Newtonmore win the Strathdearn Cup with defeat of Glengarry

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland
Newtonmore lifted the Strathdearn Cup in Inverness
Newtonmore lifted the Strathdearn Cup in Inverness

For the second time in four Saturdays Calum Stewart scored all Newtonmore's goals as they lifted another reserve level trophy with a 3-1 victory over Glengarry in the Strathdearn Cup final in Inverness.

On 8 August, his 21st birthday, Stewart monopolised the scorecard in Newtonmore's 5-0 victory over Lochside Rovers in the final of the Sutherland Cup, the national reserve award.

And in the Strathdearn, the North area equivalent, it was a hat-trick as More came from behind to defeat Glengarry.

Glengarry shocked favourites Newtonmore when Steven Cameron opened in the first half. However, Stewart's hat-trick in 18 second-half minutes added the Strathdearn to the Sutherland, with the North Division 1 title to complete the Junior Grand Slam still also a possibility.

Elsewhere, Lovat took a point from what could be their final game before the SSE Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup final. The 1-1 draw in Kiltarlity also produced a point for Inveraray in their bid to escape Premiership relegation.

Fraser Gallacher put Lovat ahead after just seven minutes and Lewis MacNicol got Inveraray's equaliser just before half time.

The draw failed to get Lovat into the top half of the table or Inveraray off the bottom, where they are a single point behind Oban Camanachd, who have three games in hand.

Lovat have no game on 5 September and are entitled to a free Saturday a week after that in the lead-up to the Camanachd final. However, they may want to avoid two consecutive idle match days before the big game in Oban by requesting a fixture.

Their opponents Kyles have already done this since their match at Fort William was postponed and the Tighnabruaich club wants to avoid what would become three blank Saturdays.

The other two Premiership games were also postponed because of unplayable pitches, Glenurquhart v leaders Newtonmore due to surface damage during the previous weekend's Highland Games.

There was no change in the battle for the Marine Harvest National Division title with comfortable wins for leaders Skye, 6-1 over Glasgow Mid Argyll, and Kilmallie 4-0 in Inverness.

Prolific Jordan Murchison had Skye 2-0 up within 10 minutes in Portree. Murchison eventually extended his tally to four while Skye's other goals came from Shockie MacLennan and Ian Nicolson. Calum McLay got Mid Argyll's goal late in the first half.

For Kilmallie, Martin Stewart and Michael Rodger scored in the first half and Liam Cameron and Stephen MacAllister in the second.

With two games each to play, one against each other, Skye head Kilmallie by two points and nine goals with no one else able to catch them. The champions are promoted and the runners-up play off against the second bottom Premiership side.

Ali MacLennan's 86th-minute winner for Caberfeidh stopped a late Beauly comeback in a seven-goal cliffhanger in their derby at Strathpeffer.

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