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Caithness's Captain Cool keeps her nerve to sink Brora

By Matt Leslie

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Caithness Ladies continued their fine start to the season with a 1-0 win at Brora.
Caithness Ladies continued their fine start to the season with a 1-0 win at Brora.

Carly Erridge kept her cool from the spot as her penalty netted Caithness Ladies derby bragging rights over Brora.

The skipper slammed in the winner three minutes from half-time after a handball was spotted in the box.

Although the victory moved the Thurso-based side to third in the Highlands and Islands League, they will be wondering why they didn't defeat Brora by more than the 1-0 scoreline as they headed back up the A9.

Brora keeper Anna Stewart was largely responsible for that with a fine display in goal for the hosts but Caithness really should have done better with the opportunities they created. Sarah Henderson and Gaby Macgregor had chances that could have made life more comfortable.

However, a careless handball in the box gave Caithness their chance and, unlike the captain of England with her poor penalty effort against the USA in the World Cup this week, Caithness's own leader Erridge stepped up and left Stewart helpless as she drilled her spot-kick into the net.

Brora were much improved in the second half but, despite their pressure, they barely threatened the Caithness back four.

Caithness boss Fiona Angus said afterwards: "We were clearly the better side and was frustrating not to have made more of the many opportunities we had to score."

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