U17: Alness United 4 St Duthus 2

ST DUTHUS U17s did themselves no disservice with an impressive display and some good football in Alness tonight, playing against the COPC Ross-shire Youth League leaders. Despite losing 4-2 on the night, the game left the coaching team with many positives to take.

The Saints took the lead after ten minutes and were ahead for most of the first half. The opener arrived when Calum Robinson hit a stunning lob that flew over the Alness keeper and into the net. The goal was a just reward for an excellent opening period of continued pressure and determined battling from St Duthus. Several corners were won as the Tain side continued to press the Alness back line. An equaliser arrived on the counter five minutes before the break after a good save from Aneek Khan was struck home on the rebound and just moments later United snatched the lead.

Ten minutes into the second half, a ball across the face of goal was prodded beyond Khan as Alness extended their lead, and they headed home a fourth on the hour mark. Seven minutes before time, the Saints were able to pull a goal back when Keir Carson dazzled the homesters' defence with some trickery inside the eighteen yard box before he finished high into the net.

Squad: Aneek Khan, Gordie Bryce, Calum Robinson, Mikey Fraser, Charlie Beattie, Oscar Campbell, Aidan Stainke, Kenny Patience, Taylor Anderson, Scott MacIver, Scott Taylor, Keir Carson, Finn Macleod, Kyle Ubych, Harry Spence, Memphis Tulloch

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