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I'm a part-time freelance sports photographer covering Caithness and the North of Scotland.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Castletown v Wick Groats

Castletown lost to Wick Groats 2-1 tonight in Castletown. I had to leave with 20 mins to go and it was still 0-0! Castletown scored first - the first goal that Groats have conceded in 13 games and only the second in 17 games (must be a record somewhere).

Castletown have lost 5 players to long term injury and top striker Chris Sutherland has left to play for Thurso Swifts. They have had to bring in 8 new players for the season, but it didn't show tonight. I was very impressed with the work rate and passing game - only their final pass let them down. It was a pretty even first half with the best effort on goal coming from Castletown with a freekick that Graeme Williamson had to tip over the bar.

Groats were very much in control in the second half and missed a hatful of chances. The strength of the squad was shown when the two subs that came on were Sandy Sutherland and Grant MacNab.

Other scores tonight;

Acks 0 - 1 Halkirk
Thistle 1 -7 Pentland Utd (Lukas Geruzel scored 4)
John O'Groats 5 - 0 Staxigoe Utd

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Pentland Utd vs Kyleakin

Pentland Utd beat Kyleakin 5-0 in the Highland Amateur cup today in Dunnet. James Murray scored 3, Tony Miller 1 and Tony Farquhar 1. Top scorer Lukas Geruzel didn't score, but his thunderbolt from the edge of the box was the hardest strike anyone has seen in Caithness. The keeper saved it only because the  shot was straight at him - the force knocked the keeper back 10 feet and onto the ground. Tony Miller followed up and had the simple job of heading into the empty net as the keeper struggled to recover.

Tony Farquhar and Andy MacKay were trialists for Pentland Utd.

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Caithness Utd U15s v Orkney

The victorious Orkney U15s team and coaches

Former Louisburgh Utd players present the Louisburgh cup to the Orkney captain

Robert Carson of Babcock Pensions Office donates a new kit to Caithness Utd coach Alan Turner

Russell MacKenzie hands over a £300 cheque from the Scott MacKenzie Memorial Fund

Caithness Utd U15s lost 4-3 to Orkney after extra time in Castletown today.  Caithness went 2-0 up and Orkney snatched one back just before half-time. Orkney went 3-2 ahead and Caithness got a late equaliser to send the match into 20 mins of extra time. The 26 degree heat made it a tough match for the youngsters. The Louisburgh Utd cup (in memory of Robin and Billy Green) was presented by James Durrand and three other former players of the now defunct Wick team.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Acks vs Halkirk

Thurso Acks beat Halkirk 3-2 after extra time tonight at the Dammies - in the first round of the Eann MacKintosh cup.

Halkirk went 1-0 up after 10 mins (Mark Munro) and were in control for the first half, but there were no real chances.  Acks equalised a few minutes into the 2nd half when the Halkirk defence fell asleep at a quickly taken free kick. It was a pretty even 2nd half and Acks scored with a penalty in 85 mins. A defender pulled a shirt in the box to stop a clear scoring opportunity. David Blackwood was sent off for protesting too much. Halkirk went up the pitch and Paul MacKay equalised with a bullet of a shot from the edge of the box.

I had to leave during the first half of extra time, so missed the winning goal.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Caithness Motocross

The Caithness Motocross Club held its first race of the season today at Ravenshill, Forss by Thurso. The track was bone dry and hard, so no mud flying around. Conditions for taking photos were good - nice and bright, dry and only a slight breeze. I caught the first two rounds of races and had to leave during the lunchtime break.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Halkirk vs John O'Groats

Halkirk lost 2-1 to John O'Groats tonight in a league match in Halkirk. Halkirk received their new kit from Paul Lockhart Joinery, Harpsdale, before the game. Paul's sons Lee and Owen handed over the kit to captain Stevie Campbell.

I caught the first 40 mins. Both sides had good chances in the first half and JOG went 1-0 up after 40 mins. There were some crunching tackles and a few bookings.