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Nairn County

Highland League Cup (Quarter Final)
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Grant Street Park
8:00 PM Kick-off

Ryan Macdonald (57) Robbie Duncanson (13)
Conor Gethins (18)

Team Managers
Iain Polworth Les Fridge

Starting Eleven
John Campbell
Ryan Mackintosh
Michael Finnis
Ryan Macdonald
David McGurk
Martin Callum
Keith Mason
Scott Maclean
Ian Penwright
Stuart Leslie
Ryan Ingram
Calum Antell
Seán Webb
Andrew Skinner
Callum Maclean
Paul Macleod
Gregg Main
Adam Naismith
Alan Pollock
Robbie Duncanson
Conor Gethins
Sam Urquhart

Aidan Macdonald
Gordon Morrison
Fraser Robertson
Ross Grant
Liam Shewan
Sean Fitzpatrick
Colin Maclean
Dylan Maclean
Glenn Main
Michael Morrison
Kenny McKenzie
Ross Naismith
Jordan MacRae
John Cameron

Gordon Morrison for Keith Mason (29)
Colin Maclean for Scott Maclean (74)
Fraser Robertson for Ryan Mackintosh (83)
Glenn Main for Callum Maclean (79)
John Cameron for Robbie Duncanson (85)

Stuart Leslie (16)
Martin Callum (54)
Scott Maclean (64)
Gregg Main (71)
John Cameron (89)
Paul Macleod (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)

Match Report

AN ELECTRIFYING first half performance from Nairn County saw them progress to the semi-finals of the Highland League Cup at Clachnacuddin.

After seemingly endless delays because of numerous postponements caused by the unplayable Grant Street pitch, this long-awaiting quarter final was nearly plunged into darkness again by floodlight failure half-an-hour before kick off. But once the lamps came back on, it was County who were supercharged with a high-voltage first half showing.

Nairn opened well and on seven minutes, a Conor Gethins cross dropped to the feet of Paul Macleod, who worked the ball to Sam Urquhart but his shot-on-the-turn sliced past the near post.

It took 13 minutes for the breakthrough to arrive as Adam Naismith quickly recycled the ball when a Nairn throw-in on the left had been cleared to the defender on the halfway line. Robbie Duncanson needed just one touch to trap the ball and take it into his stride and another to lash it across John Campbell and into the bottom right corner.

It was a stunning strike to put County in front and was arguably topped as the visitors doubled their lead five minutes later. Conor Gethins stepped up to thunder a free kick from 30 yards out on the left across Campbell and into the top right corner of the net leaving the goalkeeper helpless.

Duncanson’s in-swinging cross from the right edge of the box was headed back to the Nairn skipper but his first time volley went straight at Campbell on 33 minutes.

A minute later, the ball dropped to Stuart Leslie at the far post and his volley on the spin from point blank range was saved by Calum Antell, who showed great reactions to make a superb block with his chest. Then, on 38 minutes, Ian Penwright drilled on a low angled effort from the right that was easily held by Antell.

A superb move by Nairn five minutes before the break almost led to a third. Gethins collected the ball out on the right, switched it to Urquhart on the left and his back heel teed up Duncanson. But the skipper’s first time drive flew past the near post.

Seconds later, Gethins had a golden chance to double his tally for the night when he was played through on goal but under pressure from a defender, his clip over the advancing Campbell rolled past the post.

Four minutes after the turnaround, Stuart Leslie lashed an 18-yard drive over the bar after being teed up by Gordon Morrison as the hosts made a positive start to the second half.

Naismith then cleared from the line two minutes later after Iain Penwright lifted the ball over the out-rushing Antell.

The hosts continued to press and got their rewards on 57 minutes. A square pass in from the right found Ryan Macdonald and the defender lashed a swerving drive beyond Antell from 25 yards.

Clach went for broke and spent most of the rest of the half camped in Nairn territory but County stood up well to the attempted onslaught, restricting their hosts to a clutch of half chances and speculative shots from distance.

Leslie fired a low drive at Antell but the goalkeeper got down well to gather the ball on 80 minutes.

A Gethins free kick into the box five minutes from time was cleared off the back of Alan Pollock and spun across goal and just past the post.

Leslie then smacked the post in added time for the hosts after doing well to maraud into the box from the left, evading two challenges.

County will take their place in the last four at home against Turriff United on Saturday.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at March 9th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Calum Antell (GK)23 31 - 60 -
Callum Maclean24 212212
Seán Webb33 23314812
Paul Macleod26 20 - 1363
Andrew Skinner21 271271
Adam Naismith26 27 - 1107
Alan Pollock26 3198114
Gregg Main29 27 - 27221
Robbie Duncanson31 331126987
Conor Gethins32 3329181171
Sam Urquhart24 31126931
Glenn Main (sub)30 28 - 29912
John Cameron (sub)26 21213632

League Table (as at March 9th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.