Saturday 30th April 2016
Kingussie vs Newtonmore
Report by The Strathy & Photos by Judith Houghton
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Newtomore Won 2-1
Michael RussellStephen Macdonald Rory Kennedy
Drew MacDonaldKenny RossPaul Macarthur
Iain RobinsonEvan Menzies Chris Sellar
Craig Ritchie Fraser Mackintosh Jamie Robinson
Newtonmore captain Steven
Macdonald paid tribute to his team-mates after the Blue and
Whites prevailed in a tight match against rivals Kingussie
in the Artemis Macaulay Cup, setting up a second-round clash
against Lovat. "We just got over the line in a very close
affiar" said Macdonald. "We didnt hit our best form and
showed too many nerves at times in our hitting. Kingussie
played hard, but once again our defence stayed strong". He
praised his defensive partners Rory Kennedy (24) Michael
Russell (22) and Andy Mackintosh (25) in a rearguard that
has become the toughest to breach in the sport. Fitness
Instructor Macdonald said "Weve grown up together, were
friends who became team-mates and that helps us gel as a
defensive unit". He also had positive words for new
goalkeeper Owen Fraser who made a couple of important stops
in Saturday's clash. "Owen has settled in very quickly and
also helps the defence by being a good talker".
Manager PJ Mackintosh was more pleased with the result than the performance. He said "the defence has been magnificent all season, giving confidence to the rest of the team. I knew it would be a tight match. We will need to move up a gear overall at the Eilan this Saturday as Kingussie will be fielding a more experienced team and will fancy heir chances having come so close at the Dell".
Macdonald and Rory Kennedy both picked up knocks, but are expected to recover in time to face the red and blues again.
The Kings took the lead at the Dell after a promising break down the wing resulted in the ball coming to Chris Hollysong ont he edge of the D, and he fired a shot high above keeper Fraser's head on 14 minutes.
Newtonmore were stung into action and mounted several attacks on the home side's goal before getting back on level terms in teh 22nd minute.
Evan Menzies, running in on a through ball into the D, beat Kingussie keeper Craig Dawson to it and fired home the equaliser. Newtonmore were ahead just four minutes later. A good move through the centre saw the ball come to Chris Sellar, who had time and space to take aim and slot the ball home past the onrushing Dawson to turn the game on its head.
The game had all the makings of a real thriller. Newtonmore showed well for the rest of the half but Kingussie's defence stood up well to the test, swiftly closing down several threatening attacks.
The home side was able to penetrate through to the final third at the other end but the Newtonmore defence proved to be as miserly as usual. As the half-time whistle went fans on both sides were looking forward to a tasty second half, but in the end it didnt' turn out like that as neither of shintys old firm could break down the opposing defence and the game went strangely flat as much of the action became bogged down in the middle of the field.
There were spells when both teams seemed to be getting on top, but there were very few shots and the respective keepers were called into action even less frequently. In the end that 26th minute goal from Chris Sellar had proved to be enough to see Newtonmore through to the seoncon round.
Scorers for Newtonmore
Evan Menzies (22), Chris Sellar (26)