St Duthus come out on top against Invergordon
ST DUTHUS completed a league and cup double against Ross rivals Invergordon with a 2–1 victory in their opening Football Times Cup group match at the Recreation Grounds.
Goals from Liam Rostock and Cammy Mackintosh put Saints 2–0 up before Jordan Knight pulled one back to make for a nervy last 20 minutes.
Saints manager Stuart Ross was delighted with the win, he said: “It was great to get our Football Times campaign off to a winning start. Invergordon is a hard place to go, they are a good team, so to come away with a win is really pleasing.”
Saints took the lead in the 18th minute when Rostock finished off a slick move.
Ian Penwright had the ball in the Saints’ net but he was ruled off-side, and it got worse for the home side mid-way through the second half when Saints’ skipper Mackintosh lashed the ball home from the edge of the 18-yard box.
But Knight threw Invergordon a lifeline shortly after when he was first to react after Ken Morrison’s shot was blocked. From there the home side had the better chances but Saints held out for the win.
Next up for the Tain Saints is a home league game against Inverness Athletic on Saturday. Saints have been further boosted by the return of top scorer Ben Bruce, who missed his side’s last three matches.
Goalkeeper Jonny Allan also returns, along with Robbie Murray and Scott MacLean. However, Scott Miller and Finlay MacLeod are unavailable.
Also in the league, Invergordon head north to play Halkirk United. The Easter Ross side hope to have Kyle MacDonald back for that one.
In the north section of the cup, Halkirk United whipped Bonar Bridge 9–3 at Migdale Park, while Golspie Sutherland beat Thurso 1–0 at Naver Park.
NMM Sam’s remain in pole position in the Community Cup despite being held to a 1-1 draw by leaders HRL.
Sam’s, who are a point behind HRL with a game in hand, need to win their last three matches to be sure of winning the title.
Ali MacKinnon was once again the goal hero for Invergordon Social Club in a 7-2 romp against Tomatin United at the Highland Football Academy.