Saturday 1st October 2016
Kinlochshiel vs Newtonmore
Report by The Strathy & photos from Jim McNair (www.mcnair.smugmug.com)
Newtomore Won 7-1
The Blue and Whites thumped Kinlochshiel 7-1 on Saturday to make it appropriately enough - Premier League title number seven. Glen Mackintosh notched up five goals in what has been another prolific season for the hitman with the others coming from Norman Campbell and young Iain Robinson.
Newtonmore comprehensively took Kinlochshiel apart, scoring five goals in the first half without reply, including four from the irrepressible Glen Mackintosh. It took just 13 minutes for the talisman to open the scoring for Newtonmore, and that was followed up by a Norman campbell strike in the 19th minute. There was a second for Mackintosh a minute later and he bagged his hat-trick just three minutes after that. Mackintosh then scored again five minuets before the turn. Keith MacRae registered a consolation for 'Shiel 10 minutes after the restart. Iain Robinson slotted home 'Mores sixth on 70 minutes before Mackintosh rounded off a perffect day with his firth goal five mintues from time. Newtonmore now lie on 29 points from 15 games, having gone unbeaten in the league so far and only dropping a point in their game at Tighnabruaich early in the season. The Blue and Whites have scored an astonishing 63 goals in those 15 games and conceded only 11.
The win means that the Eilan side have made it an
unprecedented run of league wins, and the trophy joins the
Camanachd Cup and the MacTavish Cup in what has been an
incredible season. Newtonmore Manager PJ Mackintosh
said: "This title win has been testament to the dedication
of the boys. They h ave kept focused and trained hard
to get their rewards. Our target now is to finish the
league season unbeaten having lost only once last year.
We go to Oban on Saturday followed by home games against
Kyles and Skye. We'd prefer the Skye game to be on
October 29 for the trophy presentation to end the seaon on a
realy high note".
Mackintosh was understandably satisfied with Saturday's performance after seeing his team win comfortably on Kinlochshiels notorious slping pitch despite being without a host of key players. He said: "It was a very pleasing performance given we were six players short. The young lads Richardson, Robinson and Mitchell all did well. I'm going to use our remaining three games to try out younger lads. We're keen to freshen up the squad next season but the youngsters have to be good enough. There are big boots to fill here and the lads coming in have to be ready to step up".
Scorers for Newtonmore
Glen Mackintosh (13, 20, 23, 40 & 85), Norman Campbell (19) & Iain Robinson (70)