Shinty: Menzies hat-trick guides Newtonmore to win over Kingussie

Kingussie v Newtonmore
Newtonmore beat Kingussie 4-1 at the Dell and top the league by two points with two games in hand over nearest challengers Oban

Newtonmore maintained their Badenoch derby dominance and two-point Marine Harvest Premiership cushion over Oban Camanachd with a 4-1 defeat of Kingussie at The Dell.

Evan Menzies' hat-trick secured More's second set of local bragging rights six days after their 6-0 victory in the corresponding reserve team clash for the Sutherland Cup at the same venue.

Newtonmore's claim to a seventh consecutive title was also hugely strengthened by Kinlochshiel's 1-0 defeat of second favourites Kyles at Tighnabruaich.

Oban Camanachd kept up the chase with a 5-1 away win over Fort William.

Skye's incredible run of draws extended to eight in 11 league games after a 1-1 scoreline with Glenurquhart at Drumnadrochit.

And the race for the National Division title looks like going right to the wire after Glasgow Mid Argyll twice came from behind at Kilmallie for a 2-2 draw between the joint title favourites among five contenders.

In Kingussie, Glen MacKintosh gave Newtonmore the lead and promising youngster James Falconer equalised. But within two minutes, Menzies netted the first of his hat-trick which he then completed in the second half to give Newtonmore a comfortable win.

Between their first and second teams, in just six days More have scored 10 goals on their local rivals' home ground and conceded just one.

John MacRae's early goal gave Shiel the points over Kyles who are now seven points off the pace, although with a game in hand.

At An Aird there was steady traffic towards the Fort William goal as Camanachd built up a 4-0 lead through Scott MacMillan and Daniel MacVicar twice in the first half and Malcolm Clark in the second. Five minutes from time Fort got what looked like a consolation from Arran MacPhee but even that was cancelled out at the death by Iain MacMillan.

With seven to play, Camanachd, who have played two extra games, trail More by two points. Fort remain on just two points with only four games left. Their vastly inferior goal difference means they will effectively be relegated should Skye register their first victory against Lochaber on 13 August.

That first Skye success remained just as elusive at Blairbeg Park where an Ally MacDonald own goal gave Glenurquhart a first half lead. However Danny Morrison struck with five minutes left to secure that eighth draw and eighth point for the islanders.

The National Division may have been controversial when reintroduced in 2015 but, with five teams still in contention and two to go up, it has been shinty's most engaging competition.

Kilmallie and Mid Argyll remain the teams to have dropped fewest points - three apiece - after their 2-2 draw failed to break the deadlock.

Bryan MacKay got Kilmallie off to a flying start after just four minutes but the prolific Craig Anderson equalised midway through the first half. The same cycle was repeated in the second when Duncan Rodger edged Kilmallie ahead again and John McNulty got Mid Argyll's second equaliser.

With several encounters among the five contenders still to come, this second tier looks set to intrigue right to the end of the programme.

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