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Macgregor double as Pentland United ease past 10-man Wick Thistle


By Alan Hendry

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Mark Hutcheon of Top Joe's in an aerial duel with Pentland United's Conor Trueman in the first round of the Highland Amateur Cup. Picture: James Gunn
Mark Hutcheon of Top Joe's in an aerial duel with Pentland United's Conor Trueman in the first round of the Highland Amateur Cup. Picture: James Gunn

Pentland United continued their flawless start to the 2022 season with a 4-0 victory over 10-man Wick Thistle on Tuesday night in the first round of the Eain Mackintosh Cup.

Marc Macgregor struck twice for the Stabbies, with Sean Munro and Roddy Innes also on target at the Upper Bignold.

Thistle's Marc Gunn was shown a straight red for a foul on Cameron Montgomery with about half an hour gone.

Pentland United assistant manager Martin Nicolson said: “We expected a tough game and it started that way. We scored relatively early, about 15 minutes in, then the sending off changed the dynamic of the game.

“They were chasing their tails then a wee bit, but it was a very difficult game. We got our goals at the right times, basically – just after half-time again to make it 2-0.

“Thistle were short of a couple of guys so that would have made an impact on them, and with also having one of their main men sent off.

“It was quite a hefty challenge on Monty, to be honest.

“We had two or three missing ourselves, but we still had five subs on the bench so I class that as having a squad available."

Owen Bain (right) is congratulated by Josh Sutherland after scoring Pentland United's fourth goal against Top Joe's. Picture: James Gunn
Owen Bain (right) is congratulated by Josh Sutherland after scoring Pentland United's fourth goal against Top Joe's. Picture: James Gunn

Two of United's youngsters were prominent in their 7-0 win against Top Joe's on Saturday in the first round of the Highland Amateur Cup.

Nicolson said: "Young Owen Bain and Josh Sutherland both got a run out, with Owen scoring. They both played very well and there has been very good feedback on both of them. It's very encouraging.”

United, who have won the Highland Amateur Cup a record eight times, will face Kirkwall Thorfinn at home in the second round.

Goals from Shaun Macdonald and Charlie Fraser gave Thurso Pentland a 2-0 victory over Watten.

Results – Eain Mackintosh Cup, first round: Lybster 0, Wick Groats 6; Pentland 2, Watten 0; Top Joe's 1, Keiss 0; Wick Thistle 0, Pentland United 4.

Highland Amateur Cup first round (ties involving Caithness clubs): Acks 2, Golspie Stafford 3; Dornoch City 1, Wick Groats 6; Helmsdale United 0, High Ormlie Hotspur 1; Lochbroom 4, John O'Groats 2; Lochinver 9, Thurso Pentland 0; Lybster 0, Wick Thistle 1; Staxigoe United 8, Swifts 0; Top Joe's 0, Pentland United 7; Watten 4, Keiss 0.

Revised draw for round two (ties involving Caithness clubs, Saturday, June 4): High Ormlie Hotspur v Lochinver; Loch Ness v Wick Groats; Pentland United v Kirkwall Thorfinn; Staxigoe United v Lochbroom; Watten v Iochdar Saints; Wick Thistle v Ardersier.

Caithness AFA fixtures: Friday, May 20 – Division One: Staxigoe United v John O'Groats (7.15pm).

Monday, May 23 – Division Two: Keiss v Castletown; Pentland v Swifts; Top Joe's v Watten (all (7.15pm).

Tuesday, May 24 – Division One: Lybster v High Ormlie Hotspur; Pentland United v Wick Groats; Wick Thistle v Acks (all (7.15pm).

Thursday, May 26 – Division Two: Castletown v Keiss; Swifts v Pentland; Watten v Top Joe's (all (7.15pm).


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