As part of the build up to the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final at An Aird, Fort William, we will be remembering some of the classic finals that took place in the town. Newtonmore vs Kyles Athletic is one of the potential clashes in the 2019 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final. Therefore, on the eve of the semi-final, it is fitting that it is the very same two sides who we will be featuring today. As we take a look (not too far) back in time to the 2013 Camanachd Cup Final.
Shinty is well known for having fans mixing, even at events as important as the Camanachd Cup Final. On this day however, you would not have been able to distinguish fan loyalties within the sea of blue and white even if you tried. Proceedings got underway in the Autumn sunshine and Kyles started the brighter of the two sides, dominating possession and play with Newtonmore looking overrun at times. This changed however, in the 14th minute, as Newtonmore captain -Jamie Robinson- scored with a fiery drive from distance. This completely changed the balance of the game and the Badenoch side started to take control of proceedings. Despite their dominance, Newtonmore were limited to chances thanks to a committed Kyles back four that swept away the danger time and time again. As such, the first half drew to a close without incident and despite a poor start, Newtonmore went in the happier of the two sides.
As the teams returned for the second half, Kyles seemed to have a determined nature about them once more. Again, they started brightly. Again, Newtonmore ruined it for them. Glen Macintosh ran straight through the Kyles defence and slid in Newtonmore’s second of the game. With this Kyles heads dropped and the result seemed inevitable. MacRae’s 80th minute screamer saw to Kyles total desolation. That’s how it ended, 3-0 on the day and another Camanachd Cup victory for Newtonmore. Man-of-the-match and Newtonmore captain Robinson lifted the trophy into the air in the Fort William sunshine and half of Badenoch rejoiced.
Kyles Athletic will be hoping they can make amends on the 14th September, but first they will have to negotiate a tie with Oban Camanachd – Saturday 4pm, Mossfield.
Quiz Question: How many goals did Newtonmore concede on the way to lifting the 2013 Camanachd Cup?