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Hat-trick for Innes as Acks move up to fifth with victory over Hotspur


By Alan Hendry

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Acks' hat-trick hero Kyle Innes is surrounded by High Ormlie Hotspur players. Picture: James Gunn
Acks' hat-trick hero Kyle Innes is surrounded by High Ormlie Hotspur players. Picture: James Gunn

Acks gave their Caithness AFA Division One survival hopes a massive boost with a 4-1 victory over High Ormlie Hotspur on Monday night.

Kyle Innes hit a hat-trick and Kuba Koziol was also on target for the visitors. Stuart Campbell scored for Hotspur.

The result lifted Acks to fifth place, two points clear of Wick Thistle, Lybster and John O'Groats.

Acks player/co-manager Craig Trueman said: "That was a big win for us. I think if we had lost we'd have been as good as down, but the boys responded well after a poor result in our last game [a 4-2 defeat to Thistle].

"We couldn't have asked for much more from every one of them."

Spurs played most of the game with 10 men after Murray Mackay picked up two yellow cards in the opening 15 minutes.

Kuba Koziol (centre) after scoring for Acks against High Ormlie Hotspur. Picture: James Gunn
Kuba Koziol (centre) after scoring for Acks against High Ormlie Hotspur. Picture: James Gunn

Thistle and Staxigoe United shared the points in a 2-2 draw at the Upper Bignold. Sam Barclay and Marc Gunn scored for Thistle, while Staxigoe's goals came from Martin Banks and a Ross Davidson free kick.

Owen Harrold, Thistle's player/manager, said: "It was a very competitive match, end to end with both teams having good chances to win it.

"I was happy with the team performance as we were missing a few key players. The draw was probably a fair result in the end."

Staxigoe United manager Colin Sinclair said: "It was a close game, pretty end to end in the first half with both teams having chances. A couple of defensive errors and not taking chances cost us potentially getting three points."

High Ormlie Hotspur's Stuart Campbell fires in the equaliser from outside the penalty box. Picture: James Gunn
High Ormlie Hotspur's Stuart Campbell fires in the equaliser from outside the penalty box. Picture: James Gunn

Pentland United followed on from their Eain Mackintosh Cup triumph at the weekend with a runaway 11-1 win at John O'Groats on Monday to reclaim top spot in Caithness AFA Division One on goal difference.

There were hat-tricks for Cameron Montgomery and Marc Macgregor, with James Murray scoring twice and the others coming from Michael Petrie, Allan Munro and Andy Mackay.

Saleem Bremner replied for JOG, who are now propping up the table. They are on the same points as Wick Thistle and Lybster but have an inferior goal difference.

Castletown were 5-1 winners over Swifts in the first leg of their Steven Cup semi-final.

Results – Division One: John O’Groats 1, Staxigoe United 3. Steven Cup, quarter-final, second leg: Castletown 8, Top Joe’s 0 (Castletown win 16-1 on aggregate).

Eain Mackintosh Cup final: Pentland United 3, Wick Groats 1.

Division One: High Ormlie Hotspur 1, Acks 4; John O’Groats 1, Pentland United 11; Wick Thistle 2, Staxigoe United 2. Steven Cup, semi-final, first leg: Castletown 5, Swifts 1.

Fixtures – Tuesday – Division One: Wick Groats v Lybster (7.15pm).

Thursday – Steven Cup, semi-final, first leg: Thurso Pentland v Keiss (7pm). David Allan Shield, quarter-final: Wick Thistle v Pentland United (7pm).

Friday – David Allan Shield, quarter-finals: Castletown v John O’Groats; Lybster v Acks; Staxigoe United v Wick Groats (7pm).


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