Caithness United under-13s make it a dozen wins in a row
Caithness United's rain-soaked under-13s made it 12 wins in a row in the Moray Firth Youth Development League with a fine 2-0 away victory over their Dingwall counterparts on Sunday.
The game at Dingwall Academy was played in a relentless downpour but the smiles on the faces of the Caithness team at full-time made up for the terrible weather.
Both goals came from the trusty left foot of Owen Bain. The first was from range, in the closing moments of the second period, and the second came during the final period via a clever free kick on the edge of the box where he spotted a gap in the wall and executed his shot superbly.
Caithness coach Alan Kennedy said: "The weather certainly made it difficult for everyone, and that definitely contributed to us toiling a bit in the first two periods of the game.
"Morgan Kennedy was unfortunate with a one-on-one he had with the keeper, and a couple of other half-chances he let slip. Jayden Bremner, Sam Reid and Matthew Mackay all had decent attempts on goal.
"We knew we’d be up against a good side, after our last encounter in Wick, and they certainly were a tough nut to crack again. Dingwall kept their compact shape well for most of the match, making it difficult for us to get through their defensive line.
"However, I was confident the all-important first goal would come. I thought Matthew Mackay was a great option for us again on the left, where he asked the Dingwall defence lots of questions and was a constant threat throughout the match.
"Euan Kennedy also put in a terrific shift and worked his socks off in the middle of the park. He was very influential, both from a defensive point of view and in attack.
"One move, in the last period of the match, involved possibly every one of our players on the pitch before it ended up with Euan 25 yards from goal. He managed to turn his opponent and let fly with a terrific effort. But for an excellent save by Ryan Ross, it would have been a tremendous team goal.
"What was also pleasing was that our defence were very solid again – keeping a clean sheet and not allowing Dingwall any real clear-cut opportunities.
"Hats off to Owen Bain for coming up with the goods again, and scoring twice to seal our win. That's him up to 17 goals in 12 games, which is a fantastic return from midfield."
Coach Kennedy added: "I'd say scoreline was about right. Our squad were all cold and wet in the dressing room afterwards, but were also very happy with their efforts."
Caithness United's next match at U13 level is at home to Do Soccer (Tain) and is due to take place this Saturday (December 14). The venue is yet to be confirmed.