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Newtonmore clinch Premier title for first time

A jubilant Newtonmore side celebrate with the trophy
A jubilant Newtonmore side celebrate with the trophy

Newtonmore manager Norman MacArthur has decided to stay on after the club clinched the Premier Division title for the first time.

A solitary goal in the 80th minute from Danny MacRae was enough to see off nearest challengers Fort William.

"I always said when I was 50 I was stopping," MacArthur told BBC ALBA. "But after discussing it with my wife I think I should go for another season.

"I just feel that we're ready to win more and I don't want to walk away."

Newtonmore, who were pipped to the title on goal difference last season, needed to avoid defeat in Fort William to lift the trophy.

And the goal from skipper MacRae ensured their first league triumph in 25 years.

"It was a very hard game," said McRae. "We came here with the right attitude and it paid.

"It's the best team that wins the league and I think we are worthy winners."

On the subject of his winning goal, he added: "It's amazing. It's what you dream of. It was 50-50 with the goalkeeper and I just managed to sneak it past him."

MacArthur, who has been in charge at Newtonmore since 2006, was thrilled by the victory but conceded his team were not at their best.

"It's been 25 years of hurt," he explained. "And when we got the goal I knew it would be difficult for them but it was nail-biting right to the end.

"We didn't actually play that well. We missed chances and hit the post twice in the first half.

"They had chances as well and it could have gone either way but, luckily and happily, it's going back to Newtonmore for the first time."

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