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Boat of Garten remain on course to win local welfare league for first time in 75 years

By Ali Morrison

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Boat of Garten Ospreys maintained their 100 per cent record in the latest round of fixtures in the Strathspey and Badenoch Welfare League as the Spey Valley youngsters were on the wrong end of another thumping.

They had a 13-0 win over Valley on Tuesday evening.

The Ospreys now have one eye firmly fixed on lifting the old shield for the first time since 1947.

However, Aviemore Thistle are still snapping at their heels and recorded another emphatic win beating FC Abernethy 8-0 after hammering Spey Valley Youth 11-0 the previous Tuesday.

Boat of Garten Ospreys 13-0 Spey Valley Youth

The Ospreys’ fine run of form continued with their second high scoring win in two weeks as the inexperienced Valley side simply couldn’t keep up with their more seasoned hosts.

It was one of those more seasoned campaigners, Fraser Greenlees, who grabbed the opener after 8 minutes with a deflected effort.

10 minutes later Greenlees grabbed a lucky second goal with yet another deflected shot into the net. With Thomas McInnes making it 3-0 straight from the restart as he left defenders in his wake before drilling low into the bottom corner.

And it was three goals in 4 minutes when Liam Grant found himself in enough space to rifle a low drive into the net.

A brief lull in the scoring ended on 39 minutes when Grant made it a brace with some delightful play up the middle before smashing the ball home.

Number six arrived right on the half time whistle with a neat back heel from Connor Macleod which found McInnes free to bag his own second goal of the night.

Any hopes Valley had of seeing an end to the onslaught were dashed 15 minutes into the second half with a magnificent solo run from McInnes through the entire Valley back line which ended with the striker bagging his hat-trick.

Two minutes later Macleod was on hand to capitalise on a rebound to smash home number 8, and 3 minutes later came the game’s second hat-trick as Greenlees netted a deflected effort following some slick build up play.

McInnes got his fourth of the evening shortly afterwards as he breezed past two Valley defenders before cutting the ball past the keeper and into the net to put the Ospreys into double figures.

With 10 minutes remaining Greenless and McInnes combined well to play through to Macleod to finish the move. And five minutes later Cairn Giles did well to control a corner on his chest before firing past the hapless Valley keeper.

Right on full time it was unlucky 13 for Valley with a spectacular long range effort from Stefan Ritchie to bring a welcomed end to their suffering.

Kingussie 5-2 Cromdale

The Kings recovered well from last week’s heavy loss to the Ospreys with a deserved win at home over Cromdale.

They took the lead early on in the encounter when Craig Macleod capitalised on a nifty through ball to put the hosts a goal to the good.

However Cromdale were in no mood to empathise and duly responded through an Alex Williamson strike to draw level.

The second half was only minutes old when Kingussie found themselves in the lead once more. Barry McConnell was the victim of a mistimed tackle in the box and Neil Stewart stepped up to fire past the keeper from the spot.

And they went further ahead not long afterwards when MacLeod netted a near carbon copy of his first to put Kingussie into comfortable territory.

As Cromdale struggled to rally Sam Cairns got himself on the scoresheet with a simple tap-in to make it 4-1.

Kings then made it a five star performance when James Morris netted at the back post with a tight header.

But Dale had the last word of the night with Graham Murray bagging the game’s final strike to add some respectability to the final score.

David Robertson is congratulated
David Robertson is congratulated

Aviemore Thistle 8-0 FC Abernethy

The Jags kept breathing right down the Ospreys’ neck with second high scoring clean sheet in a fortnight.

David Robertson got Thistle off the mark an easy finish after a great ball from the left-hand side by Dayffd Simon.

The Jags’ second came from a well won ball by David Ross who slipped in Wayne Cahcart to slot past the keeper for what would be his first of the night.

Simon then turned from provider to scorer with a powerful drive which somehow found its way under the prone Nethy keeper to put Aviemore three up going into the break.

David Ross opened the second half with Thistle’s fourth goal. Cathcart provided a lovely through ball to Ross who finished with a great shot into the bottom corner.

Cathcart grabbed his second goal with a majestic solo effort which ended with a thunderbolt into the corner.

And Cathcart completed a deserved hat-trick for number six; Campbell Whyte picking him out from the right-hand side before slotting past the keeper.

Antonio Burnett then had Thistle in seventh heaven when he played a neat one-two with Darren McConnell then finished right into the bottom corner.

Thistle ended the evening’s scoring with a diving header at the back post from Robertson after a great 1-2 between McConnell and Cathcart and a superb pick out from McConnell.

Fixtures (this Tuesday, kick-off 7.30pm): Cromdale v Aviemore Thistle; FC Abernethy v Boat of Garten; Spey Valley Youths v Kingussie.

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