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Sendall strike gives Alness United the bragging rights over St Duthus in Under-18 Highland League North Ross derby

By Niall Harkiss

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Alness United required an injury time winner to beat their Easter Ross rivals St. Duthus 2–1 at Grant Park, keeping their unblemished run in the Highland League Under-18 North division intact for another week.

Alness United v St Duthus
Alness United v St Duthus

Johnie Beattie got St Duthus off to a good start when he put the finishing touch on a tight angled shot from Ryan Quigley.

But Alness United were undeterred and Arran Thain equalised 10 minutes later.

It was honours even for the remainder of normal time, before a goalmouth stramash in the 93rd minute ended with an Adam Sendall shot finding the net.

The win keeps Alness United in pole position with 12 wins from 12 games and they are six points clear of Clachnacuddin in second place.

A pair for Ethan Mcgoran, and one each for Lachie Quate and Rory Mackinnon ensured that Clachnacuddin returned from Lossiemouth with all three points, recording a comfortable 4—0 win to keep the Lilywhites in the title hunt.

Goalkeeper Reid Peterkin stole the show at MacKessack Park as Nairn County rode over their hosts with four second half goals.

After a goalless first half, Nairn County eventually broke the Rothes resolve with goals from Dean Calderwood and Kyle Grimm giving them a two goal advantage over the Speysiders.

A grandstand finish saw goalkeeper-turned-striker Peterkin bag a brace to round off the 4—0 victory.

Wick Academy did their bit to keep the pressure on Alness United with a 6—3 win at Buckie.

William Cannop grabbed a brace to send the Scorries on their way. Further goals from Ryan Henderson, Alan Mathieson, Lewis Sutherland and Lewis Mackillop brought their tally to six.

Wick Academy are in fourth place 15 points behind Alness United but they have three games in hand.

At Ullapool, the home side made easy work of Keith in a 6–1 victory. Goals came from Fin Crook and Shaun Marshall who both complimented a four-goal grab for Louis Sears, who has now scored 14 goals for the west coast side this season.

Mylo McBain was on target for the visitors.

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