Week 11 Round up

Posted on Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Macleod and MacCallum North Caledonian League

Invergordon 4-0 Halkirk United

League leaders Invergordon eventually ran out comfortable 4-0 winner today against Halkirk United but were made to wait till the second half to open the scoring. Gary Campbell’s men thought that had found a way through a stubborn visiting defence at the end of the first half when Shaun Kerr had the ball in the back of the net only for it to be chalked off for offside. The league’s top marksman Darren Goller would open the scoring on the hour mark when he got on the end of a Shaun Kerr cross, this would start a fantastic 15 minutes for the home side. Shaun Kerr netted his firth of the season before Goller was once again on the score sheet 3 minutes later. That man Goller would round of another impressive personal display as he completed his hattrick and send his side 3 points clear at the top of the League.

Chris Hellewell battles for possession in yesterdays meeting with Alness United in Kirkwall.
Picture credit - The Orcadian

Orkney 2-2 Alness United

An entertaining second half of football in Kirkwall saw Orkney and Alness United each take a point for their afternoons work. The first half would provide both sides with little in the way of chances but was still proving to be an entertaining watch for everyone in Kirkwall.  It was Alness who would strike first in the second half as Ryan McFee found the back of the net for the Leagues in form side. It would not be long before the Islanders were back on Level terms. A brilliant pass from Pickles found Owen Rendall who hit a beautiful 1st time strike to get his side back into the game. That goal seemed to inject new life into The Orcadians who began to put their visitors under more and more pressure, creating a couple of chances but were unable to add to Rendell’s goal. Against the run of play it would be Alness who would get their noses back in front when Alan Kerr netted his 4th goal of the season. Once again Alness were not in front for long as just 10 minutes later Aiden Drever would put the finishing touch on a slick Orkney move to ensure his side get a share of points.


Scott Miller took his goal tally to 7 goals in 6 games with his strike against Golspie
Picture Credit - Graeme Webster

St Duthus 2-1 Golspie Sutherland

St Duthus continued their recent good form on Saturday as they came from behind to get the better of Golspie Sutherland at The links in Tain. The visitors arrived at The Links on the back of last weekend’s draw with Orkney and were looking to get back to winning ways against a side that are always hard to beat. It would be the men from Golspie who would find themselves in front with 35 minutes on the clock when Marc Goghill netted his 2nd goal of the season to give his side a 1-0 half time lead. It would take St Duthus until the 68th minute to draw level. Man of the Match Charlie MacDonald with his first goal of the season saw Stuart Ross’s men deservedly level. That is the way it stayed until The Saints leading scorer Scott Miller found the back of the net with just 2 minutes left on the clock, his 7th goal in 6 matches this season, and in doing so secured a third win on the bounce for St Duthus.

Highlights of Thurso's win over Bunillidh Thistle
Film Credit - Picture House

Thurso 3-1 Bunillidh Thistle

Thurso secured their first league win of the season against Bunillidh Thistle on Saturday but had to come from behind to do so. The Vikings started the game the better of the two sides, creating several opportunity’s early on to open the scoring but were just unable to find that killer touch in front of goal. Bunillidh grew into the game and on the 11th minute they were in front. Thurso failed to deal with a free kick into the box and it dropped to Paul Gordon who lashed it into the top corner of the net from close range. Both sides continued to create chances and it was Bunillidh who were unlucky not to be further ahead after some good goalkeeping from Hyslop in the home goal. It would be Stevie Reid’s men that would level up the match on the half hour mark as Conor Trueman found the corner of the net after a neat Thurso counter attack. That man Trueman would be on the score sheet again 5 minute later when he found himself in acres of space in the Bunillidh box and fired low under The Jags keeper, with Bunillidh screaming for offside in the build up to the goal. There would be only a couple of notable chances for the rest of the first half with Conor Cormack blazing over from 6 yards for the home side and Bunillidh flashing a header just wide of Hyslop’s far post.  The start of the second half was all Thurso as they looked to go further in front with Michael Petrie hitting the crossbar. In the 62th minute Thurso were awarded a penalty as winger Ross Allan was upended in the Bunillidh box. Murray stepped up to take the spot kick only for the Jags keeper to pull off a fantastic save to keep his side in the contest. James Murray then hit the rebound into the side netting. Thurso continued to press and eventually found a third goal when Ross Allan, on loan from Wick Academy netted to secure his sides first league win of the season.