4 - 0
Russell McBride (10)
Gavin Wemyss (45)
Russell McBride (55)
Gavin Wemyss (76)
Scott Nicholl for John Mackay (46)
Wayne Mackintosh for Brian Macleod (81)
Despite dominating the game for long spells, Nairn County were still on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat at Fraserburgh's Bellslea Park.
Gaffer Les Fridge made four changes to the side that were defeated by Deveronvale at home last week, all of which were enforced. Steven Edwards began his mamouth eight game ban handed out to him for his three red cards last week while fellow sinner Martin Sanderson served a one-match suspension. Duncan Jones also dropped out due to being on holiday while the knock John Campbell picked up last week meant that he was only fit enough to take a place on the bench. Coming into the team were Jim Calder, Johnny Seaton, John Mackay and Tony Low, making his first appearance his injuring his hamstring against Inverness CT several weeks ago.
County created the first chance of the game after five minutes as Tony Low surged down the left wing and delivered an accurate cross that Iain Brooks could only direct wide with a back post header.
Five minutes later the Broch opened the scoring as Michael Stephen's cross from the left went over the head of Nairn's Martin MacDonald to Russell McBride who had time to control the ball and hammer it past Calder from six-yards.
The home side were on top throughout the opening exchanges but Nairn slowly began to find their way into the game and registered their next shot on goal seven minutes after going behind. A County corner was cleared by the home defence to Brian Macleod who tried his luck with an audacious 35-yard, down wind strike that had to be tipped over by Fraserburgh goalkeeper Billy Gordon.
Then Brooks tried his luck with a first time shot from almost 30-yards in the 27th minute but his effort flashed over the crossbar.
Jim Calder had to be alert to hold Gavin Wemyss' volley in the 31st minute but The visitors were back on the attack soonafter. David MacRae hit a low, first time drive from 25-yards but Gordon got down well to smother the ball.
Nairn were dealt a bitter blow on the stroke of half time as the home side doubled their lead against the run of play. Gavin Wemyss was left unmarked in the box to meet a Michael Stephen corner from the right with a 10-yard volley that rifled past Calder and into the net.
County came out for the second half looking to claw their way back into the game with an early goal and they almost got what they craved in the 51st minute. Iain Brooks played a great ball over the top of the home defence that Willie Barron struck goalwards first time despite having time on his hands but his shot was held by Gordon.
The Broch added a third goal four minutes later though as Michael Stephen's low cross was diverted goalwards by McBride. His struck Calder taking the pace out of the ball before trickling across the goal-line for his second goal of the day.
County kept plugging away though and David MacRae put Tony Low through on goal on the 61st minute but his shot from the edge of the box was held by Gordon.
The Broch added a fourth goal on the 76th minute as Gavin Wemyss' cross from the left drifted over the head of Calder and into the net as he too completed his brace.
Nairn continued to push for a consolation goal and their last chance came in injury time. Low broke free down the left and played in substitute Wayne Mackintosh but the young midfielder dragged his left-footed shot past Gordon's right hand upright.
A disappointing day for County as they're on the receiving end of an undeserved 4-0 defeat despite putting in a decent and spirited performance. Les Fridge will now have to convince his troops that a similar display of effort and application in Tuesday night's re-arranged cup semi-final is what is needed despite this scoreline.
|Jim Calder (GK)||45||8||-||37||-|
|Scott Nicholl (sub)||22||6||-||22||-|
|Wayne Mackintosh (sub)||18||2||-||9||-|
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