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Loch Ness go top of the Premier League


By Will Clark


LOCH Ness moved three points clear at the top of the premier league after they came from behind to inflict a 2-1 defeat on defending champions Maryburgh at Bught Park.

Scott Morrison scored the winner for Loch Ness to secure all three points against Maryburgh. Picture: George Mackenzie
Scott Morrison scored the winner for Loch Ness to secure all three points against Maryburgh. Picture: George Mackenzie

Scott Morrison scored a late winner to secure all three points as Loch Ness maintained their winning start as 'Burgh suffered their first premier league loss since being promoted last year.

'Burgh who took the lead in the 16th minute when Ryan Dow drilled a low shot into the net through a crowded box.

'Burgh's Callum Johnston was unlucky with an effort which rebounded off the crossbar on the stroke of half time.

Loch Ness came out with a spring in their step at the start at the second half and it was all-square in the 53rd minute. A diagonal run by MacDonald left the 'Burgh defence floundering and his cross into the box was forced over the line by MacPhee.

MacDonald and Scott Graham both came close for Loch Ness before the Inverness side grabbed the winner in the 83rd minute when Morrison's low driven free kick evaded everyone on its way into the far corner of the net.

'Burgh finished the match with 10 men after Liam Watson picked up a second booking.

Loch Ness manager, Shane Carling said: “We played better in the second half and could have won by more in the end.”

Avoch left in a 2-1 victory against Contin at Coronation Park.

Scott Houston scored the only goal of the first half to give Avoch the edge.

Cameron Houston levelled from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to go, but Neil MacDonald popped up with the winner for Avoch in the final minute.

Mark MacKenzie scored twice in the second half as NMM Sam's defeated previously unbeaten Bellmac 4-1.

It was a tale of two penalties in the first half with Sam's Kevin MacKinnon and Bellmac player/manger Dean Allison both converting from the spot.

But a Mark MacKenzie double, either side of a Charlie Fonweban goal after the break, wrapped up the points for Sam's.

Police won with something to spare in a 3-0 victory against Ardersier at Cromal Park.

Chris MacLeod scored the only goal of the first half and the Police marksman netted again early in the second period.

A low driven shot from Ruaraidh Stark in the 89th minute was helped into the net by Ardersier's Aiden Ness to complete the scoring.



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