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PICTURES: Kings lift Sir Tom Macpherson Trophy after classic derby encounter


By Gavin Musgrove

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Kings captain Savio Genini lifts the trophy after the Red and Blues won the match on a penalthy shoot-out after a thrilling 3-3 draw in normal time. All pictures: Fiona Young.
Kings captain Savio Genini lifts the trophy after the Red and Blues won the match on a penalthy shoot-out after a thrilling 3-3 draw in normal time. All pictures: Fiona Young.

Kingussie have lifted the Sir Tom MacPherson Trophy after prevailing in a penalty shoot-out with Newtonmore became the first team to hold them this season in the Mowi Premier League.

The classic derby at the Dell on Saturday ended 3-3 with Iain Robinson completing his hat-trick nine minutes from time to level the scores.

The two sides went to a penalty shoot-out to determine the destination the trophy named in memory of Newtonmore's World War II hero and eminent businessman.

The Blue and Whites went first and Steven Macdonald scored, banishing memories of his earlier miss from the spot in normal time.

Kingussie named the same penalty takers in the same order as in their Scottish win over Beauly but Kenny Ross saved with his feet to deny Kieran MacPherson so ‘More led 1-0.

Conor Jones pulled his penalty past the keeper’s left post and Ruaridh Anderson struck his spot-hit to the keeper’s right, going in of Ross’s leg, to make it 1-1.

Craig MacIsaac stuck his penalty over the keeper’s right shoulder before Roddy Young blasted the ball down the middle to make it 2-2.

Rory MacGregor made a great stop under the bar to turn away Iain Robinson’s effort before Savio Genini crashed the ball into the roof of the net to give the Kings a 3-2 advantage.

Old adversaries Savio Genini and Newtonmore's Steven MacDonald challenge for the ball.
Old adversaries Savio Genini and Newtonmore's Steven MacDonald challenge for the ball.

Newtonmore now needed to score so when Rory MacGregor saved again, this time from substitute Brodie MacBean, Kingussie could not be caught and there was no need for Rory MacGregor to take their last spot-hit.

Kings captain Savio Genini was presented with the Sir Tom MacPherson Trophy by Lady Jean MacPherson.

Both sides are in action again this coming Saturday.

Kingussie have an Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-final against Lovat at Braeview Park, Beauly.

Throw up is at 2.30pm and Deek Cameron is the match referee.

Kings boss John Gibson said: “We are looking forward to the game. Lovat might have two or three injuries at the moment but we know they will still have a very good side.

“Unfortunately Calum Grant broke his finger again on Saturday so we’ll be without him for a few weeks. I’ll need to decide who replaces him but Ryan Borthwick did look good when he came on in Calum’s place.”

A midfield skirmish during Saturday's Badenoch derby.
A midfield skirmish during Saturday's Badenoch derby.

Kyles Athletic meet Oban Camanachd at Mossfield in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile Newtonmore welcome Kinlochshiel to the Eilan in the Mowi Premiership on Saturday.

The sides have met twice already this season and have one win apiece.

Co-manager Norman MacArthur commented: “This should be another good game. Fraser (MacKintosh) picked up a knock last Saturday so he’s a doubt but otherwise we are okay.”

Read the full match report and more photos from the big derby in the next Strathy out on Thursday.


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