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Amateur teams in Association Cup action

By Staff Reporter

NMM Sam’s made it six straight wins with a 4-2 victory against Association Cup first round opponents Charlestelona in an entertaining tie at Bught Park.

John McLaughlan shot on-fire Sam’s ahead in the sixth minute with low drive from outside the area.

McLaughlan headed home a second in the 23rd minute when he got on the end of a whipped in cross from Jamal Ali.

Charlestelona were thrown a lifeline mid-way through the second half when they were awarded a penalty.

Kai Cruickshank stepped up to take it, and coolly found the back of the net.

However, Sam’s restored their two-goal lead four minutes later when Matthew Shewan got his head to a long range free kick from Paul Coutts.

The Division Two side refused to throw in the towel and Ali Gunn pulled one back with a fine finish a minute later.

The tie was still in the balance but Mark MacKenzie made sure that his side would be the one to progress when he managed to add a fourth goal for the victors deep in stoppage time.

Sam’s manager Ashley Hollyer said: “We were made to work for our win, it was a hard fought game – we ground out a result. But winning is the most important thing and we kept the run going.”

Sam’s now face IRN Security, who defeated NHS Highland 6-1 at Culloden.

Steve Sanderson led the way with two goals, while Calum Neil, Ross Nairne, Gary Calvert and Paul Beaton got the rest Liam Barrett netted for NHS.

Culbokie came from behind to defeat Drakies PDG 6-1.

Fraser MacPherson gave Drakies an early lead with a superb effort, but Darran Goller levelled before half time.

Drakies ran out of steam in the second half as Chris Kelly hit a hat trick and Graeme Stewart and Gordon Bruce were also on target.

Escobar cruised to a 7–1 win against Hill Rovers. An own-goal and a Kamil Maziak strike put Escobar 2–0 up before Jamie McKay replied for Rovers.

However a Scott McLay penalty before the break restored Escobar’s dominance.

It was one-way traffic in the second half with Ian Ridgeway (2), Giuseppe De Vita and Martin MacKenzie all on target.

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