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Champions end league campaign in style

By Matt Leslie

Wick Groats wrapped up their league campaign in style with a 4-1 win at Lybster.

Goals from Mark Macadie, Ryan Campbell and Sandy Sutherland – along with Lybster's Danny Doogan heading the ball into his own net – ended the Caithness season for the league champions on a happy note. Stuart Atkins grabbed a consolation for the Cow Park side.

Groats manager Kevin Anderson said: "It was good to finish the season undefeated as far as the Caithness scene is concerned.

"Obviously I rested a few players ahead of Saturday's Highland Amateur Cup final but the boys who featured played some good stuff.

"The match didn't feel like a dead rubber as the tackles were still flying in and both sets of players were showing great pride and determination.

"Lybster had a few boys out – including their main striker Jonah Martens who is Wick Academy bound now – but they battled well to make life tough for us."

Elsewhere, Pentland United edged out Staxigoe United 4-3 in a thriller at Upper Bignold.

Staxigoe were 3-1 up at one point with Martin Banks (2) and Kyle Henderson netting. But Pentland, who had earlier made it 1-1 via James Murray, hit back with Cameron Montgomery, Colin McLean and Murray again all hitting the target to snatch victory away.

Thurso Swifts' season to forget ended with yet another defeat – this time 5-2 away to John O'Groats.

James Swan and Mackenzie Jackson gave Swifts a 2-1 lead after the home side had gone in front via Jimmy Budge's penalty.

However, John O'Groats moved up the gears with Mark Webster (2), Grant Budge and another from Jimmy Budge calling time on a horrendous campaign for relegated Swifts.

Castletown's minds were clearly on Friday's relegation/promotion play-off as they lost 3-1 at Thurso Acks.

Scott Bell, Louis Webster and Ali MacDonald were all on target for Acks with Castletown's strike coming through Jack McKechnie.

The play-off final between Castletown and High Ormlie Hotspur takes place at Naver on Friday with a 7am kick-off.

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