Competition: Under-14’s School League
Home team: Invergordon Academy (Dark blue and white strip)
Away team: Ullapool High School (Light blue strip)
Length of each half: 30 minutes
Half time score: 6-0
Full timescore: 9-1
The last time these boys met, last season in the Under-13’s School League, Ullapool went home having lost 17-nil. They were hoping to improve as they visited the Rec. However, the Invergordon boys were once again on top form, and scored inside the 2nd minute.
A mishap in the Ullapool defence immediately after the re-start meant that Invergordon could nab another goal. So far, it wasn’t looking good for the visitors.
One player who was on notably good form in the first half was Lewis MacLeod, who scored a hat-trick before being substituted, including an unstoppable run all the way from the halfway line, into the penalty area, and past the Ullapool goalkeeper.
After 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 28th minute goals for Invergordon, with the other two goals courtesy of Gary MacDonald and Bailey Sweeney, Ullapool left the field at half time hurriedly thinking of a new strategy. The score at half time was 6-nil to the home side.
With James McGroarty making way for Andrew Bannerman as match referee during the break, whatever the Ullapool coach said certainly worked, as they scored 9 minutes after the re-start. Chances came frequently after that, but thanks to some decent defending and the good form of Invergordon goalkeeper Alex Hercher, they all came to nothing.
Invergordon’s counter-attacks were effective, as they scored a seventh goal in the 47th minute, scored by the eventual man of the match, Lewis MacLeod.
Their eighth goal came after a howler from the Ullapool goalkeeper and one of the defenders, as a clumsy back-pass was handled. The indirect free-kick on the edge of the goal area was knocked gently to Cameron Ross, who knocked it past the lone goalkeeper, after the Ullapool side weirdly didn’t supply a goal line wall.
Five minutes from time, Cameron Ross, started a great run from the halfway line and all the way to the Ullapool net to bag Invergordon’s ninth goal of the day. Once again, the Ullapool side started a long journey home empty-handed, and for the second week in a row, the Invergordon boys made sure they keep the three points at the Rec, and they did it in style. The final score, 9-1 to the home side.
-Andrew Bannerman (S4)