3 - 0
Highland League Cup (1st Round)
Andy Macaskill (49)
Max Barry (52)
Andy Macaskill (78)
Hamish Munro for Shaun Wood (46)
Sam Urquhart for Marcus Goodall (62)
Scott Adams for Kyle Macleod (80)
Dylan Mackenzie for Sam Gordon (62)
Callum Ednie for John Treasurer (69)
Ciaran Young for Conor Gethins (85)
Ryan Fyffe (27)
Conor Gethins (40)
Tom MacLennan (72)
Scott Davidson (87)
Scott Leslie (Referee)
It was a decent performance but no reward for Nairn County today as we exited the Highland League Cup at the hands of a strong Buckie Thistle this afternoon.
For one of the first times this season, Ronnie Sharp was able to name an unchanged squad, with the only movement from last week at Lossiemouth being Scott Davidson replacing Angus Dey.
Buckie, who are riding high in the League, started strongly with pressure on both wings supplying strikers Andrew MacAskill and Marcus Goodall to threaten the Nairn goal. It was Goodall who had the first chance of the game 3 minutes in when the Buckie forward headed over from close range. 2 minutes later it was MacAskill who threatened, going down dramatically in the box under pressure from Seamus McConaghy but Referee Scott Leslie said no penalty and the game raged on.
Nairn started to grow into the game with first McConaghy and then Scotty Davidson threatening down the left before Centre half Ryan Fyffe appeared on the right wing, pinging in a cross which had no takers from the Nairn forwards. Then twice in the space of a minute Glenn Main broke through the Buckie back line and advanced on goal but was halted on both occasions by the LInesmans flag to the chagrin of the Nairn faithful who had made the journey through.
Back came Buckie, forcing Nairn to cover up whilst pinging in those long searching crosses once again, only to be denied by the imposing presence of John Treasurer who, in the heart of Fishing country, rose time and time again like a proverbial salmon to clear the Buckie threat. Then like a Prize Fighter, Nairn came off the ropes and attacked. Kenny McKenzie won two free kicks in the space of a minute around the oppositions box. Conor Gethins smacked a rasping drive just wide with the first and with the second, got on the end of Tom MacLennan's precision cross to send a header dipping over. During all of this, first Ryan Fyffe and then Gethins himself found their way into the wee black book of Mr Leslie for questioning what they felt were questionable decisions.
Once again the hosts started the half in the ascendency with MacAskill denied by a great saving tackle from John Treasurer on 47mins.
However Buckie were only to be denied for a further minute as Andrew MacAskill found himself with space inside the box and took a touch inside before slotting home past Dylan MacLean (0-1). Nairn however immediately responded, with Kenny McKenzies cross dropping to Seamus McConaghy, but his first time volley was saved by Main.
Buckie extended their lead on 53 mins when a sweeping move which ran the length of the park ended with a rasping finish from close range from Max Barry (0-2) and things looked bleak for the boys from Station Park. However the heads did not go down and again Nairn enjoyed a period of pressure with first Treasurer and then McConaghy threatening the Buckie goal.
Just as Nairn looked poised to get a foothold in the game, the injury curse which has haunted us all season reared its ugly head once again with first the tricky Sam Gordon and then the influential Treasurer being forced off being replaced by Dylan MacKenzie and Callum Ednie respectively.
Tom MacLennan became the next Nairn man in the book for a late challenge, before McConaghy weaved his way past three Buckie defenders and blasted a shot just over the bar as Nairn threatened to get back into it. On 78mins Gethins was replaced by Ciaran Young as we sought fresh legs for a big push in the closing minutes.
It was not to be though as Andrew MacAskill (0-3) struck a dagger to the heart of the men in yellow with a worldy of a goal on 78mins. A great first touch to bring the ball down, a dip of the shoulder and then a curling dipping shot from fully 25yds past Dylan MacLean who could not do anything. In truth, the great Lev Yashin in his prime would not have gotten near it. This 3rd goal decided the matter.
The full time whistle brought an end to a competitive game in which a powerful Buckie team had too much for us and progress, but Nairn had nothing to be ashamed about. On to Turriff next Saturday as our HIghland League programme warms up in the chilly depths of a Highland winter.
|Dylan Maclean (GK)||25||13||-||102||-|
|Callum Ednie (sub)||24||5||-||48||-|
|Dylan Mackenzie (sub)||23||17||2||131||40|
|Ciaran Young (sub)||20||9||3||12||3|
No league table has been added for this season.