Nairn County 2
Buckie Thistle 5
Scottish Qualifying Cup (1st Round)

Nairn County
2 - 5
Buckie Thistle 

Scottish Qualifying Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, August 30th, 2003
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Neal Sinclair 
Iain Brooks 
Colin Milne (19)
Scott Taylor (27)
Colin Milne (47)
Colin Milne (75)
Richie Taylor (87)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Michael A Rae
Mark Holmes
Mo MacMillan
Gary Farquhar
Brian Macleod
Neal Sinclair
Colin MacLeod
Garry Ewing
Paul McDonald
Johnny Seaton
Iain Brooks
Kevin Main
Mark Slater
Kevin Small
Paul Catto
Greig Pirie
Ryan Smith
Jamie Shewan
Scott Taylor
Colin Milne
Richie Taylor
Mike Macdonald

Glenn Main
Steve Sanderson
Andrea Coletto
Robbie Duncanson
Richard Bowman
Paul Lamberton
Matthew Gairns
Franny More
Adam Wilson

Robbie Duncanson for Brian Macleod (45)
Steve Sanderson for Mo MacMillan (78)
Adam Wilson for Scott Taylor (63)
Franny More for Ryan Smith (70)
Matthew Gairns for Colin Milne (78)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

County fail to progress past the first round of the Scottish Qualifying Cup for the second year running after a poor first half showing gave Buckie the confidence to come out after the interval and build on their two goal advantage from the first 45 despite a re-juvinated showing from Nairn.

It was in fact the home side who created the first opening of the match when a Seaton cross from the right was met by target man Brooks but visiting keeper Main matched his effort to ensure things stayed 0-0.

That was until Colin Milne grabbed the first of his hat trick on 19 minutes. A quick free kick caught the Nairn defence napping and a Richie Taylor shot was palmed by County keeper Michael A. Rae. But Milne reacted first to place the rebound home at the back post to open the scoring.

Eight minutes later and the Jags had two goals to their name. A cross in from the left by Macdonald was slotted home at the back post by creative midfielder Scott Taylor as the home defence was again caught flat footed.

Nairn attacked the Buckie goal straight from the kick off and won a corner that was swung in from Seaton on the right. Brooks out jumped the Buckie defence to power a header beyond Main and crashing into the back of the net.

It looked like this may be the catalyst for a County fightback but the home side were deflated within a minute of Buckie restarting the match again as Milne grabbed his second goal by heading home a Macdonald cross at the back post to make it three.

The pick of the seven goals scored was the shot in the arm Nairn needed to attempt to salvage at least a replay. Main was caught on the edge of his box when he came to punch a cross to safety. His clearence landed at the feet on Sinclair and from 30 yards out the County man proceeded to lift the ball over the keeper and defence and into the net with an exquisite lob.

Nairn looked for that elusive goal that would bring then level for the first time since the scoring had started and they created enough chances for themselves but couldn't take them. Holmes was through on goal after beating a defender and instead of shooting earlier he tried to round the keeper and was foiled by Main. Sub Duncanson had the next chance when Main again was caught in no man's land but he failed to repeat his heroics of last week as his chip flew wide of the top corner.

The Jags should've killed the tie off with 14 minutes remaining when ex-Deveronvale man Richie Taylor strolled through the home defence before rounding Rae but somehow his shot hit the bottom of the post.

But merely a matter of seconds later it was all over as Milne completed his hat trick. The ball broke to him after a scramble in the box and he powered home through a ruck of players leaving Rae with no chance.

Substitute Sanderson had a chance to snatch a lifeline for the home side when he latched onto a high McDonald free kick but he could only fire his shot straight at the advancing Main.

Buckie dished out a final kick in the teeth to a demoralised County side when they made it five with three minutes to go. Richie Taylor made up for his earlier miss of a sitter by hammering home from the edge of the box putting his shot into the roof of the net.

Squad Statistics (as at August 30th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Michael A Rae (GK) - 3 - 3 -
Mo MacMillan - 2 - 21 -
Mark Holmes28 41269
Colin MacLeod29 4 - 34 -
Gary Farquhar - 415024
Neal Sinclair - 41423
Paul McDonald - 4 - 4 -
Brian Macleod22 4 - 61
Garry Ewing - 3 - 462
Johnny Seaton - 4 - 16 -
Iain Brooks24 444821
Steve Sanderson (sub)22 313120
Robbie Duncanson (sub)18 3252

League Table (as at August 30th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.