6 - 1
Marco de Barros (22)
Graham Green (41)
Ross Campbell (46)
Russell Guild (64)
Graham Green (66)
Graham Green (85)
Brian Macleod (52)
Michael A Rae
Willie Barron for Steve Sanderson (51)
Scott Kellacher for Johnny Seaton (70)
County lose their final away fixture of the season thanks to a six goals to one defeat at Huntly's Christie Park. The side now have to re-group and prepare for the final game of the season, a home clash with Fort William.
Martin Bell made two changes to the side that were knocked out of the Highland League Cup by Forres at the Quarter Final stage last week by dropping Willie Barron and Scott Kellacher to the substitutes bench in favour of Steve Sanderson and Robbie Duncanson.
After an impeccable observed minute silence in memory of County legend Davie Johnston who died on Wednesday, Huntly started the stronger of the two sides and were in ascendancy from the kick off. Marco De Barros was sent through on goal by a long ball forward but was thwarted by Michael Rae in the Nairn goal.
O'Driscoll then went close for the home side when he beat the out-rushing Rae to a through ball but Brian Macleod was on hand to make a crucial goal-line clearance.
Nairn first threatened a quarter of an hour into the match when Steve Sanderson fired a shot into the side netting from the left edge of the six yard box.
Three minutes later and the Nairn goal was threatened again as a low shot from Martin Stewart on the edge of the box was well held by Rae.
A through ball by O'Driscoll carved open the Nairn defence after 22 minutes relaseing Marco De Barros who slammed the ball home from an acute angle to break the deadlock.
This lead was almost doubled 12 minutes later when O'Driscoll fired across goal from the right edge of the six yard box and pulled his shot just past the far off upright.
Sanderson again went close for County, five minutes before the interval but his shot from the edge of the box flashed just past the post.
Only a matter of seconds after coming on, Huntly sub Graham Green had doubled his side's advantage. He collected the ball on the edge of the area and managed to screw a low shot past Rae and into his bottom right hand corner.
Seconds after the restart and the hsots had added to their tally. A corner in from the right was headed clear from the goal-line by Nairn's Gareth Smith only for Ross Campbell to power the follow up into the net.
County did manage to haul themselves back into the reckoning with a goal seven minutes later. Johnny Seaton released Ian Brooks and the bury hitman drove into the home side's territory before cutting the ball back for Brian Macleod to guide into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Four minutes after the hour mark though and Huntly managed to restore their three goal advantage. A corner in from the left was only partially cleared by the County defence for Russell Guild to fire into the net first time from the edge of the box.
The home side though they'd made it five, two minutes later when a Levi Stephen cross in from the left was headed into the net by Graham Green but their celebrations were cut short by the linesmans flag.
But when Green was on hand to score a Stainer cut back, there was no such flag. Substitute Stainer made a surging run and upon reaching the by-line cut the ball across goal where Green was on hand to tap the ball into the net.
Green completed his hat-trick five minutes from time. Again Levi Stephen was the supplier as he swung a cros in from the left for Green to glancing header into the net at the front post.
County will now look to their next match, a home clash with Fort William, in hope of finishing the season with a win before building towards next seasons campaign.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||27||-||55||-|
|Willie Barron (sub)||23||25||5||60||19|
|Scott Kellacher (sub)||23||25||7||63||30|
No league table has been added for this season.