Drama and goals galore as Forres and Nairn Welfare Leaue starts with a bang
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THERE was drama and goals galore on the opening night of the Forres and Nairn Welfare League season last Friday.
Five matches produced 23 goals, with a couple of red cards and a few penalties thrown into the mix.
The most dramatic game was played at Roysvale in Forres, where Mosset Tavern came from three goals behind at half-time to win 5-4 against Elgin side Caberfeidh.
First half goals from Anel Alagic, Darren Robertson, and Jamie Lees gave Caberdeidh a commanding advantage, but it was quickly 3-3 after the break.
Andrew Lloyd reduced the advantage – and dislodged the crossbar – with a brave back post header before Fraser Thom scored a quickfire double, including a penalty, to level the scores.
Thom was then shown a straight red card for violent conduct, with Jamie Lees restoring Caberfeidh’s advantage at 4-3.
However, being a man down didn’t stop Mosset as a brilliant brace from Jordan Robertson gave them a thrilling opening day win.
A new-look Carisbrooke – who have taken a number of players from Carlton’s 2019 squad – ensured both Forres teams started with maximum points, running out convincing 5-0 winners against Elgin Caledonian.
An impressive hat-trick from Gregor Ewan and goals from Stuart Englemann and former Forres Mechanics midfielder Scott Moor earned the Brooke a comfortable three points, with Elgin Caledonian’s Gareth Roberts sent off.
The Vikings, representing Badenoch’s, earned their first ever win to top the table after match day one.
In a local derby, the Vikings crushed FC Elgin 6-0.
Jason Rumbles and Ryan Mitchell both scored free-kicks, with striker Thomas Kielbasa completing a hat-trick from the penalty spot. Ethan Marini finished off the scoring.
Kinloss Sappers were 2-0 winners over Elgin Albion, with Jamie Cattell and Duncan Menzies doing the business for the army side. Menzies could have doubled his tally but missed a penalty.
Elgin Thistle had to survive a late surge and heavy pressure from defending champions Westerlea, from Nairn, but did so to run out 1-0 winners.
A late goal from Thistle’s Callum Owen produced a potentially vital three points, even this early in the 10-game campaign.
More pictures from Mosset Tavern v Caberfeidh below.
Tonight’s fixtures all kick off at 7.30pm, with no fans allowed as per Covid-19 guidelines.
Caberfeidh host FC Elgin; Carisbrooke and Mosset clash in a Forres derby; Elgin Thistle host Elgin Albion; The Vikings take on Nairn United and Elgin Caledonian visit Kinloss Sappers. Westerlea sit out.