Shinty: Kyles win MacAulay Cup as Glenurquhart beat Lochaber


There were seven goals, two more disallowed and a sending off as Kyles Athletic beat Newtonmore to win the MacAulay Cup.

It was Kyles' third trophy win in 11 months while the MacAulay Cup still remains elusive to Newtonmore, who last lifted it in 1986.

Kyles' four goal hero of last season's Camanachd Cup final, Roddy MacDonald, got two on this occasion, including the winner.

Pre-match favourites Newtonmore scored early through Danny MacRae but Thomas Whyte soon equalised before MacDonald put Kyles ahead at half-time.

MacRae got his second but David Zavaroni gave Kyles the lead again just after the hour.

At the throw-up which followed the goal, the referee sent Newtonmore captain Jamie Robinson off for a rash challenge.

However, 11-man Newtonmore scored next when Glen MacKintosh levelled again before MacDonald's second won it for Kyles.

Roberto Zavaroni missed a fifth in a game where 'More also had two chalked off.

And so the man who held the trophy aloft was Kyles captain Robbie MacLeod.

"I'm really chuffed," he said. "The whole team played well and everyone did themselves proud.

"The league is a wee bit different. We lose players due to work and stuff but they're always back for the cups.

"We've shown that when we have a full team we can beat anyone. Hopefully we can push on and win the Camanachd Cup as well."

Newtonmore's manager Paul John MacKintosh said: "The last 20 minutes of the second half I think Kyles just overran us.

"They were firmer than us in the middle. Yes, some decisions went against us but I think they were fitter than us in the last 20 minutes of the first half.

"The game was ruined at the start of the second half when Jamie got sent off. I can't for the life of me see it yet. The ball was thrown up for the centre, he won the centre and he got a straight red card."

Holders Kyles meet Newtonmore again in the Camanachd Cup final in Fort William on 14 September.

Lovat reduced More's lead in the Premiership to a single point with a 2-1 away win over Kinlochshiel, though Lovat have played three games extra.

It took Iain Nicholson just two minutes to put Lovat in front at Balmacara and Finlay MacRae replied for Kinlochshiel in the first half before Lorne MacKay's 66th-minute winner.

Glenurquhart ousted Lochaber from third place when they handed the Spean Bridge side their first defeat in eight games, 3-1 in Drumnadrochit.

David Smart and Neale Reid made it 2-0 for Glenurquhart at Blairbeg Park after 10 minutes but Zands Ferguson stemmed the tide soon after in advance of Reid's late clincher.

Strugglers Fort William have been having a torrid time but Daniel Stewart scored the only goal of the game for a morale-boosting win at Kingussie. Fort remain second bottom but perhaps now with the local Cow Hill rather than the mountain which is Ben Nevis to climb in order to reach safety.

In North Division 1, Caberfeidh lost 2-1 at Beauly, further tightening the contest between themselves and Skye for the third and final place in next season's new National Division 1, which both clubs strongly opposed the formation of.

Glasgow Mid Argyll opened up a two-point lead in South Division 1 when Nick Lavin got the only goal of the game in the last minute at home to Bute.

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