2 - 3
2 - 3
Scott Kellacher (60)
David MacRae (pen.) (79)
Bryan Dlugonski (69)
Jamie Watt (85)
Jamie Watt (90)
Lewis Mackinnon for Steve Sanderson (34)
Peter Lynch for Johnny Seaton (84)
Mark Slater for Danny Craib (31)
Grant Noble for Keith Hendry (46)
Scott Kellacher (90)
Nairn County's battling and committed display was not enough to see them take anything from former Highland League champions Deveronvale at Station Park as two goals in the last five minutes left the home side gutted.
Gaffer Les Fridge gave triallist Scott Nicholl the nod at right back as the ex-Clach man came in for the suspended Garry Ewing while the injured Neal Sinclair was replaced by Brian Macleod, who was returning from an injury lay off himself. The on-loan Lewis MacKinnon was not deemed fit enough to play from the start and therefore found himself amongst the substitutes.
Nairn made the better start of the two sides as Scott Kellacher went close to putting the hosts in front in the third minute as he saw his shot from 20-yards deflected over the crossbar for a corner.
David MacRae also had a pop at goal after cutting in from the right wing but visiting keeper Ross Bremner did well to hold the County midfielder's effort after six minutes.
11 minutes in though the visiting side went close to breaking the deadlock as Karl Farrimond's low shot was blocked on the goal-line by the well placed Johnny Seaton.
Two minutes later Nairn were back on the attack as Willie Barron's inswinging free-kick from the left was met by a header from MacRae that ex-Huntly shotstopper Bremner did well to hold.
Then on the stroke of half-time County created the best chance of the opening 45 minutes as substitute Lewis MacKinnon, who had replaced Steve Sanderson, intelligently flicked the ball into the path of David MacRae sending him through on goal in the process but he pulled his shot agonizingly wide of the post.
The Caley Thistle partnership of MacRae and MacKinnon linked up well again as the loan stars created Nairn's first chance of the second half. Again it was MacKinnon with the assist as he teed the ball up for his team-mate to lash a thunderous drive goalwards from 18-yards only to see Bremner tip it over the bar.
Then in the 58th minute Vale's half-time substitute Grant Noble curled an effort from the right edge of the box just over Calder's crossbar.
But on the hour-mark Nairn made the break through as Lewis MacKinnon held the ball up well before feeding Scott Kellacher for the on-form striker to slam home across the keeper into his bottom right hand corner from 10-yards for his 13th goal of the season.
Nine minutes later though the Vale were back level as Bryan Dlugonski drove down the left wing before cutting in and firing home a low and powerful shot from 20-yards.
The visitors should really have gone in front in the 79th minute as Jamie Watt was played through one-on-one with Calder but the County custodian did brilliantly to deny the ex-Montrose striker with a block.
The hosts got their noses in front for the second time in the game after 79 minutes as David MacRae was chopped down in the box resulting in a spot-kick. The midfielder took on the responsibility himself to stroke the ball into the net leaving Bremner rooted to the spot.
Deveronvale restored parity again with five minutes remaining as Calder dropped a high cross to the feet of Jamie Watt for him to tap into the unguarded net.
Nairn were then dealt a real body blow as the visitors snatched a last minute winner that never should have been allowed. County had a corner out on the right that was blocked a Vale player barely four yards from the ball but the referee, instead of ordering a re-take, allowed play to continue from which the visitors broke up the park and saw a long range shot from Stuart Gray deflected up for Jamie Watt to head into the net.
To rub the salt into the wounds for Nairn, they were reduced to ten men soon after falling behind as Scott Kellacher was given his marching orders for comments made to the match officials.
Another game turned against County because of terrible refereeing decisions and the players, officials and supporters of the club have every right to feel extremely hard done by because of the dire and almost laughable decisions that have gone against them in recent weeks.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||10||-||10||-|
|Peter Lynch (sub)||-||9||-||9||-|
|Lewis Mackinnon (sub)||19||8||1||8||1|
No league table has been added for this season.