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Newtonmore win Camanachd Cup

NEWTONMORE won shinty’s coveted Camanachd Cup for the 32nd time and Lochside Rovers secured another point in their bid to clinch the Marine Harvest South Division 1 title on Saturday September 30.

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final

Lovat 2

Newton more 3

Newton more put pre-match selection difficulties behind them to take the honours in the 110th Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final, beating Lovat 3-2 at The Bught Park, Inverness.

Lovat’s run to this year’s final began with a 3-0 replay win over local rivals Glenurquhart at Balgate after the sides had drawn 1-1 at Blairbeg. Kilmallie were defeated 3-1 at Canal Parks in the last eight of the competition with Oban Camanachd edged out 2-1 in the semi-finals at An Aird.

Newtonmore opened with a 3-1 win over Fort William at An Aird. Kyles Athletic were beaten 4-1 at The Eilan in the quarter- finals whilst Newtonmore beat Skye by the same score in the last four of the competition at The Bught.

Both teams are level on 21 points after 16 games in the Marine Harvest Premiership. Newtonmore were early season winners when the sides met in the league at The Eilan, whilst Lovat won the corresponding fixture at Balgate. Their most recent meeting came in July in an Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-final tie at Braeview Park and it took extra-time before Newtonmore prevailed 3-0. So a close final was expected.

Lovat were arguably the form team going into shinty’s blue riband event, winning their last six matches, whilst Newtonmore’s form was mixed with six victories, two draws and two defeats in their last 10 outings.

This was the first time these teams have met in the Camanachd Cup Final but the sides were the competition’s two most recent winners. Lovat have only ever tasted success twice in shinty’s most famous tournament, whilst Newtonmore had won the Camanachd Cup on a record-busting 31 occasions.

Lovat manager Fraser Gallacher opted to leave Marc MacLachlan, who scored the winning goal in the 2-1 semi-final victory over Oban Camanachd, on the bench. Scott MacKenzie was also listed as a substitute, despite missing recent matches with a broken arm.

Most of the pre-match interest surrounded how Newtonmore manager Paul John MacKintosh would set up his five defensive players.

Captain Rory Kennedy hadn’t played since suffering ankle ligament damage in a league match against Glasgow Mid Argyll seven weeks earlier but a period of intensive physiotherapy paid off and he returned to the Newtonmore defence to man-mark Lovat skipper Greg Matheson.

Scottish international Steven MacDonald was suspended, whilst Andy MacKintosh was prepared to interrupt a holiday abroad to play before being ruled out through injury.

Newtonmore keeper Norman Campbell was given a run out in his former position of full back in the previous week’s league win over Kilmallie, whilst Paul MacArthur started that match as a make-shift keeper. Both players stayed in these positions for this most important of meetings.

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