Loch Ness are top of the North Caledonian League following their impressive 3-1 win at home to champions Invergordon.
All four goals came in the first half hour, as a brace from Phil MacDonald gave the hosts the lead after just 10 minutes.
Allan MacPhee added a third goal shortly after, before Invergordon answered through Kyle Maclean, but they couldn’t come back and Shane Carling’s men took first place thanks to seven points accumulated during their first three games.
It was not the ideal start for the 2021/22 league winners, having lost on the opening day to derby opponents Alness United.
They will be aiming to fight back in their home opener this weekend against Golspie Sutherland.
Tain Saints takes second place
St Duthus picked up two wins from two as Alan Geegan’s men moved into second after their 4-1 win at home to Nairn County A.
Goals from Finn As-Chainey and Ben Bruce and an own goal gave Tain’s side a 3-0 lead at the break.
Young talent from Nairn pulled one back but Adrian Voigt added a vital fourth for the hosts.
– St Duthus Football Club (@StDuthusFC) September 3, 2022
Fort William records its first victory
Fort William picked up their first win of the season leaving Thurso with a 2-1 win.
A serious header clash led to a home player being taken to hospital, with the game stopped to allow treatment.
– North Caledonian FA (@NorthCaleyFA) September 3, 2022
Asad Ahmed put Fort ahead after 10 minutes and Amin Benyoucef doubled the score at half-time.
James Murray’s goal brought Thurso into the game in the 65th minute before the injury occurred.
Action resumed with 15 minutes remaining, but the Vikings failed to equalize and both sides have three points each in their first two outings of the Championship campaign.
Orkney sees the valiant side of Bonar
Orkney picked up their first win of the campaign but were tested by visitors Bonar Bridge, who scored first when Jack Corbett netted after just nine minutes.
Sorry friends, my phone was playing. Full time at KGS. The Orkneys claim their first victory of the campaign! 3-1 it’s over. Bonar Bridge never gave up and hit the woodwork twice late, but Orkney held on to see victory. @bbcorkney @NorthCaleyFA @BBCSportScot pic.twitter.com/HaZQpP0RKC
– Orkney FC (@OrkneyFC) September 3, 2022
Goals from James Pickles and Chris Simpson turned the game in the hosts’ favor before the half-hour mark.
Bonar stayed firmly in the game as they searched for a second goal but Liam Delday sealed the victory for Orkney nine minutes from time.
Halkirk secures late win at Alness
Alan Mathieson scored for Halkirk United in the final minute to secure a 1-0 victory for Alness United.
The result took the Anglers to three points, the same tally as their hosts, with both sides having played two games.
Perfect Golspie edge in the cup
There was also a Football Times first round tie and Golspie Sutherland beat visitors Inverness Athletic 3-2 on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw at King George V Park.
The winners will face Clach A in the quarter-finals on September 17.
Saturday matches (2pm unless otherwise stated): Nairn County A v Inverness Athletic, Thurso v Alness United, Bonar Bridge v Loch Ness, Fort William v St Duthus, Invergordon v Golspie Sutherland, Clach A v Orkney (1pm).
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