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Kingussie’s Ross marks his return with six goals

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REIGNING champions Newtonmore lost further ground in their bid to retain the Scottish Hydro Premier Division title dropping a point at Oban and allowing Badenoch rivals Kingussie to leapfrog them into second place in table.

Josh Fraser (Strathglass) and Ewan Murray (Caberfeidh) lock camens during the game at Cannich
Josh Fraser (Strathglass) and Ewan Murray (Caberfeidh) lock camens during the game at Cannich

Josh Fraser (Strathglass) and Ewan Murray (Caberfeidh) lock camens during the game at Cannich

Title front runners Kyles Athletic did not have it their own way against Glenurquhart, but they managed to grind out a 3-1 win that was enough to see their lead at the top extend to five points.

Glenurquhart survived some early pressure against Kyles before falling behind to a strike from Grant Irvine in the 16th minute.

The Glen steadied matters after that and seven minutes later a rare goal from midfielder Aran MacDonald levelled the match.

Two goals, however — one from Irvine and the other by Duncan Kerr — approaching the interval were enough to give Kyles the victory. Lovat were counting the cost of a missed penalty after they lost 3-2 at Inveraray. Martin Bell’s miss proved costly as the Balgate side battled for what would have been their first ever Premier Division win at the Winterton.

A Greg Matheson strike in the 28th minute looked to be enough to give Lovat a first half advantage, but Russell MacKinlay levelled for the home side on the stroke of half-time. MacKinlay then put Inveraray in front in the 55th minute before Lovat restored parity as Matheson completed his double 10 minutes later. MacKinlay, however, secured the points for the home side in the 81st minute.

Elsewhere, Ronald Ross emphatically announced his return to league action, hitting six in his side’s 8-0 home success at the expense of Glenorchy. Newtonmore required a last minute equaliser from Glen MacKintosh to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw against Oban Camanachd at Mossfield.

The shock result of the day was Kilmallie’s 3-2 derby win over Fort William at An Aird. Second from bottom on Saturday morning, the Canal Parks side refused to be overawed and a goal two minutes from time by John Stewart clinched the points.

Earlier the sides had traded goals with Bryan Simpson and Gary Innes scoring for the Fort and Liam MacDonald and Fraser Massie countering for Kilmallie.

In the Marine Harvest North Division One title race, Kinlochshiel are firmly in the driving seat following a 3-2 triumph over Lochaber that dented the Spean Bridge side’s title ambitions.

Goals from MacVicar, MacDonald and Keith MacRae ensured that ’Shiel remain unbeaten in regular time this season, while Lochaber responded with a double from Ben Delaney.

Caberfeidh are up to second after a 2-0 win over Strathglass at Cannich. The Cabers’ strike partnership, Stuart Krzyzanowski and Kevin Bartlett, did the damage with a goal in each half.

Inverness lost narrowly against Skye in Portree with a Sorley MacDonald goal separating the sides and giving the islanders their first points of the season.

Late goals from Jack MacDonald rescued a point for Beauly in a 3-3 draw at Lochcarron. MacDonald struck twice to deny the Wester Ross side, who had pulled away to lead 3-1 going into the final 20 minutes.

In the lower leagues, Lovat and Glenurquhart both won in North Division Two, but Glengarry continue to set the pace, beating Kingussie 7-1 at Craigard with former Glen player Ewan Brady hitting four.

The top of the table clash in Division Three ended in disappointment for Boleskine, who lost 1-0 to Aberdeen University with Iain MacAddie scoring the all-important goal in the 72nd minute.

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