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||Graham Cadger (57)|
Michael A Rae
Brian Macleod for Garry Ewing (49)
Mo MacMillan for Steven Edwards (79)
Nairn ensured that last weeks comprehensive defeat away at Inverurie will not affect morale in a significant way as they battled to a 1-1 draw at home to Keith. Gaffer Ronnie Sharp made three changes to the starting XI from last week by re-introducing Michael Rae, Neal Sinclair and Gary Farquhar to the starting line-up in favour of Michael A. Rae, Morris MacMillan and Brian Macleod.
It took nine minutes for the first clear cut opportunity of the match to come and when it arrived it fell County's way. Scott Kellacher was the recipient as he fired in a shot from the edge of the box that was saved by visiting keeper Andrew Shearer.
Ten minutes later and a fizzing shot from Nairn's Neal Sinclair was almost enough to break the deadlock as it flew past Shearer's top right hand corner from 25 yards out.
The home side were then handed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock on the half hour mark when a tricky Scott Kellacher run into the box was brought to a hault illegally by Keith's Steven King leaving referee Robertson with no option but to award a penalty. Up stepped Gary Farquhar but he put his effort past to post for his third miss in his last six attempts from the spot.
This let off sprung the visitors into action and a Darren Still shot required a top drawer save from Michael Rae to keep the scores level.
Three minutes after the interval a Dean Donaldson shot required another great stop from Rae to ensure that it remained honours even.
This match wasn't the sort that looked as if it was going to finish 0-0 and when the opening goal came it fell the way of Nairn. Willie Barron made a direct run down the left and cut in at the byline, managing to stop the ball going out of play despite the attentions of Keith's Bruce Morrison, before cutting it back for Scott Kellacher to slam home into the keepers bottom left hand corner.
Keith were now desperate to get level and a shot from Derek Smith sailed over the bar only a minute after the visitors had gone behind.
But they managed to even the game three minutes before the hour mark. A through ball from right back Bruce Morrison was well latched onto by Graham Cadger as he hammered it into the roof of Rae's net leaving him with no chance.
On the hour Nairn went oh so close to reclaiming their advantage. A free kick swung in from the left by Gary Farquhar was headed down towards the keepers bottom left by Willie Barron but somehow Shearer managed to claw the ball away to safety.
Nairn then had their keeper to thank as Rae made another good save to deny the visitors. Dean Donaldson cut in from the right and unleashed a powerful effort that the Nairn shotstopper got behind to the relief of the home support.
A great passing move almost saw County grab a winner. After the ball was sprayed about the centre of the park, by a Nairn midfield running the Maroons ragged, it found its way to Steven Edwards on the left. He played it to the feet of Brian Macleod who teed up Gary Farquhar but his powerful effort from 20 yards whistled past Shearer's right hand post.
This result will please Nairn gaffer Ronnie Sharp as it shows that his side have bounced back somewhat from last weeks disappointment and hopefully the team can now go onto win next Friday's away fixture at Lossiemouth's Grant Park.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||10||-||38||-|
|Mo MacMillan (sub)||-||10||-||29||-|
|Brian Macleod (sub)||22||14||1||16||2|
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