Shinty: Victories for each of the Premiership's top four

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland

Orion Premiership champions Newtonmore have been in aggressive mood of late, issuing a swingeing statement about the Camanachd Association's handling of shinty's league reconstruction row.

And that aggression continued on the field with an 8-1 eclipse of Kinlochshiel at The Eilan.

Newtonmore remain second but with a game in hand on Inveraray.

Inveraray maintained their two point lead with a 2-0 home win over Glenurquhart.

The status quo was also maintained in third and fourth when Kyles beat Lochaber 2-0 and Lovat eclipsed Oban Camanachd 4-0. Meanwhile Kingussie went into the top half of the table with a 3-0 success at Fort William.

Chris Sellar opened for Newtonmore and Fraser MacIntosh weighed in with a hat trick but Glen MacIntosh trumped that with four, including three in 16 first half minutes. Gordie MacDonald got Sheil's late consolation. This is by far the biggest Premiership score to date

Lewis MacNicol in the first half and Garry MacPherson in the second produced Inveraray's 2-0 scoreline over Glenurquhart at The Winterton, which maintains Inveraray's lead. Kyles remained in contention with their 2-0 home defeat of Lochaber which came thanks to a Roddie MacDonald first half double.

Lovat trail Kyles on goal difference after their 4-0 defeat of Oban Camanachd 4-0 at Kiltarlity. This came from a Greg Matheson double and goals from Owen Ferguson and Kevin Bartlett, all in the second half.

Their defeats mean that Lochaber still sit bottom of the table ahead of Camanachd on goal difference.

Kingussie's 3-0 win at Fort William takes them into the top half of the league. Thomas Borthwick got the first half opener but it wasn't in the bag until late strikes from Ally Walker and Paul Gow.

Oban Camanachd's reserves Lochside Rovers won the Marine Harvest South Division One Oban derby 4-2 over town rivals Celtic and join Glenorchy and Glasgow Mid Argyll at the top on six points.

Kilmallie lost their 100% record in North Division One on a 1-0 scoreline at Beauly so Kilmallie now only lead Beauly on goal difference.

Caberfeidh ousted Bute 4-1 in the preliminary round of the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup.

And while adverse weather may be the normal reason for a venue switch in shinty, Aberdeen University's game against Lovat's reserves was moved to Kiltarlity because the University pitch has a travelling people's encampment on it.

Lovat won the North Division Two match 3-1.

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