Shinty: Title triumphs for Newtonmore and Kilmallie

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland
Kilmallie completed their National Division programme unbeaten
Kilmallie, unbeaten in the league, were presented with the National Division trophy

Newtonmore clinched a seventh Marine Harvest Premiership title in style with a resounding 7-1 victory over Kinlochshiel on the West Coast. The architect of More's defining victory was striker supreme Glen MacKintosh who scored five.

Skye gained a potential relegation lifeline with their first win of the season, 2-1 over Kingussie in Portree, which also dragged their opponents into possible danger.

However Skye, who still have to go to Newtonmore, remain the most likely to finish second bottom after Lochaber grabbed a 1-0 victory over already relegated local rivals Fort William and Glenurquhart's goalless draw at home to Kyles.

Behind Newtonmore, Oban Camanachd maintained progress with a 2-1 away win over Lovat.

Kilmallie completed their National Division programme unbeaten after a 3-2 home win over Beauly which provided the backdrop for Kilmallie being presented with the National Division trophy.

Newtonmore set the seal on their Premiership title with three games remaining and extended their unbeaten run to 14 wins and one draw.

MacKintosh's five-goal blitz, included a hat-trick in 10 first-half minutes. It was split by one each from Norman Campbell and Iain Robinson. Keith MacRae pulled one back for Kinlochshiel at 5-0.

Such an emphatic win over a side which has won the MacAulay Cup and is set for a top four league finish emphasises how far Newtonmore have been ahead of the field this season. Another league title completed a season's treble for Paul John MacKintosh's side who already have the Camanachd and MacTavish Cups on the shelf.

Kenny Campbell opened early for Skye and it was midway through the second half before Thomas Borthwick equalised. But within two minutes, Danny Morrison had Skye ahead again and they held on for their first Premiership win after drawing eight of their 15 games so far.

Ben Delaney's 11th-minute goal was enough to clinch both points at Spean Bridge for Lochaber over Fort William who failed in their 17th attempt to win a league game.

Glenurquhart have completed their programme on 15 points, one ahead of Kingussie and Lochaber who have one to play. Skye, with three still to go, are a further four points behind.

One in each half from Malcolm Clark split by a strike from Lovat's Greg Matheson kept Oban Camanachd in possible contention alongside Kyles for the runner-up spot.

Michael Rodger with a double and David Rodgers were on target for National Division champions Kilmallie as Jack MacDonald relied with two for Beauly.

A 4-3 home win for Glasgow Mid Argyll over Caberfeidh confirmed the second promotion place for the Yoker side whose Calum McLay scored two.

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