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Highland League Cup (2nd Round)
George Simmers (47)
Scott Matheson (56)
Michael A Rae
Steve Sanderson for Iain Brooks (67)
Robbie Duncanson for Scott Kellacher (78)
Shawn Scott for Ryan Green (78)
Scott Moore for Charlie Rowley (86)
Steven Rattray for Neil Whyte (90)
County are knocked out of the Highland League Cup at the Quarter Final stage for the second season running after being defeat by three goals to nil at Station Park. The County fans were hopeful of seeing their side progress to the semi-final draw after their midweek exploits against Clach but it wasn't to be. Martin Bell kept faith with the same starting eleven that had served him so well in that win over Clach.
The visitors went close early on when, from a free kick, the ball was rolled to Neil Whyte who fired a shot goalwards from the edge of the box that required Michael Rae to tip it over the crossbar after five minutes of play.
14 minutes later and County created their first opening when the ball was flicked onto the head of Ian Brooks but his effort went past the post.
Kellacher then had Nairn's chance after 21 minutes. A Brian Macleod throw-in from the left touch-line landed perfectly into the stride of the striker but his low drive was well held by visiting keeper Mackenzie.
Forres struck back immediately with an attempt of their own at breaking the deadlock. Charlie Brown was inches away from giving his side the lead when his low shot from the edge of the penalty box was deflected onto the Rae's left hand post and behind for a corner.
Neil Whyte then thought that he'd scored for Forres after 29 minutes. The midfielder clipped a shot goalwards from the left edge of the box that clattered off of the right hand post before flashing behind Rae and being hacked away to safety by Dave Macdonald.
Four minutes before the interval and Mackenzie had to be sharp to keep his side level. Willie Barron carved space for himself on the right before sending over a pinpoint accurate cross for the head of Brooks but Mackenzie held his effort.
A minute after the restart and Forres managed to get their noses in front. A deep cross from the left was headed goalwards by former Nairn forward Ryan Green but his effort struck the post before rolling along the goal-line where George Simmers was on hand to bundle the ball home.
Nine minutes later and the visitors had managed to double their advantage. The ball broke to Scott Matheson on the edge of the box and the ex-Rangers midfielder had time and space to compose himself before launching a shot goalwards that soared into rae's top left hand corner.
Charlie Brown then went close to making it three for the Can Cans but his shot from 20 yards dipped just over the crossbar after 74 minutes.
Substitute Sanderson had an effort for Nairn with ten minutes left for play but unfortunately his shot on the bounce flew just over Mackenzie's crossbar.
County Skipper Dave Macdonald, playing as an extra forward, had the next opportunity for the hosts but he flashed his shot over the bar when well placed.
Forres then added a third to seal their win when the ball broke kindly for Charlie Brown to slam into the net from seven yards out.
County come back down to Earth with a bump after the high of the midweek win and now have nothing to play for and only two games left this season. All that can be asked of the side is that they put in a respectable performance and play for pride in these two remaining fixtures.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||26||-||54||-|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||22||20||1||48||20|
|Robbie Duncanson (sub)||19||19||3||21||3|
No league table has been added for this season.