St. Duthus 4 Halkirk United 1

St. Duthus got back to winning ways thanks to a stunning second half display at Grant Park on Saturday, blowing away their Halkirk opponents with four goals after the break.

There were only two changes to the side who played at Golspie last weekend. John Allan returned to the side having missed out last week due to work commitments, while Christopher Mailley came in for Alan Geegan.

Goalless first halves have become something of a theme of St. Duthus matches this season - this being the fourth they have recorded in their last five games. That said, there were chances to break the deadlock, and Saints could have taken the lead on a couple of occasions.

Jon Campbell, in fine form, did well with to find Ben Bruce after an impressive run, and the Saints forward man stung the palms of Lewis Gallacher with a good effort. Bruce himself also came close with a chance after a mazy run of his own before firing just wide.

The opening goal eventually arrived on 53 minutes, coming via a free kick just outside the box. Ben Bruce, bagging his eighth goal of the season found the far corner from the set piece, giving Gallacher in the Halkirk goal no chance.

On the hour mark, a good run from Jon Campbell created the easiest of opportunities for Jake Lockett to net his second goal of the season to make it 2-0, beating Gallacher with a composed finish.

It was 3-0 on 76 minutes after Ben Bruce was felled by the goalkeeper inside the eighteen yard box, and from the resultant spot kick, the striker netted with ease.

Saints completed the rout with a goal two minutes later. Jon Campbell again went on a weaving run before cutting the ball back Cammy Mackintosh inside the area, and the midfielder made no mistake with a good finish high into the net.

There were debuts late in the game for Taylor Anderson and Calum Robinson, joining Aneek Khan (who debuted last weekend against Golspie) as the latest graduates from the club's U17 ranks.

A well taken goal from Kyle Henderson reduced the deficit to three late in the game, but it was too little too late for the Anglers against a splendid Saints side.

St. Duthus:
John Allan, Adam Allan, Christopher Mailley (Scott 68), Duncan Davidson (bkd 3), Barry Kenny, Jon Campbell (Taylor Anderson 81), James Mackay, Cammy Mackintosh (c), Ben Bruce (bkd 32) (Calum Robinson 81), Jake Lockett (Kyle Mackenzie 77), Finn As-Chainey (Keir Carson 77)

Halkirk United:
Lewis Gallacher (bkd 75), James Mackintosh (c), Jordan Howden, Ryan Sutherland (Bryan Reid 80), Stewart Atkins (Ross Mackay 67), Chrissy Green (Kai Cameron 86), Ben Gordon, Korbyn Cameron, Jonah Martens, Grant Macnab (Alasdair Mackintosh 89), Kyle Henderson (bkd 62)

Referee: John Nicolson
Assistants: Callum Dey and Andrew Bannerman

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