Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017
INVERGORDON took top spot in the Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League on goal difference this past Saturday following a 2-1 win over local rivals St Duthus. The Tain side had the better of the early going at the Recreation Grounds, and took the lead with a goal from Will Ross, who prodded home after good work from Liam Rostock to send the ball into the box. Within a minute the home team had equalised through Jack Hudson, who pounced on a loose ball which had evaded the grasp of Steven Martin. Invergordon took in a 2-1 lead at half time thanks to a goal from Darran Goller four minutes before the break, the forward finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box with a well struck left foot shot. St Duthus forced the issue in the second half as Invergordon were content to defend their lead, and Daniel Cormack stood out as a man of the match candidate for the champions having pulled off a number of good saves throughout the period. With twenty minutes remaining, Neil MacDonald was dismissed for receiving a second yellow card, but despite further chances for the Saints, the home side defended resolutely and held out for the win.
Match gallery: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9NEcta
At Golspie, Thurso let slip their lead at the top of the league table when they fell by 4 goals to 1. Despite taking a first half lead through Nigel Mackenzie, who netted after 11 minutes with a good finish at the back post. Nine minutes into the second half though, Golspie equalised through Sandy Sutherland, after the striker had hit the bar just moments earlier. Martin Banks gave Golspie the lead on the hour mark when he got on the end of a floated free kick, and just five minutes later Ally Macleod made it 3-1. Within fifteen minutes left, Sandy Sutherland wrapped up a good win for the home side after rounding Asa Sinclair before slotting home.
Video provided by Darren Manson, Picture House.
The scheduled North Caledonian Cup quarter final match between Halkirk United and Nairn County U20s was postponed on Friday evening due to forecast wind.