Published: 30/07/2017 08:36 - Updated: 30/07/2017 08:47

Defending champions start season with 1-0 win

Sick as a dog but still over the moon after two goals in the 5-2 win: John McLeod.HIGHLAND League champions Buckie Thistle began the defence of their title with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Clach.

A first half goal from the prolific John McLeod (pictured) secured the points, but Clach missed a second half penalty when Ian Penwright smashed his effort against the bar.

The Jags had goalkeeper Daniel Bell to thank when he made a great save to deny Liam Shewan in the last minute of normal time.

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart said: "It was tough. Clach probably deserved something from the game."

Elsewhere on the opening day, Turriff Utd edged out derby rivals Deveronvale 4-3 at Princess Royal Park. Scott Miller bagged a hat-trick for the visitors on his competitive debut.

Cove Rangers thrashed Huntly 5-0.

Formartine were also 5-0 winners over Inverurie Locos.

Rothes got off the mark with a 3-0 win over Strathspey Thistle and Forres Mechanics beat Nairn County 1-0 at Mosset Park.

Brora Rangers were 2-0 winners at Lossiemouth and Fraserburgh beat Wick Academy 3-1. At Kynoch Park, Keith beat Fort William 2-1.

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