Saturday 4th January
Macleod & McCallum North Caledonian League
Inverness Athletic 0-4 Golspie Sutherland
Inverness Royal Academy, Inverness
Two goals in each half ensured that Golspie Sutherland brushed aside a lacklustre Inverness Athletic side yesterday in the Highland Capital, leaving Athletic searching for their first league points since mid November.
In what was favourable conditions for a January afternoon in the Highlands, both sides started the game well, with the game being played at a very fast tempo and both defences having to deal with early chances.
Andrew Banks Golspie side slowly started to take control of the game and on the 13th minute they were in front. Liam Bremner broke free down the left hand side and fired a low cross into the Athletic box where Ally Macleod was all alone at the back post to slot home and put his team in front.
Athletic started to grow into the game after the opening goal and had a couple of chances to level things up. Inverness talisman Phil Macdonald was upended at the edge of the visitor’s box with the resulting free kick flashing just past the post. The returning DJ Macphee also had a chance to drag his side back into the game, but his strike again just drifted past the Golspie post.
With just under 10 minutes of the first half remaining Golspie doubled their lead. Poor defending from the home side left Liam Bremner all alone at the back post to score, after good work from Martin Banks on the right hand side, to send his side 2-0 up at the break.
Half Time – Inverness Ath 0-2 Golspie Sutherland
DJ Macphee returned for Inverness in yesterday's match
Picture Credit - GJW Sports
Athletic started the second half well, creating a few chances and putting the visitors on the back foot, but once again poor defendeing would cost the home side.
With nearly an hour on the clock a hopeful Blair Duncan long throw into the box was not dealt with and Grant MacNab glanced a header into the far corner of the net to all but end the game as a contest.
Inverness continued to fight and battle to try and salvage something for their afternoons work, with substitute Dominick Edwards proving to be a real thorn in the victor’s side, but the home side simply could not find a way past the well marshalled Golspie defence
Golspie would score again in injury time, to add gloss to a good performance, as sub Eoghann Davie headed in after a goalmouth scramble to end what was a miserable day for the home side.
Full Time – Inverness Ath 0-4 Golspie Sutherland
Jason Golabek had his say on what he saw yesterday afternoon, “We were not good enough again, simple as that. Golspie wanted it more in every position. We seem to never learn from mistakes that we make, which is very frustrating as a manager to watch. I thought there was an improvement in the second half but by that time we are two goals down and you are always fighting to get back into a game. We need to stop conceding goals, we will never win games conceding the amount of goals we do week in week out. We will pick the lads up again this week and get them prepared for Halkirk away next weekend.”