Shinty: Newtonmore edge out Kinlochshiel to reach Camanachd Cup final

Newtonmore held on to earn a place in the final
Newtonmore held on to earn a place in the final

Newtonmore moved another step closer to a possible treble with a 2-1 victory over Kinlochshiel in the first semi-final of the Camanachd Cup.

However, they were hard pressed at Bught Park, Inverness, by their Wester Ross opponents who were bidding to reach their first ever showpiece final.

More will meet either Lochaber or Oban Camanachd in the final on 17 September.

Newtonmore already have the MacTavish Cup in the bag and are strong favourites to win a seventh consecutive Marine Harvest Premiership title.

In the top flight, Lochaber defeated Skye 2-1 in Portree to win an advantage over their opponents in their battle to avoid the second relegation spot, with Fort William already effectively doomed.

Home wins for Glasgow Mid Argyll, 3-0 over Inverness, and Kilmallie, 4-1 against Inveraray, installed them both as favourites for the two promotion places from the National Division.

It was late in the first half before Newtonmore broke Kinlochshiel down and it took their goal getter supreme Glen MacKintosh to grab the advantage. Another half hour of play elapsed before Neil Stewart made it 2-0 as Shiel battled to get back into the game.

The underdogs saw one effort come off both the keeper and the post before Keith MacRae pulled one back. Newtonmore then spent much of the remaining 12 minutes holding on against ever increasing pressure.

Brian MacDonald opened for Lochaber midway through the first half and Ian Nicholson got Skye's equaliser just after the hour. But just when it looked as if Skye were going to hold on for their ninth draw in 12 games, Ben Delaney scored a late winner.

With Glenurquhart not entirely safe either, this puts Lochaber on nine points with four to play while Skye remain on eight with six games left in the race to avoid the second relegation place. Fort William have just two points and four to play.

The second tier has offered the season's best entertainment so far and leaders Kilmallie left it late to grab their victory.

Lewis MacNicol opened for Inveraray within quarter of an hour and it was into the second half before Liam MacDonald equalised. Then, just when it looked as if the Balliemore Cup holders were going to drop a point, MacDonald again, Brian MacKay and Calum MacDougall all struck in the last five minutes to seal it for Kilmallie.

Meanwhile, Craig Anderson in the first half and a Calum McLay double in the second gave Glasgow Mid Argyll their points at Yoker.

Kilmallie have 17 points with four to play while Mid Argyll are two behind with a game in hand while the odds lengthen against Inveraray, Caberfeidh or Beauly catching either of them. Should this league to go the wire, Mid Argyll currently have a goal advantage of three.

Beauly had a 4-1 home win over Cabers.

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