3 - 0
Craig Ross (6)
Kenny Coull (43)
Richie Singer (75)
Danny Milne for Kenny Coull (83)
Kenny McKenzie for Alister Graham (86)
Allen Padua for Neil McLean (88)
Martin MacDonald for Scott Nicholl (46)
Steven Edwards for Brian Macleod (46)
Johnny Seaton for Tony Low (76)
Scott Buchan (21)
Tommy Wilson (28)
John MacAskill (39)
Martin Sanderson (68)
Scott Kellacher (39)
Steven Edwards (73)
Inverurie condemned Nairn to their third straight defeat at Harlaw Park on Saturday off the back of losses to Buckie and Brora as the visitors' ill-discipline cost them dearly.
With his side trailing thanks to an early Craig Ross goal, Scott Kellacher got involved in an off the ball tussle with Locos' Steven Park and appeared to swing a kick at the home side's centre-half resulting in a straight red card. The hosts capitalised making it two before the interval and then half-time sub Steven Edwards joined Kellacher in the dressing room after inexplicably exchanging blows with Inverurie forward Stuart McKay only 28 minutes after taking to the field. McKay was also ordered off.
Things started brightly for Nairn though as Kellacher curled a free-kick from 20-yards over the ball and towards the bottom corner but home shotstopper Stewart Gray prevented County from taking a third minute lead.
Inverurie responded two minutes later as Kenny Coull tried his luck from 22-yard but the ex-Cove forward's effort was easily held by Jim Calder.
This delayed the opening goal by barely a minute though. Neil McLean whipped in a cross from the left that Scott Nicholl failed to deal with at the front post, sending his headed clearance straight to the boot of Ross who hammered home from close range leaving Calder helpless.
The home side were the width of the post away from doubling their lead in the 13th minute as Richie Singer hit the by-line down the right and cut the ball back to Ross who rattled a first time shot off the outside of the near post from 10-yards.
Less than 60 seconds later, McKay's shot was blocked by Nicholl with the rebound falling to Tommy Wilson but his snap shot was held by Calder.
The County keeper had to be at his best to keep the Locos' lead at only one in the 18th minute when Ross' first time shot from 22-yards was tipped over the bar by the Nairn custodian.
Nairn's next chance came in the 20th minute. Tony Low cut in from the left and attempted a long range, right footed shot but Gray got down well to hold the County winger's effort.
This didn't deter the home side as they were back on the attack soon after. Wilson intelligently headed the ball into the path of Singer who'd escaped the attentions of his marker but his angled drive was well held by Calder.
Nairn were again saved by the woodwork seven minutes before half-time Brian Macleod played a slack pass out of defence straight into the path of Ross who smashed a first time shot crashing off of the crossbar.
Kellacher was then dismissed a minute later as he appeared to lash out in an on-the-deck tussle with park, who was by no means an innocent victim himself.
To rub salt into the County wounds, the home side made it two with less than two minutes of the half for play. Singer won a free-kick out on the right, a dubious decision by the referee to say the least. He swung the ball in himself right to the head of the unmarked Coull who bulleted the ball into the net.
Les Fridge made a double substitution at half-time and it looked to be paying off as his side came out and played as if they had nothing to lose and looked the better team in the opening stages of the half.
This was reflected as Nairn went close a minute after the restart as David MacRae headed the ball down into the path of Iain Brooks but the County skipper's angled drive was blocked by Gray.
The hosts' first chance of the second 45 came six minutes after the hour mark. Ross skipped past MacRae and played in Scott Buchan but the left-back's low shot from 25-yards went across goal and past the post.
Edwards was then dismissed after McKay appeared the swing an arm at the Nairn defender, but the referee blowing his whistle and on the cusp of sending off the home side's forward, Edwards retaliated to earn his eighth red card for Nairn in under four years.
To compound County's day of misery, The home side added a third goal 15 minutes from time. Buchan's cross from the left was misjudged in the air by Tony Low giving Singer time and space on the right edge of the box to drill home a powerful shot.
A bad day at the office for Nairn ho now face two crucial fixtures in the next week, starting with Fort William away in the North Cup on Tuesday night, as they look to bounce back from this defeat.
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||6||-||35||-|
|Steven Edwards (sub)||24||3||-||63||2|
|Martin MacDonald (sub)||22||6||4||6||4|
|Johnny Seaton (sub)||-||6||-||70||4|
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