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Acks through to quarter-finals after 'complete team performance'


By Alan Hendry

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Kuba Koziol – in action here against Lybster – scored one of Acks' goals in their Eain Mackintosh Cup first-round win against High Ormlie Hotspur. Picture: James Gunn
Kuba Koziol – in action here against Lybster – scored one of Acks' goals in their Eain Mackintosh Cup first-round win against High Ormlie Hotspur. Picture: James Gunn

Experience was the crucial factor for Acks in their 3-0 victory over High Ormlie Hotspur last night in the first round of the Eain Mackintosh Cup, according to player/co-manager Craig Trueman.

Hotspur had much of the possession at the Dammies but goals from Owen Cannop, Kyle Innes and Kuba Koziol allowed Acks to book a quarter-final tie at home to the holders Wick Groats.

"I think experience got us through the game," Trueman said. "High Ormlie Hotspur had a lot more of the ball than us but we defended well as a team and made sure we were hard to break down.

"Then, when we got a chance to counter, our attacking boys did well.

"It was a complete team performance from our point of view. Every one of the boys put a shift in from start to finish and I thought we deserved our win."

He added: "Owen Cannop is a young lad who was starting only his second game for us and he was brilliant – I was delighted that he got his first goal for us."

In last night's other first-round match, Castletown had a comfortable 4-0 home victory over Swifts with goals from Michael Smith, Connor Macleod, Benn Murray and Greg Macleod.

Castletown will be away to Thurso Pentland in the last eight of the competition on June 7. In the other quarter-finals, John O'Groats have a home tie against Pentland United while Staxigoe United take on Top Joe's in Wick.

Results – Eain Mackintosh Cup, first round: Acks 3, High Ormlie Hotspur 0; Castletown 4, Swifts 0; Lybster 0, Wick Groats 6; Thurso Pentland 2, Watten 0; Top Joe's 1, Keiss 0; Wick Thistle 0, Pentland United 4.

Caithness AFA fixtures: Tonight – Division One: Staxigoe United v John O'Groats (7.15pm).

Monday, May 23 – Division Two: Keiss v Castletown; Pentland v Swifts; Top Joe's v Watten (all (7.15pm).

Tuesday, May 24 – Division One: Lybster v High Ormlie Hotspur; Pentland United v Wick Groats; Wick Thistle v Acks (all (7.15pm).

Thursday, May 26 – Division Two: Castletown v Keiss; Swifts v Pentland; Watten v Top Joe's (all (7.15pm).

Saturday, May 28 – Archer Shield: Caithness v Orkney (Dammies, 2pm).

Revised draw for Eain Mackintosh Cup quarter-finals (ties to be played on Tuesday, June 7): Acks v Wick Groats; John O'Groats v Pentland United; Thurso Pentland v Castletown; Staxigoe United v Top Joe's.

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