5 - 1
5 - 1
North of Scotland Cup (Mini League)
Iain Brooks (21)
Scott Kellacher (41)
David MacRae (70)
Scott Kellacher (79)
Willie Barron (86)
|Shawn Scott (4)|
John Beaton & Brian Wright
Gareth Smith for Lewis Mackinnon (82)
Lee Moir for Ewen Grigor (82)
Simon Allan for Stephen McIntosh (82)
Nairn go top of their North of Scotland Cup group after a comprehensive victory over Lossiemouth at Station Park but a late penalty miss by Scott Kellacher may thwart the Station Park side's chances of progession to the semi-final.
Willie Barron returned to the side after missing the last couple of matches due to being on holiday while there was alos a place in the starting XI for Garry Ewing despite the fact he limped off early on last Saturday.
But it started off badly for Nairn when the visitors took the lead after only four minutes of play. Shawn Scott collected the ball before driving towards goal and unleashing a low shot that squeezed under Jm Calder and into the net.
County almost got back on level terms two minutes later as Willie Barron stung the palms of Lossiemouth keeper Stevie Dunn with a powerful drive from 15 yards.
Nairn again went close in the 16th minute when Iain Brooks did well to win an aerial dual to set up Scott Kellacher but the overhead kick from Nairn's captain for the night went over the crossbar.
But the home side did get level five minutes later when a Johnny Seaton cross from the right was flicked on by Willie Barron into the path of Iain Brooks who was running in at the back post to power the ball over the line.
The Coasters should've been back in front a matter of minutes later when Scott cut the ball back for strike-partner Darren Shallicker but he fired wide from six-yards out.
Steven Ellis then flashed a shot from 20 yards just just the post in the 25th minute as again Lossie went close.
But County got their noses in front for the first time in the night four minutes before the break as a Seaton through-ball was latched onto by Kellacher who tugged a low shot across goal that nestled into the bottom left hand corner.
Nairn almost made it three on the half-time whistle as a long clearance by Brian Macleod was collect by Iain Brooks who showed great strength to shrug off his marker only to see his shot denied by the post.
With play swinging from end to end in the opening moments of the second half, it became apparanet that the next goal in this match would be crucial and when it came it fell the way of the homesters. Iain Brooks surged into the box and upon hitting the byeline cut the ball but for Kellacher. He saw his shot blocked before the loose ball was placed into the net by the unmarked David MacRae after 70 minutes.
Nairn then notced a fourth nine minutes later when a deep cross from the left by Garry Ewing was well controlled by Scott Kellacher before he unleashed an unstoppable volley that sailed into the top right hand corner.
County wrapped things up with a fifth goal four minutes from time when a Seaton cross from the right was lifted over the head of the outrushing Dunn by Willie Barron as the County forward showed great technique to find the net on his return to the side.
Nairn could've tightened their grip on that semi-final place when Johnny Seaton was fouled in the box with four minutes left but Kellacher blazed the resulting penalty high over the crossbar to pass up the opportunity to claim his second hat-trick of the season and leave Nairn sweating over reaching the semi-finals. They now have to hope that Ross County don't better their result over Lossie when the two sides clash at Grant Park next week.
|Jim Calder (GK)||44||3||-||3||-|
|Gareth Smith (sub)||25||1||-||60||-|
No league table has been added for this season.