Shinty: Newtonmore end long wait for MacAulay Cup

By Gary InnesFort William shinty wing centre
Newtonmore celebrate with the MacAulay Cup
Newtonmore claimed their first MacAulay Cup triumph in 28 years

Newtonmore lifted the Artemis MacAulay Cup for the first time since 1986.

In a copy-cat showdown of the 2013 final, both Kyles Athletic and Newtonmore battled out at Oban's Mossfield Stadium, with Kyles looking to retain their spoils of last year.

In front of a sea of blue and white colours around Mossfield, it was first blood to Newtonmore as they went ahead through Danny Macrae and continued this lead into half-time.

More I'm sure would have been disappointed however not to have led by more as they headed for the changing rooms.

Kyles however stepped up their performance in the second half, equalising through Dunky Kerr and with 15 minutes remaining, Kerr potentially had the winner at end of his stick, however at the crucial moment uncharacteristically sliced it wide of the Newtonmore goal.

A further 30 minutes of extra-time and strong goalkeeping from both ends ended with Newtonmore's Fraser Macintosh, securing the winner, gifting his teammate Scott Chisholm the opportunity to finally lift the Macaulay cup, the catalyst for an all night party in the Badenoch village.

Newtonmore overcame Kyles Athletic to win the cup
Newtonmore overcame Kyles Athletic to win the cup

This was the last winner's medal required for many of the Newtonmore team to complete the full senior set. A set that since the Premier League was created in 1996 only players from Kingussie and Fort William have managed to acquire.

Congratulations to Newtonmore and the backroom team that we often forget to mention.

The Marine Harvest Championship is still wide open after front runners Fort William and Oban Camanachd drew 1-1 at An Aird. With only three games left the championship could not be closer.

Who is your tip to win at this stage?

This weekend Fort William turn their attentions to Glenorchy in league action, while Fort reserves take on Kyles Athletic in this year's Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup final at the Eilan, Newtonmore.

The Sutherland Cup is regarded as the most prestigious reserve cup to win and of course I personally wish my club Fort William the very of luck in the final.

Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.

The Sutherland Cup final between Fort William and Kyles Athletic is live on BBC ALBA on Saturday 30 August from 16:00 BST.