4 - 2
Andy Walker (11)
Craig Ross (63)
Kenny Coull (65)
Neil McLean (?)
Steve Sanderson (56)
Scott Kellacher (71)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Neal Sinclair for Steve Sanderson (70)
Peter Lynch for Johnny Seaton (82)
County went down by four goals to two at Harlaw Park despite a valiant second half fightback with ten men against an Inverurie side tipped by many for success this season.
Gaffer Les Fridge made three alterations to his team from Tuesday's starting line-up as John MacAskill returned in place of Mark Smith. Colin Macleod also saw himself thrust straight into the starting XI in favour of Gareth Smith who dropped to the bench while Steve Sanderson started at the expense of Brian Macleod.
Nairn started the better of the two sides and carved open the first opportunity of the match after seven minutes of play when Scott Kellacher tried his luck from almost 30-yards out but saw his effort go past the wrong side of the post.
11 minutes later though the home side broke the deadlock when Nairn only partially cleared a Tommy Wilson cross from the left to the waiting Andy Walker who lashed the ball low and past County's Jim Calder.
Walker was looking for his second when he fired a shot goalwards from the edge of the box that was well tipped over the bar by Calder in the 24th minute.
A minute later, Nairn attempted another long-range effort. This time it was Steve Sanderson as he got on the end of an Iain Brooks flick on only to lash his shot over the crossbar.
Another partially cleared ball in from the left gave Inverurie their next goalscoring opportunity when the ball fell to Mark Simpson but he shot over in the 33rd minute.
The vocal Nairn support though that they'd seen their side equalise when Scott Kellacher bent a 25-yard free-kick over the wall only to see it hit the wrong side of the side-netting after 36 minutes.
The game was then turned on it's head though as County were reduced to ten-men when forward Iain Brooks was shown a straight red card for an apparent elbow on Locos Neil McLean as the two players scrambled to get to their feet.
McLean was involved in the action again six minues before the break when his goal-bound shot from the right edge of the box was headed over the bar by County's Steven Edwards.
Then a minute before the break Kenny Coull had the chance to double the hosts lead but he snatched at his shot somewhat sending it over the top. (Half Time: 1-0).
Andy Walker created the first chance of the second half for himself when he turned and managed to get a shot away from 20-yards only to see it go wide of the post in the 48th minute.
Ten minutes after the restart a powerful Richie Singer shot struck the back of Locos' Tommy Wilson before looping over Calder's crossbar.
Coull again rushed his shot when he was put through on goal with acres of space but opted to shoot early allowing Calder to gather.
But a minute after the hour-mark Nairn were back on level terms to the joy of the travelling support as Willie Barron's smashed shot across goal from the right ofthe box was diverted into the net by Steve Sanderson for his fourth goal of the season.
Nairn were level for only a matter of minutes though as the Locos grabbed a second with their next attack as Craig Ross controlled a flick on by Coull before remaining composed to slot past Calder.
It was three for the hosts two minutes later as McLean played in Coull who finally got his name on the scoresheet after several squandered chances by smashing the ball past County shotstopper Calder.
Plucky Nairn kept battling away though and gave themselves hope with a goal in the 71st minute as a corner from the left found it's way through to Scott Kellacher who ook a touch before slamming it into the top-right hand corner.
The home side rounded off the score though and restored their two-goal lead in the process as McLean controlled a cross in from the right before stepping inside and hammering home.
County now turn their attentions to Saturday's clash with Huntly at Station Park, another match that is sure to be a tough encouter for Les Fridge's side.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||8||-||8||-|
|Peter Lynch (sub)||-||7||-||7||-|
|Neal Sinclair (sub)||-||7||1||74||4|
No league table has been added for this season.