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-finals following the shinty action last Saturday.

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – quarter finals

Newtonmore 4

Kyles Athletic 1

The tie of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-finals was the meeting between Newtonmore and Kyles Athletic at The Eilan.

Newtonmore’s Steven Mac- Donald returned from suspension and Michael Russell, who had targeted this game as his return from a broken finger, played at full centre with a protective glove on his hand. Paul MacArthur, Drew MacDonald and Jamie Robinson were all out injured but Andy MacKintosh was back in Paul John MacKintosh’s side.

Kyles Roddy MacDonald started after missing the previous week’s win over Glasgow Mid Argyll with a shoulder injury. There was also a place for Grant Irvine who has been nursing a hamstring problem but Innes MacDonald and Cammy Keith were injured and Scott Mac- Donald didn’t travel. Boss James Perlich fielded Donald Irvine at wing back and Thomas Whyte at full centre.

Evan Menzies made the breakthrough on 30 minutes. Iain Robinson cut in from the right before leaving the ball for Menzies whose 25-yard strike beat Kyles Athletic keeper John Whyte at his left side.

Kyles introduced David Zavaroni at full centre shortly after.

Despite Newtonmore’s dominance, they only had one goal to show for their first half efforts. The visitors did create chances but Norman Campbell in the home goal was equal to their efforts.

Glen MacKintosh made it 2-0 on 49 minutes. David MacLean played in a corner from the right and when the ball dropped for MacKintosh in front of goal, he needed no second invitation to lash the ball high into the net past a helpless keeper.

Steven MacDonald’s long hitting out of defence was a feature of Newtonmore’s play and he turned defence into attack on 58 minutes. MacDonald’s high ball forward was misjudged by Callum Miller and Iain Robinson raced in on goal, executing a composed finish.

Kyles Athletic’s Andrew King shields the ball from Newtonmore’s Iain Robinson during the Camanachd Cup tie at the Eilan last weekend. The home side won 4-1.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Kyles lost Roddy MacDonald with a recurrence of his shoulder injury midway through the second half. They pulled a goal back on 71 minutes through Grant Irvine, who took a touch to control the ball before scoring from 20 yards out after the Newtonmore defence failed to clear Robbie MacLeod’s shy from the left.

Ominously for Kyles, Grant Irvine limped off with what looked like a hamstring pull with five minutes to go.

Glen MacKintosh rounded off the 4-1 win four minutes into stoppage time. MacKintosh beat his marker to run in on goal. Keeper John Whyte looked set to clear the danger but the Scotland forward didn’t give up, winning the ball back and rolling it over the line from close in.

Rory Kennedy and Steven MacDonald were good at the back for Newtonmore but Michael Russell was their star performer, dominating the middle of the park and covering every blade of grass. Defender Andrew King was best for Kyles.

Newtonmore’s three goal scorers: Glen Mackintosh, Iain Robinson and Evan Macrae. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

In the end, Newtonmore turned in their best performance of the season when it mattered most.

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