Week 9 Round up

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Macleod and MacCallum North Caledonian League 

Alness United 1-0 Invergordon
Recreation Grounds, Invergordon

Alness United’s fantastic start to the 2018/19 season continued on Saturday as they got the better of rivals Invergordon at Recreation Grounds. In what was down on the fixtures list as an Alness United home game, the match was played at the home of their near rivals due to ongoing issues with United’s pitch at Dalmore Park. On to the game, which was always going to be a tight and exciting affair with both sides starting their respective seasons well. Alness were still on a high after last weekends Football Times Cup triumph and were looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign. Invergordon on the other hand were looking to avoid a second league defeat of the season against a side who got the better of them the last time they met. The first half ended in a stalemate with neither side able to find a way to goal despite creating a number of chances and playing some attractive football. The games only goal came 5 minutes into the second half. Alan Kerr made it two goals in two games for United as he netted to give the “home” side the lead. Invergordon pushes for a way back into the match but we’re unable to find a way through a stubborn Alness United back line who stood firm to secure another 3 points and close the gap on their opponents at the top of the league table.

Alan Kerr scored the only goal of the game at Recreation Park on Saturday
Picture Credit - Graeme Webster


St Duthus 4-1 Halkirk United
The Links, Tain

St Duthus recorded their first win of the season at The Links on Saturday, getting the better of the leagues bottom side Halkirk United. The Saints got off to a great start when they scored after just 50 seconds. The goal came from a long Liam Rostock throw from the left which was collected well by Sam Beeston, who controlled the ball and drilled it into the corner of the net to make it 1-0. St Duthus continued to put pressure on the visiting defence and were rewarded on the half hour mark following a neat team move. Multiple passes eventually led to Cammy Mackintosh feeding Liam Rostock in the six yard box and the Saints forward man made no mistake with a finish from close range to give the Saints a comfortable 2-0 half time lead. It would be Halkirk who would start the second half the stronger as James Macintosh was unlucky not to score with an effort that flew low past the post on 55 minutes. The same player fired just over the bar moments later following a similar move. It was third time lucky for Macintosh on the hour when he was played in on goal for a simple finish low into the far corner to make it 2-1. This joy was short lived for the Anglers as Saints wasted no time in restoring their two goal advantage just a minute later. Breaking clear, Justin Rogers finished well with the outside of his foot to beat Milligan was a low shot to make it 3-1. St Duthus were further in front a few minutes later as substitute Scott Miller made no mistake with a composed finish to seal Stuart Ross’s men all 3 points.

Liam Rostock put in a Man of the Match performance to help his side secure all 3 points.
Picture Credit - St Duthus FC twitter


Golspie Sutherland v Inverness Athletic
King George V Park, Golspie

The League meeting between Golspie Sutherland and Inverness Athletic became the first fixture to fall victim of the weather this season, as King George V Park was deemed unplayable. This fixture will be rescheduled for later in the season


Orkney v Bunillidh Thistle
Dounby, Orkney

Unfortunately, the League meeting between Orkney and Bunillidh Thistle was postponed as the Helmsdale outfit were unable to raise enough players for the trip north. This fixture will be rescheduled for later in the season