Nairn County 1
Deveronvale 2
League (HFL)

Nairn County
1 - 2

League (HFL)
Saturday, August 9th, 2003
Station Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

Scott Kellacher (29)
Mark Chisholm (37)
Mike McKenzie (pen.) (45)

Team Managers
Ronnie Sharp
Gregg Carrol

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Steven Edwards
Mark Holmes
Colin MacLeod
Gary Farquhar
Neal Sinclair
Paul McDonald
Brian Macleod
Johnny Seaton
Scott Kellacher
Iain Brooks
Ross Bremner
Steve Dolan
Ryan Pressley
Mark Chisholm
Bryan Dlugonski
Scott Anderson
Barrie Stephen
Levi Stephen
Mike McKenzie
Ian Murray
Terry Kidd

Michael A Rae
Glenn Main
Steve Sanderson
Andrea Coletto
Robbie Duncanson
Fraser Speirs
Ian Campbell
Paul Urquhart
Darren McAllister
Stuart Gray

Robbie Duncanson for Scott Kellacher (66)
Steve Sanderson for Johnny Seaton (79)
Stuart Gray for Terry Kidd (66)
Darren McAllister for Barrie Stephen (67)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

The sun may have been shining down on Nairn today but unfortunately lady luck wasn't for County as they were narrowly edged out by current Highland League champions Deveronvale by two goals to one. In fact the Vale appear to getting the rub of the green from all angles already this season just as they did last time out and as we all know luck plays a huge part in winning the title.

A large, loud support gathered at Station Park in the basking sunshine but unfortunately it was the visitors who went home with the spoils.

Gaffer Ronnie Sharp was short of players for this season's curtain raiser as defenders Dave Macdonald and Gareth Smith were injured while Garry Ewing and Mo MacMillan were both on holiday. With Willie Barron currently working in England and Calum Donaldson on loan to Nairn Saint Ninian, Sharp had only 15 players from his 21 man squad and therefore youth team captain Glenn Main was drafted in as cover on the bench.

It all started so well for Nairn, sporting their new yellow and navy blue home kit for the first time, as they conjoured up the first real opportunity of the match through creative forward Mark Holmes. He was sent through on goal by Gary Farquhar but instead of going for the precision finish he went for power and hit the ball straight at Bremner.

County did open the scoring just before the half hour mark. Paul McDonald, making his League debut for the Club sent a high ball into the box with a free kick in the middle of his own half. It was met in the air by big target man Ian Brooks who nodded it down perfectly for Scott Kellacher to open his account for the season with a half volley on the turn leaving Bremner with no chance.

County looked to double their lead and five minutes after going in front they almost did so. Brian Macleod cut in from the left and unleashed a thunderous effort from the edge of the box that Bremner did well to save.

Deveronvale then equalized on 37 minutes when Mark Chisholm was given enough room in the box to easily head home a Barrie Stephen cross from the right.

The Vale then went in front for the first time in the encounter right on the stroke of half time as Neal Sinclair was judged to have fouled Chisholm in the box but many home fans disagreed that the contact was enough to send the big midfielder down. Mike McKenzie stepped up to slot home the decisively dodgy penalty putting it in the keepers bottom left hand corner sending Rae the wrong way.

Nairn looked to immediately bounce back in the second half and their first chance was an audacious overhead kick from Steven Edwards. A Kellacher free kick from the right was headed clear but the big man attempted the acrobatical effort from all of 25 yards out and it only just flashed past Bremner's right hand post.

Then Ian Brooks had a brilliant chance to level things up when a Kellacher cross from the right evaded everyone and fell to him at the back post but Bremner did well to push it onto the bar on 52 minutes.

Holmes then released Kellacher two minutes later but the wee striker snatched at his effort making the save a comfortable one for Bremner much to his relief.

Rae had to be on his toes at the other end making a tremendous point blank save from a Murray header by tipping it round the post. He was then called into action again and got down well to his left hand side to deny McKenzie.

Nairn then had the final real chance of the encounter when young striker Robbie Duncanson weaved his way into the box but his shot was saved and the rebound was too far behind Holmes for him to make full contact with.

Vale were then content to wind down the clock by keeping possession and frustating Nairn and it worked as they moved onto six points from two games and left Nairn still to get off the mark after one match played.

Match report written by Graeme Macleod

Squad Statistics (as at August 9th, 2003)

2003-04 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 1 - 29 -
Steven Edwards22 1 - 241
Mark Holmes28 1 - 238
Paul McDonald - 1 - 1 -
Brian Macleod22 1 - 31
Gary Farquhar - 1 - 4723
Neal Sinclair - 1 - 392
Colin MacLeod29 1 - 31 -
Scott Kellacher22 113924
Johnny Seaton - 1 - 13 -
Iain Brooks24 1 - 4517
Steve Sanderson (sub)22 1 - 2919
Robbie Duncanson (sub)18 1 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 9th, 2003)

No league table has been added for this season.