Inverness & District AFA Cup, last 16
ICM Electrical 4 Dores 1 (att 7)
There were three matches to choose from at Bught Park in Inverness. Two ties in the local amateur football association's cup, and, on their enclosed pitch, Inverness City were taking on Caledonian Thistle's youngsters in a pre-season warm-up.
I opted for competitive football, and a last 16 tie between two Premier Division rivals. On paper, judging by the league table in the Highland News, it looked likely to be a close encounter, but on grass it was anything but.
ICM Electrical started well, but against the run of play it was Dores who opened the scoring. ICM were soon level, and edged ahead by half time. In the second period a terrific volley from distance made it 3-1, and a late fourth goal completed the scoring.
ICM's winning margin should have been wider, and would have been had they taken a few more of the many chances they created.
Bught Park is a large, and rather pleasant, park alongside the Rover Ness. It's main sporting feature is a shinty stadium, with a stand running the length of the pitch. Next door is Inverness City's newish venue, while I counted four other football pitches, used by city-based clubs in the Inverness and District League's three divisions.
Players changed at the shinty ground, and then had a lengthy walk to a pitch to the north, for ICM Electrical and Dores, or to the south, where Heathmount Loch Ness played Merkinch.
Despite excellent local paper coverage, information about amateur football in Inverness can be hard to come by. There's no official online presence, and as many clubs are named after pubs and sponsors their identities change frequently, ICM Electrical were previously The Phoenix FC.