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Kilmallie champions of shinty’s National Division

Kilmallie won the National Division after a 2-0 win over Glasgow Mid Argyll last Saturday. The Lochaber side haven’t lost a league game this season and they will be hoping to keep that record intact when they take on Beauly at home this Saturday in the final league game of the season.
Photo: Kilmallie Shinty Club

ONLY eight senior shinty fixtures beat the wet weather last Saturday but Kilmallie won the Marine Harvest National Division, Aberdeen University clinched the Marine Harvest North Division 2 title and Tayforth won Marine Harvest South Division 2 following the shinty action on Saturday September 24.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Newtonmore: 4

Oban Camanachd: 1

Oban Camanachd and Newton-more were scheduled to meet in a 1pm throw up at Mossfield. But Mossfield was ruled unplayable and the game was switched to the Eilan with a 3.30pm throw-up.

The sides had met in the Camanachd Cup final a week earlier when Newtonmore took the honours with a 1-0 victory. The home side made just one change to their starting line-up as forward Neil Stewart was out after suffering a dislocated knee in that game. Fraser MacKintosh started in his place, with Chris Sellar coming onto the bench. Paul MacArthur was free to play but will miss this Saturday’s league trip to Kirkton to play Kinlochshiel through suspension.

Oban Camanachd defender Scott MacKillop was also free to play but, like MacArthur, his booking in the Camanachd Cup final results in a one game ban and he will sit out this weekend’s trip to Balgate to face Lovat. Scotland U17 player Ross MacMillan was given a start in defence with James MacMillan pushed into midfield.

The Oban side started well and could have been in the lead had chances been converted, even without international player Daniel Cameron in the visiting line-up.

It was Newtonmore who opened the scoring when a Glen MacIntosh shot, deflected by Scott McKillop, wrong footed keeper Gavin Stobbart. A second goal followed on the 26 minute mark when Fraser MacIntosh gave the home side a two-goal lead.

The Scottish champions’ two- goal advantage was not a true reflection on the passage of play and as referee Graham Cameron blew for half-time it was a disappointed Oban side that went in at the break rueing missed chances that would have put pressure on the league leaders.

Camanachd manager Ian Hay rang the changes at half-time bringing on Robert Alexander for team captain James Mac-Millan and Aidan MacIntyre for Malcolm Clark who came off with a nose injury.

With the Camanachd defence in charge, they were able to push on to support the forward line with Scott MacMillan and David Lafferty providing good service. From the resulting pressure Lorne Dickie, once again outstanding, scored to bring the Oban side back into the game with 10 minutes to go.

Despite constant pressure, Camanachd could not get the equaliser their play deserved, although it took a terrific save by the home keeper to deny Daniel MacVicar.

With Oban pushing for a leveller, Newtonmore took advantage to score twice more to put gloss on the win. Their third was a well-worked team goal which cut open the Oban defence. The move was finished off by an unmarked Conor Jones who remained composed in front of goal to slip the ball home with 86 minutes played.

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