Shinty: Kilmallie win the Balliemore Cup with 6-0 win

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Kilmallie with the Balliemore Cup

A hat-trick in 10 second-half minutes from Liam MacDonald was the icing on the cake in a game already won as Kilmallie beat Caberfeidh 6-0 to win the Balliemore Cup, shinty's intermediate championship.

However, Kilmallie's success in this first national final of the season at Drumnadrochit may ironically help to render them ineligible to defend the trophy next season.

It came as a huge confidence booster in their efforts for promotion to the Premiership, whose teams are excluded from the competition.

Caberfeidh opened slightly the better and Craig Morrison grazed the right-hand angle of the woodwork early on.

But there were less than five minutes on the clock when Mark Graham scrambled a close-range effort past Cabers goalkeeper Ewan Pilcher, who produced several fine saves.

Michael Rodger made it 2-0 and, as the second half approached an end, Mark Graham effectively killed the game with a monstrous, spectacular and possibly speculative 50-yard lob that eluded Pilcher.

Then, after the restart, it was over to MacDonald, whose first, on 52 minutes, flew into the roof of the net from 20 yards. And, 57 seconds later, he got another slightly closer in and completed his hat-trick a couple of steps still closer to goal.

Elsewhere, Lochaber came from behind to knock Kyles out of the Camanachd Cup 2-1 at Spean Bridge, while in the other quarter-final replay, the Kinlochshiel ended the challenge of the lower leagues at Beauly by the same scoreline.

Newtonmore extended their lead in the Marine Harvest Premiership to two points with three games in hand when they won 5-0 on Skye.

Lovat moved into the top half of the table with a 2-1 success at Fort William, as did Kingussie, who beat Oban Camanachd 1-0.

Scott MacDonald put Kyles ahead in the opening moments of the second half, but Lochaber stuck to their task with Pat Toal and Ben Delaney scoring goals that put them through to a semi-final against Oban Camanachd.

Gordie MacDonald and John MacRae both netted for Kinlochshiel in the first quarter at Beauly, but Marc MacLachlan's response provided a gripping last quarter of an hour.

Shiel now play Newtonmore, who, on Kyles' departure, must become even stronger favourites for the supreme award.

In the Premiership, Glen MacKintosh and Evan Menzies shared Newtonmore's 4-0 half-time lead in Portree before MacKintosh completed his hat-trick soon after the restart.

Greg Matheson got both Lovat's goals, the second from a penalty, before Graham Campbell's late response for Fort, whose relegation difficulties deepened yet further.

It seemed to be heading for a goalless draw at The Dell before Roddy Young grabbed both points for Kingussie in the penultimate minute.

Kilmory ran riot at Aberdour with an 18-0 scoreline in the Bullough Cup.

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