Saturday 3rd May2014 : Report by Eddy Harrigan
Newtonmore v Kingussie
1, Mike Ritchie, 2, Norman Campbell, 3, Ackie Macrae, 4, Scott Campbell, 5, Cameron Binnie, 6, Jamie Robinson, 7, Scot Chisholm(capt) 8, Paul Macarthur, 9, Evan Menzies, 10, Glen Mackintosh, 11, Fraser Mackintosh, 12, Danny Macrae; 14, Steven Macdonald, 15, Liam Mullender, 16, Craig Ritchie, 17, Calum Stewart:
Derby day, a game against your biggest rivals,a big crowd turned up at The Eilan and they were certainly entertained.
The game started at a fierce pace and did not slow down until the final whistle,'More had a chance in the first min and less than a min later Kingussie had a shot at goal, and so the first half continued with the game flowing from end to end,'More gradually took control of the centre and began to exert some pressure on the Kingussie defence.The forwards were kept at bay by a couple of fine saves by Craig Dawson. The breakthrough finally came after 38 minutes when after a period of sustained pressure the ball broke to Danny on the edge of the D and he rifled home an unstoppable shot to make it 1--0. Two minutes later some good work from Fraser in the corner and a pinpoint pass to Evan to make it 2--0. Just 60 seconds after that goal came number 3, Danny showing his skill and strength to hold off defenders and slip the ball to Glen who made no mistake, this made the half time score 3---0
Kingussie came out with a detemined start to the second half looking to reduce the deficit and took the game to Newtonmore. Mike had to make a couple of decent stops early on. In the 57th min Kingussie were caught by a quick break, the ball was pushed through to Glen who fired past Dawson to make it 4--0, straight from the restart 'More made it 5--0 when Fraser scored. This should have been game over but typical of a local derby Kingussie came back into it when Fraser Munro scored in the 64th min. At this point 'More lost Norman to injury, he was replaced by Steven; Paul and Scott were also taken off and on came Craig and Liam who are both making an impact.Kingussie scored again through Thomas Borthwick to make the final score Newtonmore 5 Kingussie 2
Its always nice to beat Kingussie and this result follwed a 5--0 win by the 2nd team on Friday evening to make it a good weekend for Newtonmore. Kingussie showed they are on the way back and will be a difficult team to beat.
With the first team now having no home games for 7 weeks it will be nice to see a travelling support, this week we are away to Lochaber this is followed by the Mactavish Cup semi final away to Glenurquhart then we have 2 games away to Kyles we will be in Tigh Na Bruaich on the 24th May on league duty followed on the 31st May in the next round of The Camanachd Cup
Hope to see some of you at these venues.