Nairn County 1
Keith 1
League (HFL)

Nairn County
1 - 1

League (HFL)
Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Wayne Mackintosh (15)
Luke Barbour (16)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
Allan Hale

Starting Eleven
Dylan Maclean
Stephen Mackenzie
Callum Maclean
Glenn Main
Wayne Mackintosh
Jack Maclean
Gregg Main
Kenny McKenzie
Jason Morganti
Ross Naismith
Jordan MacRae
Daniel Bell
Stewart Hutcheon
Ryan Spink
Adam Clark
Bruce Milne
Bruce Raffel
Kris Duncan
Luke Barbour
James Brownie
Michael Ewan
Craig MacAskill

Ryan MacLeod
Callum Ednie
Calum Riddell
Willie Barron
Jamie Mackay
Chris Moir
Dylan Mackenzie
Michael Ralton
Fraser Hall
Adam McNamee
Scott Whelan
Andrew Smith
Craig Cormack
Donald Fraser

Jamie Mackay for Jason Morganti (48)
Calum Riddell for Jordan MacRae (58)
Dylan Mackenzie for Ross Naismith (77)
Craig Cormack for Kris Duncan (62)
Donald Fraser for Craig MacAskill (62)
Andrew Smith for Michael Ewan (77)

Wayne Mackintosh (43)
Gregg Main (54)
Ryan Spink (3)
Adam Clark (71)
James Brownie (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Thomas Shaw (Referee)

Match Report

IT was a point apiece at Station Park with Wayne Mackintosh’s early opener being immediately cancelled out at the other end. That was the way it finished on an afternoon where Nairn created the best of the chances with Keith heaving several sighs of relief as County were denied a couple of clear penalty kicks.

Keith had the better of a lively opening period but it was the Maroons’ goalkeeper who was the first of the two stoppers called into action with Daniel Bell having to block Wayne Mackintosh’s low drive from just inside the box with his boot on nine minutes.

An all-action few minutes saw goals at both ends. The County went in front with Gregg Main’s free kick from the halfway line being headed off the crossbar by Jordan Macrae from the edge of the box. The ball spun up into the air with Ross Naismith’s rebound being blocked by the sprawling Bell but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do as Wayne Mackintosh rammed home the rebound.

But the lead was short lived with James Brownie’s long range effort being tipped on to the inside of the post by Dylan Maclean with the ball spinning back across goal for Luke Barbour to tap home.

Then, Kris Duncan met a cross from the right with a looping header that struck the crossbar on 18 minutes before the former Forres attacker was denied twice by a superb double save from Maclean a minute later.

A direct approach from Nairn almost saw them re-establish their lead with Dylan Maclean’s free kick flicked on by the head of Macrae for Ross Naismith to run on to but his volley looped across goal and whistled just past the post.

Keith survived a strong penalty shout on 54 minutes as Stewart Hutcheon shoved Jack Maclean to the ground at the far post after the Maroons defender had been caught wrong side and the Nairn wide man about to head home a Jamie Mackay cross from the right.

Bell then kept his side level on 72 minutes with a fine diving save to his left to keep out Mackay’s drilled effort from the edge of the box after the Nairn winger had controlled a deep Gregg Main free kick before swivelling and blasting goalwards.

At the other end, Craig Cormack’s curling shot from the right side of the box was held by Maclean in the Nairn goal on 78 minutes.

A Kenny McKenzie pull back from the left was just behind Dylan Mackenzie at the near post and he dragged his shot past the near post.

It was the woodwork to Keith’s rescue on 87 minutes with Jack Maclean meeting a Mackay cross from the right with a deft touch that struck the far post with Bell rooted to the spot.

And the visitors had another let off in the final minute when Bruce Milne swiped Dylan Mackenzie’s legs from under him as the attacker looked to cut inside from the by-line but the referee signalled for a corner.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at December 17th, 2016)

2016-17 All Time
Dylan Maclean (GK)20 21 - 22 -
Stephen Mackenzie22 19 - 19 -
Callum Maclean25 194506
Glenn Main31 23 - 33113
Wayne Mackintosh29 15431920
Jack Maclean19 201211
Gregg Main30 9428726
Kenny McKenzie24 171432
Jason Morganti30 151151
Ross Naismith23 22710516
Jordan MacRae18 211221
Calum Riddell (sub)27 18 - 18 -
Jamie Mackay (sub)29 16 - 26 -
Dylan Mackenzie (sub)18 152152

League Table (as at December 17th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.