Strathspey 0
Nairn County 4
North of Scotland Cup (1st Round)


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Nairn County

North of Scotland Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Seafield Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Jordan MacRae (5)
Gary Kerr (27)
Wayne Mackintosh (pen.) (52)
Gary Kerr (58)

Team Managers
Brian Grant Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Michael MacCallum
Scott Hume
Owen Cairns
Inaki Fernandinho-Soto
Callum Browett
Dominick Edwards
John Mackay
Nathan Wilson
Richard Finnis
Callum Fraser
Jack Macleod
Dylan Maclean
Glenn Main
Callum Maclean
Stephen Mackenzie
Wayne Mackintosh
Kenny McKenzie
Jason Morganti
Ross Naismith
Jack Maclean
Gary Kerr
Jordan MacRae

Stewart Black
Mark McKernie
Lewis Sim
Ryan MacLeod
Paul Macleod
Calum Riddell
Callum Ednie
Dylan Mackenzie

Mark McKernie for Fernandinho-Soto (54) Calum Riddell for Jordan MacRae (59)
Paul Macleod for Jack Maclean (64)
Dylan Mackenzie for Gary Kerr (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Dan MacFarlane (Referee)

Match Report

IT was a stroll in the spring sunshine at Strathspey Thistle for Nairn County as they advanced to the quarter finals of the North of Scotland Cup and a home date with Brora Rangers.

The visitors went in front five minutes in. Ross Naismith cut on to his right foot wide on the left and whipped in a cross that was sent into the bottom right hand corner of the net by the head of the rising Jordan Macrae.

Naismith almost added to the score sheet himself on 15 minutes. The midfielder was picked out after Gary Kerr had stepped over Jack Maclean’s knock down at the far post off Kenny McKenzie’s cross from the left but he could only knock the bouncing ball over the crossbar from eight yards out.

Naismith was involved again two minutes later as his free kick from deep on the left bounced up and on to the head of Callum Maclean at the far post but he directed the ball over the top.

Then, on 23 minutes, a neat Kenny McKenzie through pass slipped Macrae in on goal from the left but his drive from a tight angle was diverted past the near post by a slight touch from the feet of Strathspey goalkeeper, Michael MacCallum.

Nairn doubled their advantage four minutes later. Wayne Mackintosh clipped a pass over the Strathspey back line and Gary Kerr bravely stuck his head in to get there before MacCallum with the ball trickling over the goal line for the striker’s third goal in as many games.

Kerr should have added to his tally on 32 minutes but the striker could only direct a free head off an in-swinging Naismith corner from the left past the far post.

The centre forward then stretched to meet Naismith’s drive cross from the right but he could direct the ball straight into the welcoming arms of MacCallum.

The Jags’ first sight of goal arrive on 39 minutes but Scott Hume’s header off an out-swinging corner from the left bounced past the far post.

Nairn then broke up the park and after he had played a tidy one-two with Ross Naismith, Kenny McKenzie saw his low, poked effort deflected inches past the far post. Off the resulting corner from the right, Kerr saw his near post header tipped over the crossbar.

County were dominant from the off in the second half as well and six minutes in, Jack Maclean’s header was tipped on to the far post by MacCallum after the young wide man ran in from the right and on to a Macrae flick.

The third goal arrived a minute later though. Jack Maclean was tripped inside the box by Dominick Edwards and Wayne Mackintosh stepped up to coolly stroke the ball home from the penalty spot.

Nairn made it four with a well-worked move on 58 minutes. Stephen Mackenzie floated a great pass forward down the right for Naismith to run on to and he clipped in a cross that was powered into the net by Gary Kerr as he charged into the box to head home.

Kerr almost completed his hat trick seven minutes after Naismith sent over an inviting free kick from the right but the striker directed his header past the far upright.

The woodwork prevented Nairn from making it five with two minutes left on the clock. Mackintosh drilled in a low shot with his left foot from 15 yards but it bounced up off the far post with Dylan Mackenzie heading the follow up into the arms of MacCallum.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at April 8th, 2017)

2016-17 All Time
Dylan Maclean (GK)21 31 - 32 -
Stephen Mackenzie23 32 - 32 -
Callum Maclean25 324636
Glenn Main31 35134314
Kenny McKenzie24 302563
Jack Maclean19 314324
Wayne Mackintosh29 25932925
Jason Morganti31 241241
Ross Naismith24 32711516
Jordan MacRae18 337347
Gary Kerr26 32174619
Calum Riddell (sub)27 27 - 27 -
Paul Macleod (sub)27 2211604
Dylan Mackenzie (sub)18 244244

League Table (as at April 8th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.