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Wilson turns on the style as Vikings sink Inverness


By Matt Leslie


Thurso's James Murray (right) has a 'friendly chat' with Jack Maclean of Inverness Athletic. Murray would have the last laugh as his side emerged with a 4-2 victory. Picture: James Gunn
Thurso's James Murray (right) has a 'friendly chat' with Jack Maclean of Inverness Athletic. Murray would have the last laugh as his side emerged with a 4-2 victory. Picture: James Gunn

Thurso boss Stevie Reid praised wonderkid Aaron Wilson after the 17-year-old carved up Inverness Athletic.

Wilson turned in a man-of-the-match performance as he grabbed two goals to help the Vikings to an impressive 4-2 win.

James MacLean and James Murray were also on target for the Vikings, who are third in the North Caledonian League, with Athletic replying through Seamus McConaghy and Jack Maclean.

But it was Wilson who caught the eye as the teenager set about Thurso's visitors despite playing out of position.

Reid said: "Aaron had some game and that's him now having scored three goals in two games.

"He's normally a central midfielder but we made a tactical decision to play him out wide on the right. It's not his usual position but it worked out well for him as he gave them problems throughout.

"He cut in twice to score two really good goals with his left foot. We had to take him off around 80 minutes as he was tiring but he'd more than done enough for us."

While Reid was singing the praises of a new talent, he had a word for an established Thurso warrior – James Murray.

"I must also give special mention to James Murray who put in a great performance," Reid said.

"I left him on the bench a few weeks ago and he must have got the message that something needed to be done to get himself back into the starting eleven.

"He's worked very hard on improving his fitness. James is looking very sharp and has got the bit between his teeth again – which is good news both for him and the team."

Thurso's Andy Mackay tries his luck from long-range during the Vikings' 4-2 victory against Inverness Athletic. Picture: James Gunn
Thurso's Andy Mackay tries his luck from long-range during the Vikings' 4-2 victory against Inverness Athletic. Picture: James Gunn

Next up for the Vikings is a match that could well define their season.

They travel to league leaders Invergordon who are currently four points ahead of Thurso and three ahead of second-placed St Duthus.

A win for Reid's side would haul the Vikings into the thick of the title race and would draw St Duthus and fourth-placed Golspie Sutherland into it as well.

Reid added: "No doubt other teams will be looking for us to get a result down at Invergordon but we've a huge incentive ourselves to win.

"That's not going to be easy, as they've been at the top for most of the season, and last weekend they got themselves a massive win at Orkney.

"Every game's like a cup final to us but if you want to be in contention for the top prizes, you have got to perform.

"We are capable of getting a victory against Invergordon but we must be at our best to do so."

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