INVERGORDON were crowned North Caledonian League champions in their final match of the season by beating Orkney 1-0 at Recreation Park.
Jordan Laidlaw scored a 44th-minute penalty that proved to be the difference.
The Ross-shire side had to hang on for their win, with Orkney hitting the crossbar in the closing stages.
But Invergordon won the league title for the first time since 2017.
Manager Gary Campbell praised his team’s character throughout the season saying they were deserved champions.
“It’s been a long and tough season and we finished top of the list,” Campbell said.
“That was the goal at the start of the season and we are delighted to have finally crossed the line and won it.
“I pay tribute to the boys who fought hard all season and got their just rewards at the end.”
If Invergordon had lost today, Loch Ness and Halkirk United could have won the league had they won their remaining matches.
Campbell was delighted that they had managed to take care of things on their own.
“We were disappointed not to win the title last week when we lost to Halkirk United,” admitted Campbell.
“But we managed to cross the line today, which was the main thing.
“The boys have been brilliant all season and all their credit.
“We are a small club and have a small committee, but everyone works hard here.
“It’s been five years since we last won, so it’s good to do it.
“We’ve been runners-up for the past few years, so that makes today more enjoyable and a great reward for the boys who have been loyal to us for years.”
Loch Ness have been favorites for most of the season, but Campbell never doubted Invergordon could catch them to win the Championship.
“We know ourselves that we have been top in previous league campaigns but never won it.
“The league campaign is still long and luckily it was our turn to win it.
“But credit to all the teams in the league because it’s been a very competitive season with no easy games.”