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Kingussie win Badenoch derby

Newtonmore’s Ewan Fraser jumps out of the way as Kingussie’s Alexander Michie and Newtonmore’s Evan Menzies start swinging.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

KINGUSSIE won their first Badenoch derby since 2014, Kyles Athletic missed the chance to close the gap on Marine Harvest Premiership leaders Kinlochshiel and Oban Celtic stay top of the Marine Harvest National Division following the shinty action on Saturday March 24.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Newtonmore 0

Kingussie 1

The first Badenoch derby of the season took place at The Eilan where Kingussie upset the odds to win 1-0.

Newtonmore’s Glen MacKintosh was back in the starting line-up after missing his side’s opening league fixture win against Oban Camanachd through suspension. He started in attack with Evan Menzies, Fraser MacKintosh and Ewen Fraser. Steven MacDonald remained out. Paul MacArthur, Neil Stewart and Iain Robinson made up a strong bench.

Kingussie were still without the injured Fraser Munro. Captain Rory MacGregor was unavailable as was Calum Grant and injury ruled out Lee Bain. Louis Munro and Sandy Elrick returned to the side though with the former at full forward and the latter starting on the bench. James Hutchison, who came on as a substitute against Glenurquhart a week earlier, took his place at full centre.

The only goal of the game came on 12 minutes. Rory MacKeachan played a free hit out of defence, down the Kingussie right flank. Roddy Young gathered the ball and found James Falconer with a good pass. Falconer turned and his shot was saved by Kenny Ross in the Newtonmore goals but wing centre Savio Genini had made a great run forward and he got to the rebound ahead of Drew MacDonald to tuck the ball home from close range.

The young Kingussie defence of Robert Mabon, Rory MacKeachan, Kieran MacPherson and Alexander Michie stood up well to the challenge of the more physical Newtonmore forward line. Kingussie keeper Craig Dawson had several saves to make and he always looked in control.

It was Kingussie’s first win in this fixture since August 1 2014 when they won 3-2 in the first of the televised Friday evening games.

Andy MacKintosh was one of the few Newtonmore players to gain passmarks and PJ MacKintosh’s side will look to bounce back in this weekend’s cottages. com MacTavish Cup first round, a repeat of last year’s final when Newtonmore came out on top.

Lovat 1

Kyles Athletic 0

Kyles Athletic missed the opportunity to close the gap on Kinlochshiel at the top of the table when they lost 1-0 against Lovat at Balgate.

Lovat keeper Stuart MacDonald making another save watched by teammate Daniel Grieve and Kyles Athletic’s Dunky Kerr.
Photograph: Donald Cameron.
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