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Magnificent seven for Newtonmore

Marine Harvest Premiership

Kinlochshiel 1

Newtonmore 7

Newtonmore clinched a seventh successive Marine Harvest Premiership title when they beat Kinlochshiel 7-1 in their 3pm throw up at Kirkton.

There was a Saturday morning pitch inspection at Balmacara with the Bught Park put on stand-by. However, the Kirkton pitch was ruled able to host not one but two matches so the games went ahead as scheduled.

Kinlochshiel defender Conor Cormack is nearing recovery from a hand injury but this game came too soon for him.

Newtonmore’s Paul Mac-Arthur sat this one out as an accumulation of bookings triggered a one-game suspension. Neil Stewart missed out through injury and Jamie Robinson and Michael Russell were unavailable.

The visitors started with an unfamiliar midfield of David Fraser, Drew MacDonald and Iain Richardson but their forward line was as experienced as you’ll currently get with Evan Menzies, Fraser MacKintosh, Glen MacKintosh and Norman Campbell taking their positions.

There was also a more familiar look about the Newtonmore scorers as Glen MacKintosh gave them the lead after just 13 minutes and Norman Campbell made it 2-0 from close range on 19 minutes.

There was worse to come for the home side a minute later as the pressure on their goal continued and Glen MacKintosh got his second.

Newtonmore’s one-touch shinty was creating chances and Glen MacKintosh completed his hat-trick on 23 minutes.

MacKintosh went on to make it four first-half goals when he scored five minutes before the break, again from close in.

It was a devastating first-half performance from Newtonmore and they never gave the home defence a moment’s peace.

Although winning, Newtonmore have not been at their best in recent weeks but this was one of those days when everything clicked and Kinlochshiel were unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end.

Keith MacRae pulled a goal back for ’Shiel 10 minutes after the restart.

Newtonmore may have eased off somewhat during the second 45 minutes but they went on to add to their tally through young substitute Iain Robinson on 70 minutes.

With Scotland’s shinty/ hurling meeting with Ireland looming, Scotland forward Glen MacKintosh showed that he remains the game’s top scorer when he rounded off the 7-1 win just five minutes from time with what was his fifth goal of the afternoon.

The victory confirms that Newtonmore cannot be caught at the top of the table and their final three matches are against Oban Camanachd, Kyles Athletic and Skye Camanachd.

Skye Camanachd 2

Kingussie 1

Skye Camanachd kept their Marine Harvest Premiership survival hopes alive when they beat Kingussie 2-1 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye boss John MacLeod was forced to make a change in defence as Chris MacLennan was out with a nasty eye injury sustained playing football through the week. Neil John Campbell started in his place. Steven Morrison was missing and his brother Danny Morrison had been unwell during the previous 48 hours so he was only able to take a place on the bench.

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