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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Halkirk Utd vs Muir of Ord (5-0)

Grant MacNab celebrates his second

Martin Banks scores the 3rd

Bob Gunn books Grant MacNab for dissent

Grant MacNab scores his 3rd

Grant MacNab celebrates his hat-trick

Martin Banks shoots

Jack Halliday rounds the keeper for the 5th goal

Steven Morris

Matthew MacKay

Ryan Begg
Halkirk Utd beat league title favourites Muir of Ord Rovers 5-0 at a windy Morrison Park today.  Grant MacNab helped himself to a hat-trick in the first half. He scored in the 3rd and 10th minute and mid-way through the half. Martin Banks scored in the 16th minute.  Jack Halliday scored the 5th early in the second half.

Rovers fought back in the 2nd half and hit the bar with a free kick, but Halkirk keeper Daniel Budge didn't have much to do.

Thurso had no game today.

Wick Academy beat Turriff Utd 2-1 with Sam Mackay scoring twice in the last 5 mins.

Caithness RFC beat Gordonians 39-25 playing away in the cup.

Friday, 30 August 2013

David Allan Shield Final - Lybster vs Pentland Utd

Ross Allan accepts the David Allan Shield from Aunty Linda Moran

Pentland Utd winners

Caithness Player of the Year James Murray accepts the trophy from Angus MacKay

James Murray

Steven Anderson is congratulated on scoring Lybster's 4th goal

Ross Allan

Ross McAdie and Steven Anderson tackle Lee Sutherland

Ross McAdie hits the bar in the penalty shoot out

Michael Gray saves Steven Anderson's penalty

Gary MacKay beats Alan Bokas to win the game

Lee Sutherland congratulates Gary MacKay
Pentland Utd won the David Allan Shield at a very wet Dammies tonight by beating Lybster on penalties 3-0.

I joined the game mid-way through the 2nd half and it was 3-3. Lybster scored their 4th with around 10 mins to go, but Pentland Utd hit back straight away when a swinging free kick was headed by a Lybster player into his own net.

There was no extra time and Lybtser had two penalties saved by Michael Gray and hit the bar with a third. Pentland Utd scored all three to win the game. Ross Allan received the shield which is in memory of his grandad David.

James Murray was voted the Caithness Player of the Year and received his trophy at the end of the match.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Thurso vs Alness (0-2)

David Cowie shoots

Marc MacGregor in a clash of heads which meant he had to go off with a nasty cut

James Murray

Eddie MacGregor

Lee Elder

Lee Elder is tackled

Alness celebrate the 2nd goal scored by Tony Farquhar
I caught the 2nd half of the Thurso vs Alness league game at the Dammies. Alness were leading 1-0.
Thurso totally dominated the 2nd half, but could not find a way through the Alness defence.

Tony Farquhar scored from a corner late in the game to seal the 2-0 win.

Marc MacGregor had blood pouring from a head wound and had to be taken off.

Caithness vs Mackie (30-23)

Doug Webster score a try

Evan Sutherland scores a try

Liam Brims with another successful kick
Caithness beat Mackie FP 30-23 after extra time in a cup game at Millbank today. It was 17-10 for Caithness at half-time, but Mackie turned the screw and totally dominated the 2nd half and were winning 23-20 until Liam Brims kicked a penalty with around 3 minutes to go.

I had to leave for the Thurso vs Alness game at the Dammies and missed the 20 mins of extra time.

Caithness RFC & Chris Paterson

Caithness RFC with Chris Paterson

Caithness RFC & Mackie FP with Chris Paterson

Caithness RFC stand in a one minute silence for the four oil field helicopter victims. Many of the team knew them.

Mackie FP stand for a one minute silence

Chris Paterson gives advice to Caithness U16s

Chris Paterson with the Caithness U16's after a training session on Saturday morning
Scotland legend and SRU Ambassador Chris Paterson visited Caithness on Friday and Saturday. He was up for the installation of Murrayfield's posts at Millbank and to give some training sessions to Wick & Thurso High School pupils and the Caithness team. 

He also took a training session on Saturday morning for the Caithness RFC 15 and 16 year olds and posed for photos at the end. Chris also lined up with the Caithness and Mackie teams just before their cup match. The match ended in a 23-23 draw and Caithness won 30-23 after 20 mins extra time. Action pics to follow later.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Caithness County league Champions - Wick Groats

Captain Alan Sinclair

Wick Groats won the Caithness Division one championship tonight by beating John O'Groats 4-2 in John O'Groats. The match was close at 3-2 with approx 8 mins left when James MacKay broke clear to score the decisive 4th. There were midges galore and the match ended in near darkness.