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Golspie on top as goals fly in

By SPP Reporter

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GOLSPIE Sutherland finished the North Caledonian League season with a flourish when they ran out 6-4 winners in an incredible contest against Dingwall Thistle at King George V Park.

Amazingly, Golspie were 5-0 up inside the first half hour.

Shaun Kerr opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he headed home a loose ball in the Thistle box.

Ross Grant doubled the lead five minutes later with a close range effort and Kerr was on target again in the 14th minute when he turned his marker and fired high into the net.

The goals kept coming and Shane Sutherland got in on the act after 22 minutes when he raced clear on goal.

Tommy Campbell made it 5-0 a minute later with a spectacular 40-yard lob which caught Thistle goalkeeper Stephen Hyslop off his line.

Thistle staged a mini-revival when Martin Godwin pulled one back in the 32nd minute when he side-footed into the net from six yards. Substitute Michael Manson grabbed another one for the visitors in the first minute of the second half with a 20-yard drive.

However, Golspie went 6-2 up in the 56th minute when Sean Henstridge was first to react after a John Smith header was parried by Hyslop.

But it was Thistle who finished the stronger. Alan Houston knocked in a Paul Gair assist in the 69th minute and Craig Stuart further reduced the deficit three minutes later with a superbly struck volley after Darren Gollar set him up.

But it was too little too late for Thistle as their opponents had inflicted most of the damage in the first quarter of the match.

In the SWL Cup final, Muir of Ord Rovers defeated Halkirk United 3-0 at Seaboard Park, Balintore.

Fixtures, Saturday, April 21 – SWL Cup Final – 2pm – Halkirk United v Dingwall Thistle (at Dudgeon Park, Brora).

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