Saturday 22nd September
Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League
St Duthus 0-3 Inverness Ath
The Links, Tain
A dominant display yesterday saw Inverness Athletic pick up a first every victory against St Duthus at The Links along with back to back league wins for the first time in over a year.
Athletic, like last week, started the game strongly and had most of the early play as they looked to improve on the performance against Halkirk United last time out. With Athletics front three of Phil Macdonald, Ryan Dow and DJ Macphee causing early problems for the home defence, it was that man Mcphee who would eventually break the deadlock when he found the back of the net after 10 minutes with a neat finish. Inverness continues to press their hosts and created numerous chances to add to their lead but could not find a way past Matheson in the home goal. Russell Macintyre eventually managed to have the ball in the back of the net after 34 minutes, when he cooly converted a penalty after Ryan Dow was upended in the St Duthus box. Inverness would quickly add to Macintyre’s penalty when four minutes later Liam Martin drilled in a low drive to score his second goal in two game and give Athletic a healthy half time lead in Tain.
Half Time - St Duthus 0-3 Inverness Athletic
The second half begun much as the first had ended, with Inverness on top. Shane Carlings men continued to created a number of chances but some lacklustre finishing meant that they were unable to put the gloss on what was a fantastic team performance. Inverness ran out comfortable 3-0 winners and in doing so secured the clubs first ever win over St Duthus in Tain.
Full time - St Duthus 0-3 Inverness Athletic
The Manager said “That was a brilliant team performance from start to finish. I wanted a reaction from the players after last week and I got it. The lads played really well and to get the clubs first win here and also to get our first clean sheet of the season was very pleasing.”
Picture Credits - Graeme Webster