It was another exciting day in The North Caledonian season 2021/22 with lots of goals again with 24 in 5 games.
In the only North Caledonian League fixture of the day, Shane Carling's Loch Ness continued their early season form winning 2-0 at home to Orkney at Bught Park thanks to goals from a Phil MacDonald penalty in the first half then sealed the three points with a goal from Ryan Ingram five minutes into the second half.
Final score - Loch Ness 2 v Orkney 0
In The Football Times Cup Round 1 (Sponsored by Inverness trophy centre), Inverness Athletic were again causing excitement going 2-0 up at half-time at Golspie's King George V Park thanks to goals from Dominic Macaulay and Luke Mackay. In the second half, they looked as though they had sealed their place in the next round with a second from Luke Mackay and 3-0 up. Golspie Sutherland had other ideas as they got a goal back in the 78th minute from Miller Mackay which looked like a consolation goal, however, a Liam Bremner double, one from the spot in the last 8 minutes levelled the tie which Athletic won 4-3 on penalties.
Final score - Golspie Sutherland 3 v Inverness Athletic 3. Athletic won 4-3 on penalties.
Next, at The Dammies in Thurso Stevie Reid's Vikings took on Bonar Bridge who have had some impressive results so far this season including a 4-4 comeback draw at Alness and a 3-2 win at home to St.Duthus last weekend. Thurso took control of the match early on with a double from striker Marc MacGregor within 16 minutes to take a 2 goal lead in at half-time. Bonar Bridge pulled a goal back from Bruce Urquhart six minutes into the second half and it again looked like one of their comebacks, However, Marc MacGregor scored again to get his hattrick and some breathing space for The Vikings who haven't started the season well having two defeats from their opening two fixtures. Thurso finished off the cup tie with a late goal from Grant Aitkenhead.
Final score - Thurso 4 v Bonar Bridge 1
In The Ross-shire Derby at Invergordon, Alness took the lead in the 32nd minute through Ryan McFee but the lead was short-lived as Cammy Mackintosh equalised from the spot for Invergordon after 39 minutes and that was both sides level at half-time. Alness United then took the initiative taking a 3-1 lead through Mikey Rae and a second of the game from Ryan McFee effectively securing their place in the second round of the cup. Invergordon fought back with a goal with 9 minutes left from Kyle Maclean getting up an exciting finale only for Alness United to retain their two-goal lead through Alexander Mackay with five minutes left. Invergordon pulled another goal back in the 88th minute from Aaron Christie but Alness United held on for a 4-3 win and a place in Round 2.
Final score - Invergordon 3 v Alness United 4
In the final Football Times cup tie of the day, St.Duthus were hosts to in-form Halkirk United who took a four goal lead in to the half time break thanks to goals from Grant MacNab, Kyle Henderson and Jonah Martens after 34 minutes followed by an Andy Mackay goal just before half-time giving Saints an uphill task of getting back into the game. No further goals were scored in the second half with Halkirk comfortably making it in to Round 2.
Final score - St.Duthus 0 v Halkirk United 4
Next weekend's Fixtures.
NORTH CALEDONIAN LEAGUE - 18.9.21
Alness United v Thurso
Halkirk Utd v Bonar Bridge
Invergordon v Loch Ness
Orkney v Nairn County 'A' at Couper Park, Helmsdale, 1 p.m
St. Duthus v Inverness Ath
SCOTTISH CUP FIRST ROUND
Golspie Sutherland v Civil Service Strollers - 3 p.m
All 2 p.m kick-offs unless stated