IT WAS the first time this season that the Saints had played a friendly match at the Links and the home side dealt with their visitors in comprehensive fashion, winning 4-2 against North West Sutherland amateur side Dornoch City.
On the back of a midweek training game victory over Lairg Rovers at the Tain Royal Academy Community Complex, there was an introduction in front of the home crowd for trialist forward Craig Sutherland, while Joe Sutherland returned to first team action at right back.
It took just four minutes for St Duthus to take the lead and it was midfield man Martyn Farquhar who wowed onlookers with a stunning strike from 25 yards, rattling the inside of the post on the way leaving the Dornoch keeper with no chance. Liam Mcleod doubled the Saints' lead on 11 minutes with composed finish after finding himself one on one with the keeper.
Jamie Skinner made it three on the half hour mark with a looping strike from the edge of the eighteen yard box, as the ball flew over the top of the Dornoch custodian into the net.
At the other end, Stevie Martin had to be alert to a feisty Dornoch attack, first thwarting the number 11 with a double save, before closing down their number 6 who rifled a shot into the side netting. Dornoch eventually got a reward for their persistence, knocking home a rebound from a defensive lapse two minutes from half time.
Ken Morrison made it 4-1 five minutes after the restart when he headed home a Jamie Skinner cross, and same combination led to a header just wide minutes later.
With twenty minutes remaining, substitute Scott Miller shot wide across the face of goal, and moments later, a cutback from Sam Beeston was blasted over by Cammy Mackintosh. Dornoch registered a further consolation with fifteen minutes left after a loose ball was knocked into the far corner.
Steven Martin, Joe Sutherland, Sam Beeston, John Skinner, Garry Macleod, Will Ross, Jon Campbell, Martyn Farquhar, Liam Mcleod, Jamie Skinner, Craig Sutherland, Louis Webster, Scott Miller, Cammy Mackintosh, Ken Morrison, Graham Noble