Nairn County 0
Clachnacuddin 1
League (HFL)

Nairn County
0 - 1

League (HFL)
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Grant Street Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Michael Finnis (pen.) (21)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
Ian Polworth

Starting Eleven
Dylan Maclean
Calum Riddell
Paul Macleod
Stephen Mackenzie
Glenn Main
Wayne Mackintosh
Chris Moir
Ross Naismith
Jack Maclean
Gary Kerr
Jordan MacRae
John Campbell
Ryan Mackintosh
Michael Finnis
Struan Scott-Woodhouse
David McGurk
Fraser Robertson
Blair Lawrie
Martin Callum
Ian Penwright
Stuart Leslie
Ryan Macdonald

Ryan MacLeod
Callum Ednie
Kenny McKenzie
Craig Munro
Jamie Mackay
Dylan Mackenzie
Matty Macleod
Aidan Macdonald
James Beeston
Colin Maclean
Liam Shewan
Matthew Grant
Mark Kennedy

Dylan Mackenzie for Jack Maclean (36)
Kenny McKenzie for Wayne Mackintosh (55)
Jamie Mackay for Ross Naismith (64)
Liam Shewan for Blair Lawrie (76)
Mark Kennedy for Martin Callum (80)
Matthew Grant for Ian Penwright (89)

Ross Naismith (29)
Gary Kerr (32)
Wayne Mackintosh (38)
Glenn Main (58)
Fraser Robertson (79)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Fraser (Referee)

Match Report

A MICHAEL Finnis penalty kick was all that separated the sides at Grant Street Park as Clachnacuddin edged out Nairn County in a scrappy derby encounter.

A quiet opening period was followed by Michael Finnis heading just over the crossbar after Stuart Leslie had rampaged down the right for the hosts.

Finnis was on the spot to give Clach the lead on 21 minutes though. Jordan Macrae was judged to have tripped Martin Callum inside the penalty box after the Clach midfielder’s free kick into the danger area had been cleared. Michael Finnis stepped up to blast the ball into the roof of the net from the penalty spot.

Nairn almost responded in the perfect fashion but Naismith’s inviting cross was flicked away by the head of David McGurk with Gary Kerr lurking.

The next sight of goal went the way of the visitors on 25 minutes with Wayne Mackintosh’s free kick from deep being flicked on by Kerr and it just needed a touch from the head of the in-rushing Macrae but the ball was just too far in front of the young attacker.

Mackintosh then fired a tame shot at John Campbell in the Clach goal after being teed up by Kerr on 33 minutes.

Clach were inches away from doubling their advantage on 40 minutes when Blair Lawrie’s in-swinging cross from the left was headed across goal and just wide by Ian Penwright at the far post.

County were first to threaten after the restart with Naismith curling a low shot goalwards from the right edge of the box but despite it taking an awkward bounce in front of the goalkeeper, Campbell gathered up well.

At the other end, Dylan Maclean excelled himself to beat Penwright’s close range drive from an angle on the right around the post.

Kerr threatened to level for Nairn on 50 minutes but he could only stab Naismith’s low corner from the left past the far post.

The hosts had a great chance to double their lead when they were awarded a second penalty on 59 minutes. Chris Moir was dispossessed by Martin Callum and his low ball across goal was inviting for Lawrie. He was tripped from behind by Glenn Main with referee Graham Fraser pointing to the spot again. Stuart Leslie stepped up this time but ballooned the penalty over the bar.

Clach put another gilt-edged chance over the crossbar on 66 minutes with Martin Callum firing high off a Blair Lawrie cutback.

County almost scrambled a leveller at the other end a minute later but substitute Jamie Mackay’s low cross from the right was only just dealt with as Campbell looked to gather the ball under pressure from Kerr.

Nairn had a couple of let offs with 15 minutes left as Martin Callum’s in-swinging free kick was touched on to the crossbar and over by Maclean with Lawrie’s corner kick that followed being hacked clear from the goal line by Mackay just inside the far post.

County pushed on in search of a leveller but the Clach defence stood firm to earn all three points.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at September 3rd, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Dylan Maclean (GK)20 7 - 8 -
Paul Macleod27 6 - 1443
Calum Riddell27 6 - 6 -
Glenn Main31 7 - 31513
Stephen Mackenzie22 6 - 6 -
Chris Moir24 3 - 3 -
Wayne Mackintosh28 6131017
Ross Naismith23 7 - 909
Jack Maclean18 6 - 7 -
Jordan MacRae17 7 - 8 -
Gary Kerr25 75217
Jamie Mackay (sub)29 7 - 17 -
Kenny McKenzie (sub)24 1 - 271
Dylan Mackenzie (sub)17 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at September 3rd, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.