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Kingussie win Macaulay Cup in thriller


By Will Clark


Kingussie lifted the Artemis Macaulay Cup for a record 24th time as they came from behind with a 3–2 win over Oban Camanachd.

Proud Kingussie captain Robert Mabon with the MacAulay Cup.Oban Camanachd v Kingussie in the Artemis MacAulay Cup Final.The game was played at Mossfield, Oban.
Proud Kingussie captain Robert Mabon with the MacAulay Cup.Oban Camanachd v Kingussie in the Artemis MacAulay Cup Final.The game was played at Mossfield, Oban.

In an exciting final, Ruaraidh Anderson fired Kings’ winner in the 76th minute to take the trophy back to The Dell for the first time since 2010.

Savio Genini edged Kings ahead in the 19th minute.

But the home team were soon back on level terms courtesy of a Scott MacMillan strike four minutes later.

In the 27th minute Daniel Cameron fired through a ruck of players to take Oban into the lead which they held until the 64th minute when James Falconer equalised.

With Kingussie involved in cup business, Lovat seized the opportunity to go top of the Premiership beating Kilmallie 2–0.

Lewis Tawse struck in the 30th minute with Cameron MacMillan wrapping up the points in the 66th minute. Lovat now move level on points with Kingussie however the Balgate club have played three more games than the Macaulay Cup winners.

Newtonmore maintained their challenge with a 7–2 win against Caberfeidh at The Eilean.

Newtonmore now sit just a point adrift of the joint leaders having played the same number of games as Kingussie.

Lochaber with only two games remaining to avoid relegation battled hard against Kyles Athletic at Tighnabruiach however went down 4–3 and remain anchored at the foot of the table level on points with Inveraray.

In the National Division, Glasgow Mid Argyll move in to the second promotion spot on goal difference over Skye after a 3–0 victory over Beauly at Braeview Park.

With two games in hand over Skye and one over Glenurquhart who are a point behind in fourth place, GMA are now favourites to move up with Fort William next season.

Champions Fort William are now only one game away from a 100 per cent winning campaign after a 5–2 win over Strathglass at Cannich.

Their perfect record looked to be in danger at half time with Strath taking a 2–0 lead through Penri Jones and Scott Douglas, however doubles from Arran MacPhee and Alexander MacMillan followed by a Victor Smith strike safely secured the points.

Skye moved in to third place with a relatively comfortable 5–0 win over bottom side Bute.



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