Invergordon 3 St Duthus 1

Saints' excellent run of form in the Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League came to a halt with defeat at Invergordon on Saturday.

Alan Geegan's men took the lead after a goalless first half but injuries took their toll and a resurgent second half fightback from the hosts resulted in a 3-1 loss.

The ever-growing injury list for the Tain side saw Stefan MacRitchie join long-term absentees Ben Bruce and Reece Paterson, while James Mackay made a return to the side. Duncan Davidson also stepped back into the side to replace Will Ross.

There was little to separate the sides during an even first half. Goalkeepers William Godding and Ryan Slaney were both on form with saves at either end, and Invergordon coming closest with a chance tipped onto the bar.

The main talking point was a penalty award for St Duthus for a handball shortly before half-time. Jake Lockett's effort was saved by Ryan Slaney but the forward tucked away the rebound - only for referee Gavin Dearie to order a retake. Disappointingly for Saints, Lockett fired his second chance over the bar.

St Duthus took the lead eight minutes into the second half, and the goal came from a Godding goal kick, finding Lockett in an advanced position to cross from Adrian Voigt. Netting his sixth of the season, the winger collected the ball and slotted underneath Slaney from 15 yards with ease. 

Injuries to Voigt and later to Sam Ross hampered Saints as the half progressed and Invergordon, with the introduction of Stuart Leslie, looked the more lively side. 

With their pressure paying off, the home side levelled in the 73rd minute, Ben Kelly finishing off a move from the back that left Saints standing still. The turnaround was completed five minutes later when Jack Mackay met a corner unchallenged at the far post to beat Godding and make it 2-1.

Saints threw everything at it in the dying stages, with goalkeeper Godding coming forward for corners and set pieces. From a corner in the 90th minute, Kyle Mackenzie almost levelled the scores with a top corner bound header, but Slaney produced a tremendous save to deny him.

The finale was reserved for Invergordon with the last action of the game in the 95th minute, hitting Saints on the counter to win a corner. A short effort allowed the ball to come across the face of goal and substitute Callum Murray was on hand to rattle the ball home.

Invergordon: Slaney, Docherty, Patience, C Macdonald (Murray 94), B Morrison, Mason (Sutherland 83), Knight (Leslie 54), Mackay, Kelly, K Morrison, Maclean (K Macdonald 94). Not used: Gow

St Duthus: Godding, A Allan (Marshall 88), S Ross (Maclellan 78), JW Skinner, Davidson, Gair, J Skinner (K Mackenzie 78), Mackay, Voigt (Hulme 69), Lockett, As-Chainey

Referee: G Dearie

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