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Sutherland thrash Clachnacuddin in pre-season friendly before new Highland and Islands League campaign

By Will Clark

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Clachnacuddin Women v Sutherland Women: Megan Murray and Bethany Sutherland. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Clachnacuddin Women v Sutherland Women: Megan Murray and Bethany Sutherland. Picture: James Mackenzie.

SUTHERLAND began their preparations for the new Highland and Islands League season when they thrashed Clachnacuddin 8-1 in Embo.

Sutherland took the lead when Leanne Lothian found the net with Rachael Sutherland doubling their advantage with a powerful shot from outside the box.

Bethany Sutherland made it 3-0 with a terrific solo run from her own half into the Clachnacuddin box before firing past the goalkeeper.

Katie Grant made it 4-0 when she fired a powerful low drive from the edge of the box which the goalkeeper had no chance of stopping.

Franci Hutchison made it 5-0 before the break to cap off a ruthless first half performance.

With a comfortable advantage going into the second half, Sutherland made a number of substitutes.

Clachnacuddin did score the opening goal of the second half to reduce the deficit to four.

But Sutherland stamped their authority on the match once again when Jennifer Moodie connected with a cross to fire into the net and make it 6-1.

Moodie wasn’t finished in front of goal as she scored twice more to complete the rout.

The new Highlands and Islands League season is scheduled to begin next month with the fixtures still to be confirmed.

Sutherland will be looking to improve on their fourth place finish last season. Brora Rangers withdrew from the league last season as they were unable to fulfil fixtures.

Buckie are the defending champions after successfully retaining the league title they won in 2022. They also won the Highlands and Islands League Cup when they defeated Caithness 3-1 in the final at Station Park in Nairn.

Ross County are expected to join the league for the first time with Caithness, Clachnacuddin, Orkney, Nairn St Ninian and Ross and Cromarty also due to re-enter.

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