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Scott Kellacher (40)
Gary Farquhar (50)
Michael A Rae
Brian Macleod for Mark Holmes (72)
Steve Sanderson for Garry Ewing (80)
Nairn climbed up to fifth spot in the League table with a Scott Kellacher influenced victory that came about after the visitors went 1-0 down at Grant Park. County gaffer Ronnie Sharp made only one change to last weeks starting line up by replacing the unavailable Steven Edwards with the returning Mark Holmes.
Nairn, backed by a large travelling support, came out determind to repay their fans' loyality with an early goal when a Willie Barron header from a Johnny Seaton cross had to be tipped away to safety by the home keeper at his bottom right hand side.
But Lossiemouth eased their way into the fixture and indeed took the lead after a quarter of an hour thanks to a scrappy goal. A corner from the right was scrambled over the line by Coasters youngster Daniel Forde to the shock of the Nairn fans.
The visitors looked to strike back immediately when Garry Ewing sent a high cross into the box that Mark Holmes met on the volley at the back post only to see his effort sting the palms of Lossie keeper Stevie Dunn.
But Nairn did manage to get themselves back on level terms thanks to a tremendous all round goal a quarter of the way through the match. Skipper Dave Macdonald started the move by playing a free kick to the feet of Gary Farquhar on the edge of the box from the halfway line. County's number 8 then played the ball square into the path of Scott Kellacher before he beat two defenders and hammered a low shot from 25 yards into Dunn's bottom left hand corner.
It was two, five minutes before the interval, thanks to another well taken Kellacher goal. Gary Farquhar back heeled the ball on the right edge of the penalty area into the path of Kellacher for him to drill into the keepers bottom right hand corner.
Kellacher, clearly in the mood for goals, turned providers for County's crucial third goal, five minutes after half time. He made a run down the right and upon reaching the corner flag, looked up and picked out the run up the park of Gary Farquhar for him to slam the ball home from 20 yards out.
County nearly made it four only two minutes later when Kellacher was denied a more than deserved hat trick by a matter of inches. He cut in from the left and curled a right-footed effort over Stevie Dunn only to see it bounce off the crossbar to the home sides relief.
The game then petered out somewhat as County's offensives became less and less but their defence remained solid to keep the home side at bay. In fact the closest Nairn came to increasing their advantage was down to a dodgy piece of Lossiemouth defending. The home sides sweeper tried to flick the ball away with his back to goal with his heel but he mis-judged it and the ball hit the sole of his foot and was re-directed towards Dunn's top corner forcing him to pull off a dramatic save.
Willie Barron had the final noteworthy chance of the match but he fired well over the bar from 30 yards.
A well deserved win for Ronnie Sharp's men in the end despite some shakey defending at the start of the match. The County gaffer will now expect his side take another three points off the Coasters when they meet at Station Park in a fortnights time.
|Michael Rae (GK)||-||11||-||39||-|
|Brian Macleod (sub)||22||15||1||17||2|
|Steve Sanderson (sub)||22||7||1||35||20|
No league table has been added for this season.