St Duthus 6 Bunillidh Thistle 2

THE SAINTS recovered well from a first half wobble to end up comfortable winners against winless travellers Bunillidh Thistle on Saturday.

From the off, St Duthus were the aggressors and after five minutes they took the lead through captain Cammy Mackintosh. A long throw from Liam Rostock was flicked on by Charlie Macdonald into the path of Cammy Mackintosh who calmly controlled the ball and volleyed home. Just a minute later it was 2-0 courtesy of Jake Lockett.

Three minutes of madness led to the scores being levelled ten minutes before the break when Billy Cairns was first allowed to send the ball beyond Ali Matheson, before a wicked deflection saw the same player score a leveller moments after.

Normal service was resumed two minutes later though Liam Rostock. A long throw from the striker was cleared back into his path and he struck the ball cleanly and off the underside of the bar beyond Cameron Yuill to see the score out at 3-2 come half time.

The second half belonged entirely to St Duthus, and on 56 minutes Charlie Macdonald scored his second goal of the season, prodding home a loose ball after Bunillidh had failed to deal with a set piece.

With the game now beyond their Helmsdale visitors, Saints' Liam Rostock scored his second of the afternoon just after the hour mark, heading home at the back post from a corner to make it 5-2.

In the 90th minute, Saints were awarded a spot kick for a foul on Bartek Sosnowski. Substitute Scott Miller made no mistake with his penalty sending it straight down the middle to net his eighth goal of the season and round the scoring off at 6-2.

The victory means St Duthus are now on a run of four consecutive wins in the North Caledonian League, ahead of the long away trip to Orkney next week.

St Duthus:
Ali Matheson, Sam Beeston, Paul Beaton, Charlie Macdonald, John Skinner, Robbie Murray, Calum Neil (Lewis Ross 81), Cammy Mackintosh (Justin Rogers 56), Jordan Mackinnon (Scott Miller 65) (bkd 90), Liam Rostock (Will Ross 70), Jake Lockett (Bartek Sosnowski 81)

Bunillidh Thistle:
Cameron Yuill, Mark Mackenzie, Ally MacRae, Dean Cowie (Niall Grant 61), Garrick Taylor (bkd 90), Steven Learmont (bkd 22), Paul Gordon, Liam Mcleod (James Macrae 71), Billy Cairns, Kevin Cairns (Craig Sutherland 65), Lee Mackenzie (Josh Booth 86)

Referee: Stephen McDade

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