St. Duthus are top of the league having knocked Bonar Bridge for a dozen with no reply at Grant Park today. Six goals in either half was enough for Saints to canter to victory and jump ahead of Invergordon and Thurso into pole position in the Macleod & MacCallum North Caledonian League.
It was one-way traffic from the word go and Cammy Mackintosh was the man to give Saints the lead after just three minutes. Finding space on the edge of the box, the Saints captain beat David Anderson with a looping drive down the middle of goal which left the Bonar keeper with no chance.
It took just five minutes for them to extend their lead and they did so when Finn As-Chainey broke into the box and curled a shot into the net. The same player made it 3-0 on 12 minutes with an authoritive strike into the bottom corner after cutting along the byline.
One of many early corners from Craig Munro was pushed over the line by Stefan MacRitchie on 14 minutes before being cleared -- but referee Molly Alexander adjudged that the ball had crossed the line and with that, Saints registered their fourth of the afternoon.
Just before the twenty minute mark, striker Liam Rostock notched his sixth goal of the season, continuing his good run of scoring form. Collecting a ball just inside the area he turned and found the far corner with a great finish.
Not to be denied his say in the goalscoring action, Jon Campbell rifled home a powerful drive into the bottom corner ten minutes before the break to make it 6-0.
Shortly before being substituted, Adam Allan opened his account for the season with a good finish from just inside the box sent high into the net. Two minutes later he joined Rostock, John Skinner and MacRitchie in leaving the field to make way for Robbie Murray, Alan Geegan, Finlay Macleod and trialist Scott Maclean.
Macleod made an instant impact and getting on the end of a persistent passage of play, he volleyed past Anderson from 15 yards to make it 8-0.
A foul inside the eighteen yard box on the hour mark earned St. Duthus a penalty and there was no hesitation from Finn As-Chainey who stepped up to net his first hat-trick for the club, finding the corner to beat Anderson from 12 yards.
Four minutes later, after good work from Macleod to send a ball into the box, Robbie Murray knocked the ball down to Mackintosh who sent the ball past Anderson from 5 yards to take the scoring to double figures.
The As-Chainey show continued on 69 minutes and the winger set a new "goals in one game" post-revival record for the club with a stunning strike from the edge of the box to find the far top corner and score his fourth of the afternoon. Number twelve arrived with a quarter hour remaining and it was that man As-Chainey again, netting his fifth goal with a low drive.
Bonar Bridge saved their best for last as they rode out the final fifteen minutes with some resilient defending before time was promptly called.
John Allan, Adam Allan (Alan Geegan 53), Reece Paterson, John Skinner (Trialist 53), Will Ross, Jon Campbell, Stefan MacRitchie (Robbie Murray 53), Cammy Mackintosh, Liam Rostock (Finlay Macleod 53), Craig Munro, Finn As-Chainey
Referee: Molly Alexander