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Inverness Division One title race hots up

By Staff Reporter

JUST one point separates the top four teams in Division One of the Inverness and District Amateur League after leaders Ferrybache were beaten 3-2 by title rivals IRN Security at Bught Park.

Ferrybache were defeated by IRN Security.
Ferrybache were defeated by IRN Security.

The win gives IRN a timely boost ahead of tonight’s Association Cup quarter final tie against Loch Ness.

Tommy Campbell gave IRN the lead mid-way through the first half after he latched onto a Jordan MacDonald through ball.

But Ferrybache hit back 10 minutes later through Nathan Bisset then an own-goal on the hour mark put the leaders ahead.

IRN finished strongly though, and Michael Corbett got on the end of a raking ball from Michael MacKenzie to level.

Corbett also had a hand in the winner three minutes later. His flick-on from keeper Dave Aitchison’s clearance was smashed into the net by Calum Neil.

IRN coach, Kenny Smith said: “We absolutely dominated both halves of the game and justly came away victorious.”

Smith is now looking forward to tonight’s cup clash against Loch Ness.

“It is another important game against the top side in Inverness right now,” Smith added.

“It will be a good test for our ageing squad, which do not lack ability.”

Loch Ness reached the last eight of the Association Cup earlier this week after coming from behind in a 5-2 victory over Balloan Compass at Bught Park.

Ryan Ingram (2), Scott Morrison, Michael Rodgers and Alan Fraser scored their goals, while Mark Kynoch and Jordan Leckie netted for the Division One side.

Balloan’s hopes of causing an upset were not helped when Harry Shewan was sent off after picking up a second booking.

Rhys Shewan hit a hat trick as Avoch marched into the last eight after a 9-0 victory over Merkinch at Coronation Park.

Two of the ties went to extra-time. Black Rock Rovers defeated North Kessock 4-2 thanks to extra-time goals from Liam Muir and Liam Hutchinson.

Michael Grant scored the only goal of the tie in the 100th minute as ICM Electrical eventually pipped Culloden Blacksmiths 1-0.

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