Champions Newtonmore back at top of shinty pile

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland

Orion Premiership shinty champions Newtonmore, their opening day defeat by Lovat now well behind them, are back top of the table following a 4-2 home win over Kinlochshiel.

And, while Fort William's 3-0 victory at Kingussie may have been their first of the season, they go second, trailing More only on goal difference.

This also means that, after three games, Kingussie sit just a point clear of the bottom.

An early David Cheyne double and one from Danny MacRae had Newtonmore 3-0 up with the match apparently all but won within half an hour.

But two from Finlay MacRae in the third quarter of the game took Shiel right back into it and it was only Steven MacDonald's 76th-minute contribution that finally sent the champions to the top.

Their cause was helped by previous leaders Lovat having no game due to their opponents Inveraray being granted a free day.

Fort William, meanwhile, took the initiative at Kingussie through Daniel Stewart in the 18th minute before two in 60 seconds in the second half from Scott Henderson put the game in the bag for them.

Glenurquhart's promise seems to be faltering and they were thumped 6-1 at home by last season's other star team, Kyles.

Brothers John and Thomas Whyte both got one in each half, but it was Ewen Campbell who opened the scoring for Kyles on 22 minutes, with Peter Currie also contributing late on. David Smart got Glen's consolation at 4-0.

Kilmallie got their first point from a 2-2 draw on Bute.

Liam MacDonald opened for Kilmallie after only two minutes and Robert Walker equalised in the second half. A Michael Rodger penalty put Kilmallie ahead again, but Hector Whitelaw squared it for the second time with five minutes left.

Oban Camanachd maintained their 100% record in South Division 1 with a third consecutive clean sheet, winning 4-0 at Kilmory.

They have now scored 13 in three games without conceding. Jonathan Will got two and Aiden MacIntyre and Ian MacMillan one each.

Beauly remain undefeated and top of Marine Harvest North Division thanks to a 1-1 draw with Caberfeidh at Strathpeffer.