4 - 0
4 - 0
David MacRae (pen.) (51)
Scott Kellacher (78)
Scott Kellacher (79)
Iain Brooks (85)
Gary Farquhar for Steve Sanderson (57)
Peter Lynch for Johnny Seaton (81)
Neal Sinclair for Willie Barron (83)
Euan Grant for Steven Sim (61)
Philip Cruickshank for Colin Smith (70)
|None.||Kevin Shortreed (51)|
Nairn County's season continued to gather pace as they won their third League game on the spin after eventually seeing off Rothes by four goals to nil at Station Park.
Manager Les Fridge made one change to the side that won at Brora last week as he replaced Gareth Smith with Steven Edwards in the centre of the defence. Smith dropped down to the bench where he was joined by the returning Peter Lynch, in for the unavailable Gavin Chisholm.
County carved up their first opportunity of the match in the 16th minute of play when Johnny Seaton sent over the ball from the right edge of the penalty area to be met by the onrunning Willie Barron at the back post but he volleyed his effort wide of the post.
A minute after the half hour mark, David MacRae was sent through one-on-one with Rothes shotstopper Darren Strong and attempted to stab the ball under the ex-Wick Academy man only to see the effort blocked.
Scott Kellacher then tried his luck with a free-kick from the left that Strong did well the palm over the top at the expense of a corner.
Nairn broke the deadlock six minutes after the re-start from the penalty spot when Iain Brooks was scythed down in the box by Rothes defender Kevin Shortreed who received a yellow card for his troubles. David MacRae took on the responsibility of taking the spot-kick after Scott Kellacher missed the last two from 12-yards and made no mistake as he rammed the ball home.
On 61 minutes it looked as if Nairn had doubled their lead when Scott Kellacher rounded the keeper after being played through by MacRae but saw his shot across goal from a tight angle hit the post giving Strong enough time to get back into position as the Nairn forward powered the follow up effort wide.
Kellacher must've thought it wasn't his day when he again rounded the keeper but kicked at thin air as he attempted to send the ball goalwards before seeing it roll out for a goal-kick.
Willie Barron then went close for the home side when he headed wide after 62 minutes before sending in a cross in the 69th minute that was headed over the bar by Iain Brooks.
David MacRae almost grabbed his second of the game when the on-loan midfielder collected a short free-kick from Kellacher before firing a shot just over the bar from 20-yards.
Nairn eventually grabbed a second though in the 78th minute when Kellacher was thwarted by Strong before Willie Barron lashed the loose ball off of the underside of the crossbar. Kellacher was then on hand to head the rebound into the net from 7-yards with the keeper grounded.
A minute later Nairn had their third goal of the day when Brooks held his run to perfection to receive MacRae's defence spliting pass before squaring the ball for the onrushing Kellacher to tap into the net at the back post.
The home side rounded off the scoring with a fourth goal five minutes from time when substitute Neal Sinclair whipped in a cross from the left that was met by the most delicate of touches from Iain Brooks' left boot leaving Strong with no chance to seal the victory.
Another crucial win for County to set the side up nicely ahead of Tuesday night's semi-final clash with Clach in Inverness.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||6||-||6||-|
|Peter Lynch (sub)||-||5||-||5||-|
|Neal Sinclair (sub)||-||6||1||73||4|
|Gary Farquhar (sub)||-||9||-||82||30|
No league table has been added for this season.