Nairn County 1
Inverness CT 4
North of Scotland Cup (Mini League)

Nairn County
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Inverness CT 

North of Scotland Cup (Mini League)
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
Station Park
7:30 PM Kick-off

Gary Farquhar (pen.) 
Chris Finnigan
Charlie Christie (49)
Craig Macmillan (57)
Darren Thomson (84)

Team Managers
Martin Bell

Starting Eleven
Michael Rae
Dave Macdonald
Gareth Smith
Gary Farquhar
Colin MacLeod
Wayne Mackintosh
Garry Ewing
Brian Macleod
Scott Kellacher
Marc MacDonald
Robbie Duncanson
Michael Fraser
David Proctor
Darren Thomson
Grant Munro
Lewis Mackinnon
Paul McLaren
Richie Hart
David Macrae
Craig Macmillan
Charlie Christie
Chris Finnigan

Michael A Rae
Steve Sanderson
Neal Sinclair
Gregg Main
Iain Brooks
Jonathan Smith
Donald Begg
Arron Christie
Mark Smith

Iain Brooks for Garry Ewing (46)
Neal Sinclair for Wayne Mackintosh (46)
Gregg Main for Robbie Duncanson (73)
Donald Begg for Chris Finnigan (78)
Arron Christie for Charlie Christie (80)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. Michael Fraser
Match Officials

Match Report

Nairn's North Cup hopes come to an end as they are defeated by Caley Thistle at Station Park. It is now not possible for County to qualify from this group and they will turn their attentions back to the League for Saturday's trip to Keith before travelling to Rothes the week after for a League Cup match that they should be confident of coming out victorious in. Martin Bell again took the opportunity to check out some of the Club's fringe players and youngsters, with whom he has worked with at Under 18 level, in this competition.

In came youth players Marc Macdonald, who came off the bench for half an hour on Saturday, to make his first start for the first team and debutant Wayne Mackintosh. David Macdonald also made his long awaited return from injury at the back in favour of Steven Edwards while Robbie Duncanson was given a run out up front as Steve Sanderson dropped to the bench. Also dropping out from Saturday's starting XI were Neal SInclair and Willie Barron whilie Ian Brooks found himself a place on the bench along with another youth player, Gregg Main.

County almost got off to a dream start when Garry Ewing floated a free kick goalwards from the left that the visiting keeper misjudged and bounced off of the crossbar before going out of play.

This was a wake up call for Caley though as they immediately went up the other end and broke the deadlock. A cross from Macrae was perfect for Chris Finnigan to swoop down and diving header into the net.

Charlie Christie then tried his luck from the edge of the box but his shot was well held by County shotstopper Michael Rae.

Nairn then got back on level terms with their second penalty in this competition. Brian Macleod played a great pass into the stride of Marc Macdonald who sprung the visitors offside trap before showing the Caley defence a clean pair of heels and being bundled over illegally by keeper Michael Fraser. The referee pointed to the spot before giving Fraser his marching orders. Upstepped Gary Farquhar who slotted home past the substitute keeper.

Caley then got their noses in front again four minutes after the restart. Charlie Christie, who has ironically been strongly linked with the vacant Nairn management post recently, turned well on the edge of the box after the hosts failed to clear their lines before firing home past Michael Rae.

The visitors put daylight between the two sides by adding a third three minutes short of the hour mark. Craig Macmillan was sent through on goal by a Richie Hart through ball and he kept his composure to calmly side-foot past Rae.

Nairn then had a great chance to haul themselves back into the reckoning. Scott Kellacher was released through on goal courtesy of a well weighted Gary Farquhar pass before clipping the ball goalwards only to see the visiting keeper get the faintest of touches diverting it onto the crossbar.

Caley rounded off the scoring with six minutes left for play. A corner from the left was poorly cleared by Nairn as it dropped perfectly for Darren Thomson to slam home into Rae's bottom right hand corner from 18 yards.

Nairn's main priority now must be the League Cup in which they face Rothes away in ten days time but before that they travel to Keith's Kynoch Park, a venue where they won last season.

Squad Statistics (as at March 17th, 2004)

2003-04 All Time
Michael Rae (GK) - 22 - 50 -
Gareth Smith25 20 - 54 -
Dave Macdonald - 141541
Colin MacLeod29 20 - 50 -
Gary Farquhar - 2166729
Wayne Mackintosh16 1 - 1 -
Brian Macleod22 242263
Garry Ewing - 22 - 652
Marc MacDonald17 2 - 2 -
Scott Kellacher23 2075830
Robbie Duncanson19 163183
Gregg Main (sub)17 1 - 1 -
Neal Sinclair (sub) - 251633
Iain Brooks (sub)25 1966323

League Table (as at March 17th, 2004)

No league table has been added for this season.