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Share of the spoils in Westray as Parish Cup gets underway

Birsay and Firth fought out a closely contested 1-1 draw in Dounby.

Defending champions Stromness were held to a 2-2 draw as The Orcadian Parish Cup got underway, with three matches played.

While the defending champions were held in Westray, they do have the advantage of two away goals ahead of the second-leg, due to be played in two weeks time.

Ross Slater and Joss Muir scored for Stromness, while a goal from Johnny Drever and an own goal from Jimmy Craigie provides hope for Westray.

Holm sneaked past a battling Deerness side in St Andrews, with Paul Shearer’s strike proving the difference in a 2-1 win.

A Ryan Tulloch free-kick handed Holm the lead against the run of play, before Harry Ralph restored parity between the sides. Just a minute later, Shearer’s effort squirmed into the net to hand Holm the advantage.

In the last game of the day, a late Brian Garson penalty salvaged a 1-1 for Birsay against Firth.

Eric Kemp had put Firth ahead in what was a scrappy affair in Dounby, before Garson’s penalty, awarded for a high boot, rescued a draw.

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