Nairn County 2
Preston Ath 3
Scottish Cup (1st Round)

Nairn County
2 - 3
Preston Ath 

Scottish Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ross Naismith (53)
Ross Naismith (68)
Kenny Park (2)
Danny O'Rourke (11)
Scott Barclay (34)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
Craig Nisbet

Starting Eleven
Dylan Maclean
Callum Maclean
Calum Riddell
Paul Macleod
Stephen Mackenzie
Glenn Main
Kenny McKenzie
Jack Maclean
Jamie Mackay
Wayne Mackintosh
Gary Kerr
Craig Pennycuik
Reece Cochrane
Ross Cowan
Ross Colquhoun
Liam Todd
Gavin Stevenson
Scott Barclay
Frazer Henderson
Kenny Park
Danny O'Rourke

Ryan MacLeod
Gregg Main
Ross Naismith
Chris Moir
Jason Morganti
Dylan Mackenzie
Jordan MacRae
Jack Jardine
Kenny Erskine
Sean Lawson
Scott Siegel
David McLeod
Neil Shave

Ross Naismith for Stephen Mackenzie (26)
Dylan Mackenzie for Jamie Mackay (78)
Neil Shave for Frazer Henderson (65)
David McLeod for Liam Todd (76)
Sean Lawson for Danny O'Rourke (83)

Paul Macleod (44)
Ross Naismith (57)
Glenn Main (81)
Jack Maclean (86)
Gavin Stevenson (32)
Scott Barclay (59)
Sean Lawson (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven Traynor (Referee)

Match Report

A VALIANT second half showing from Nairn County was not enough to keep the club in the William Hill Scottish Cup as Preston Athletic’s direct and robust approach to the first half saw them progress into the hat for round two.

The visitors made the ideal start as they broke the deadlock two minutes in. Gavin Stevenson raced down the right and on to a long ball over the top of Kenny McKenzie and his low cross was not dealt with, allowing Kenneth Park to step on and sweep the opener into the bottom left hand corner from 10 yards.

County were awarded an indirect free kick for a pass back just a few yards out. Glenn Main touched the ball to the side for Wayne Mackintosh to smash goalwards but with all of their players on the line, Preston dealt with the threat.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side on 11 minutes though. Liam Todd whipped in a deep out-swinging cross from 30 yards out on the right and Daniel O’Rourke towered over Stephen Mackenzie at the far post and headed the visitors into a two-goal lead.

Kerr chested down Kenny McKenzie’s ball forward and swiveled before volleying just wide from 12 yards a minute later before the striker received a cut back from Jack Maclean and took a touch before stinging the palms of Preston goalkeeper Craig Pennycuick from the edge of the box.

Ross Naismith was introduced as a first half sub for Stephen Mackenzie and just a minute after taking to the field, the midfielder sent a 25-yard free kick just over the bar. Then, on 28 minutes, Mackintosh stooped to meet a Jamie Mackay cross from the right with a header that flashed over the top.

County looked to be coming into the game but the visitors struck a killer third on 34 minutes. Scott Barclay was played in behind Paul Macleod as Preston countered and he showed a cool head to lift the ball over the advancing Dylan Maclean.

Nairn gave themselves hope though eight minutes into the second half. Jamie Mackay fed the ball wide to the charging Jack Maclean on the right and his cut back found Ross Naismith who curled an out-swinging which looped over the head of the goalkeeper and into the net at the far post.

The hosts reduced the deficit to just one on 68 minutes. Gary Kerr lifted his head in the box and guided the ball to the far post for the unmarked Ross Naismith to take a touch and tap County’s second goal beyond Pennycuick.

Naismith was at the heart of things again for Nairn on 71 minutes when he fed Jack Maclean in on the right but the youngster’s low drive hit the side netting.

Then, two minutes later, Kenny McKenzie’s in-swinging cross from the left was just too far in front of the stretching Jamie Mackay at the far post.

Dylan Mackenzie came on with 12 minutes to go and almost made an instant impact as his low drive from 20 yards was tipped on to the post and behind for a corner by Pennycuick as the visitors held on to progress.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at September 24th, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Dylan Maclean (GK)20 11 - 12 -
Calum Riddell27 10 - 10 -
Paul Macleod27 1011484
Callum Maclean24 71383
Glenn Main31 11 - 31913
Stephen Mackenzie22 10 - 10 -
Kenny McKenzie24 5 - 311
Jack Maclean18 10 - 11 -
Wayne Mackintosh28 7131117
Jamie Mackay29 10 - 20 -
Gary Kerr25 105247
Ross Naismith (sub)23 1139412
Dylan Mackenzie (sub)17 9191

League Table (as at September 24th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.