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Sutherland storm back to beat Brora Rangers to win first Sutherland derby in Highlands and Islands League

By Will Clark

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Highlands and Islands League

Brora Rangers 2

Sutherland 4

Scorers – Brora: Anderson (23, 50) Sutherland: L. Sutherland (58) Rachel Sutherland (80) Rhiann Sutherland (85) Mackay (88)

Sutherland beat Brora Rangers 4–2.
Sutherland beat Brora Rangers 4–2.

SUTHERLAND came from behind to defeat Brora Rangers in the first ever county derby in the Highlands and Islands League.

Brora Rangers were in control of the game for almost an hour and looked good to win the derby after taking a 2–0 lead in the second half.

But Sutherland scored four goals in 30 minutes to claim all three points and maintain their 100 per cent record.

Brora Rangers took a 1–0 lead into half time after Melissa Anderson scored with a long range shot high into the net leaving the goalkeeper grounded to the spot.

Anderson doubled Brora's advantage early in the second half with a thunderous strike which found the top corner.

Sutherland's fightback came in the 58th minute when Lana Sutherland scored with a wide swinging strike.

The equaliser came 10 minutes from time when Rachel Sutherland scored.

Brora thought they had retaken the lead when Claire Matheson found the net, but the strike was chalked off as the referee had not restarted play when it was stopped.

Sutherland were awarded a penalty five minutes from time after the referee ruled a Brora player was guilty of hand ball in the box.

Rhiann Sutherland kept her composure from 12 yards to put them 3-2 up.

Terri Mackay then went on to score a fourth for Sutherland in the 88th minute to claim all three points.

Elsewhere champions Clachnacuddin were held to a 3–3 draw at Buckie.

In Thurso, Caithness defeated Orkney 4–0.

The match between Nairn St Ninian and Kirkwall City was cancelled as the Orcadians were unable to field a team.

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