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Camanachd Cup heartbreak for Caberfeidh in 12-goal epic

By Will Clark

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Camanachd Cup semi final

Caberfeidh 5 Newtonmore 7 (After extra time)

Scorers - Caberfeidh: Morrison (38, 80, 99) MacKintosh (47) Mackay (89) Newtonmore: Robinson (14) D. MacDonald (17) MacLean (53) S. MacDonald (86 pen, 97 pen) Fraser (107) Robinson (114).

CABERFEIDH were left heartbroken as their bid to reach the Camanachd Cup final for the first time in 80 years ended after one of the great semi finals.

Craig Morrison (right) scored a hat trick. Pictures: Neil Paterson.
Craig Morrison (right) scored a hat trick. Pictures: Neil Paterson.

The Strathpeffer outfit came from behind four times during the match against the defending champions with the game level at 5-5 in the second half of extra time at Bught Park in Inverness.

But Newtonmore scored twice to progress to the final as they aim to win their fourth Camanachd Cup in-a-row

Newtonmore looked like they were cruising into the final when they went 2-0 up after 17 minutes with goals from Iain Robinson and Drew MacDonald with Caberfeidh goalkeeper Ewan Pilcher having to work hard to ensure his team didn't fall further behind.

But captain Craig Morrison reduced the deficit to one seven minutes before half time and Jamie Mackintosh drew Caberfeidh level two minutes into the second half.

Newtonmore restored their lead five minutes later through David Maclean.

However Morrison scored his second of the game to make it 3-3 at the start of an incredible final 10 minutes in normal time.

Newtonmore looked to have won the game when Steven MacDonald scored a penalty to make it 4-3.

But Ryan Mackay scored a screamer from 25 yards in the final minute to make it 4-4 and bring the game into extra time.

Ryan Mackay (left) scored a wonder goal to bring the match into extra time.
Ryan Mackay (left) scored a wonder goal to bring the match into extra time.

Newtonmore went in front 5-4 from the penalty spot through Steven MacDonald in the 97th minute.

But Morrison scored his hat trick to make it 5-5 two minutes later.

Newtonmore went back in front 6-5 after a scramble on the goal-line saw Ewan Fraser eventually strike the ball into the net.

The Badenoch outfit then killed the game off six minutes before the end in a counter attack which saw Jamie Robinson keep his composure to fire past Pilcher.

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