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Sutherland sides record big wins to reach Stafford Cup semis

By Niall Harkiss

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Seven was the magic number in the Stafford Cup this past weekend as Golspie and Lochinver recorded bumper wins to join Helmsdale in the semi-finals of the amateur competition.

At Lochinver, the home side took the spoils in the west-coast derby thanks to a thumping 7-0 win over Lochbroom.


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Jake Lockett was the star-man for the victors, putting three past the Ullapool side. Lockett’s hat-trick was compliment by a brace from Gary Fisher.

Clarke Hutchison and Michael Nelson rounded off the scoring with a goal each for the Culag Park side.

At Golspie, Lairg Rovers were also on the wrong end of a seven-goal drubbing.

Alexander Mackay started the rout for Golspie Stafford on 12 minutes before Robbie Murray doubled their advantage ten minutes before the break.

A Cameron Montgomery chip over the goalkeeper just a minute later made it 3-0.

Golspie went four goals to the good on the stroke of half-time when Gary Mackenzie headed home.

A second for Mackay added to the tally in the second half, before Robbie Murray completed his hat-trick.

Helmsdale United recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Inver at Couper Park.

The Sutherland side got off to a good start and held a 1-0 lead at half-time thanks to a goal from Sam Barclay.

Helmsdale United forward Sam Barclay was presented with the man of the match award by match sponsor, Yvonne Grant from Glencoast.
Helmsdale United forward Sam Barclay was presented with the man of the match award by match sponsor, Yvonne Grant from Glencoast.

Inver then drew level through Alex Mackenzie who found the net with an impressive long range effort.

The Easter Ross side were dealt a blow when midfielder Paul Loughlin was forced to retire from the match due to an ankle injury.

The game was won in the dying moments when Barclay grabbed his second, slamming home the rebound after a save from a Duncan Davidson header.

There was no glory on the cards for Embo on their official return to the Sutherland amateur ranks, as they were soundly beaten by four goals at Tain.

Strikes from John Maclellan and Noah Edwards, and a double for Scott MacDonald saw Tain Thistle win at a canter to reach the last four.

Stafford Cup quarter-final results:

Golspie Stafford 7 Lairg Rovers 0

Helmsdale United 2 Inver 1

Lochinver 7 Lochbroom 0

Tain Thistle 4 Embo 0

Stafford Cup semi-finals:

Lochinver v Tain Thistle (Saturday, April 20)

Golspie Stafford v Helmsdale United (Saturday, April 27)

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