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Giants brought down with a bump

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THE trouble with being giants is that they become the natural target of everybody else.

Saturday’s shinty saw success for two such giant-killers as Newtonmore lost their hold over top spot in the Premier League while Kingussie crashed out of the Macaulay Cup at the quarter-final stage.

The Eilan side travelled to Kiltarlity to take on Lovat who have been this year’s surprise package.

And the defending champions came home licking their wounds following a 3-0 defeat at the hands of a club who now take over the reins at the top.

Lovat are a stuffy side, with good fitness levels, and hard to beat particularly on their own turf.

In this topsy-turvy season where so many unfancied clubs have found form, this was always going to be a worry for the Blue and Whites.

As it turned out, the first half was pretty even until the 44th minute, that is, when Duncan Davidson scored for the home side.

Newtonmore tried to create more pressure in the second half but lacked a cutting edge without star striker Danny MacRae. Too many shots were off target.

Lovat sealed the game in the 70th and 85th minutes thanks to a double from Fraser Gallagher.

Meanwhile the Kings were looking to make progress in the Macaulay at Drumnadrochit, against another side that have shown threatening form, again especially at home.

Despite the presence of Ronald Ross, Kingussie soon found themselves under the cosh.

Neale Reid put the Glen ahead in the 26th minute. Three minutes into the second half, he made it 2-0 before James Macpherson bagged number three in the 68th minute.

Ross did manage to pull back a single consolation goal in the 80th minute but it was Glenurquhart who advance into the semi-finals.

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