July, 19, 2019
Macaulay Cup Semi-final Preview
Written by Duncan Gorman
This weekend will host both Artemis Macaulay Cup semi-finals. The North bout will take place at Braeview Park in Beuly where Newtonmore take on Rivals Kingussie and the South match will be played at Mossfield Park where Oban Camanachd will face Glasgow Mid Argyll.
Kingussie enter the semi-final coming off the back of a painful Camanachd Cup exit to Kyles Athletic, having only lost in penalties. Newtonmore also didn’t receive their most desirable result of last weekend, all be it on a much less devastating scale having only drawn to Lovat in the Mowi premiership. Both sides cruised through the first round after both securing 5-1 victories but were also both challenged competitively in the quarter-finals. Kingussie needed the help of extra time to nose in front of Caberfeidh whilst 'More narrowly beat Lovat 2-1 during a torrential downpour at Kiltarlity. After three tough battles with Lovat in the past four weeks Newtonmore have been left with a litter of injuries and suspensions leaving Michael Russel and Evan Menzies unable to play. Kingussie’s Roddy Young has returned from an injured groin and will hope to join inform Savio Genini in the starting line up.
Both teams have beaten each other previously in the season, meaning this match could easily go either way. However, you'l struggle to find a higher standard of defensive shinty between two teams, and the fixture will likely be decided by whichever forward line is most clinical.
Players To Watch
Savio Genini is certainly the man to watch for this young Kingussie side, having scored in every one of his last seven appearances. Genini has been Kingussie’s target man for the 2019 season racking up a tally of 19 goals over all competitions.
Andrew MacCuish is coming off a scoring streak for Oban Camanachd having scored an impressive 9 times in his last 5 matches. Adding on MacCuish's recent form, the striker also netted from the spot in Camanachd's preseason friendly against the Glasgow side in which his team came out victorious in a convincing 5-1 win.
Photograph by Kevin Mcglynn
Oban didn’t play in the first round after Col Glen awarded them a pass, whilst GMA beat Aberdour comfortably, securing a 3-0 victory away from home. Oban had to show their worth in the quarter-finals when they matched up against a strong Kyles Athletic side, and they did just that beating the travelling Kyles side 2-0 at Mossfield. GMA glided past Bute 5-0 but will be put to the test this weekend as they travel to Oban in an attempt to tackle the Premiership side. To be successful, GMA's defence must be on top form to keep the relentless and inform Oban forward line at bay.
The Macaulay Cup final will take place on the 17th of August at Oban Camanchd's Mossfield park.