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Three teams battling for Premier League crown

By Staff Reporter

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JUST three points separate the top three teams in the Inverness and District Amateur Premier League with Avoch and Maryburgh in hot pursuit of leaders Loch Ness as the league programme reached the half-way stage on Monday night.

Craig Ross scores his first goal in a hat trick for Maryburgh against Bellmac. Picture: George Mackenzie
Craig Ross scores his first goal in a hat trick for Maryburgh against Bellmac. Picture: George Mackenzie

Avoch stormed to an 8-0 win against Ardersier at Coronation Park, netting seven goals in an action-packed first 45.

Ian Penwright and Craig Stuart helped themselves to doubles, while James Ross, Niall Docherty and Ryan Stewart all got one apiece as Ardersier crumbled.

A change of goalkeeper and defensive line-up in the second half steadied the ship for Ardersier, who only conceded one more goal after the break with Finlay MacLeod the player on target for Avoch.

Maryburgh got their title challenge back on track with a no-nonsense 3-0 win against Bellmac at Culloden.

A clinical first-half double from Craig Ross gave ’Burgh a deserved lead, and he completed his hat trick with another well taken goal.

It could have been more for the Ross side, who were reduced to 10 men after Shaun Grant was sent off.

Maryburgh manager, James Logie said: “It was a must win game for us after last week’s defeat. But that’s us back in the hunt now.”

Culbokie ran leaders Loch Ness close in a 2-1 defeat at Bught Park.

Roddy MacLennan sparked nerves among Loch Ness after Calum Black and Phil MacDonald gave them the lead.

Black Rock Rovers won the first trophy of the season when they defeated Charlestelona 3-0 in the Division Two Cup final at Culloden.

Liam Hutchinson scored on the stroke of half time to give Rovers the edge.

Goals from Ryan Paterson and Mikey Rae rounded off a polished display from the Evanton side.

Avoch and Culbokie will face each other in the Premier Cup final after the Black Isle sides each enjoyed 3-2 wins after extra-time against semi final opponents Loch Ness and Bellmac.

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