Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019
Week 26 Round Up
Invergordon clinched their first trophy of the season when they defeated Alness United 2-0 in the North Caledonian Cup final at wind-swept Dudgeon Park. In the league, Inverness Athletic dented Golspie Sutherland's title hopes with a 2-0 victory at the Inverness Royal Academy, Thurso won by a similar score-line against Halkirk United at Sir George's Park. Orkney's scheduled match against Bunillidh Thistle was postponed due to the non-sailing of the ferry.
Jock MacKay Cup Final
Alness United 0-2 Invergordon
Dudgeon Park, Brora
Invergordon had the elements in their favour in the first half and despite their dominance it was United who almost went ahead in the 23rd minute. Mikey Rae got on the end of a Craig Munro corner but his header flashed just past just the upright.
However, Invergordon opened the scoring in the 31st minute thanks to a wonder strike. Ken Morrison picked the ball up just outside the 18-yard box and curled a left foot into the top corner of the net. Invergordon went all out for a second goal before the break but Alness goalkeeper Scott MacGruer denied Morrison, Shaun Kerr and Jordan Knight in quick succession. Alness saw far more of the ball in the second period. Rae, Jack Hudson and Jack MacKay all came close for United but in the fifth minute of stoppage time Invergordon broke upfield and Finlay MacLeod rounded MacAngus to roll the ball into the empty net.
North Caledonian League
Inverness Athletic 2-0 Golspie Sutherland
Inverness Royal Academy 4G, Inverness
Inverness Athletic maintained their 100 per cent record at Inverness Royal Academy with a win against title contenders Golspie Sutherland.
After an evenly contested opening spell Athletic made the breakthrough in the 18th minute. Russell MacIntyre was fouled on the edge of the 18-yard box and D J MacPhee scored direct from the free kick. The home side doubled their lead from the penalty spot just after the half hour mark. MacPhee was fouled in the box and Ian Penwright converted from the spot for his first goal for the club. Golspie had a chance to pull a goal back after the break when they were awarded the second penalty of the match but James Mackay smacked his effort off the crossbar. Golspie finished the match with 10 men after Grant MacNab was sent off.
North Caledonian League
Thurso 2-0 Halkirk United
Sir George's Park, Thurso
In the final fixture of the season for both clubs goals in either half from Michael Petrie and Conor Cormack were enough to seal the points for the Vikings.
There were chances at either end before Petrie volleyed home the opener in the 37th minute following a corner kick. The Vikings made sure the points were in the bag just after the hour mark when Conor Cormack cut inside and curled a superb effort into the postage stamp.