Nairn County 3
Lossiemouth 2
Highland League Cup (1st Round)

Nairn County
3 - 2

Highland League Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jack Maclean (33)
Dylan Mackenzie (41)
Jordan MacRae (51)
Ryan Farquhar (44)
Ryan Farquhar (54)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp

Starting Eleven
Dylan Maclean
Ryan MacDonald
Glenn Main
Callum Maclean
Adam Porritt
Cohen Ramsay
Kenny McKenzie
Adam Naismith
Jack Maclean
Jordan MacRae
Dylan Mackenzie
Blair Moir
Logan Johnstone
Nathan Smith
Ross Duncan
Iain Macrae
Aaron Hamilton
Connor Macaulay
Ryan Farquhar
Ross Archibald
Scott Wilson
Liam Archibald

Ryan MacLeod
Ewen Urquhart
Danny Highet
Craig Munro
Max Ewan
Matty Macleod
Scott Dunn
Kelvin Mackenzie
Aaron Mclean

Ewen Urquhart for Cohen Ramsay (65)
Max Ewan for Dylan Mackenzie (76)
Kelvin Mackenzie for Connor Macaulay (16)
Campbell for Ross Duncan (60)
Clark for Nathan Smith (80)

None. Scott Wilson (57)
Ryan Farquhar (68)
Liam Archibald (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Billy Baxter (Referee)

Photography by Donald Matheson

Match Report

NAIRN County are through to the quarter finals of the Highland League (Morganti) Cup but not without making life difficult for themselves by missing two first half penalty kicks.

Ross Archibald threatened first for Lossiemouth but he fired just over the crossbar from the edge of the box as the visitors looked to make a positive start.

Kenny McKenzie looked to play in Jordan MacRae with a neat reverse pass at the other end but County’s top scorer was thwarted by Blair Moir in the Lossiemouth goal.

MacRae then won a penalty on 12 minutes when he was barged off the ball inside the box. The striker stepped up himself but his effort straight down the middle was kept out by Moir, who made a strong block with his torso.

A minute later, MacRae went close to opening the scoring again but his curling effort from 18 yards towards the top left-hand corner of the net dropped just over the crossbar.

Liam Archibald was next to go close for Lossiemouth on 18 minutes but his shot from 25 yards deflected off Adam Porritt to leave Dylan Maclean wrong-footed but the ball trickled just wide of the post.

Nairn were denied by Moir from 12 yards again on 19 minutes. Dylan Mackenzie nicked the ball on the halfway line as County broke before driving into the box. He knocked the ball past the goalkeeper before being wiped out by the Lossiemouth number one with referee Baxter pointing to the spot. But Moir redeemed himself to repel Glenn Main’s powerful effort from the penalty spot.

County found a way past Moir on 33 minutes. Adam Porritt’s raking pass from the back was flicked on by the head of Dylan Mackenzie into the path of the arriving Jack Maclean. And he was able to steer a controlled volley on the stretch beyond the reach of the Lossie goalkeeper and inside the left-hand post.

The hosts almost doubled their lead four minutes later. Jordan MacRae connected for a corner from the right with a glancing header that was headed clear from the goal line by the man inside the far post.

But Nairn made it two on 41 minutes. Ryan MacDonald whipped in a cross from the right that was flicked on by the head of MacRae for Dylan Mackenzie to run on to and loop over the helpless Moir with a header of his own.

Lossiemouth halved the deficit just three minutes later though. Ryan Farquhar made a positive run at the heart of the County defence and after skipping past a couple of challenges, he placed a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net leaving Dylan Maclean rooted to the spot.

Lossie were almost back on level terms three minutes after the break. Liam Archibald’s effort from the left-edge of the penalty area took a deflection to send it looping into the air and inches past the far post with Maclean scrambling.

Nairn went 3-1 up on 51 minutes with MacRae grabbing his goal. Adam Naismith swung in a free kick from deep on the left that was knocked down by Dylan Mackenzie to Kenny McKenzie. He managed to squeeze the ball through to Jordan MacRae and although Nairn’s top scorer had his back to goal, he was able to find enough space to spin had despatch a low shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

But Lossie hit back again on 54 minutes. Ryan Farquhar ghosted in behind the Nairn defence from the left as the visitors had a man over on the counter before placing the ball under the advancing Maclean from a tight angle for his second of the afternoon.

Max Ewan was introduced by Nairn on 75 minutes and he almost added his name to the score sheet three minutes after taking to the field. He turned and blasted goalwards from just inside the box but his shot was kept out by the impressive Moir.

Aaron Hamilton had a stinging drive from the edge of the box clutched by Dylan Maclean in all that Lossie could muster in their efforts to force extra time.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at February 10th, 2018)

2017-18 All Time
Dylan Maclean (GK)22 13 - 46 -
Adam Porritt24 242242
Glenn Main32 26137215
Ryan MacDonald25 21 - 21 -
Callum Maclean26 13 - 796
Cohen Ramsay18 253253
Kenny McKenzie25 221814
Jack Maclean20 244598
Adam Naismith28 2111368
Dylan Mackenzie19 26105315
Jordan MacRae19 26156323
Ewen Urquhart (sub)25 15 - 15 -
Max Ewan (sub)17 162162

League Table (as at February 10th, 2018)

No league table has been added for this season.