ROSS County’s lady footballers have returned victorious from a cup tournament in Orkney.
The team travelled to Kirkwall at the weekend to take part in the Carolyn Firth Memorial Cup – an annual event established to raise awareness of suicide through football.
The players were defending a win last year in Conon Bridge and feeling the pressure in the run-up to the contest.
Their first opponents, Orkney Ladies, put up a good fight, with both teams’ defences tested throughout the game and neither managing to score.
The 0-0 draw set County up for their next match against Brora Rangers Ladies – a fairly young team whose fleet-footed players made good runs down the wings.
But the County defence held firm and they put three past the Brora keeper with no reply.
Then it was on to male opposition in the form of Orkney Men’s Veterans, who were playing to raise funds for suicide awareness.
Points from this match were not counted in the totals for each team, so although County were beaten, it didn’t affect their clean sheet.
Caithness were County’s strongest competitors going in to the tournament.
Knowing this, County pressed hard right from the off, firing in a few close shots, which the Caithness keeper kept out.
But in the end the pressure told and County scored a late winner four minutes from full time.
It was a much easier ride in the final tussle against Nairn Ladies. County’s defence was rarely tested and they came away with a 3 - 0 victory to retain the cup
Nicky MacDonald with two goals and Jasmine Nible with five were the standout players for County on the day.