AN OUTSTANDING second half comeback secured all three points for St Duthus on Saturday against an in-form Inverness Athletic at Pavilion Park in Muir of Ord.
In a fiercely contested first half, Inverness broke the deadlock through Dean Allison on the half hour mark. Athletic were reduced to ten men after Russell MacIntyre was dismissed for dissent shortly before the break.
Following the restart, Ryan Macleod offered the first Inverness test when he charged down an Ali Matheson clearance but the resultant chance hit the side netting.
12 minutes in, substitute Barry Kenny equalised for Saints. A ball into the box from Liam Rostock hit the post before being cleared to safety, and after regaining possession out wide the ball was crossed into the box for Kenny who connected with a superbly taken header at the back post to make it 1-1.
Repeating this feat, Kenny scored again on 72 minutes, pouncing on a rebound ball after Ryan Hunter had parried, to give St Duthus a well earned lead.
In fine form, Saints created daylight between themselves and their opponents when Scott Miller netted with a fantastic top corner finish from the edge of the box with eight minutes to go.
The game was finished as a contest when Cammy Mackintosh broke clear and squared across the six yard box for Calum Neil to net his first for the Saints with a coolly slotted home.
Compounding Athletic's misery, striker Ryan Macleod was dismissed for a second yellow card as the game to a close.
Ryan Hunter, Michael Mcrobert, Ally Velzian (James Dingwall 73), Ryan Stewart, Ryan Ingram, Ryan Macleod, Martin Macdonald (David Fraser 78), Martin Bain, Russell Macintyre, Dean Allison, Calum Black
Subs not used: Ryan Dow, Andrew MacDonald, Ben Hosie
Ali Matheson, Alan Geegan (Barry Kenny 46), Paul Beaton, John Skinner, Charlie MacDonald, Robbie Murray, Rory Patience (Matty Shewan 58), Cammy Mackintosh, Scott Miller (Calum Neil 83), Liam Rostock, Jake Lockett (Martyn Farquhar 85)
Referee: Darren Munro
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