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Perseverance pays off in turnaround for Avoch

By Staff Reporter

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AVOCH’s never-say-die approach paid off in a 4-3 victory against NMM Sam’s at Coronation Park in the IDAFA Premier League.

Avoch Niall Docherty
Avoch Niall Docherty

The win moves Avoch to within three points of leaders Loch Ness with a game in hand.

Charlie Fonweban scored the only goal of the first half to give Sam’s the edge, but a 30-yard screamer from Niall Docherty and a Jack MacKay goal put Avoch 2-1 up.

When John McLaughlin equalised in the 86th minute and David Cameron made it 3-2 for Sam’s in the first minute of stoppage time the situation looked bleak for Avoch.

But in an incredible finish to the match Struan McArthur levelled the score in the 94th minute and Docherty hit a dramatic winner a minute later.

Avoch manager Martyn MacAllister admitted he had never seen anything quite like it.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a game like that before,” he said.

“To go 3-2 down in the 91st minute was so deflating.

“The boys deserve so much credit for not giving up and getting two goals so deep into stoppage time.”

Maryburgh put on a demonstration in finishing to get back on the winning trail with a clinical 5-0 home victory against Police.

Four goals in the opening 20 minutes put Maryburgh on easy street.

Shaun Grant opened the scoring in the second minute and Michael Munro double the lead a couple of minutes later.

An own-goal and a Marc MacLachlan header put ’Burgh out of sight, before MacLachlan scored the only goal of the second half to round things off.

Contin picked up a welcome point after they came from 2-0 down at half time to draw 2-2 at Culbokie.

Chris Kelly scored both Culbokie’s goals, while Andrew Gow and Jamie Skinner netted for Contin, who also missed a penalty.

Loch Ness were held to a 2-2 draw by Bellmac at Bught Park, and Black Rock Rovers defeated Charlestelona 4-2 in Division Two.

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