The Newtonmore second team won the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup but it took extra-time to finally see off the Kingussie second team 5-2 at the Dell on Saturday 25 August 2018.
The clubs agreed to decide the final venue by the toss of a coin, guaranteeing a large local support.
With Newtonmore coming closest to scoring, this first half looked as if it would end goalless until Calum Stewart made the break-though, finding the net from just outside the D on 45 minutes.
However Kingussie scored twice in three minutes to turn the final their way. Kings’ player/manager Kevin Thain sent the ball low past the keeper to make it 1-1 on 67 minutes and he got another on 69 minutes when he shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards range.
They didn’t stay in front for long though as Newtonmore equalised on 73 minutes when Calum Stewart sent a 25 yarder low into the net.
With no further scoring, referee Des McNulty took the final into extra-time.
Newtonmore went back in front just 3 minutes into extra-time when player/manager Orsten Gardner scored with a half-volley to make it 3-2.
This time ‘More stayed in front and, a minute later, Calum Stewart completed his hat-trick, tucking the ball into the bottom corner of the goal to make it 4-2.
Calum Stewart rounded off a fine individual performance with his fourth goal in the final minute, taking advantage of a defensive slip to wrap up the 5-2 win.
Newtonmore captain Stuart Mitchell lifted the Aberdein Considine Sutherland Cup and with the team having already secured the Marine Harvest North Division 1 title, they can do a clean sweep but only if they beat the Fort William second team in next month’s Strathdearn Cup Final.