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Kyles Athletic win Macaulay Cup

KYLES Athletic lifted the Artemis Macaulay Cup, Kinlochshiel returned to the top of the Marine Harvest Premiership whilst Skye Camanachd maintain their advantage at the top of the Marine Harvest National Division following the shinty action on Saturday August 19 2017.

Artemis Macaulay Cup final

Kyles Athletic 7

Newtonmore 4

Kyles Athletic added the Artemis Macaulay Cup to the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup won earlier in the season after beating Newtonmore 7-4 in their 2pm throw up at Mossfield.

Kyles Athletic manager James Perlich switched Donald Irvine to full back after Callum Miller was ruled out with a broken foot sustained in the previous week’s league win over Glenurquhart.

However, the match came too soon for the injured Innes Mac- Donald, although he was listed as a substitute. Thomas Whyte started at full centre.

Newtonmore manager Paul John MacKintosh was still minus injured pair Drew MacDonald and Chris Sellar and captain Rory Kennedy’s ankle ligament injury suffered against Glasgow Mid Argyll was a blow for both the club and the player. Steven MacDonald started at full back. Evan Menzies featured in attack but he will miss this coming Saturday’s Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final against Skye Camanachd as his booking against GMA took him over the disciplinary points threshold.

The match was broadcast live on BBC2 Scotland and the acclaimed Oban High School Pipe band led both teams and the officials on to the pitch.

Despite heavy rain in Oban during the week, Mossfield groundsman Iain Hay and his team had the field in good condition and Macaulay president David Thompson and Roddy MacCuish from Argyll and Bute Council were introduced to the players and officials.

The rain eased ahead of throw up and Kyles won the toss so started with the wind in their favour.

Three goals in the opening 12 minutes was a sign of what was to come.

Colin MacDonald gave Kyles the lead after just three minutes.

Grant Irvine took a Robbie MacLeod free-hit and was allowed to run at the Newtonmore defence and, with ’More trying to clear, the ball broke to Colin MacDonald at the edge of the D and his shot bobbled low into the corner of the net, beating keeper Norman Campbell on his right side.

Newtonmore levelled on eight minutes. Michael Russell sent a long ball forward, while Kyles Athletic keeper John Whyte came off his line but missed his hit at the edge of the D and then lost his footing which allowed Glen MacKintosh to run in and he was rewarded for great anticipation as he gleefully rolled the ball into the unguarded goal.

Kyles regained the lead four minutes later. Gordon Whyte played a one-two with Grant Irvine as he broke up the right and his ball into the middle fell to Colin MacDonald, who saw an initial effort blocked by Norman Campbell before he volleyed the rebound into the net from inside the D. Kyles led 2-1 and the Newtonmore defence looked vulnerable as it adjusted to cope with the absence of influential full back Rory Kennedy.

The rain returned and Colin MacDonald, who was now on a hat-trick, turned and shot past the keeper’s right post.

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