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Disappointing result but ‘fantastic performance’ by Caithness

By Alan Hendry

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Carly Erridge (left) and Kerrie Martin were the Caithness scorers. Picture: James Gunn
Carly Erridge (left) and Kerrie Martin were the Caithness scorers. Picture: James Gunn

Head coach Tom McKenna praised Caithness Ladies for a “fantastic performance” in Stromness – but was left to wonder how far up the table the team would be if they could take more of their chances.

In their last fixture in the SWF Highlands and Islands League before their summer break, Caithness went down to a 3-2 defeat to a strong Orkney side on Saturday.

“It was another game where we dominated and yet we’ve come away with nothing but a pat on the back,” McKenna said.

“The ladies started the game really positively and with an aggression in their play. Attack after attack after attack failed to result in an end product from all their good work.

“Against the run of play, Orkney’s first real threat ended in us going a goal down, a shot from the edge of the area.

“Kerrie Martin equalised just after from a cross by Sophie Kinghorn to level the game at half-time.

“The second half played out the same way as the first with us having most of the game.”

Midway through the second half Carly Erridge put Caithness in front, finishing well from another cross.

Orkney then put the visitors under a lot of pressure and equalised from a free kick before they grabbed the winner 10 minutes from time.

“A cross wasn’t dealt with and it landed at the Orkney player’s feet to put in the back of the net,” McKenna said.

“It was a disappointing result but a fantastic performance. If only we could score more from the opportunities we create, what a difference it would make to the league table.”

Abi Coltherd scored twice for the islanders and Lauren Poke got their other goal.

Hannah Hutson was Caithness Ladies’ player of the match.

The next match for Caithness will be their SWF Highlands and Islands Cup semi-final against Sutherland on Sunday, August 18.

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