0 - 2
0 - 2
Jerry O'Driscoll (17)
Jerry O'Driscoll (?)
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Marco de Barros
Peter Lynch for Steve Sanderson (55)
Gareth Smith for Neal Sinclair (76)
Levi Stephen for Richard Stainer (53)
Gordon Farmer for Gary McGowan (66)
Martin Stewart for Jerry O'Driscoll (77)
Garry Ewing (74)
||Ross Campbell (44)|
Nairn suffer their third home defeat of the season as Huntly come away from Station Park with a 2-0 victory over Les Fridge's side to go fourth in the League table.
The County gaffer replaced the suspended Iain Brooks with Neal Sinclair while listing ex-Clach man Scott Nicholl amongst his substitutes as a trialist.
The visitors could have been in front in the opening minute of the match when a corner from the left struck Huntly's Russell Guild on the goal-line before being cleared to safety by the Nairn defence.
County conjured up their first chance of the encounter after seven minutes with a great attacking move. David MacRae found Scott Kellacher free on the left with a pinpoint pass from the middle of the park allowing the Nairn striker to drive down the wing before cutting in, beating two players and teeing up Steve Sanderson who fired just wide of the post.
A minute later though Huntly created another chance when Jerry O'Driscoll turned Steven Edwards but took one touch too many and therefore narrowed the angle allowing Jim Calder to make a simple block from the ex-Dundee man's shot.
The Black and Golds were in front though with their next attack. Russell Guild's 17th minute corner from the left was headed past Calder from six yards by Jerry O'Driscoll as the Huntly striker out-jumped his marker to put the visitors ahead.
This gave the visiting side confidence and they would have made it two had Calder not pulled off a fine save to deny Guild as he tipped the midfielder's volley from 20-yards over the crossbar a minute later.
O'Driscoll really should have doubled his tally as Richard Stainer's cross from the right was met by a free header from the goalscorer but he powered his effort past the post.
Nairn could have been level two minutes before the break as Willie Barron's cross into a packed penalty area from the left was only just too far in front of Steve Sanderson at the back post for the Nairn striker to get any purchase on his goalward stab.
Huntly were then correctly reduced to ten men as Scott Kellacher sprung the offside trap before bearing down on goal and being hauled over just outside the box by the last defender Ross Campbell who saw red.
Willie Barron had the first chance of note for the home side in the second half as his tame drive from the edge of the box was easily held by Richard Bowman on the hour-mark.
Two minutes later Neal Sinclair saw his shot from 20-yards deflect off of a Huntly defender before looping up and over the crossbar as County threatened again.
Substitute Peter Lynch was next to try as luck in the 65th minute when his low shot from the edge of the area after cutting in from the left was saved by Huntly shotstopper Bowman.
County may have been level if Scott Kellacher wasn't wrongly thought to be offside as Peter Lynch played a through-ball that deflected off of a Huntly defender into the path of the ex-Celt who was penalised for offside in spite of the fact the last touch didn't come from a Nairn player and the standside linesman was happy for play to continue but the referee had other ideas.
Nairn's hopes were all but dashed with two cruel blows in the 74th minute as the man in the middle all but lost the plot. Firstly, Garry Ewing was being fouled against by Huntly's O'Driscoll as he lost the ball before committing himself to a challenge in a bid to win it back that the referee deemed a foul and worthy of a yellow card, Ewing's second of the game that resulted in him getting his marching orders. The card-happy official then followed this up with a spate of bookings as the Nairn players tried to make him see his mistake. To make matters worse for the home side, Huntly added a second goal to seal the points from the resulting free-kick as Gordon Farmer swung the ball in from the right to by met by a bullet header from Jerry O'Driscoll at the front post who was then booked for his unprofessional and provocative celebration.
County must re-group from this match and prepare for Deveronvale's visit to Station Park in a fortnight's time, a match that Les Fridge will have to do without suspended duo Iain Brooks and Garry Ewing for.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||9||-||9||-|
|Gareth Smith (sub)||25||5||-||64||-|
|Peter Lynch (sub)||-||8||-||8||-|
No league table has been added for this season.