Posted on Sunday, October 7th, 2018
Picture Credit - Scott MacDonald
Alness United 5-1 Thurso
Alness United booked their place in Football Times Cup Final after a resounding 5-1 victory over Thurso at Culbokie Park. Mark Lamont started off the scoring for the home side, netted with only 8 minutes on the clock to give the hosts the perfect start. That lead was doubled 20 minutes later when Jack Mackay found the back of the net and give Alness a decent half time lead. United increased their lead shortly after the break when a Mark Lamont strike doubled his tally for the afternoon and put his side firmly in control of this cup tie. Thurso striker Steven Morris did pull a goal back and in the last twenty minutes while The Vikings were pushing to get a second goal, that man Lamont rounded off a good afternoon’s work for both him and his club when he completed his hat trick. To compound Thurso's misery, Benn Murray scored an own goal with five minutes left. This 5-1 win sent Alness United to their first Cup Final since 2015.
Golspie Sutherland 4-0 Lewis & Harris
Golspie Sutherland got the better of their Island visitors Lewis & Harris in the other Football Times Cup Semi Final, avenging their Quarter Final defeat to same side in last season’s competition. Graham MacNab was first to get his name on the score sheet for the home side when he netted after half an hour. A strike from young Robbie Murray quickly followed to give the Sutherland Club a commanding half time lead and give Lewis & Harris an uphill task in the second half. Goals from Sandy Sutherland and Ben Sinclair, his fourth in all competitions this season, followed in the second half for the home side to book Golspie Sutherland a place in the Football Time Cup Final against Alness United on the 20th October.
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Bunillidh Thistle 6-4 St Duthus
Game of the day on Saturday was at Couper Park in Helmsdale, where Bunillidh scored six to secure their first three points of the season. In what was a frantic start to the match, St Duthus found themselves 2-0 down with only 3 minutes on the clock when Steven Learmont scored twice to give the home side a dream start. Scott Miller halved the deficit for the visitors two minutes later, but The Saints joy was short lived when Bunillidh raced into a 5-1 lead with three quick strikes from, Garrick Taylor, Bobby Gunn and Craig Sutherland. The first half scoring was not over yet, Stuart Ross’s men dragged themselves back into the game before half time with two quick goals from Justin Rodgers and a second of the afternoon from Scott Miller to set up a tantalising second half. Unfortunately, the tantalising second half never materialised, with both sides only adding a further goal each to the score line. Cameron Mackenzie scored his first goal of the season for the Helmsdale outfit before Scott Miller completed his hat trick for the visitors, bit it was too little too late for The Saints as Bunillidh saw the game out and in doing so secured their first league win on the season.
Halkirk United 0-4 Invergordon
Halkirk United fell to a second home defeat in seven days as they lost out to league leaders Invergordon at Morrison Park. Darren Goller kicked off the scoring for the visitors with just over half an hour played, finishing low in the bottom corner from 18 yards after some good work from Shaun Kerr. The home side pushed for the equaliser but a combination of poor finishing and some excellent goalkeeping from the Invergordon number 1 made sure that Invergordon went in at half time in front. The visitors would double their lead shortly after the break when Shaun Kerr sprung the offside trap to net from 6 yards. The League’s top marksman Darren Goller was on the score sheet 15 minutes later, finding himself on the end of a cross, he chipped the advancing keeper to give his side a commanding 3-0 lead. It would be an afternoon to remember for Goller who completed his hattrick late on with a beautiful volley, securing Invergordon their fourth League win of the season.
Inverness Athletic 1-2 Orkney
A late strike from reigning League Champions Orkney was enough to secure them all three points at Pavilion Park and leave Inverness Athletic wondering how they never got at least a point for their afternoons work. Orkney scored the only goal of the first half when Liam Delday finished from close range after some good work down the Orkney right. Athletic managed to find a way back into the match shortly after the restart through Ryan Dow. The winger broke down the left and chipped a cross towards the back post which evaded the Orkney keeper and sailed into the far corner of the net. In what was a frantic game, a combination of poor finishing and good defending from both sides made sure that the score line stayed the same with Orkney twice having the ball cleared off the Inverness line and the home side having a goal disallowed for offside. Orkney would find the winner five minutes from time, James Pickles found a fraction of space in the Inverness Athletic box, turned and fired low into the corner to secure The Orcadians the three points.