St. Duthus Under 18s have been in great form throughout March, picking up wins away to Nairn County and Keith.
The Highland League North side have been going through an up-turn in form after a stop-start time of it through the bulk of the season due to injuries, including some very serious setbacks, suspensions and Covid-19 complications.
St. Duthus picked up a big three points on the road at Nairn Academy on March 6th.
Hosts Nairn County took the lead on 24 minutes when Jack Maccormick fired home a rebound after Callum Young rattled the crossbar.
Their lead lasted just six minutes though before Johnie Beattie scored for St Duthus to make it 1-1, firing home the rebound after the home side failed to deal with a free kick.
Young turned scorer, netting ten minutes into the second half. But the Tain side remained undeterred and Beattie struck for a second time on 72 minutes with a cool finish into the top corner.
With both sides chasing a winner, the plaudits were reserved for Alex Mackenzie, who hit a stunning strike to secure the three points for St Duthus in the 92nd minute of the match.
It was a game of two halves at Tain as west met east in the Ross meeting of Ullapool and St Duthus on March 13th.
A four minute barrage shortly after the half hour mark saw Ullapool breeze their way into a three goal lead with strikes from Louis Sears (2) and Shaun Marshall. Sears secured his hat-trick on 57 minutes and it seemed like the job was done for the Wester Ross side.
But a second half comeback was on the cards, and Saints almost drew level with a double from Alex Mackenzie on 75 and 80 mins and a penalty scored by Ryan Quigley four minutes from time. Alas, the game finished 4–3 in the visitors favour.
St. Duthus returned from Keith on March 27th with three points and a memorable 4–0 win with two goals either side of the interval.
The young Saints took just five minutes to break the deadlock and it came via a header from captain Harry Spence, who got on the end of a good delivery from a corner.
They doubled their advantage on 18 minutes through Harris Mackenzie, who again took advantage of a corner kick.
Two goals in the second half rounded off a dominant win for the Tain side, as a long Alex Mackenzie free kick foxed the Keith goalkeeper and a penalty award presented Kyle Finlayson with the simple task of extending the lead from 12 yards.