Keith 0
Nairn County 2
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Nairn County

League (HFL)
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Kynoch Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Conor Gethins (14)
Conor Gethins (57)

Team Managers
Gordon Winton Les Fridge

Starting Eleven
Daniel Bell
Stewart Hutcheon
Mike Ralton
Sam Pugh
Michael Dunn
Bruce Milne
Craig Cormack
Scott Whelan
Mike Ewen
Kris Duncan
Greg Smith
Calum Antell
Paul Macleod
Glenn Main
Andrew Skinner
Gregg Main
Adam Naismith
Bradley Halsman
John Cameron
Robbie Duncanson
Conor Gethins
Sam Urquhart

David Dey
Matthew Macdonald
Hamish Ritchie
Stuart Massie
Ryan Stewart
Scott Johnston
Ricky Henderson
Dylan Maclean
Callum Maclean
Ross Naismith
Craig Munro
Wayne Mackintosh
Matty Macleod
Jordan MacRae

Stuart Massie for Greg Smith (67)
Matthew McDonald for Stewart Hutcheon (76)
Hamish Ritchie for Scott Whelan (76)
Callum Maclean for Paul Macleod (61)
Ross Naismith for Sam Urquhart (87)
Wayne Mackintosh for Robbie Duncanson (88)

Bruce Milne (40) Gregg Main (50)
Andrew Skinner (68)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ben Dempster (Referee)

Photography by Donald Matheson

Match Report

A PREDATORY double from Conor Gethins earned Nairn County all three points in an efficient display against Keith at Kynoch Park, writes Graeme Macleod.

County boss Les Fridge was forced into four changes with Michael Morrison, Sean Webb, Kenny McKenzie and Alan Pollock all unavailable for a variety of reasons. Adam Naismith, Bradley Halsman, Sam Urquhart and the recalled Paul Macleod all returned to the starting line-up.

The visitors took the lead with the first shot on goal of the game 14 minutes in. Conor Gethins was already on his bike when Gregg Main swung back his right boot on the halfway line by the right touch line to send an inviting ball over the static Keith defence. The striker latched on to his team mate’s pass before advancing in on Daniel Bell’s goal and arrowing a pin point drive across the goalkeeper and into the far corner from eight yards.

Gethins almost doubled his tally on 25 minutes with a curling free kick from 24 yards which drew out a fine diving from Bell, who threw himself to the left to touch the ball past the post.

The home side had their first sight of goal two minutes later when a corner from the right was headed on to Bruce Milne at the back post but the full back blazed his effort well over the bar.

Gregg Main then picked out John Cameron with a cross field pass on 32 minutes which the County wide man chested down into his path. He unselfishly cut the ball back to Gethins and the Irish striker shimmied past a defender before seeing his shot deflected into the welcoming arms of Bell.

The hosts almost drew level on 37 minutes when Michael Ralton’s free kick into the box was flicked on by Michael Dunn but the ball dropped past the post.

Sam Urquhart then prodded the ball through for strike partner Gethins who knocked it beyond the out-rushing Bell at the edge of the box but his effort trickled agonisingly past the post.

It was roles reversed three minutes before the break as Gethins held off the attentions of Michael Dunn with his back to goal and rolled the ball into the path of Urquhart racing in from the left. The lively forward’s snap shot from a tight angle had to be touched away by Bell to prevent his side from falling further behind.

Gethins added his second with 57 minutes played. Robbie Duncanson was afforded the space to lift his head and have a pop at goal from 25 yards. His swerving effort caused Bell no end of problems as he could only parry the ball straight at Gethins who composed himself before rifling beyond the Keith goalkeeper.

Michael Dunn was then unmarked at the far post to meet Scott Whelan’s deep free kick but the centre half headed wide when he should have hit the target.

Craig Cormack’s cross from the right on 80 minutes deflected off Adam Naismith and rattled Calum Antell’s near post in the closest the home side came to pulling one back before Dunn’s header bounced off the crossbar in injury time.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at September 5th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Calum Antell (GK)23 7 - 36 -
Paul Macleod26 1 - 1173
Andrew Skinner21 8 - 8 -
Glenn Main30 8 - 27912
Gregg Main28 8 - 25321
Bradley Halsman22 4 - 38 -
Adam Naismith26 5 - 887
Conor Gethins31 77155149
Sam Urquhart24 7 - 4519
John Cameron26 8112331
Robbie Duncanson31 7224378
Callum Maclean (sub)23 2 - 2 -
Ross Naismith (sub)22 6 - 688
Wayne Mackintosh (sub)27 1 - 29115

League Table (as at September 5th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.