Match Report

Saturday 20th May 2017

Newtonmore v Kingussie

Report by The Strathy

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Won 2-0

The time-honoured battle of Badenoch was every bit as hard-fought as the spectators expected - once the venue had been decided.  It woudl have been a travesty if the game was held over.  As it turned out, the game was played at Newtonmore just as fervently and exitingly as it would have been played at the Dell in Kingussie.  It was hard-fought local derby and really quite evenly balanced.  Perhaps the maturity of Newtonmore's attack and defence was the ultimate arbiter.  For all the defeat, there was much to be encouraged about for those in the capital of Badenoch.  They can take much heart from the way this match went.

Kingussie startedwith the same team that had defeated kilmallie 2-0 the week before with Lee Bain failing a late fitness test and only making the bench.  Newtonmore started strongly in the wet conditions, where splashing water was evident with every stride and landing ball.  The first real opportunity fell for Fraser MacKintosh after five minutes, but he failed to find the target from inside the box.  Kingussie then countered with a fast-flowing move where Ryan Borthwick played a ball in from the left wing to the onrushing Chris Hollysong whose first time effort narrowly went wide.  Newtonmore won a series of free hits on the edge of the Kingussie box with the pressure telling as the final set-piece in the sequence saw Newtonmore take the lead 15 minutes in when Glen Mackintosh found space and hit the net with a low strike.  Kingussie were working hard to get back on level terms but the forwards opportunities were being limited both by the Newtonmore defence and by the number of balls they were receiving from their own midfield.  Bob MacGregor came closest with a well hit drive from 35 yards that Norman Campbell in goals saved with his chest but with the ball falling at his feet Roddy Young almost bundled the ball over the line but kicked the ball in the melee and the chance was lost.

At the other end Newtonmore thought they had doubled their lead on 35 minutes when Drew MacDonald hit a grounder pst Craig Dawson from 20 yards however the shot was disallowed for an offside decision.  The second half continued along similar lines to the first with the Newtonmore midfield winning more of the centre line exchanges, Kingussie took on Savio Genini for Chris Hollysong up front as they searched for goals.  As Newtonmore pressed they didn't create too many opportunities and it took a slip on the wet surface from James Hutchison at full-back before Newtonmore managed to extend their lead and again it was Glen MacKintosh findind space to convert low into the corner just before the hour mark.  Lee Bain was introduced for Alexander Michie as Kingussie shuffled the pack moving Calum Grant to full centre and Bob MacGregor moved onto the wing.  As the game opened up in the last 20 minutes Drew MacDonald had a good run through the Kingussie defence before pushing his shot wide of the post.  Lee Riddoch came off the bench for Kingussie to replace Ryan MacWilliam but the rest o the game was played out evenly with neither team creating goal scoring chances.

Scorers for Newtonmore

Glen Mackintosh (15 & 59)