Dominant display sees Newtonmore lift Primary Cup trophy

Newtonmore Primary Captain Joseph-Luca Brannan celebrates with his side who won the Tulloch Cup at An Aird, Fort William last week. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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Wednesday, September 8 saw the Tulloch Homes Primary Cup finals day take place at An Aird, Fort William between Newtonmore Primary and GlenUrquhart/Balnain Primaries.

Both schools had come through the group stages of this competition having played, and beaten schools from their local area to qualify.

Unfortunately due to Covid cases, school restrictions and players isolating there were a number of additional teams who had won through to finals day but sadly could not make it.

The game, officiated by Fort William development officer and Camanachd Association  board member Willie MacDonald, started quickly with Newtonmore first out the blocks as James Coyle found the net on the one-minute mark and then again on the second.

Newtonmore were relentless in their pressure and by half-time a number of additional goals had been scored.

The game was then out of reach of the brave GlenUrquhart/Balnain team who didn’t let their heads go down and defended tirelessly throughout the first period.

Newtonmore switched their team around in the second half, moving players around the park into different positions.

The GlenUrquhart/Balnain squad marked tight and defended diligently but still couldn’t stop this talented team from scoring time and again with captain Joseph-Luca Brannan getting a double early in the second half.

The score would have been higher if it wasn’t for some of the fantastic saves the GlenUrquhart/Balnain goalkeeper made throughout the game.

Newtonmore’s slick passing and movement off the ball ensured they kept their lead well and truly intact.

Willie MacDonald blew his whistle and drew the game to a close and Joseph-Luca Brannan deservedly collected Tulloch Homes Primary Cup for 2021.

Thanks went to both sets of players, coaches and parents for their support before during and after the event.

To referee Willie MacDonald for officiating the game, to Fort William Shinty Club for hosting the event and to the sponsors Tulloch Homes.