Week 4 Preview

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2019

The final last four spot is up for grabs tomorrow (Saturday) when Orkney host Thurso in the Jock MacKay Memorial Cup Quarter Final at Dounby.

Both clubs are in fine form with 100 per cent records so far - something will have to give.

In the league, Invergordon aim to overturn last week's cup defeat at Golspie when the sides meet again at the Recreation Grounds.  Inverness Athletic, another team with an unblemished record this season, host St Duthus at Inverness Royal Academy, while a big three points are up for grabs when Halkirk United welcome Bonar Bridge to Morrison Park. 

Jock MacKay Cup Quarter Final

Orkney v Thurso
at Dounby

D J Moffat has been passed fit and is likely to feature for Orkney in this home cup tie against Thurso. However, Chris Hellewell is out as he is out of the country.
Thurso welcome back skipper Michael Petrie, James McLean, Allan Munro and Stevie Morris. Connor Dunnet, who has been in goal for the Vikings for their last couple of matches, misses out due to work commitments.

The winners are due to play Golspie Sutherland (away) in the semi-finals the following week.

North Caledonian League

Invergordon v Golspie Sutherland
at the Recreation Grounds, Invergordon

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There is usually very little between these teams, although Golspie won convincingly enough last week in the cup.
Invergordon manager Gary Campbell, who will be looking for a different outcome welcomes back goalkeeper Grant Beattie and the versatile Jack Hudson return for the clash.
It is a case of three in, three out for Golspie. Owen Harrold, Sean Munro and Blair Duncan are the players sidelined, while Eddie MacGregor, Martin Banks and Lukasz Geruzel return to fill the void.

Inverness Athletic v St Duthus
at Inverness Royal Academy

Inverness Athletic are back in action with a home fixture against St Duthus in the Highland capital.
James MacKay makes a welcome return to fitness for high-scoring Athletic, who have netted 15 goals in their opening two matches.
Saints, with three wins out of four, add Ben Bruce, Reece Patterson, Robbie Murray, Paul Beaton and Will Ross to their squad. However, Adam Allan has been ruled out.

Halkirk United v Bonar Bridge
at Morrison Park, Halkirk

Gordon MacDonald's reign as Halkirk manager has come to the end, after the club decided earlier this week on a change of direction.
However, the Anglers should still be favourites for this one although Bonar Bridge will fancy their chances of causing an upset.
Bonar's co-manager Miller Mackay is still out injured, while Liam MacGregor and Adam Mackay are also sidelined.

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