North League title in bag for Dokens
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.