Genini Sends Kingussie Top of the Premiership for First Time in a Decade

A young Kingussie side fought back after conceding early away to Kinlochshiel to win their fourth game of the season and replace Lovat at top of the league. Newtonmore kept their league hopes alive by grasping an important 3-0 at Kiltarlity win over an otherwise promising Lovat side, moving up to third in the league table.

Footage courtsey of Shinty Camanachd YouTube channel

‘Shiel took the lead early on at Kirkton through John MacRae in the 10th Minute before Kingussie answered back fiercely through a Savio Gennini brace in the 30th and 39th minute, giving Kingussie a deserving 2-1 lead at half time. In form Roddy Young added to the tally in the 53rd minute before Genini secured both his second hat-trick of the season and his place as top goal scorer in the Premiership through the final goal of the match in the 58th minute.

In Kiltarlity, Newtonmore took the momentum early as Iain Robinson struck a miss-hit half volley into the bottom corner in the 3rd minute, a shot which Scotland keeper Stuart MacDonald would have been disappointed to let in.  Newtonmore again asserted their dominance in the 11th minute when Glen Mackintosh sent the ball high into the roof of the net from outside the D.

Glen Mackintosh then secured his brace in the 24th, but couldn’t match Genini’s hat-trick when he failed to convert from the spot after a reckless challenge took down ‘More captain Even Menzies inside the D.

Kyles Athletic remain unbeaten after a 7 goal frenzie at Tighnabruaich which left Oban Camanachd yet to secure their first win of the season. Colin MacDonald opened the scoring 4 minutes before half time putting Kyles ahead at the break, but Oban’s Daniel Macvicar was quick to respond 3 minutes into the second. Oban then took the lead through Andrew MacCuish in the 53rd, but this wasn’t enough to hold off Robbie Macleod and Ross Macrae who pushed Kyles back in front by the 66th minute. Macrae scored an important second gaoal with 10 to go giving his side a needed cushion with Oban’s MacCuish snathing his brace with a minute to play.

In other Premiership action Caberfeidh won comfortably over the newly promoted Kilmallie. ‘Cabers took the lead early in the 10th minute through Craig Morrison, but Kilmallie’s Craig Macisaac kept the game equal scoring in the 28th minute. Cabers new signing Robbie Brindle had his new team mates back in front 6 minutes later and with Kilmallie unable to answer Kevin Barlett solidified their win adding his name to the score sheet in the dying embers of the game.  

Inveraray remain pointless after suffering a loss to Loachaber. The only goal of the match came just before half time with Lochaber’s Ryan Johnston locking in a valuable two points for the Spean side.