Posted on Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Bunillidh Thistle 2-7 Alness United
Alness United’s faultless start to the 2018/19 season continued on Saturday, as they fired seven past Bunillidh Thistle at Couper Park. Callum Johnstone started the scoring off for the visitors with a neat back post finish after an excellent passage of play from United. Alness doubled their lead ten minutes later when Ryan Macfee riffled in a half volley from 25 yards after a poor defensive clearance from the home side. There was no rest bite for Bunillidh as two minutes later it was 3-0 to Alness, a Gordon Finlayson strike deflected off Bunillidh defender Dean Cowie and rolled into the net past the helpless Yuill in the home goal. The first half scoring was not over, Steven Learmont netted for the hosts just before the break to give his side a glimmer of hope of a way back into the game. Any hope that Bunillidh had of getting back into the contest was quickly damped after the break when Gordon Finlayson stretched United’s lead with only a minute of the second half played. Jude Fraser added to the home sides’ misery 10 minutes later when he netted to put the visitors 5-1 in front and out of sight of their Helmsdale hosts. Billy Cairns scored a conciliation goal for The Jags from the spot before Mark Lamont got his name on the scoresheet with a quick fire double late on to put the gloss on a fantastic Alness performance.
Picture Credit - James Gunn
Halkirk United 0-3 Orkney
Halkirk United’s torrid start to the 2018/19 League season continued Saturday as Orkney inflicted The Anglers third home defeat in as many weeks. The Orcadians started the match well, creating several chances but were unable to find their way past a stubborn Halkirk back line. The break through eventually came on the half hour mark, and It was worth waiting for. Sam Rendall with a cracking strike to give the Islanders a much-deserved lead. It was not till the start of the second half that Orkney were able to find the back of the net again, another cracking long range strike this time from the boot of Craig Gillon. Orkney confirmed their third away win of the season ten minutes from time when Connan Rendall’s cross come shot eluded the Halkirk keeper and flew into the far corner of the net.
Invergordon 0-2 Golspie Sutherland
Golspie Sutherland came out on top in the battle of the League’s top two sides at Recreation Grounds at the weekend. In what was a tightly contested match, the visitors took the lead half way through the first half when Ally Macleod supplied the finished to a swift counter attack from the Sutherland outfit. Invergordon would find themselves further behind in the second half as young Robbie Murray took his seasons tally to 6 with a close-range finish, after an excellent save from the Invergordon Keeper, to secure the three points for his side and maintain their 100% start to the season. The win moves Golspie Sutherland level on points with Invergordon and Alness United at the summit of the Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League.
St Duthus 4-4 Thurso
It was an eight-goal thriller at The Links on Saturday, as St Duthus secured their first league point of the season with a late late strike. It was the visitors who were first to find the back of the net after Aiden Reid smashed home from six yards thanks to some questionable defending from the home side. The Saints were back in the game ten minutes later, Vikings midfielder Michael Petrie failed to cut out a through ball from John Skinner leaving Cammy Mackintosh in acers of space and he coolly chipped Thurso keeper Stevie Hyslop from 18 yards. Stuart Ross’s men continued to created chances and five minutes later they were in front through Iain Ross, the pacey forward sprung the offside trap and dinked a neat finish over the advancing keeper. Thurso started the second half the stronger of the two sides and it was not long till they were back in the game. Makeshift striker James Swan finished well at the back post after an in-swinging corner was not dealt with by The Saints defence. Thurso got their noses in front just before the hour mark with another finish at the back post, this time from Allan Munro, after a free kick into the box was flicked on by Conor Trueman. It was not long until The Vikings further stretched their lead when Innes Mackintosh scored a delightful 30-yard chip into the top corner of the St Duthus net giving the visitors a commanding 4-2 lead. Saints battled hard to find a way back into the match and it came with 20 minutes remaining, Cammy Macintosh netting from the spot after Iain Ross was upended in the Thurso box to set up an interesting end to the game. It would not be till the dying embers of the match that Saints would snatch a point, substitute Bartek Sosnowski tapping into an empty net from a yard out to get his sides first league point of the season and deny Stevie Reid's men their first league win of the season.