Newtonmore draw level with Kyles as shinty season nears completion

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland Shinty Reporter
Shinty players

A 5-0 home win for Newtonmore over Oban Camanachd drew the defending Scottish Hydro Premier League champions level on points with Kyles Athletic.

However, Kyles have a goal advantage of six and a game in hand with three matches to play.

Kyles' match against Kingussie, switched to Oban in an attempt to get the fixture played, still fell foul of the weather along with Kilmallie versus Lovat.

With a two-Saturday international break now beginning, it could be the end of next month before the shinty season finally draws to a close.

Four from Glen MacKintosh, beginning with a penalty, followed on from Danny MacRae's opener to give Newtonmore their comfortable victory over second bottom Oban whose relegation worries deepen as a result.

Glenorchy ended a miserable season in the Premier League where a 4-2 defeat at home to Glenurquhart means they've lost all 18 games, scoring just five goals and conceding 94.

South Division 1 champions Bute rounded off an outstanding campaign with a 6-0 victory at Kilmory including a hat-trick from Robert Walker.

This maintained Bute's 100% record over the 16 league games with goals for 79 and against just eight.

Bute are now promoted to the Premier League along with Kinlochshiel who won North Division 1, also without dropping a point.