THE SAINTS filled their free weekend with a five goal friendly win over Bellmac at the Links yesterday.
Three trialists were introduced to a sixteen man squad for the game, while Jamie Skinner also returned to the bench. Garry Macleod missed out, and the Saints switched
Both teams started sharply and chances fell at either end. An early chance for Bellmac hit the post and cannoned back into play, offering the Saints a reprieve - and shortly after the Saints' trialist keeper saved well from a low strike.
The Saints broke the deadlock after twenty minutes and it began when Cammy Mackintosh sent a ball over the top to Joe Sutherland. Reacting quickly, he played a neat square ball to the advancing Liam Rostock, who expertly tucked the ball home from six yards to make it 1-0.
Clever midfield play between Mackintosh, Morrison and As-Chainey led to the Saints' trialist striker being played in on goal for a good chance on the half hour, but the resultant chance was sent over the bar.
The Saints' second goal arrived ten minutes before half time. Good work down the right between Craig Ross and Sutherland started the move, before the ball was moved across the park via Mackintosh to Will Ross at the back post, who arrived to send a left foot strike beyond Corey Duff.
Half time: St Duthus 2 Bellmac 0
Will Ross doubled his contribution shortly after the restart, following a neat exchange with Saints' substitute trialist left midfielder. The trialist whipped the ball into the box and waiting at the back post was Ross to sidefoot the ball home to make it 3-0.
The same trialist did well again, to beat a couple of players down the left before reaching the by-line on the hour mark. His cut back found the advancing Craig Ross who rifled a wicked shot towards goal and it cannoned off the back of Finn As-Chainey. The ball foxed Duff in the Bellmac goal and found the net as the Saints notched their fourth goal of the afternoon.
With twenty minutes remaining, Scott Miller hit the back of the net for the first time this season with a nice goal after good work down the left hand side, as the striker carried the ball into the box and struck low into the bottom corner to round off the afternoon with a 5-0 win.
Full time: St Duthus 5 Bellmac 0
St Duthus now turn their attentions to the Easter Ross derby at Invergordon next Saturday, as they return to Macleod & MacCallum league action.
St Duthus from:
Trialist, Joe Sutherland, Will Ross, Rory Patience, John Skinner, Cammy Mackintosh, Ken Morrison, Finn As-Chainey, Liam Rostock, Trialist, Scott Miller, Craig Ross, Jamie Skinner, Trialist, Lewis Ross, Martyn Farquhar
Corey Duff, James Jack, Jess Glass, Graeme Sweeney, Fraser Wylie, Reece Paterson, Scott Macintosh, Ryan Keil, Dean Allison, Ross Harrison, Steven Fraser, Gussie Dey, Hayden Garden
Referee: Brian Sinclair