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Golspie Stafford seal title with 10th win in a row

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The victorious Golspie Stafford side celebrate their title success.
The victorious Golspie Stafford side celebrate their title success.

Stafford just needed a point from the match to deny Brora Wanderers the chance of a play-off, but after the home side’s Iain Innes scored the opener in the fifth minute there was only going to be one winner.

A long punt from Stafford goalkeeper Gordon MacRae found George Jones in space and his lay-off was volleyed home by Innes.

Jones missed a couple of good chances as Stafford continued to dominate and the pressure paid off in the 40th minute when Liam Urquhart fired high into the net from 12 yards after Jones and Aaron Smith combined in the build-up.

The points were as good as in the bag on the hour mark when Smith made it 3-0 when he scored at the second attempt after the post came to City’s rescue.

Craig Sutherland pulled one back for City in the 85th minute with a stunning 20-yard free kick which flew into the top corner.

But Stafford finished in style and substitute Shane Sutherland broke clear of the City defence to net number four a couple of minutes later as the league championship party got under way.

Brora Rangers chairman John Young presented the championship trophy to Stafford at the final whistle. The league would like to thank Brora Rangers for sponsoring the competition this season.

n Brora Wanderers booked their place in the Pattison Cup final after an emphatic 7-2 win over Embo at the School Park.

Wanderers raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal and a Craig Ross chip.

But Embo came storming back and James MacGillivray stroked the ball home after he latched on to a long kick-out from Steven Mure.

The visitors levelled four minutes from the break when they were awarded a penalty after a handball was spotted in the box. Craig MacKay made no mistake from the spot.

Embo made a decent start to the second period but the turning point of the match came in the 50th minute when Craig Sutherland scored for Wanderers.

There was only one team in it after that and James Morrison made it 4-2 five minutes later and two spectacular strikes from Jon Campbell put the result beyond doubt.

Wanderers’ Liam Sutherland completed the scoring near the end.

Fixtures: Saturday, July 28 (1pm): Pattison Cup Final – Dornoch City v Brora Wanderers (at Embo). League – Embo v Helmsdale United.

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