Saturday 24th September 2016
Newtonmore vs Oban
Report by The Strathy
Newtomore Won 4-1
The game was switched from Mossifled to the Eilan because Oban's home ground had suffered from heavy rain. Mike Russell nearly marcked his departure for the United States with goal of the season after a slaloming 70 yard run ended without him getting an effective shot away. Mackintosh said Russell would be missed but they had some excellent options to replace him.
Oban started Saturday's league game at 100mph, tackling and
running with determination and were first to put their
opposite number's defence under pressure. But Russell,
Andy Macknitosh and Rory Kennedy proved again to be an
impenetrable lock that Oban simply could not unpick.
However, their endeavours were undone when Camanachd Cup
goalscorer Glen Mackintosh popped up again in the 22nd
minute to give Newontmore the lead. If anyone had
imagined that this would be another tense, solitary goal
affair, it took no more than four minutes to dispel that
when Fraser Mackintosh netting More's second. The
double blow certainly dented Oban's early conviction and
More saw a good deal more of the play for the remainder of
The second 45 minutes was very much an end to end affair, with both defences tot he fore. Keepers Gavin Stobbart and Owen Fraser produced some solid saves, but the later finally had to pick the ball out of the net as game sparked back into life in the 60th minute. Lorne Dickie fired a powerful drive home from 30 yards high into the roof of the Newtonmore's net that evaded Fraser's flailing caman. Oban threw caution to the wind with the chance of prolonging their title hunt, but in doing so left holes in the centreline and they were duly punished. Conor Jones let fly with goal number 3 four minutes from time. Chris Sellar, making his return from injury as a substitute and looking sharp, put the icing on the cake on the stroke of full time for 4-1.
Scorers for Newtonmore
Glen Mackintosh (22), Fraser Mackintosh (26), Conor Jones (86) & Chris Sellar (90)