Saturday 19th March 2016
Kyles vs Newtonmore
Report by The Strathy
Kyles 2 - Newtomore 2
Craig RitchieStephen Macdonald Rory Kennedy
Ian RichardsonPaul MacarthurNorman Campbell
Evan MenziesChris Sellar Ian Robinson
Fraser Mackintosh Drew Macdonald David Fraser
had given the home side the lead on 22 minutes on the
sloping pitch at Tighnabruaich, but Evan Menzies struck back
then minutes later before Chris Sellar struck a second for
the visitors a minute before half time to give the Blue and
Whites a 2-1 advantage at the turn against their bogey
Through the second half, Newtnmore held Kyles, though without adding further to their margin. In the final minute Newtonmore players and management were convinced that the ball had been cleared for a corner, but Mitchell thought otherwise and awarded Kyles a penalty following the stramash in the area. Robbie MacLeod made no mistake with his shot to give Kyles a last gasp share of the points.
Newtonmore players and officials were left furious after the controversial 90th minute penalty award - despite the ball being out of play - which cost them both points. It arose from the dismissal of Newtomore keeper Owen Fraser by referee David Mitchell. Fraser retaliated and hit Duncan Kerr in the face in a goalmouth scuffle after the keeper had initially made the save.
Newtomore manager PJ Mackintosh said "It's a disgrace. We were robbed, it's as simple as that. Owen made his first save of the half and pushed the ball out for a corner. Then the opponent carries on his run and splatters into him. Owen retaliated and that was a mistake. The referee was correct to send him off but as the ball was already out for a corner what should have happened was it was either a corner or perhaps even a free hit to us for the first foul. We were flabbergasted when he gave the penalty as the ball was out of play".
Kyles co manager Kenny Macdonald was very open afterwards that a massive error had been made. The Kyles players were as amazed as we were when the penalty was awarded. Mackintosh highlighted the potential importance of such a basic refereeing mistake as the Blue and Whites look for their seventh title in a row. "If we lose the league by a point at the end of the season, then that will be the reason why". Kyles secretary Mick Atkinson conceded: "Duncan Kerr was hit in the face with a stick so the goalkeeper had to be sent off, but the penalty was very controversial. It was a rought old game which the referee found difficult to control".
Scorers for Newtonmore
Evan Menzies (32), Chris Sellar (44)