Saturday 7th May 2016
Newtonmore vs Kingussie
Report by The Strathy & Photos by Judith Houghton
Newtomore Won 2-1
Michael RussellStephen Macdonald Rory Kennedy
Jamie RobinsonDrew MacdonaldPaul Macarthur
Iain RobinsonEvan Menzies Fraser Mackintosh
Craig Ritchie David Fraser Struan Kish Neil Stewart
Both sides opened up with
determination and some very fast breaks down the wings that
produced threats at both ends. Kingussie suffered a blow
with the early loss of Ryan Borthwick, who was returning
from injury. He landed awkwardly after a challenge and had
a recurrence of the ankle injury that has kept him out.
Glen Mackintosh let fly with a rocket in the 11th minute which looked goalbound all the way until Craig Dawson in the Kings goal pulled out a superb save high above his head to prevent the ball from flying into the left-hand corner of his goal.
Chris Hollysong put a fine shot across the face of the Newtonmore goal which keeper Owen Fraser had difficulty clearing. The Eilan side took the lead after a swift break down Newtonmore's right wing when the cross into the area was neartly slotted home by Iain Robinson.
The home team continued to apply the pressure, but play was still moving swiftly from end to end. Kingussie went close in teh 19th minute when Fraser just managed to tuck a shot around the post.
Newtonmore extended their lead in teh 34th minute. A break down the Newtonmore right wing again saw the ball come to Paul Macarthur just outside the left quadrant of teh D, and with time and space, he struck his shot cleanly past Dawson to make it 2-0.
There were very few chances thereafter, as both defences proved resolute, but the Kings gave themselves a late glimmer of hope. Savio Genini poached the ball as it came across to the left side of the field, and fired home with an expertly taken goal.
The visitors were buoyed by that sucess, and went hunting for an equaliser, but despite fully six additional minutes of injury time, the clock eventually ran down and Newtonmore claimed the points to stay in top spot.
Scorers for Newtonmore
Iain Robinson (15), Paul Macarthur (34)