Nairn County 1
Keith 2
League (HFL)

Nairn County
1 - 2

League (HFL)
Monday, December 28th, 2015
Station Park
8:00 PM Kick-off

Conor Gethins (67)
Donald Fraser (2)
Ryan Spink (84)

Team Managers
Les Fridge
Allan Hale

Starting Eleven
Calum Antell
Andrew Skinner
Paul Macleod
Michael Morrison
Callum Maclean
Seán Webb
Alan Pollock
Kenny McKenzie
Tony Wallace
Robbie Duncanson
Conor Gethins
Daniel Bell
Stewart Hutcheon
Ryan Spink
Michael Ralton
Bruce Milne
Sam Pugh
Craig Cormack
Donald Fraser
Luke Barbour
Kris Duncan
Hamish Ritchie

Dylan Maclean
Gregg Main
Ross Naismith
Jack Maclean
Jordan MacRae
David Dey
Scott Johnston
Stuart Massie
Greg Smith
Grant Mitchell
Ryan Stewart
Michael Ewen

Gregg Main for Kenny McKenzie (62)
Ross Naismith for Robbie Duncanson (85)
Michael Ewen for Craig Cormack (69)
Scott Johnston for Kris Duncan (90)

Paul Macleod (47)
Conor Gethins (50)
Hamish Ritchie (42)
Ryan Spink (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mark Stewart (Referee)

Match Report

RYAN Spink’s late effort earned Keith all three points at Station Park as the visitors ended Nairn’s second half rally to consolidate their one-goal half time lead.

The visitors had led at the interval through Donald Fraser but when Conor Gethins levelled midway through the second half, it looked as if Nairn would have the impetus to go on and win it. But Spink drilled home the winner late on to take all three points.

Paul Macleod and Kenny McKenzie were back in the starting eleven with Adam Naismith and Sam Urquhart unavailable.

The visitors took the lead with just two minutes on the clock. Kris Duncan spun away from Michael Morrison just inside the Nairn half to go clean through on goal. His effort was blocked by the advancing Calum Antell but the ball broke kindly for Donald Fraser to turn into an empty net.

Duncan then fired a 25-yard free kick a yard over the crossbar five minutes later as Keith pressed for a second.

Conor Gethins bent a free kick around the wall from 20 yards out to the right of goal on 13 minutes but Keith goalkeeper Daniel Bell was equal to it as he dived to his left to make the save.

It was the visitors who continued to make all of the early running though and Duncan’s inviting cross from the right on 16 minutes just needed a touch to turn it home but flashed beyond the far post to County’s relief.

A minute later, a Bruce Milne header at the far post clipped the crossbar after the centre half connected with a corner from the right at the back post.

An Alan Pollock cross from the right 20 minutes in found the outstretched leg of Tony Wallace but he could only divert the ball straight at Bell under pressure from a defender.

Wallace went close again eight minutes later but his glancing header off a Gethins corner from the left flew past the far post.

Fraser nearly added his second on 29 minutes though as he got in behind Morrison down the left but his effort from a tight angle rattled the outside of the near post.

Paul Macleod’s last ditch challenge prevented a certain goal as he slid in to deny Duncan in the six-yard box 10 minutes before the interval as Keith got in behind the Nairn defence again.

Alan Pollock’s cross from the right on 38 minutes had just too much on it for Gethins to turn home. The striker had to adjust his body to get his head to the ball, resulting in a tame effort going straight into the welcoming arms of Bell.

A Fraser lay off was then met by a curling effort from Ralton at the edge of the box but his first time effort flashed just over the top.

Stewart Hutcheon’s sliding tackle on Alan Pollock prevented the midfielder from levelling 10 minutes after the restart after he had been played in by Wallace.

Morrison drilled a thunderous free kick under the Keith wall on 63 minutes but the captain’s effort was held by Bell as County continued their positive start to the second half.

The equaliser arrived four minutes later. A slack Sam Pugh backpass was latched on to by Conor Gethins,, who got there just ahead of Bell. The striker touched the ball around the goalkeeper and from an almost impossible angle on the by-line, the Irishman managed to squeeze the ball home.

Gethins almost put his side in front as he latched on to a Pollock ball over the top but with Bell bearing down on the striker, he had to head the ball as it dropped and it trickled just past the post.

Fraser worked enough space at the edge of the Nairn box to let fly with a low effort but the ball went just past the left hand post.

Pugh almost made up for his mistake at the other end on 82 minutes but his curling free kick from the edge of the box was tipped on to the post by a fine diving Antell save.

The visitors re-established their lead six minutes from the end. Left back Ryan Spink found himself in the box as Keith advanced forward and he was unmarked to step on to a cut back and sweep a low effort beyond the reach of Antell and into the far corner

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at December 28th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Calum Antell (GK)23 26 - 55 -
Andrew Skinner21 22 - 22 -
Seán Webb32 19314412
Paul Macleod26 15 - 1313
Callum Maclean24 162162
Michael Morrison36 19 - 15019
Kenny McKenzie23 191191
Alan Pollock25 2677612
Tony Wallace24 167167
Robbie Duncanson31 28926485
Conor Gethins32 2825176167
Gregg Main (sub)29 22 - 26721
Ross Naismith (sub)22 161789

League Table (as at December 28th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.