MacLachlan Nets Four in Mowi Premiership Opening Weekend
March, 3, 2019
The first game of the season saw Lovat soar past Kinlochshiel with ease, thrashing the travelling side 5-0. By half time Lovat had secured a comfortable 3-0 lead through a star performance from Marc MacLachlan, who bagged his first hat-trick of the season with goals coming in the 25th, 27th and 35th minute. Greg Matheson joined in on the frenzy netting in the 65th minute before MacLachlan secured his double brace in the 82nd.
Underdogs Kilmallie grasped an unexpected 2-0 victory at the Eilan over current Mowi Premiership holders Newtonmore, with goals coming from Daniel Stewart in the 30th minute, and Liam Cameron in the 44th.
The newly promoted Cool side claimed revenge on Newtonmore after losing in last year’s Camanachd Cup semi-final which saw the Badenoch side narrowly win on penalties.
Match Footage - Camanachd Association
Newtonmore noticeably missed key midfielder Steven MacDonald who is still carrying a suspension from late last season. Newtonmore manager PJ Mackintosh will have to adapt in time for next week if they’re to recover with a win over scheduled opponents Caberfeidh, where MacDonald will serve his last match ban.
Despite losing Newtonmore are not to be dismissed as league favourites. Having returned from two early losses last year, to win the Premiership with 6 points clear, the team has proved that slow starts don’t define the coming season.
Lovat start strong and go top of the league through goal difference, with Kilmallie in a close second and Kinlochshiel bottom. However, because of bad weather conditions, only two games were played across the whole of the Mowi Premiership, meaning the tables positions won’t be clear for another fortnight.