Nairn County 1
Cove Rangers 2
Scottish Cup (1st Round)

Nairn County
1 - 2
Cove Rangers 

Scottish Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Station Park. Att. 185
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jordan MacRae 
Mitch Megginson (18)
Jamie Masson (46)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
John Sheran

Starting Eleven
Stephen Foster
Glenn Main
Adam Porritt
Ewen Urquhart
Kenny McKenzie
Liam MacDonald
Cohen Ramsay
Jack Maclean
Jordan MacRae
Gary Kerr
Dylan Mackenzie
Stuart McKenzie
Alan Redford
Harry Milne
Ryan Strachan
Eric Watson
Darryn Kelly
Daniel Park
Grant Campbell
Mitch Megginson
Connor Scully
Jamie Masson

Dylan Maclean
Callum Ednie
Craig Munro
Max Ewan
Matty Macleod
John McCafferty
Paul McManus
Sam Burnett
Sam Robertson
Scott Ross
Ryan Stott
Jonathan Smith

Callum Ednie for Ewen Urquhart (82)
Paul McManus for Jamie Masson (72)
Ryan Stott for Connor Scully (82)
Sam Burnett for Daniel Park (82)

Adam Porritt (89)
Harry Milne (42)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Duncan Smith (Referee)

Match Report

HARD-WORKING Nairn County could not quite stop the Cove Rangers juggernaut from rolling into the third round of the Scottish Cup but the high-flying Aberdeen club were pushed all the way by a home side who restored some pride just a few weeks after losing by eight goals to the same outfit.

And County should have had a penalty kick just two minutes in. Great link up play saw Gary Kerr find Jordan MacRae, who then slipped Dylan Mackenzie in behind the Cove defence. He was shoved over from behind by the struggling Alan Redford just inside the box but referee Duncan Smith allowed play to continue.

Cove threatened on seven minutes with goalkeeper Stuart McKenzie putting Harry Milne in down the left but his low delivery was touched wide of the near post by Jamie Masson.

The visitors were gifted an opener 18 minutes in. After two previous corners had been knocked behind by Nairn, the third one proved fruitful but County will be ruing the nature in which they conceded. Jamie Masson lifted in an in-swinging delivery from the left that seemed a simple catch for goalkeeper Stephen Foster but he allowed the ball to slip through his hands and Mitch Megginson was quickest to react as he cushioned home a side-footed volley from six yards.

County called McKenzie into action on 22 minutes with a dipping shot from 40 yards out wide on the left that hung in the wind and looked to be sneaking in at the far post until it was touched over by the Cove number one.

Megginson squared a low ball across from the left for Harry Milne on 26 minutes but his close range snap shot from a tight angle was deflected behind by Jack Maclean.

Just 32 seconds into the second half, Cove doubled their lead. Megginson was the provider this time with a cross in from the left that was met by the towering Jamie Masson, who looped a header back across goal and saw the ball drop inside the post with Foster rooted.

Megginson almost setup another Cove goal on 55 minutes but his low delivery from the by-line on the right was spooned past the near post by Daniel Park.

Foster then kept out Connor Scully’s powerful volley from 15 yards after the Cove midfielder had ran on to a ball in from the left that Park had dummied.

County were inches away from halving the deficit on 65 minutes. Gary Kerr rolled the ball back to debutant Liam MacDonald on the right edge of the box but he dragged his first time shot across goal and just beyond the far post with McKenzie beaten.

The home side found a way back into the tie on 73 minutes though. MacDonald picked out Kerr as Nairn broke and he set Jordan MacRae away. The forward ran at Alan Redford before cutting inside the Cove full back and blasting the ball past McKenzie at his near post.

Two minutes later, a Porritt free kick into the box from deep was knocked down to Glenn Main but his blast was parried up into the air by McKenzie with the visitors able to scramble the ball away with Nairn looking to push to force a replay but Cove were able to see it out.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at October 14th, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
Stephen Foster (GK)19 9 - 9 -
Adam Porritt23 131131
Glenn Main32 14 - 36014
Ewen Urquhart25 12 - 12 -
Kenny McKenzie25 121714
Jack Maclean19 131485
Liam MacDonald18 1 - 1 -
Cohen Ramsay17 132132
Gary Kerr26 9 - 5820
Jordan MacRae18 1465114
Dylan Mackenzie18 1454110
Callum Ednie (sub)20 4 - 9 -

League Table (as at October 14th, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.