North League ti­tle in bag for Do­kens

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY JUNICUS

NORTH End are the North League cham­pi­ons fol­low­ing their 2-1 vic­tory over Vi­o­let in a top-of-the-table clash.

The Do­kens de­served their win on Satur­day and, over the sea­son, they have proved to be the best side, los­ing only twice with both th­ese de­feats com­ing in the first month of the cam­paign.

Since then they have been a model of con­sis­tency and man­ager Ross Lu­nan can be proud of their achieve­ment.

The Do­kens took a first-half l ead through Kieran Stur­rock and it looked all over for the Pan­sies when Ryan Smith added a sec­ond early in the sec­ond pe­riod.

To their credit, Vi­o­let kept bat­tling and pulled one back through Steven Duffy but they never looked like pulling off the vic­tory they needed to have a chance of pip­ping their op­po­nents to the ti­tle.

East Craigie had to work hard for their 2-1 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Coupar An­gus.

The Ship­builders have now gone 10 matches un­de­feated with their goals com­ing from James Malone and Lo­gan Irvine, with Stu­art Banks con­vert­ing a penalty for Coupar.

Lowly For­far Al­bion sur­prised pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Lun­carty by hold­ing them to a goal­less first half.

How­ever, the Bleach­ers’ power told in end with the vis­i­tors win­ning 3-0.

Daniel Lock­hart got the first and then Richard Doig saw his penalty bril­liantly saved but soon made amends by crash­ing home a 25-yard free-kick. Stu­art Ni­col headed No 3.

Blairgowrie had a re­sound­ing 5-0 win over Lo­chore Wel­fare at Davie Park.

Lead­ing thanks to a Gary Ax­wor­thy dou­ble, James Simp­son, Dar­ren Neave and Matt Adam were the other scor­ers.

Scone This­tle were con­vinc­ing 4-1 win­ners at New­burgh. Aaron Car­lon put them ahead on 12 min­utes but Billy Roger­son equalised eight min­utes later.

Car­lon re­stored Scone’s lead af­ter 24 min­utes with Ross Mitchell adding a third.

Max Avo­lio grabbed a fourth in the last minute just af­ter Mitchell of Scone and New­burgh’s Paul McBride were red-carded af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion.

Kin­noull ex­tended their un­beaten run to 10 games with a 4-1 win over Brechin Vics.

Af­ter con­ced­ing first-half goals, scored by George Hughes and Ben Ra­gan, Vics’ trou­bles deep­ened when Bruce Hearn was dis­missed mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. Fur­ther goals from Dar­ren Gray and Hughes again en­sued be­fore Jamie Gauld’s last-minute con­so­la­tion counter for the vis­i­tors.

Ryan Smith shows his de­light af­ter scor­ing North End’s sec­ond goal in the 2-1 league-clinch­ing win over Vi­o­let at Gle­nesk.

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