THEY say good things come to those who wait - and in this case, the wait resulted in eight superb goals from a rampant St Duthus U17 side who recorded their first win together in the final home league game of their summer COPC Ross-shire Youth League campaign. Throughout the entire eighty minutes, the Young Saints played some great football and threatened constantly as they undid their Wester Ross opponents to net four either side of half time. The victory was a deserved reward for the boys as they approach the end of a summer long season of team building which has been met with determination and commitment from all involved.
Taylor Anderson opened the scoring after just four minutes when he tucked a neat left foot finish under the Wester Ross keeper to give the Saints an early advantage. Scott Taylor forced a save just moments later before Keir Carson extended the lead on ten minutes, lashing the ball into the far top corner at the second time of asking. A Scott Taylor double followed, first finishing low to the left of the keeper before nodding home Saints' fourth ten minutes before the half time break. St Duthus could have added to their tally on a number of occasions during a first half of complete dominance and were it not for some good goalkeeping they would have ended the first half completely out of sight.
As it happened, there was to be no sign of a Wester Ross comeback and the goals continued for Saints during a busy second half. Keir Morrison popped up from defence to slide in at the far post and force the ball over the line to make it 5-0 and just minutes later Taylor Anderson sent the ball into an empty net to make sure of a goal following claims that Keir Carson's initial shot off the bar had already crossed the line. Anderson netted his hat-trick ten minutes before time and on his debut, substitute Kenzie Innes showed great composure to curl the ball past the Wester Ross custodian to round off the scoring.
The win lifts Saints off the bottom of the league table with a chance of the runners-up spot still up for grabs if they can secure a win away to Wester Ross in their only remaining league game.
Team: Aneek Khan, Gordie Bryce, Calum Robinson, Keir Morrison, Charlie Beattie, Scott MacIver, Kenny Patience, Aiden Stainke, Scott Taylor, Keir Carson, Taylor Anderson, Mikey Fraser, Josh Murphy, Cynan Williams, Adam Coghill, Kenzie Innes