IRN Security look to progress from third round of Highland Amateur Cup as last Inverness team standing in the competition takes on Sleat and Strath
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IRN Security are the only Inverness side left in the Highland Amateur Cup, but could face a tough ask to extend that run against Skye and Lochalsh Amateur Football Association outfit Sleat and Strath in the third round this weekend.
Sleat and Strath have a perfect record in the William Wilson League as they attempt to defend the title they won last year, winning all four of their games with a positive goal difference of 24.
It did take a mistake from the opposition keeper to help them past Balloan in the first round of the Highland Amateur Cup.
However, they have not looked back since then, winning a domestic cup final 6–2 the following week and putting another six past Conon Bridge in the Highland Amateur Cup second round.
IRN, meanwhile, saw off North West Skye with home advantage in the opening round of the competition.
In the second round they faced a side they were already familiar with domestically, NMM Sams, and earned a narrow 3–2 victory to seal their place in this weekend’s round of matches.
IRN go into the match in solid form, having picked up a 5–3 victory against the team immediately below them in the table, Ardersier, at the start of this week in the Inverness and District Premier Division.
The title race in all three divisions is hotting up, with Avoch’s lead in the top flight growing from goal difference to three points after they were awarded the result against Culloden Blacksmiths earlier this week.
Maryburgh also remain in contention thanks to a 5–0 win over Tomatin, and it looks like being a four-horse race that will also include Black Rock Rovers and defending champions Loch Ness.
In the Second Division, Highland Hospice could have moved seven points clear at the top, but a 3–2 defeat to closest challengers Clach means the gap is now just a single point.
Ferrybache are also in the mix, as a 2–1 win over Gellions leaves them six points off the pace with a game in hand.
G16 United look cut adrift at the bottom after losing 3–0 to Highland Athletic, while FR Union beat Ness City 2–0 and Ness Thistle beat Tomatin United 4–2.