Published: 11/07/2017 14:43 - Updated: 11/07/2017 14:59

Derby win keeps Hopeman on top

Written byCraig Christie

HOPEMAN won the Moray coast derby to move four points clear at the top of the Moray welfare league.

Owen Laing fires home his second goal for Hopeman in the 2-1 win over Burghead United on Sunday
Owen Laing fires home his second goal for Hopeman in the 2-1 win over Burghead United on Sunday

 

The leaders beat neighbours Burghead United 2-1 on Sunday thanks to youngster Owen Laing’s double strike.

Laing netted from a Ross Davidson flick on four minutes and doubled the home lead with an individual effort in the second half.

Allan Geddes scored a late penalty for Burghead but Hopeman held on for a deserved three points.

Reigning champs Aberlour won 3-1 against banff to move into second spot ahead of Rothes A, who wer ebeaten 4-2 at home to Cullen.

FC Fochabers are firmly in the chasing pack after a resounding 9-0 win away to Tomintoul.

The sixteen-team league splits in two at the halfway mark with the top and bottom half playing each other once in the remaining seven-game programme.

Reports and pictures in Friday's Northern Scot

Leading goalscorers (all competitions)

-23 Paul Mellon (Cullen)

-21 John Mellon (Buckie United)

-17 Grant Johnston (Aberlour Villa)

-16 Warren Orford (FC Fochabers)

-14 Kieran Ferguson (Cullen)

-13 Sam Fairgrieve (Burghead United)

-13 Andrew MacKinnon (Rothes A)

-12 Brodie Christie (Cullen)

-12 Lee Alexander (FC Fochabers)

-11 Simon Inglis (Hopeman)

-10 Evan Smith (Buckie United)

-10 Marcus Flett (Cullen)

-10 Danny McDonagh (Ugie Youths)

League table
P W D L F A PTS
Hopeman 13 11 1 1 44 19 34
Aberlour Villa 13 10 0 3 55 20 30
Rothes A 14 9 2 3 38 16 29
Burghead United 14 9 0 5 45 24 27
FC Fochabers 14 8 2 4 55 20 26
Cullen 13 8 2 3 60 26 26
Ugie Youths 13 8 2 3 54 21 26
Buckie United 14 8 2 4 65 33 26
FC Buckie 14 6 1 7 42 34 19
RAF Lossiemouth 11 6 0 5 29 28 18
Bishopmill Rovers 12 5 2 5 30 27 17
Banff Rovers 11 2 0 9 14 44 6
Tomintoul 12 2 0 10 9 56 6
Portsoy 12 1 0 11 10 55 3
Macduff AFC 11 1 0 10 8 70 3
Elgin Athletic 11 0 0 11 7 72 0

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