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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Shinty actions pics

Some actions pics of the Caithness vs Sutherland shinty game played on Viewfirth Green, Thurso, yesterday. Sutherland (orange strips) won 1-0 on penalties after the game was tied at 1-1.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Shinty - Caithness vs Sutherland



Andy Hunt, Player of the Match, with Marianna MacLeod

Sutherland Captain with Marianna MacLeod

Both teams at finish

Sutherland with cup
The annual shinty match for the Kenny "Nostie" MacLeod Memorial cup was played at Thurso's Viewfirth Green between Caithness and Sutherland today. A good crowd or around 150 watched a close match with lots of action. Shinty is not for the feint hearted as three players ended up in hospital with broken fingers and a nasty ankle knock.

Sutherland took the lead in the first half against the run of play and held on until around 10 mins to go when Stewart Macrae equalised for Caithness after lots of pressure. 10 mins of extra time produced no goals. Sutherland scored once in the penalty shoot-out and that was enough to win. The Sutherland keeper had a brilliant save in the shoot-out to stop Caithness equalising.

Kenny MacLeod's widow, Marianna, presented the cup and medals. Player of the Match was Caithness's Andy Hunt.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Thurso vs Shetland

Marc MacGregor celebrates his 30 yard strike

Calvin Leask celebrates the equaliser

Connel Gresham fires a volley just over

David Cowie in an aerial duel

Luke Sawyer's cross gets blocked

Bobby Gunn just avoids a high boot

A flying header from David Cowie which brought a fantastic save from Erik Peterson

Calvin Leask strikes for goal

Connel Gresham fires a shot which Graeme Williamson saved

Leaping for a cross

Erik Peterson saves a penalty

Graeme Williamson nearly saves a penalty

Erik Peterson nearly saves a penalty

No.3 Josie Kay congratulates Calvin Leask on scoring the winning penalty
Shetland beat Thurso 5-4 on penalties in a cup match at the Dammies in Thurso today. An exciting open game with lots of goalmouth action, ended 1-1. Thurso striker Marc MacGregor scored the opening goal mid-way through the first half, against the run of play, with a cracking 30 yard shot which flew into the postage stamp corner. Shetland replied immediately when Calvin Leask beat Graeme Williamson with a low drive at his near post.

Both keepers made excellent saves and both teams hit the bar in a cracking game. Thurso's Sean Stewart got two yellow cards and was sent off in extra time.

Halkirk beat Orkney 3-2 in Orkney. Wick Academy beat Rothes 7-0 in Rothes. Gary Weir scored 3.

Caithness RFC beat Mackie Academy 51-29 in an away league game.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Halkirk Utd vs Clachnacuddin (7-3)

Martin Banks in full flight on the left wing

Sean Munro gets crowded out

Nathan Wilson celebrates the opening goal

Halkirk's Daniel Budge fails to stop Clach's freekick for their 2nd goal

Clach keeper Dylan MacLean punches clear

Martin Banks

Grant Macnab gets treatment for a head knock

Graham John books Clach's Sam Walker

No. 11 Gordy MacNab scores a penalty

Halkirk Utd stay top of the league with a 7-3 win over Clachnacuddin at Morrison Park. Halkirk couldn't get into gear and were 2-0 down after 30mins. Gordy MacNab scored a penalty just before half-time. I then had to leave to catch the Caithness rugby match and so missed all the goals in the second half.

Thurso lost 3-0 at home to Sutherland Utd. Wick won 6-0 away to Coldstream in the Scottish cup.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Caithness RFC vs Morgan Academy FP (60-14)

Gordie Macleod

Marc Anderson

Stevie Campbell scores

Reece Coghill

Andy Morris scores

Jamie Sinclair

Evan Sutherland

Gary Mackay

Andy Morris

Even Sutherland

Caithness RFC beat Morgan Academy FP 60-14 today at Millbank. The Greens scored 9 tries and man of the match was Stevie Campbell.