Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018
GOLSPIE emerged as the victors in the Sutherland county derby with Bunillidh this weekend, as the battle for first place continues. A Sandy Sutherland double gave Golspie a 2-0 half time lead at King George V Park before Cammy Sutherland extended the scoreline ten minutes after the break. Iain Hughes offered a glimmer of hope for the Helmsdale side when he reduced the deficit two minutes later, but it was to be a momentary glimmer, as Cammy Sutherland immediately restored the three goal advantage before Sandy Sutherland notched his hat-trick on 67 minutes to give the home side a comfortable 5-1 win.
A close contest at Tain between St Duthus and Invergordon saw the champions emerge with the spoils in the Easter Ross derby. An early goal from Ryan Macleod after good work from Kyle Maclean split the sides at the break before the Saints equalised through Finn As-Chainey two minutes into the second half. On 72 minutes, Cammy Mackintosh netted to give the home side the advantage but Jack Mulgrew turned the ball into the net from a low corner just a couple of minutes later to level the affair. The winner was reserved for Ryan Macleod on 87 minutes who broke clear and finished well to secure a 3-2 win for Invergordon.
At the Highland Football Academy, Inverness Athletic made sure of their place in the Jock Mackay Cup Quarter Final with a 2-1 win over Halkirk United. The Anglers took the lead just after the half hour mark after Iain Mackay did well to tuck the ball under the keeper from six yards. Parity was restored three minutes after the restart when Phil Macdonald added the finishing touch to a low cross to make it 1-1. The winning goal came with virtually the last kick of the ball through Glenn Donoghue, who tapped the ball home from close range after good work from Athletic down the left wing.
Match highlights provided by Darren Manson, Picture House.
The Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League match between Thurso and Orkney was postponed due to wind conditions affecting ferry travel.