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On form St Duthus are looking to march towards North Caledonian Cup glory as they face Inverness Athletic in first round

By Will Clark

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ST Duthus manager Alan Geegan says his team’s form in the North Caledonian League is giving him confidence they can lift silverware at the end of the season targeting winning the North Caledonian Cup which they start against Inverness Athletic this weekend.

North Caledonian League 1..Saint Duthus 2 v Invergordon 0, Grant Park, Tain...Ben Bruce (Tain) Kyle Maclean (invergordon)..Picture: Callum Mackay..
North Caledonian League 1..Saint Duthus 2 v Invergordon 0, Grant Park, Tain...Ben Bruce (Tain) Kyle Maclean (invergordon)..Picture: Callum Mackay..

The Tain outfit defeated champions Golspie Sutherland 1–0 on Monday night with Ben Bruce scoring a penalty to make it three wins in-a-row in the league.

St Duthus have picked up 13 points out of a possible 15 in their last five games to make them the form team in the league.

The league title may be beyond Saints after a poor start to the campaign means they are in sixth place and 13 points behind leaders Loch Ness with six games remaining.

But Geegan says his team have shown signs of having a strong second half of the campaign and that lifting a cup this season is a real possibility.

“When I first took over, it was about making ourselves competitive and climb up the league,” he said.

“But I was always looking to this cup as it is our only realistic hope of winning a trophy this season.

“Certainly the form we have shown in the last five game shows we have a squad that is capable.”

“It is certainly a target for us.”

But Geegan says his team must remain focussed and not believe results are a foregone conclusion.

Despite being bottom of the table, Geegan is aware how dangerous Inverness Athletic can be.

“It’s all about the players now and about their attitude and application,” he said.

“If we keep going the way we are going we can give any team in the league a game.

“But if we start believing our own hype then we will soon get burnt by teams such as Inverness Athletic.

“They are never out of a game as shown by their last two results. Invergordon only beat them 2–1 and Athletic drew with Golspie, so they are a team that can hurt you if you don’t have the correct attitude.”

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