Nairn County 1
Brora Rangers 7
League (HFL)

Nairn County
1 - 7
Brora Rangers 

League (HFL)
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Station Park
8:00 PM Kick-off

John Cameron (88)
Steven Mackay (11)
Dale Gillespie (57)
Richard Brittain (pen.) (68)
Zander Sutherland (71)
Paul Brindle (77)
Paul Brindle (79)
Paul Brindle (82)

Team Managers
Les Fridge
Richard Brittain

Starting Eleven
Calum Antell
Andrew Skinner
Glenn Main
Paul Macleod
Michael Morrison
Bradley Halsman
Gregg Main
Adam Naismith
Robbie Duncanson
John Cameron
Conor Gethins
Joe Malin
Richard Brittain
Grant Munro
Scott Houston
Ally Macdonald
Dale Gillespie
Scott Graham
Gavin Morrison
Zander Sutherland
Steven Mackay
Paul Brindle

Dylan Maclean
Seán Webb
Callum Maclean
Alan Pollock
Wayne Mackintosh
Ross Naismith
Sam Urquhart
Steven Martin
Adam Porritt
Stuart Kettlewell
Andrew Greig
Colin Williamson
Lewis Grant
Martin Maclean

Seán Webb for Bradley Halsman (46)
Dylan Maclean for Robbie Duncanson (67)
Alan Pollock for Paul Macleod (71)
Colin Williamson for Richard Brittain (70)
Martin Maclean for Gavin Morrison (70)
Andrew Greig for Zander Sutherland (71)

Gregg Main (83)
Conor Gethins (86)
Gavin Morrison (26)
Steven Mackay (35)
Grant Munro (84)

Red Cards
Calum Antell (67)
Match Officials

Mat Northcroft (Referee)

Match Report

A CONTROVERSIAL red card for goalkeeper Calum Antell was the catalyst for Brora Rangers to run riot at Station Park as 10-man Nairn County were hit for seven.

Skipper Michael Morrison came back into the starting eleven with Sam Urquhart dropping down to the bench in the only change to the team which won 2-0 at Keith on Saturday.

County fashioned the first opening of the evening with Conor Gethins latching on to Robbie Duncanson’s flick at the left edge of the box to send a dipping volley flashing narrowly past the far post.

The hosts went even closer to opening the scoring four minutes later when an in-swinging Gethins free kick glanced off the crossbar on its way over the top.

Zander Sutherland stung the palms of the diving Calum Antell with a 25-yard drive in the visitors’ first attempt on goal with Brora opening the scoring from the corner kick which followed. Gavin Morrison whipped in an inviting ball to the near post where Steven Mackay had timed his run to arrive unmarked and bullet a header beyond Antell 11 minutes in.

Former County striker Scotty Graham then flicked a long ball on for Paul Brindle but the Brora forward’s angled, left-footed drive on 24 minutes bounced across goal and past the far post.

It was another former Nairn player who doubled Brora’s lead on 57 minutes. Gavin Morrison rolled a free kick square to Dale Gillespie, who arrowed an unstoppable drive into Antell’s bottom right hand corner from 25 yards.

The result was put beyond doubt midway through the second half. Calum Antell was judged to have fouled Mackay in the penalty area and although the Brora captain’s touch took him away from goal, referee Mat Northcroft brandished the red card. Dylan Maclean came on for a debut to replace Duncanson and had to pick the ball out of the net as Richard Brittain scored from the penalty spot.

Maclean was again beat as Zander Sutherland cut in from the right and rolled the ball under the young Nairn stopper from a tight angle to make it four. And it was five for the visitors on 77 minutes as a long ball over the top caught Nairn short at the back allowing Paul Brindle in to round Maclean and blast into the empty net.

Paul Brindle had his second of the night when he chased down a Michael Morrison throw in back to Maclean and nicked the ball off the goalkeeper to walk in his second of the night before Paul Brindle clipped home Brora’s seventh of the evening to complete his hat trick.

Nairn got off the mark on 88 minutes when Alan Pollock saw his shot charged down with the ball dropping to John Cameron for him to fire a low drive across Joe Malin and into the bottom corner.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at September 9th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Calum Antell (GK)23 8 - 37 -
Paul Macleod26 2 - 1183
Andrew Skinner21 9 - 9 -
Glenn Main30 9 - 28012
Michael Morrison35 6 - 13719
Gregg Main28 9 - 25421
Adam Naismith26 6 - 897
Bradley Halsman22 5 - 39 -
John Cameron26 9212432
Robbie Duncanson31 8224478
Conor Gethins31 87156149
Dylan Maclean (sub) (GK)19 1 - 1 -
Seán Webb (sub)32 8313312
Alan Pollock (sub)25 72577

League Table (as at September 9th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.