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Gary Innes | 15:45 UK time, Monday, 25 June 2012

Newtonmore sit top of the Orion Group Premiership on goal difference - the fourth swap in as many weeks!

Newtonmore had to travel to Fort William's Black Parks to pick up the win, but it wasn't made easy for them when Fort's Daniel Stewart found the net in the opening minute.

In pouring rain Glen Macintosh brought Newtonmore level, before grabbing a second just before half-time.

Neither side could find a winner in the second half and the visitors left with the points after a 2-1 win.

Fort William v Newtonmore

Unfortunately, I had to stand and watch the game from the sidelines after falling earlier in the week in Skye, spraining my ankle.

Now, I'd love to be able to say I was on one of the Cuillin ridges - or even under the influence.

However, I wasn't, I was on a lovely easy walk to Neist Point lighthouse when I fell.

After a wee trip (pardon the pun) to A&E to get x-rayed, I was happy to hear it was just sprained and not broken, although that ruled me out for this fixture.

In the only other Premiership tie Kilmallie took on Glenurquhart at the Canal Parks.

Both teams desperately wanted the win as they try to avoid the relegation battle, however they could only manage a share of the points.

'Glen took the lead through David Smart before John Stewart and Liam MacDonald put Kilmallie's nose in front.

With 90 minutes played it was Scotland defender John Barr who found the equaliser to give the match its final scoreline of 2-2.

The atrocious weather on Saturday unfortunately led to the cancellation of the AJG Celtic Society final at Strachur between Inveraray and Taynuilt.

It has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday and all the action will be live from 4pm on BBC ALBA.

The Camanachd Cup replay between Kyles Athletic v GMA was also cancelled due to the rain, but Kingussie got their chance to replay Kinlochshieil at the Dell.

True to form, Ronald Ross opened the scoring for Kings before Gordy MacDonald levelled in the second half.

The score remained the same after 90 minutes and the tie went into extra time.

Ross pushed Kingussie in front once more when he scored his second of the day inside the first minute of ET.

This seemed to spark something in 'Shiel, as they proceeded to go on a four-goal rampage between brothers Duncan Ach, Finlay and John Macrae.

Rory Borthwick cut the deficit back by two, but Kingussie's run in the Camanachd Cup was over as the match finished Kinlochshiel 5-3 Kingussie.

The Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup quarter-final draw took place during the week, and this is how the teams will line up on 14 July.

Newtonmore v Lochaber, Lovat v Kinlochshiel, Kilmallie v Inveraray, Skye v Kyles Athletic or GMA.

With Fort William and Kingussie already out of this year's Blue Riband event, who do you think will lift the 2012 Camanachd Cup?

Is it possible one of the 1st division clubs, Lochaber or Skye, could knock out the big two of old, Newtonmore and Kyles?

Let's hear your thoughts on this.

In the Orion Group Premiership this weekend Bute have home advantage over leaders Newtonmore and Kingussie face Kilmallie, while Lovat and Kyles battle it out to see who can stay beside Newtonmore at the top.

Fort William welcome Kinlochshiel back to the Black Parks.

'Shiel will still be high from their Camanachd Cup victory against Kingussie, and will be wanting to make amends after Fort beat them three weeks ago on the same park.

Fort William will hope to have Neil Robertson, Gordy MacKinnon, Duncan Rodger and myself back this weekend.

This should give boss Peter MacIntyre a few more choices than he had on Saturday, and help him get a feel of his squad before the MacAulay Cup semi-final the following week.

Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.


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