Published: 22/07/2017 16:20 - Updated: 22/07/2017 16:37

Stage set for Black Isle derby in cup semis

 

Everyone wanted to get involved in this goalmouth scramble in the match between Avoch and Maryburgh!
Everyone wanted to get involved in this goalmouth scramble in the match between Avoch and Maryburgh!
AVOCH and Culbokie will meet in the semi-final of the Highland Amateur Cup after the Black Isle sides won their respective quarter-final ties on Saturday.

 

Shaun Kerr gave Avoch an eighth-minute lead in front of a big crowd at Maryburgh.

Kyle MacLean swept in a pinpoint cross from the left and Kerr headed into the net from close range.

MacLean then tested ‘Burgh’s Iain MacKenzie with a couple of snap shots which the keeper did well to keep out.

An injury to Avoch defender Scott Davidson forced an early reshuffle for the visitors.

And they were caught napping in the 41st minute when Sam Hutcheon played in Michael McKenzie, who fired a low shot into the corner of the net for the equaliser.

But Avoch restored their advantage on the stroke of half time when the home defence failed to clear their lines and Keith Mason blasted the loose ball home from 15 yards.

Fraser Dingwall headed a McKenzie corner over the crossbar in the 55th minute as ‘Burgh fought to get back on level terms.

But Avoch had the better of the chances from here on in and Rhys Shewan lobbed in a decisive third goal for the Black Islers with five minutes to go.

Chris Kelly hit a hat-trick as Culbokie also booked their place in the semis after a 5-2 victory against NMM Sam’s at Culloden.

Culbokie were 3-0 up after 26 minutes following a Michael MacKenzie penalty and a Chris Kelly double inside a minute.

Nic Stein pulled one back from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark, and when Sam’s scored again through Mark MacKenzie early in the second half it was game on.

But Culbokie rallied and a fine individual goal from Andrew Miller followed by spectacular scissors kick from Kelly finished Sam’s off.

In the other quarter-final ties, Staxigoe United defeated IRN Security 4-2 at Culloden, while Pentland United edge out Kirkwall Thorfinn 2-1 at Bignold Park, Kirkwall.

Revised Highland Amateur Cup semi-final draw – (ties to be played on Saturday, August 5) – Pentland United v Staxigoe United; Avoch v Culbokie. Venues and kick-off times to be confirmed.    

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